The Easter Dress Story

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You will love my Easter dress story because you will realize that God is closer to us than we can imagine. He cares about each detail of our lives and is able to provide abundantly beyond all that we could ask or think.

My story begins a few weeks ago when I saw a beautiful Easter dress at Costco. It was perfect for my daughter. I sighed and put it back on the rack. I never buy new clothes for myself or for my children because resale shops are so much more affordable.

Even if I had the money, I would not buy it because money is limited. I either want to use extra money for something of eternal value, or for a refreshment for my marriage (like a getaway), or as an investment in my homeschool speaking ministry (my family business includes product creation, which costs thousands of dollars a year to produce). There is never enough money to do everything. I see money like a giant chess game, where I want to maximize each move to bring the most real joy into our lives.

So I left the Easter dress on the rack.

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Fast forward a week. A friend of mine was meeting me at the river to go for a walk because of the nice weather. When we arrived, she asked me what size Rachel was, because she had a dress that was too small for her daughter, and she thought it might fit Rachel. It was brand new.

I said sure, that we could look at it after our walk. So off we went for a walk, where I enjoyed sweet fellowship in the Spirit. When we got back to the parking lot, my friend opened her car and showed me the dress.

I had a shocked expression.

That was the exact dress that I wanted at Costco the week before, that I had carefully put back on the rack. And here God was giving it to me through this woman who was obviously prompted by God to offer me the dress.

I was speechless.

This just goes to show how great God is. He is so near. He paid attention to a small detail in my life. I’ve shared with you about how God provided for my needs back when we had no money and a ton of debt. Well, this was different. I didn’t pray about it, but God gave it to me anyway because He knew the desires of my heart.

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4 ESV)

 

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10 Responses to “The Easter Dress Story”

  1. Jane says:

    I love this! This kind of thing has happened to me over and over again. I know I grieve God sometimes too by finding a way to purchase something when I should have waited and I realize later that he had a way to provide it by allowing someone to be blessed in the giving.

  2. Susan,
    Your daughter looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing this great story of God’s tender care for you and her :) Happy Easter :)

  3. Ticia says:

    What a great story of God providing for our needs.

  4. Kim says:

    I have a similar story. Back around Dec. 30, 2006, when I was about 3 weeks from my due date with my youngest son, I kind of joked with my husband saying, “Wouldn’t it be funny if our son was born Jan. 3rd, because then it’d be your b-day the 2nd, the baby’s on the 3rd & our anniversary the 4th?” Well, guess what? God heard me say that because a few days later, ON January 3rd, our son was born NATURALLY (and I wasn’t due until 1/20). Therefore, I HAD to name him Jayden, which means “God has heard”, because there was no doubt in my mind that God had heard me say that, even though I hadn’t prayed that way. God is amazing! ;o)

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