we planned, we prayed
we prepped, we prayed
It seemed like such a long week leading up to such a short day
a day that I had BIG dreams for
a day I had been thinking about and preparing for this past month (plus some)
a day God used to not only teach me more about myself that I want to change but increased my passion to want to serve Him even more.
I had planned on forty to fifty people
God only needed eighteen
I planned on making hundreds of pairs of shoes with MY large number of guest
God knew exactly the amount he needed cut
I wanted the backyard filled to the brim with people
God wanted an intimate setting with hearts willing to serve and hands willing to work
I wanted to raise a certain amount of funds from all the donation pieces
God doubled that amount making sure every guest went home with a prize and still leaving half the prizes available for me to raffle online
I wanted everyone I know to fall in love with this organization at this party
but God used the event as a stepping stone to new opportunities to share it with so many others
more than I could imagine
As always God poured out His blessings in over abundance. He took my "big dream" and made the reality of it better. It wasn't bigger just greater.
(these gals blessed my socks off)
I'm not gonna lie. I cried while cleaning up. Not sad tears by any means but ones of joy. I was so overwhelmed as we counted the donation money and packaged up the cut shoes. I couldn't believe the hearts of the people who came to help and the new people I met in the process. I wanted to leave all the decorations up and host another party the next day, and the day after that.
I thought about the words Micah spoke as he gave a devotion and shared his heart about Sole Hope. How as I was packing up the last few pairs of shoes and as I felt the material pass through my fingers and into a ziplock bag I was reminded of the words he spoke
"Even today as we dedicate this time to cutting fabric, as you touch this fabric with your hands and as it passes between your fingers, I want you to realize and think about the journey this fabric is going to go on. It will travel to Africa. It will be sewn into shoes and will be placed on the foot of a child which will provide relief and protection."
The thought of this blessed my heart and all I wanted to do was stop cleaning and cut more.
The heart of God radiates through this organization and I'm humbled to play even a small part in it.
Thank you all who donated, thank you all who came to help trace, cut and assemble. Thank you all who prayed and thank you Sole Hope for doing what you do.
Stay tuned for the online raffle of additional goodies left over from the event. You don't want to miss it!