Open it up, she told me - and I was even more perplexed when I saw the colour of the lipstick inside. Pea Green. Did she think I was Kermit??
OK, now put it on, Mum... so I did, and on application, my lips became a pleasant rosy pink colour.
There's probably some scientific explanation for this - Steph says the lipstick goes to different shades of pink for different people. Apparently of all the colour changing brands, this one [Hare Magic from Morocco] is deemed to be the best, and reliably long lasting.
This amazing lipstick is no good if I leave it in the bedroom, it has to be applied.
Likewise my faith - reading my Bible at home and thinking how good it is just isn't enough. I need to apply what I learn from God to the way I live my life.
Furthermore, just like this green-goes-unexpectedly- to-rose, I realise as I get older, that the more I do put my faith into practice, I find God works in amazing ways which I could never have expected... "beyond all we can ask or think" as the book of Ephesians says.
And yes, God's love is the best, and lasts an absolute eternity!