Monday, March 1, 2010

Miss Alabama 1995

Hi guys! Sorry about the favorites post. This past Friday i was out of town..I went to my hometown for a visit with the family. My mom told me about an event on Friday night that i was VERY excited about. I don't know if you remember (or if you kept up with this stuff) but in 1995 Miss Alabama was crowned Miss America (BTW-that was the last time Miss Alabama won the title). Not only was i excited that Miss Alabama won that year, but she was Heather Whitestone-the deaf ballerina from Jacksonville Alabama (where i was living that year).
She was speaking at a Heart Links event last Friday night and my sister and i go to go while my sweet Mama and Daddy stayed with the kiddos. Her story was SO moving and encouraging. I am going to let you enjoy the worshipful dance on that amazing night and link you to her story and website..It is worth your time if you have a minute..
The video was disabled so that you cannot embed it but click here to watch. And here is her biography.
Watch her crowning moment here. I only competed in one pageant ever. I was "talked into" competing by some friends. It was our local Miss Tallassee pageant 2000. I had never been interested in actually doing that myself. Frankly i didn't see myself as eligible...The night before the pageant my grandmother who had been ill for a long time, worsened. Her condition got more and more intense and i remember being on my knees praying asking my mom what to pray and her saying "Pray that she stops suffering and that if its God's will that he take her home." So i did. I remember right where i prayed, i remember tears running down my face. The next morning i remember sweeping the floor after breakfast and Daddy coming in and choking back tears saying "she's gone".
I called my friend who had been so adamant about my entering the pageant asking her how to decline now..Then my mom interupted so i said i would call her back. My mom told me "Joy this is the only way your Meme will get to see you. She loved that dress when you were trying it on the other day..there is no reason not to do this, unless you just don't want could think of it as doing it for her.."
So i did. And i won. And in my interview i remember them asking me if there was one thing that i could stop in the world what would it be and why. I replied "Suffering. I wish that there would be no more pain, but i know that will not happen until we are in heaven." The next year when i crowned i danced to the Point of grace song "No more Pain" and my platform was raising awareness of cancer and preventions.
With seconds left the judges asked if there was one thing that they felt they should know about me and i replied "Yes, Jesus is my Lord and Savior and my only reason for hope in this world!"
So Wow-to God be the glory indeed as you read this and Heather's story. As she shared Friday night-"the only thing that others see in me that is beautiful is Jesus-He is the spring in my step, the spark in my smile and the light in my eyes" to HIM alone be glory!
SONG by Point of Grace
She sits by the window with wandering eyes She has a song in her heart
And a golden disguise Her body is torn because age doesn't heal
She's not letting on About the pain that she feels
But she knows in her soul That it won't be too long
Til Jesus comes back To carry her home...

Where there will be no more pain
No more sorrow
No more waiting
For illusive tomorrows
There will be no more pain
No more dying
No more striving or strain
No more pain

My mind's eye remembers the trouble I've seen
All I have been through, And how I long to be free
But I learn by her patience that I need her resolve
To wait for the opening of eternity's halls
And I know that in time we will stand side by side
When Jesus comes back receiving His bride