When God called me to China in order to teach spoken English for a year He impressed upon me to 'touch' everything I owned in order for Him to impress me with what to 1) keep, 2) give away, and 3) sell. I had a wonderful garage sale that earned enough to pay for a small storage unit (8' X 10') to hold all the 'keepers'.
Below is a basket with the story of God's provision. I had picked up an Asian basket at a yard sale in Sacramento when visiting my son. Southwest Airlines was so enamoured of it they let me bring it on as a carry-on. Then the call on my life came to go to China, the basket was to be sold. A sweet Asian lady came to my garage sale and burst into tears upon seeing it; she told me of how she used one like it in her homeland. I gave it to her, gladly.
Last week I was called to teach Vacation Bible School for my church, and, in setting up and decorating for the African theme, a dear lady brought this basket in for a prop. I was shocked, told her my story; she smiled sweetly, telling me to take it home with me when VBS was finished. I nearly cried. It has come back to me! Isn't God the ultimate Provider?!
Also, I've been praying for new hair. The style of my hair has been with me (below) for about 15 years. It is time for a change, but it is scary to go short, joining all the brave women who are willing to sacrifice what we think of as our femininity in order to affect some change, have a freer life or to simplify. I prayed up someone who would give me something sweet, cute, easy and yet still feminine.
Old hair (above) was good, it was easy, it was simply old. Below is the first of the "Pixie" pics of my new hair. Even my DH loves it, calling me a "Little Pixie" this morning. Now, THAT'S progress!