When You Need to Rock the Muumuu

Aug 30

I don’t live a glamorous life.

While my Facebook statuses (is the plural stati?) and Instagram photos show my children loving each other and me spending copious amounts of time loving my husband and reading God’s Word, that’s not always how it rolls.

On any given day, I drag my bleary-eyed, bed-headed self to my daughter’s room to wake her and supervise her fashion selection for the day. Often this time of the day is sprinkled with pouts, foot stomps and tears. We rush downstairs to eat breakfast – your choice of seven boxes of cereal in various degrees of sugary sweetness, except on standardized testing days when I fire up the stovetop.

I drive, first my daughter, and then my son to the bus stop without brushing my teeth, my hair or adorning certain important undergarments meant for holding up the masses. (Just keeping it real.) Then I pray I don’t need to leave the car for any reason.

I am a mom.

You’ll often find me writing the things bursting from within me to keep the actual verbal word count down to a few hundred thousand a day. That means I don’t talk as much. My husband thanks me for this.

I’ve published a few things, but you won’t find me on the New York Times Best Sellers list. I speak at MOPS and churches here and there, but my name isn’t listed beside greats like Beth Moore or Priscilla Shirer on the Women of Faith ticket.

And just between you and me, I sometimes wonder why? I have a fabulous southern drawl and a complete sequined wardrobe. Does Lifeway Women realize what they are missing out on?

But sitting at the kitchen table one morning, bowing my unkempt head over my Bible, I read, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Cor. 12:12, 18-19 NIV, emphasis mine)

So, I was meant to rock the muumuu.

God placed me here. As it is, I’m doing what He has called me to do – crazy hair and all. Right now, I’m supposed to be a wife and mother. I’m sharing the truths He’s given me with the written word. I’m filling sippy cups by day and watching Sci Fi with my hubby by night. I work at slipping Jesus into the conversations at the supermarket and occasionally pop in at the prison.

Perhaps one day, I’ll share sparkly eye shadow with Beth or rescue orphans with Rich. But today, I’m going to build blanket forts and faith by doing the last thing I know He called me to do. And if I’m going to be hanging around the house and all, I can at least rock a good sequined muumuu.

Where does God have you now? Do you ever feel like your job for God isn’t important? Try walking without toes, and remember all the little parts are important for the function of the body as a whole.

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  • Alan Aug 30 at 1:44 pm

    Please don’t go buy any muumuus. Not even sequined ones.

    • Carol Aug 30 at 2:05 pm

      Really? Because I saw one at Dillard’s the other day.

  • Kimberly Aug 31 at 11:39 am

    You encourage my heart! 🙂

    Today I am rocking pajama pants with puppies. And I daily hope I do not have to get out of my car when driving my kids to school. Not. A. Pretty. Picture. 🙂

    The Lord has definitely had to remind me that I am right where I need to be and I am who He created me to be. He still has to many days. I am so thankful He is willing to encourage us through His Word. To let us know that right where we are matters oh, so much.

    Maybe you and your muumuu and me and my pajama pants will just go on tour ourselves. I am sure there is a cute catchy name for us: Sleepy Sequined Southern Sisters Sharing Jesus? Okay. Not that. 😉

    Love you!

    • Carol Aug 31 at 2:55 pm

      Kimberly, you make me laugh. 😀 I would totally go on tour with you – as long as we can get a bus with fru-fru interior. I love the name! It might be hard getting it painted down the side of the bus, but I think we can manage. 😉 Love you!!

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