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Friday, June 25, 2010

Lessons From TV Debut - Pray First!

Hands Together in Prayer

Have you ever been so excited that you forgot to pray? I almost learned that lesson from my TV interview on Channel 4, our local NBC affiliate.

The morning of the interview, I was really nervous. What are you supposed to wear on TV? I went to put on a red blazer and Doug remarked, “That’s too bright, you better wear something else.”

Thanks honey for all the helpful input.

I opted for a plain black dress. Rather than staining my teeth with more coffee, I got out the whitening strips from my dentist. What we do for vanity.

It was raining, which meant my hair would transform into a ball of frizz the moment I stepped outside. This called for extra hair gel. I caked it on liberally, along with some extra make-up. After whining my teeth, I decided to make a green shake for breakfast. If I didn’t have my usual dose of caffeine, at least I would have energy.

When I got to my office, I was really missing my coffee. I went into the bathroom and noticed I had hair gel all over the side of my dress. Worse yet, I had spinach in my teeth from the green shake. So much for vanity.

I called my friend Cheryl, and she prayed for me over the phone. Then I called my secretary, Larriane. “Help, I need some coffee. I don’t care if my teeth are brown, I need some caffeine quick.”

After getting some work done (and some coffee), I headed to the studio around 11:00 a.m. From there forward, everything went smoothly. The team at Channel 4 was fantastic, and they even posted the link to my book on their website.

Of course, after an interview there are always things you wish you had done differently – things you wish you would have known (like where the camera was) and things you wish you would have said. When I got home, my kids were thrilled to see me, but Abby blurted out -- “You should have said our names on TV!”

Next time, I’ll try to remember to say their names. The most important lesson I learned? It wasn't the coffee, the hair gel, or the whitening strips. The most important lesson was to pray first!

Have a good weekend!

7 comments:

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Really, you had spinach in your teeth!? Sadly I fear that is what is bound to happen to me during a key moment. But prayer covers all spinach. ;)

I've been doing a good deal of praying. About to head out to vacation with family.

~ Wendy

Heidiopia said...

God has a wonderful sense of humor, don't you think? Glad it went well in the end :).

Graceful said...

I love this story -- it's so real, spinach teeth and all! Your point is well-take...pray first, whiten teeth later! Love it!

P.S. Thanks for the books -- they came yesterday...I started reading last night! I'll let you know when I do the give-away on my blog, so so you know what's happening!

Deidra said...

All things (spinach, coffee, hair gel) work together for good...

Susan DiMickele said...

Lots of lessons through the spinach. It all worked for good!

Laura said...

You are awesome. This story just makes me smile. I bet you knocked their socks off, didn't you? How exciting, and how fun!! My bloggy buddy is a tv star :)

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Hi Susan! Congratulations on your TV interview. How cool! No doubt, you did a fine job. You're a gifted communicator.

On Friday, you dropped by GDWJ and remarked that you might hop on over to High Calling Blogs. It will be fun to see your face and your smile and your words there, too! It's a great community of writers and moms and poets and dads and photographers and ... well, a bunch of regular folks who also might just get caught with spinach in their teeth. ;-)