Hello readers! I hope you have had a great week… mine has been fabulous!
Saturday was so much fun! I headed out with friends to tailgate at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The weather was perfect, and it is always fun to see who you bump into at a Razorback game!
I didn’t stay for the football game because of a previous commitment to emcee the Miss White County Fair Pageant. On the way to Searcy, I drove through Jacksonville and got to watch from the interstate probably 10 minutes of the air show at the Little Rock Air Force Base. It was so cool! Once I made it to Searcy, I was happy to see many familiar faces. In fact, Pam Walker had previously invited me to speak at a father/daughter Valentine Banquet and thought of me when they needed an emcee. I was happy to help!
The Jr. Miss and Miss White County Pageant had a total of 25 contestants. It was a great turn out, and the audience packed the auditorium in their support. The pageant went by quickly until I got a signal to stall for about 10 minutes when it was time to audit the scores. Although not unexpected, that was no easy task. However, I decided to talk about my pageant journey, including all of the failures and successes. I talked about the lessons of persistence before winning Miss Arkansas and the disappointment that came with my Miss America finish. I was honored to receive very warm applause and a number of comments about my stories after the pageant. I was especially touched by the people who had heard me speak before Saturday and remembered specific stories I previously had shared. That is why I always enjoy the opportunities for public speaking.
Congratulations to the winners!
Jr. Miss White County Alexis Ann Toney
Miss White County Emily Campbell
I just started a new book, Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. It is a weighty theological book about living life with great purpose. Just to pique your interest and challenge your thoughts, I want to share an excerpt from his book:
“God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all of the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.”
Have a great week!