I want to share a story with you, a story that really hit home with me (because I buy things I don't need) and one that I think you'll appreciate too.
Heather Case was shopping at a trendy little boutique and she paused to admire a super cute purse. She flipped the price tag over and caught her breath ... it was quite a bit more $$ than she planned to spend. She found herself in this boutique on several more occassions and the purse was still there, tempting her. On one occasion, her mother-in-law was with her and Heather showed her the purse, expecting a little encouragement or justification but ... no.
The purse continued to haunt her thoughts ... here are Heather's words as she tells the story ...
As I pondered my affections for this purse, the Lord began to prick my heart with a thought, “for the amount of money I was considering spending on this purse I could literally change a child’s life”. I began to think on this more, realizing the many indulgences I had allowed myself in the past, and who might have benefited if I had chosen to bless someone else instead of myself. Then I had a thought, “what if I could encourage women to donate their gently used purses to be used to benefit those in need?”
While considering this idea, I opened my Bible to look for a verse on the subject of purses. I don’t know what made me believe that God would have spoken specifically about purses in the Bible, but I was astonished to find that he did.
In Luke 12: 33 - 34 Jesus said “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near, and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
The connection between what I thought God was telling me in my heart, and finding this verse in the Bible, took my breath away. It began a vision of what could be, with God’s help and for his glory, to benefit those who are in need in my local community, and around the world.
Heather has started an organization called ONEPurse (www.onepurse.org) , and I think her idea is brilliant. With one purse party, she raised $520 for the fresh-water well project at Trees of Glory care-point in Ethiopia and she will continue doing these special "purse parties" to rasie funds. Trees of Glory is caring for 100 orphaned and destitute children - with no running water - and 40 more children are about to enroll. We need to dig a well and we need to dig it soon - and we need your help!!
Right now, on Heather's blog (www.onepurse.org), she is hosting a giveaway for a brand-new Nine West diaper bag with compartments and pockets galore. For a $5 donation per entry, your name will be placed in the drawing, which will be held THIS SUNDAY (just 3 days away!).
ALL FUNDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE WELL AT TREES OF GLORY IN ETHIOPIA!
Please click over to Heather's blog and enter the giveaway for this awesome baby bag! She will be drawing for the winner on Sunday. www.onepurse.org