The Confusing Half-Spirituality Size

Dear Reader:

I broke down and went in Belk yesterday (with a double mask for good luck) because I was desperate for some pants that fit me again.

Somehow during this pandemic…I have managed to lose some weight and I am stuck between pant sizes…one is too loose and I am constantly pulling my pants up…like the little girl on Dee Lesko’s adorable card she sent me…and then to make it worse…I am a little tall for short length pants and not tall enough for average  pants. What’s a gal to do?

I managed to find a pair of jeans and one pairs of slacks…right now they fit but who knows what the future will bring?

It got me thinking about the spiritual dilemmas we find ourselves in when we get spiritually stuck between two sizes also. I am sure God intends One Size to fit all His children equally lovingly…but then when we start holding back on some practices and beliefs in our spirituality or adding personal judgments to others and their beliefs and life styles…we get stuck in half sizes again.

My shoe size is a six…but my chemo regime causes my feet to swell during intervals on occasion and  neuropathy is a frequent visitor too…so from day to day I can wear a six or a six and a half or even a seven. I just have learned to adjust to daily dressing by picking out which shoe fits first and then outfit accordingly.

*Though if I am being completely honest…the sign below sums up my attire on many a day….anybody else get in this predicament occasionally?

On the inside of the title card Dee sent me…she had placed a gold sticker because I was teasing her about a comment she made on an earlier blog post this week. She gave me an A+ on the post for research and information…I thanked her profusely and teasingly asked ...”But where is my gold star then?” 

Dee’s note card came yesterday…she was out of stars but wondered if the large gold sticker would suffice? It did…and does…and Dee always gets the last laugh in…in all sizes…big, small, and in-between.

Yesterday I got caught in “Please Lord don’t let me bump into anybody I know at the grocery store”…as I tentatively crept out of my car, ran across the parking lot and went through Publix in record-breaking time-even without my grocery list I had left in the car- a miracle…and no I didn’t see a soul I knew. God is SO good! No half-sizes from Him…He gives it all…all the time!

So until tomorrow….

Father, Help me stop pulling back from full commitments to do God’s work but instead give me the right size shoe to make the trip to help others.

Another amazingly late spring weather  pop-up day….I worked on beautifying my deck surroundings.




About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to The Confusing Half-Spirituality Size

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    I know that you are suppose to give something that you like yourself for a gift…and I did by giving you the daffodils…but everytime I see them in one of your blog pictures I am amazed that they still look so pretty. You truly have a green thumb because they would not have ladted that long with me…Enjoy.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      They have been amazing but were not as happy with the 80 degrees…a little too warm for them…but still overall they are doing good….will put in an updated photo in tomorrow’s blog post for the first day of March! Early rabbit, rabbit.


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Rabbit…Rabbitt…Rabbit…still looking good.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I cut off some brown spots…because they have really outdone themselves …a testimony to perseverance….thank you again for the daffodils. The first gift of spring.


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