Just in case you do not speak LulaRoe… An Irma is the most fantastic shirt and it is manufactured by a home based business company, LulaRoe. If you have not experienced LulaRoe yet, do it. Do it soon. Do it Now! You get to look super cute with fun patterns, but feel like you are wearing your jammies!
So, I won an Irma…
My introduction to LulaRoe came from my sweet friend, Tana. She and her friend, Angela began to sell LulaRoe last fall sometime. I had no idea what it was, but wanted to support my friend. So, I volunteered to host a pop- up party at my home. Tana and Angela came to my home with bag after bag of comfy cute clothes that little did I know I was about to be completely obsessed with!
I began to join facebook group after facebook group. Every time there was a contest for free LLR, I entered. I won a pair of leggings and that added fuel to my fire! I was so excited!
One day, I came across another friend of mine, Meg, that had a LLR business. She had a contest and you had to tell how you thought your friends might describe you. I was completely uncomfortable with the question. I have a very hard time seeing the good or positive in myself. There are many reasons for my struggles with self-image and some of those include others negative comments infiltrating my mind. These comments and other things left me feeling “less than”. I seem to have a constant feeling of not being good enough or maybe that people just don’t like me. BUT, Meg was offering a free IRMA to the winner of the post! An Irma was the best prize I had seen offered anywhere. I had to enter.
I sat for at least 30 minutes trying to think of descriptors of myself that would be positive, true and not boastful. After all, no one wants a debbie downer on a LLR post. So, I couldn’t write what I really felt or better yet feared that some might say about me. Silly, that was the first thing that I could think of positive. I’m not 100% sure what else I said, but it was something to the effect of I love love and pink.
After about a week, Meg tagged me in a post. I eagerly clicked to see what I had been tagged in and much to my surprise it was an announcement that I had won an Irma! I quickly posted, “Shut up! I feel like I should give a speech or something. Thank you!” My friend, Kellie posted a congrats post and then Meg posted, “ That’s why everybody loves you! You are too funny! You’re welcome!”
I froze. My heart sank. A tear welled in my eye. I couldn’t believe it. Did she say everybody loved me? Had she not heard that not many people loved me? Had she not heard that I was “less than”? And at that moment with tears stinging in my eyes, I began to realize God decided to reveal to me through a free Irma from a sweet friend that I was loved by more than Him. My sweet friend, Meg, has no idea (well until now if she reads this post) what a huge impact her 3 sentence response had on my soul. It was food for my soul. It was much needed words. It lifted my spirit and reminded me how lucky I am to be surrounded by women that will speak life into me when needed.
The moral of the story is not “everybody loves me”. It’s also not “winning is everything”. The point to this crazy post is that God is the provider of our everything…. even a silly girl’s need to feel loved.
God alone is the provider of affirmations of love, acceptance, self-worth, and purpose. When we begin to look in other places, we are left feeling “less than”. This was a punch in the gut for me as I realized that some of the things I believed about myself were not true.
1 John 1 tells us that God is love. He loves me and you just the way he created us. He can choose anyway to reveal that love for us… even an Irma!
MUCH LOVE TO YOU MY SISTER! Christie
For your Reflection:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
1 John 4:7
1 John 3:16-18