I say all this because I've been going through a lot personally over the past few weeks and haven't really blogged about it. I guess its just easier to only talk about the good stuff... So, when God started doing something really cool in my heart through learning how to sew skirts for Ruth this week, I had to let my guard down and start getting real with y'all!
As I am sure many of you can relate to, times are tough for us financially. Very tough. (You probably wonder sometimes why there aren't more pictures of my wonderful hubby on this blog, and the biggest reason is that he's not home a lot - he works two jobs to provide for us. And, even then, we are stretched thin.) There are many days where I don't know how we are gonna make it through. God always provides for us and we've seen many miracles of provision in our family, but I'm not gonna lie - it is really hard to live like that! I am definitely learning to trust God more, and my children are getting to learn about living a life of faith, too. So, that's been awesome. But, I confess that I've felt very alone fighting this fight. It's humbling and embarrassing to admit that you are struggling in this way, and often, I just don't talk about it.
But, God is faithful. Let me say that again, God. Is. Faithful.
He listens to my cries.
He hears my prayers.
And He cares. Even about the littlest things.
Ruth starts preschool at our church next week, and it has been a desire of mine to make it super special for her. She's my only girl, you know, and because of finances, I've never really been able to buy her new clothes. Normally, I'm pretty OK with her wearing hand me downs and old clothes around the house and stuff. We've been very blessed with lots of people giving us clothes for her. But, I really had a desire in my heart to get her a few cute little outfits for preschool. But, I set that desire aside and just tried to make do with what we already had.
Well, the other day, my mom sent me a link to a blog post about the cutest little elastic waist skirts. I've never made skirts before, and have never made anything with elastic. My sewing skills are pretty basic. I asked my friend Jenn if she knew of any tutorials and she sent me this link. And it was so easy to follow, that I just dove in that night and tried to make one for Ruth. I cut up a sheet for the fabric and used some pretty vintage velvet trim. Well, in an hour and a half, I had made my first skirt! Ruth absolutely LOVES it!
I got so excited about this that I dove right in the next day and made two more!
lots of fun little vintage trims and ric racs at the bottom! (and all of these fabrics are sheets or pillowcases)
hearts and butterflies!
I also really wanted to buy Ruth a new princess backpack and shoes and socks. But, I couldn't seem to find any that were a good enough price. I took Ruth to Wal Mart yesterday, and before we went inside, I asked Ruth to pray and ask Jesus to help her find good deals on the things she wanted. It was the sweetest prayer - you should have heard it! Well, we went inside and boy, did God answer her little prayer! We found the perfect little princess backpack for her! for only $3.00!! Can you believe that? And she also got some really cute shoes with sparkly hearts on them for just $7.00! We also found some fun socks and a little matching purple T-shirt for one of her new skirts for only $2.00. So, we walked out of there only spending about $15.00 for the things she needed. It was such a blessing. And Ruth really did get to see the power of prayer!
new shoes and socks
her new backpack!
All of these little things - learning how to make adorable new skirts for my sweet girl, finding the special little things for her at amazing prices, etc.. just reminded me - yet again - that God really does care about everything that concerns me today. He wants to bless His children. He wants to let them know that He does listen to their prayers. He hears them. And He loves them!
I am so thankful that He blessed me (and Ruth) this week!
Times are still tough, but He has placed some new hope in my heart.
He will take care of me and my family.
That's a promise!
Thanks so much for letting me share my heart.