I Spy the Truth

littlegirlwithmagnifyingglassistock811Several years ago, my granddaughter, Ellie, and I were passing the time on a family road trip by playing one of our favorite travel games, I Spy. It was Ellie’s turn and she had me searching high and low for something purple, our favorite color. It wasn’t the beach towel, the flower on her shirt, or her purple nail polish. I had a good view of the entire van from my back seat location, but it wasn’t helping. What else could it possibly be?

“You’ll never guess this one,” the seven-year-old announced. That was all I needed to hear. Zooming down the highway at 70 miles per hour, my competitive streak went into overdrive.

But there was nothing purple left in the car. “Are you sure you mean purple?” I asked, eying Christina’s sweater. “Could it be pink?”

“No, MaMa, it’s purple. I promise.” She crossed her arms. “You might as well give up. You’ll never guess it.”

“You know me better than that.” I crossed my own arms. “I never give up!”

Five minutes later, I gave up. “Okay, what is it?”

She pointed. I leaned over and scanned the floorboard. “There’s nothing purple down there.”

“Not there,” she said, pointing again. “There.”

I followed her pointing finger straight to my leg. My spider-veined leg.

Purple is no longer my favorite color.

This story is true, and one I love telling as I travel around the country. But even though I laugh every time I tell it, I must admit, there’s a little part of me that misses my former self.

I occasionally catch a make-over show claiming to create A New YOU. Usually, the recipient of the make-over gift is thrilled with her New You results. She sports a new haircut and a new wardrobe and new lips. But regardless of how good this “new” person looks, underneath the surgery and the make up and the packaging, she’s still the same person, with the same baggage, the same struggles, and the same sin.

I’m thankful that when God created A New Vonda, He made me new inside and out. No make-up, no surgery, no fake body parts. He made me fresh and new, clean and white, forgiven and free. Truly a make-over gift.

And that’s why I write. I know what it’s like to be spiritually wrinkled, walking around on spider-veined legs. I know how it feels to be covered in guilt, and I know how it feels to be free.

I can’t keep the Good News of this free gift to myself.

I have to write.


Calling for Your MoGo7000 Totals!mogo

So, how did you do this month? Did you reach your goal of 7000 new words on a book project? If so, I want to hear from you!

Just leave a comment (please do not email me–it won’t count) with your total word count from July 1 to July 31 and you’ll have another entry into the end-of-the-year drawing for $100 in cold, hard cash.

And the really good news is, you can join in at any time. Here are the MoGo7000 guidelines with all the instructions.

Hope you’ll join us in August!


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Did you sign a contract? Create a new website? Have something published? If so, we want to celebrate with you! Just email me with the information in this format:

  • Your name
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I love seeing what you’re all doing!


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#9-Beth Fortune! Congratulations, Beth. Your ebook instructions are on the way!

And thank you for joining us last week, Edie. Your words encouraged us to move forward without fear. 🙂


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Parting Words from The Word…biblewomanistockdec10

My former pastor, Sonny Foraker, used to call this the Ivory Soap verse. I think that’s a good way to describe it, don’t you?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,


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  • Vonda Skelton

    I am so impressed! And I know why I love this group! You're good writers who like to laugh and you're honest with your own failures!See you week!Vonda

  • Oh, Vonda, what a wonderful story. I love the Vonda God created new inside and out. And thanks for the perspective. I sometimes find myself focusing on the wrong things. How true if we focus on Jesus we become more like him and our problems take a back seat when we’re in his presence. Isn’t God good? You make my heart glad. Today I’m going to celebrate my spider veins!

  • Vonda – what a great story and application. My stretch-marked self appreciated and needed it!
    My word count – 7524 – my first MoGo of the year!! 🙂

  • Marie Senter

    Burple/purple veins are like the lines around my eyes…..denoting character! and I be a CHARACTER! Look in the Oct Chicken Soup for the Troubled Soul…Corinne Hummel is my sister…I helped arrange the words!
    ?are you going to be at NoTxWriters this year? Miss that ebullient presence of you in person! prayers and a hug Marie

  • Vonda, I loved your fun story with your dear grand! Come to think of it, I’m looking at a spot of purple on my leg big enough to double as a violet.
    Must say, I’m grateful for new life and His unconditional love each day, no matter what I may look like. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Vonda Skelton

    Coming up for air long enough to say, "Wow!" You MoGo-ers have been busy this month! Congratulations!And thank you all for your sweet comments. I love being around kids. That's where I get half my material!Love y'all. Thanks for hanging out with me here at The Christian Writer's Den. :-)Vonda

  • Ashley

    That was cute!
    My word count for July was 16,719. I thank God I got that far.

  • I had a good laugh at your story. Kids don’t understand those little nuances called feelings :)It was a great tie-in to the truth of the gospel. How very true that remodeling the outside does nothing to change the heart. Thanks for a great post!
    My July word count was 13,183.

  • I love your story! But you know what struck me most? It was the fact that she didn’t see anything wrong with the way you looked. You were (and are) her precious MaMa and she loves you just the way you are. I’m so grateful that while God is constantly at work to make me more like Jesus, He couldn’t love me more than He does right now! What an amazing God we serve!!!!

  • That’s perfect Vonda. A man told a story this Sunday of his friend who had six children including three who were almost totally disabled. She was overwhelmed and finally said to God I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. The thought came to her mind of a time in college she’d cheated on a test. She went to the professor and the dean and confessed, and made it right as far as she could. She felt not only forgiveness and cleansing but renewed energy and the ability to do it.
    So true how our burden of sin wears us out, how the purifying blood of Christ frees us.

  • Good morning, Vonda! Enjoyed the devotion today. Purple is royalty, right? MOGO 7,112.
    Have a great week.
    Jeanette Edgar

  • Vonda, Thank you for this great reminder! I love the story of you and Ellie in the van. Children certainly don’t have any qualms about saying what they think. I look to seeing you in September, not once, but twice! Love you!

  • Cindy Patterson

    Cute story, Vonda! Children never cease to amaze, or embarrass us!:) My MoGo total for this month is … 9,363
    Thank you for all you do!
    Cindy Patterson

  • Celeste Vaughan

    Ok, I am no where near a grandmother status, but purple needs to be removed from the crayon box! I remember seeing someone at the beach when I was little and thought her kegs looked like a map! Not me, I thought. Well….I’m so glad God makes us completely new! ( though I must say I keep up on line with all the new vein-zapping technology!)

  • I love this, Vonda! Wonderful teaching. And I spy a few purples on my leg too!

  • I needed a laugh this morning! I look forward to I Spy moments with my grandchildren — although I will be sure to wear long pants when I do. Purple is no longer my favorite color either. ha! Thanks for reminding me what truly matters in the big scheme of things. 🙂

  • Catherine

    Thanks Vonda for such a Godly inspiring devotion today. I’m off for another week off-line with my family. So blessings to you!

  • The final count this month is 10,543. Apparently, working to publish makes reaching the word count goal easier.