From my friend Betsy’s post, “We Will Reap”:
“…My 11 year old daughter Jessica hasn’t been 11 for very long. We had her birthday party here a couple weeks ago, and she has been wanting an iPod Touch for quite a while. It’s ‘the thing’ you know? They’re very useful and very fun. Most of her friends have one. For her birthday, instead of gifts, she asked for money, so she could save up for this thing she’s been wanting. She got gifts of money from some of her friends. After her birthday, she had $70. saved up; quite a chunk in this household. She knew more time would pass for her to earn more money to add to this so she could buy the iPod.”
She came to me a few days ago and asked to talk to me. ‘Mom, I don’t want to use my money to buy the iPod’ she told me ‘I want to use it to buy blankets for the homeless.’ I asked her how this came about ‘I had a moment with God’ she said. We continued the conversation, and I could tell she meant it…”
“…Monday, we went to the store to buy the blankets my friend Michele (who works with homeless people) said were a good choice. While we were getting ready to go, my 8 year old son Joshua said ‘I want to use my money to buy blankets for homeless people, too.’ He had $15. saved up.
Just like that, the very next day, God answered my husband’s hope.
Joshua asked me if he could put one of his dollars into the Salvation Army bucket at the door. Then, together, with $84. and some change, they got 8 blankets.
Tomorrow, we will meet Michele with the blankets at the place they keep items needed to help care for homeless people in Greensboro…”
What was her husband’s hope? What did Betsy learn about her heart, God’s heart and her children’s hearts? I encourage you to read the whole post.
I look forward to picking up the blankets and to giving them out to homeless people. I will tell the people who receive these blankets about the children who saved and spent their own money to buy them.
“He who gives to the poor will lack nothing…”
Thanks, Betsy. Love you all.