It wasn't long ago that Greenville lost a beloved citizen by the name of Bo Griffin. Ms Griffin was a native of Greenville who moved on to become a renown television and radio celebrity. Upon her sudden passing, I wrote an article about her and her Christian family and upbringing. Although she was on all types of radio shows and HGTV and other shows and was loved by many all over the country, she made quite an impact right here in her hometown as well.
Bo Griffin was the owner of a small dress shop right in the middle of Greenville. The shop was called "Goddess" and the racks were filled with beautiful and affordable wedding and evening gowns. It was a best kept secret and Ms. Griffin's "back home" investment. The little building on Laurens Road no longer holds the fine evening wear and the store is now closed, but before the lights were turned off and the doors were shut for the last time, Bo Griffin made one more impression on someone.
That someone is Gina Clark. Gina is from the upstate of South Carolina and a strong Christian and hard worker who has had her bouts with faith and fate. One day while looking back at her old wedding photos, Gina saw an emptiness. She saw herself on her wedding day in her pale blue dress and was disappointed that she never got to wear a real wedding dress like her mother did. God spoke to Gina that day and she was encouraged to not only honor the recent passing of her dear mother but also make her bridal pictures over in a wedding dress. In spite of the damaging affect of several recent back to back losses in her family including her mother, God was telling Gina to live.
Gina's wedding dress had come from Goddess Boutique and it is no mistake that she became connected to me after I wrote that article, It was fate. And it was also fate that everything happened the way it did right down to Gina purchasing her new wedding dress, just because it "came to her".
But it was faith in God and the sanctity of Holy matrimony that brought together Gina with her husband in spite of the wedding dress and kept them in that union for so many years that she decided to surprise her husband with the new photos for their anniversary.
Proverbs 31: 29-31 reads:
29 Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Gina's story is inspiring. God wants you to shine, so that you can reflect your light upon others and they may see Him in you. So go ahead...step out on faith and fate...and be the "Goddess" that you were meant to be!