Hi, I'm Katherine Bowman from Iowa and I'm blessed to be living out the dreams that the Lord has placed in my heart! Having a photography business has been a dream of mine for many years. I feel that now is the right time to take the next steps and make it a reality. I am passionate about my relationship with Jesus Christ, my family, Brasil, staying fit, traveling, and of course photography. This blog is a reflection of myself. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Shoebox

This morning I went to Des Moines to take a baby class that the hospital offers.  On the way home I stopped at Walmart to get some groceries.  Cereal, pie crust (still haven't found a recipe i like), carrots and toilet paper were a few of the items, along with a toothbrush for the shoebox.  I saw a package of 4 and decided to get the package of 2.  After all the groceries were in my cart, I made my way to the children's clothing section.  Not knowing if I was going to buy for a boy or girl this year, I thought I would see what I could find.  Each year, our church participates in Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse.  Jerod and I have done it for a couple years and it's something I really enjoy.  When my good friend Maureen was in Africa, she actually got to help deliver a shipment of boxes to hundreds of children.  She posted the video on her blog and it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it.  

I came across some boys t-shirts and noticed that they were Christian shirts with Bible verses on them.  I found one that I really liked and put it in the cart.  So it looks like I'll be buying for a boy between the ages of 10-14.  And then I became stumped and couldn't think of anything else to get.  Boys here in the states that age most likely have interests in things that I could not fit into a shoebox.  So I prayed and asked the Lord what I should get.  After all, He knows the exact child this box will go to.  And then a cool thing started to happen. Really cool.  When you quit rationalizing things and just listen to the Lord's voice.  I got a box of Uno cards and the Lord told me that someone would come to his house and teach him how to play.  I walked buy an isle full of candles and knew I should turn down there but I kept walking.  What would a boy want a candle for?  It's not for him, it's for his mother.  So I turned back around and got a candle.  It was really interesting picking out what scent too.  I didn't get the spice type candles because I have a feeling those will be familiar smells in their county.  So I got a cherry one.  I thought it was interesting that I would put something in the box for the boys mother, but the Lord showed me that the boy is the man of the house.  He doesn't have a father living with them and he has 2 younger siblings.  He's not a selfish boy and he would be glad to share with his family.  

I kind of walking aimlessly, without knowing what I was looking for but knowing that the Lord would make it clear to me.  I picked up a word search book and continued down another isle.  Not seeing anything for a child I thought, Why did we go down this isle?  For you.   At the very end I found a 2009 planner that I had been wanting.  :)  Then I came across what I was looking for, crayons for the younger ones.  I went back to the toothbrush isle and replaced the ones I got for the pack of 4.  I found a few other small things and as I payed for the items, I felt really good about what I had purchased.  

You know you can make your own don't you?  This time it was the cashiers voice talking about my pie crust that she was holding.  Yes I know, I said.  But I haven't found a recipe that I like yet.  I walked outside to the first real snow of the season.  It was beautiful!  It was also beautiful how the Lord made things clear to me, but also that I listened.  Sometimes I get too caught up in other things that I miss it.  Miss the blessing that He's trying to tell me and I don't want to do that.  I don't want to miss any more candles.  


Anonymous said...

On behalf of Franklin Graham, thank you for participating in Operation Christmas Child. Please continue to pray for the children who will be receiving the shoeboxes in the coming months.

Darren Mullenix
Donor Ministries
Samaritan's Purse

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, that was awesome!!!! I LOVE hearing when people do the shoeboxes, because it is something so very dear to my heart!!!! You're awesome!


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