Friday, October 12, 2012

What I Learned from a $6.49 Goodwill Dress

Last week in my post about using photo shoots to connect with your preteen and teen daughters, I shared that my girls and I went to Goodwill stores looking for Cinderella dresses. We were headed to the beach for the weekend and we had envisioned a "Trash the Dress" photo shoot.

What I edited out because the post was getting too long was this:

As we were headed to the first thrift store, my girls and I prayed. Brooke prayed specifically for a purple, strapless, glittery, flowy Cinderella dress in just her size. Look what dress caught our eye at the very first Goodwill we went to.  We did not even have to dig through the racks. It was right there in front of us when we wallked to the dress aisle!

Brooke knew it was for her. But I did not want to buy it because what if there was something better? There were 2 other thrift stores right across the street. I wanted to just go see. And since I am the mom, we left the dress on the rack.

The other 2 stores did not have anything close to what Brooke had envisioned. Brooke told me she really wanted to go back and get that first dress. I now wanted to drive across town to the other Goodwills to see if there was still something better.

And so I questioned her in the parking lot, "Are you sure? You really love it?  This is what you had pictured in your head?"

All I could think of was, "Really, could it be that easy? The very first store. The exact style, color, and size." 

Brooke assured me that this was the dress. She said, "Mom, we prayed." with a tone of like what she really wanted to say was, "Hello Mom? Don't you get it?"  And so we went back to the first store. I sat in the car while the girls ran in.

And as I sat in the car, I was reminded of a question a girlfriend once asked me.

She asked, "Does God really care about the little things in our life? Doesn't He have bigger things to take care of than our silly little things? Can I really bother him with _____ (fill in whatever her "glittery purple dress" was at the time) when there is sickness, orphans, and war?"

I didn't have an answer then. But I do now. 

Yes, I believe God is concerned about the little things.  Nothing is too small, too insignificant, too silly, too unimportant, too trivial to God. God is concerned about the smallest of details.


Because God is concerned about us. Because God loves us. Because God knows that a purple glittery dress would draw Brooke's heart towards Him. And that is what He is after, her heart, a relationship with His daughter, the girl He created. 

Because God knows Brooke's love language. He knows what makes her smile better than anyone. Because God knows that Brooke is a girly girl who delights in fashion and glitter and style because Hello?!, that is how He made her!

Because God wanted Brooke to know He is real and He loves her and wants to hang out with her. That is what God wants more than anything. Brooke. . .you. . .me. . .hanging out, connecting with Him. And if it takes a "purple, strapless, glittery dress in just your size" to get your attention and draw your eyes and heart towards Him, He may just choose to use one.

and a purple, glittery, strapless, Cinderella dress reminded her of that and confirmed that.

May God show you how special you are to Him with your own "purple, glittery, strapless, Cinderella dress"!

And next week look for the follow up to this post. . . how God did NOT provide a dress for Anna, and what my girls and I learned from that. 

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  1. AWESOME! What a GREAT surprise to find the PERFECT dress! FUN! Thank you for sharing! Carol Powell

  2. This is so beautiful. I love this post. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes. Yes, God does care about the little things also, and that day he gave you proof. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  3. Beautiful daughter, beautiful dress, magnificent story! Thanks for sharing!! God bless!!! Pat Lang

  4. I am tall (5'10") and wanted a pair of black jeans. I went to the only Goodwill in our small city one day asking God for what I was looking for. The first pair of black jeans I pulled out were not only my size, but "tall". I started to look for through the racks in case there was something "better" when I realized (perhaps the Holy Spirit spoke to me) that God had provided what I had asked for, what was I doing? So I tried them on and still enjoy wearing them two years later. Thanks for the reminder. I'm visiting from Titus 2 Tuesday.

  5. A lovely, lovely reminder of the love God has for us--for all of us, just as we are and just where we are. Your daughter looks so pretty in her Cinderella dress that God provided!

  6. Really enjoyed this post, as with all of yours! You are a true inspiration!



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