By Elaine Baldwin | @elainehbaldwin
Please don’t stone me! I’m not making light of the importance of this day or its historical significance. It’s just that I am trying take the advice of a very special lady. One many of us know and try to emulate.
Oh, what is her name? Well, this is embarrassing writing about someone and not remembering her name. Good grief! I know you know her.
She’s a very moral and honest person; a real respectable sort. She’s a valuable friend. Wish I could say the same as I can’t even remember her name. Anyway, I’m sure you’ve seen her around. She lights up any room and is definitely the right hand woman to her husband. And is he ever the lucky one. I’ll never quite figure out what she sees him, but that’s for another day.
Maybe you’ve been to her shop, though she does a lot of her business online these days. Honestly I don’t know how she does what she does. Though she confided in me once that she really doesn’t always have her act together and on those days she clings even harder to Jesus. Another good piece of advice from her that I try to follow.
I do know she’s been a big help to me, even though her name still has not moved from the inner sanctum of my brain. How will I ever admit to her that I forgot her name? If someone treated me that way, I’d just… Well, just never mind what I would just!
Thankfully, she doesn’t hold grudges, so I know she will accept my apology with grace. That is once I remember her name so I can remember how to reach her.
(Have I mentioned the recurring memory loss issues I’ve dealt with lately.) Let’s see. Where was I? Oh yes, the reason I want to laugh on this election day. I’ve got to tell you this woman I know has such a great outlook on life. Even though she is constantly on the go and looks out for others, she always holds herself with such grace and poise.
And she gives the best advice; every time I seek her out. So when I asked her how she was handling all the election stress and she laughed…well I have to say, I was, indeed, a little shocked. I asked her to explain her joviality. And this is what she said:
“I am clothed with strength and dignity, and I laugh without fear of the future.”
“Really?” I replied. “Can you rephrase that so I can better understand?”
“But, of course,” She graciously responded.
“Strength and dignity are my clothing, so I can laugh at the time to come.”
“That’s what I thought you said,” I replied. “But, I still don’t get it.”
“Sure you do,” She said as she walked through the door. “Just read Proverbs 31 again. Then you’ll remember.”