Tonight was the annual Tables of Christmas at our church. Sponsored by the Ministry of Mother’s Sharing, it is a wonderful way to start out the Christmas season on a joyful spiritual note. There was a time when I loved to get all dolled up and go out with my hubby (as long as I did not have to wear pantyhose!). That has changed since I no longer looked good in any of my clothes and my feet hurt 10 minutes after putting on my heels. Well, tonight, even though I was not going out with my hubby, I decided to get all dressed up in honor of the Holy-day season. So went in and pulled out my favorite pair of black dress slacks. These are my go to slacks. I pulled them on and buttoned them. Hmmmmm – they were in no way tight. In fact, if someone were to come up behind me and grab them they would come off!!!! They were also now very long. I guess my intended footwear was going to have to be re-evaluated. So I grabbed my favorite heels – 3″ monsters that I absolutely love to look at but hate to wear since my feet are usually screaming 12 minutes after I put them on. Well, I slid into those pumps of pain and my pants were still too long. In fact, I spent the evening tripping over my pants. Also, lo and behold, I made it all through the evening and never once had to take my shoes off because they hurt. I won’t say it was like walking on a cloud, but I did not feel like I had to limp to the car after the event. Not only that, I could finally stand up from a chair and not scream in pain! That was a big improvement over yesterday’s agony from the Rocky drills we did in class on Monday. (Mrs. M – if you are reading this, please have some mercy on my thighs tomorrow!)
As I walked around and talked with people this evening many of them remarked on how much weight I had lost. I got lots of compliments on how I looked. I could feel my grin getting bigger and bigger as the evening wore on. For the first time in a long time I was once again comfortable in my own skin. I LOVED that feeling. The speaker talked about grace – about God showing us His grace through an inspiration to do something or through the words and actions of other people. Tonight I could see the result of the grace that I have been blessed to receive over the last 14 weeks or so – self-confidence, an openness to friendships, an openness to love from others, and britches that are too big!!!!!!