Hi all! We have been enjoying our spring break! I have taken advantage of being away from the normal routine and trying out hats. I must say that I like the hats way more than sporting Delilah. I kind of feel like a fraud with Delilah. The hats, scarves, and bands are way less stressful and quite good at creating some mystery as I sport about our home away from home among strangers. I will have to adjust all over again once we return home.
I am feeling the need to do a bit more hat shopping while here. I found a cute periwinkle blue Victoria bucket cap here and I may have to go get a couple more in other colors. I have a feeling this is going to shake up my summer wardrobe as I now try to find outfits to wear with new hats and scarves. Poor Rob. I thought I’d be saving that man some money by not having to go to the salon for highlights and such. But, alas, I have found yet one more way to spend saved money on a new necessity…head coverings…and lots of dangly earrings!
One friend has suggested I get a doo-rag and go for a bike ride. I think she means a ride on a Harley. I do have two doo-rags. They are soft and pre-tied. I learned that if I’m on a Harley, I should make sure that the tops of my ears show. If I’m just being glamorous around town, I cover the tops of the ears. Who knew?
I now know and have been saved from making a serious biker mama mistake. Whew! Of course, that will lead to needing biker mama boots…
My week away from home and the break from the chemo has been so nice. Pollen arrived here and left in a gully-washer yesterday. With the rain, came a bit of reality and a bit of a blue spirit as I tried not to dwell on the new look. I’ve got to tell you that I even found myself comparing this head shape to that of others who have been through this and there I went down a spiral over it. So, I had to go to the Word and ask God to show me a verse that would help me out in these moments that hit and here’s where He took me:
1 Peter 3:3-4. It says there in my paraphrase, “Amy, don’t give your outer appearance a second thought. God finds a gentle and quiet spirit in you far more beautiful than a cute hair style or even a pretty hat.”
Then, in an email from a sweet friend who sends me Scriptures daily, was a word from her devotional yesterday that I didn’t see until today. Here’s what her devotional said, “Be ready to stand aside and let the fashions and customs of the world go by, when My Glory and My Kingdom are thereby served. Be known by the Marks that distinguish those of My Kingdom. Be ready to confess Me before men. To count all things as loss so that you may gain Me in your lives.”
Stand aside and let the world’s fashion advice and demands pass me by. Let them pass me by. Let them. I have to willingly let them. It’s a choice and it’s not a new battle for me; it’s the same old issue.
I have been busy learning healthier things to eat and drink. Green tea is nudging my coffee love out of the way. The fact that coffee just doesn’t taste that great right now helps that. I have learned about quinoa (keen-wah) and its valuable nutrient properties and have used it in a salad as a remake from a restaurant here. Water is becoming my beverage with meals as opposed to unsweetened tea. Who’d have ever thought this chick could develop some better habits?
Well, I hope that wherever you are right now, you are recognizing abundant blessings from God. Give Him the glory!