Saturday, February 11, 2012

Color, color,everywhere!

9:32 p.m. Today's project was to participate in an all-day makeup artistry certification class by Robert Jones, top advisor to Mary Kay, Inc. and creator of several of our products. His list of celebrities whom he makes up with our brand exclusively, is very long and impressive. The 8 hour workshop, held in Long Beach, was highly professional and delivered every single concept and skill promised.

It took some rather tense moments to get the caregiver lined up for Steve yesterday, because our sales director Laurie had just informed us of an half hour earlier meet-up time at the Riverside Plaza. Why was this a big deal? Because I already had Elias scheduled from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the agency won't have their people scheduled for more than 12 hours. I now had to be at our carpooling spot  at 6:30, so it was late afternoon yesterday when an arrangement was made for the caregiver to arrive at 5:45. In the early evening. I wrote up instructions for all three meals, labeled each element of them and Steve's snack and med schedule, and left a note that my dad would be visiting. Amazingly, I still got to bed early to rest up for my 4:30 alarm. Why so early? I needed to have my usual devotional, coffee and breakfast routine before getting fully made up and dressed professionally, plus packing up the items from the very long supply list required for attendees. After paying $57 for the workshop, I wasn't going to miss one bit of instruction because of sloppiness on my part! As I Corinthians 10:31 says,

Whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God. 

This is my profession now, and I want to service my customers with  a high degree of knowledge and up-to-date skills. That takes instruction and practice, practice, practice! I've been teaching basic glamour makeovers following my customers' skincare classes  the last 4 1/2 years, and they've been pleased with their results.  But I'm one who always strives to improve in areas of life I profess to care about. I love instruction, whether from the Bible for spiritual, family, and life in general; and additionally, I seek specific educational sources to enhance my professional growth.

One might think, "Makeup? How trivial!" But nothing that makes a woman look and as a result, feel lovely is trivial--after all, God is the One who created beauty and gave us the eyes, brains and hearts to appreciate it, whether in nature, or on human faces! And for me there is the certainty that the Lord gave me when He told me a few months back, "I am in this for you." And He shows it! Get this: my highly motivated new consultant of 5 days' tenure, will be signing up her cousin on Friday! She hasn't even given her first facial yet...hilarious!

So this morning, I popped my eyes open and checked my cellphone, hmmm, 4:25. Well, I might as well get that 5 minute advantage. Ran downstairs and turned on the coffee and the lights, and never did hear my 4;30 alarm go off. Instead, it was dialing a customer's number---yikes, at 4:30, what on earth had I done?Thankfully they didn't pick up! Yet, the snooze went on at 4:35 while I was washing my face. God had graciously awakened me, so I wouldn't sleep past my time, panic, or fret about missing my ride!

So Jesus not only cared enough to make sure I attended this workshop as arranged in every detail, but wouldn't even allow me to jump wildly out of bed late. He knows me so well and loves me so much!  If something is important to me, it's important to Him. That is because as His child, I am important to Him, as is every believer. God loves the world and everyone in it, don't get me wrong. But when we acknowledge our need for Him, ask Him to save us from our sins, and are born again and filled with His Holy Spirit, God's entire power and love are unleashed in our behalf in ways we can't even comprehend. Imagine--the Creator of the universe waking me up on time, even early, which suits me just right! I love You, Lord!

Because of God's loving watchcare, Steve was well taken care of and had a nice day; and I learned a tremendous number of useful skills while enjoying Christian fellowship with the gals in our unit. We encouraged one another and cheered each other on. And then Steve and I enjoyed a quiet evening together. Psalm 138:8:

The LORD will perfect that which concerns me. 

So glad I don't have to!


  1. A long time ago I sold Mary Kay. Or at least I thought I would sell Mary Kay. I was not aggressive in the mid 1980s and that was a time when the economy was also down. It is incredible that you do this. I have also tried Creative Memories and Discovery Toys--but again loved the product, but not the aggressive sales needed to make a go of it. Then I kept having to buy products to keep in business. Not for me.

    Currently I substitute teach and also teach a class for DUI offenders. Last week with three nights out teaching the twelve hour DUI class, my husband did not eat his frozen dinner two nights and the third night he heated up two dinners!

    So it is that I can't imagine all you do to prepare to leave the house, but it must make you feel good that you have someone for Steve. It's great that you can do this as a profession, along with writing a book!

    Hugs and prayers,

  2. I think I'd call that customer (at a respectable hour) and apologize anyway!

  3. Yes, I did call her, but she's been sick and hasn't called me back. But we'll connect soon!