Thursday, February 3, 2011

...and a little child will lead them

From the moment I held my newborn babies I knew life would never be the same. In the wee hours of the mornings during feedings and fevers, in the moments of laughter and the moments of discipline I knew God was using my children to make me a better person.

I had no idea how my five-year-old would change my world view in a moment and inspire me to do more. (If you haven't already read Whose Child Is She?, please visit that post first so you are up to speed about the amazing happenings in our household this week.)


Here's Isabel holding one of the dresses we finished today!

In the past few days we have purchased fabric, cutout patterns and started making things that are starting to look like dresses. While I have been doing a lion's share of the assembling it has led to sweet moments as the kids sit on my lap and help guide the fabric or the conversations we have over the whir of the sewing machine.

As we were sewing one of the sides on the dress above Isabel said, "This dress is beautiful. I hope the girl that wears it feels beautiful too." (yes, you know me, I teared up)

As I explained to Isabel that we can do 3 or 4 dresses and a blanket to send out next week she made a funny face. "So we can do that every week, right?" she asked. "Um, baby, I'm not sure we can afford that or that we have time to keep up that much every week." "But mom, they need more than 3 dresses and what about the boys?"

I didn't have answer. We can't clothe the whole world or even just the orphans of the world. But we can't turn our backs or ignore God's mandates that are living themselves out in this child's heart. So what do we do?

Ask for help.

Do you knit?
Do you crochet?
Do you sew?
Can you knot those no sew blankets?
Can you buy a couple of yards of cute fabric?

Can you help Isabel bless others?
Can you help clothe an orphan?
Can you shine a little bit of Jesus into a whole lot of lives?

Do you have children? Can you get them involved in helping Isabel -- sew together, pick out fabric, learn to crochet together?

In Isaiah it says, "...and a little child will lead them."

And I'm so excited to follow.


Valerie Webb said...

Awesome, Wendy! I commend you for following her lead. It would have been really easy to just tell her that you don't have the time, money, etc. I admire you both! And, I'm sure God is going to bless the givers and the receivers!
(Where are you sending them?)

Anonymous said...

My son and I are ready to help! Where to we send our hats and blankets to?

Wendy said...

Anonymous...if you email at (sassylifesaver at g mail com) I will send you the info. Thanks for being willing to jump and help.

Anonymous said...

Hey Wendy ... I can make some scarves and send them to you. I will send you an email :)
I pray peace and blessings over you and Isabel (and the rest of your family). I am adding this project to my prayer journal!

Cindy said...

I love that your beautiful daughter is sharing God's heart for the orphan! I believe God has BIG plans for Isabel!!

Danielle said...

I LOVE those pictures! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!