Guest Post by Jan K. Willis       @SandraALovelace       #TimetobeYOU!

After 50-plus years, breaking an old habit qualifies as “purt nare impposulbul.” But, along comes my friend Sandra who went from downtrodden to spectacular overnight.

My breathing stopped as she got in the cafeteria line behind me. “What happened? You look amazing! Who are you and what did you do with Sandra?”

Oh, yes. That was my exact response to seeing her after a few months apart. Being shy and unobtrusive, as we all know her . . . not . . . she proceeded to share what changed her. God performed open-heart surgery. He removed the lies of inferiority and worthlessness, and replaced them with confidence in His design. He reminded her He had a unique purpose He wanted her to enjoy while she deepened her relationship with Him.

As for me, I sat on the back row or stood in the corner wherever I went. I felt inferior and believed nobody wanted me around. That day as we filled our plates, Sandra’s testimony shattered all the negative thoughts repeated at me over and over throughout my life. Her words shared the truth, but it was the way she owned them. And I took ownership too.

When I returned home, I began to choose more flattering clothes—mixing and matching colors, and accessorizing. I updated my hair with a fresh cut and color, and changed my morning routine. No leaving my room, not even for coffee, until I got dressed, applied makeup, and styled my new haircut. A friend commented I looked as if I’d lost weight. I thanked her and smiled at my secret. I stood taller and simply appeared thinner.

By His life-changing grace, God implanted confidence where inadequacies reigned. Courage took the place of fear. His perfect, unconditional, defining love replaced my broken, deceived heart. The Lord and I have walked together for a long while. Yet one revealing conversation with my friend opened the door to His inner courts. May His Name be praised.

Stop dwelling on past events
and brooding over times gone by;
I am doing something new;
it’s springing up — can’t you see it?
I am making a road in the desert,
rivers in the wasteland.Isaiah 43:18-19 Complete Jewish Bible

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB


Jan Willis with her new hairstyle!

You can follow up with Jan at her FB page.

 

Imagine my surprise when Jan told me my makeover had inspired hers.
Thank you, Jan. Now God is using your testimony to encourage me onward in His purpose.

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4 Comments

    1. It’s a blessing to have such dear friends . The kind who open their hearts to listen and to share in return.
      Thanks again, Jan K Willis.

    1. Yes. It is a fun story … and all the more because it’s true. Every word.
      Somebody once said truth was stranger than fiction. Maybe reality is also more fun than fiction.

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