The Story Behind the “Stay Pretty” Brand
Believe It or Not, This Shirt Actually Has Nothing To Do With Looks.
Romans 12:14-21 essentially tells us to take the high road and let God handle the rest. Trust me when I tell you, when I am seriously offended, that is the very last thing that I want to do. If you read my bio, you may recall me briefly mentioning a traumatic situation that occurred back in the summer of 2019. Without going into too much detail, I will tell you that there was someone that I deeply loved and trusted and they betrayed me. They betrayed me in a way I never expected and would never wish on another living soul. It hurt deeply to the point where I questioned the point of living. You can guess where I was going with that last statement. Thank God that I was surrounded with love and positivity because without it, who knows where I would be right now?
“I had to grieve and then I had to heal.”
Once I got past the initial shock and disappointment of that situation, I had to grieve and then I had to heal. The path to healing was a long one filled with highs and lows. It wasn’t a steady incline and then one day, everything was sunshine and roses. Some days I was fine. Other days I would break down and cry.
I’m sure you already know this, but the healing process is ugly! Many nights I laid on my floor crying so hard that I could barely breathe. But there was also something beautiful about my healing process. Healing led to therapy once a week. Healing led to a new, more mature wardrobe. Healing led to a social media cleanse. Healing led to removing people from my life that I knew were not good for me. Healing led to the discovery of new and hidden talents. Healing led to a new business venture. Healing led to a new, improved and better version of me.
At some point, everyone will have a valley experience, and it is not a fun place to be. It’s dark, it’s cold, it’s lonely, but it’s necessary. It changes our habits, our thinking. It changes the way we treat people and the way we allow people to treat us. It allows us to create barriers and boundaries, something I can admit that I struggled with previously. I would allow others to remain in my space simply because I felt bad for them. Please don’t ever keep people in your life just for that reason. Pray and ask God to give you a spirit of discernment on who should stay and who should go. I stayed in a situation much longer than I should have because I felt sorry for someone and in the end, I got burned. That is where ‘stay pretty’ comes into play.
Sometimes our good nature and big heart causes us to be taken advantage of by the people we love and thought loved us. We give them everything and when they’ve had enough, they reveal themselves. Then we want revenge. We want them to suffer. We want to make them feel how they made us feel. But “vengeance is mine” says the Lord. “I will repay”. This is the word of God so we know it to be true. You don’t get to treat people poorly with no repentance or remorse and expect to live a happy and blessed life. This doesn’t mean that we spend our entire lives waiting for something bad to happen to them, however.
What it means is that we rest in knowing that God is going to take care of us. We rest in knowing that God is going to bless us. We rest in knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
Kingdom Woman, you are called according to his purpose. You do not have time to plot and plan revenge on that person who hurt you. This is as much for me as it is for you. Your time will be far better spent studying for that exam, writing that book, or designing that gown.
Your purpose is calling and what you don’t want to do is halt the fulfillment of your purpose because you’re consumed with someone else’s downfall. Stay pretty!