Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Emma Kait.....

A few weeks before I left from Africa, I received an email from a friend from my youth asking me if I would be willing to do a "special project".  She had a friend whose daughter had been diagnosed with cancer.  She wanted to know if I would design a special bracelet that could be used as a fundraiser.  When I went to the blog the mother was doing in honor of her daughter, my heart swelled.  The blog is called "Face of Faith".  And when you look at this child, she radiates joy.  She has blue eyes that just sparkle.  This young ladies courage is such an inspiration to me.  I've lost parents and grandparents to cancer and I can't even imagine what this mama is going through.  You can read about her journey here:  http://emmakaitstanphill.blogspot.com/

So Africa approaches and I'm totally overwhelmed.  I'm overcommitted, tired and just plain not feeling well.  But, I still feel God pressing on my heart about Emma Kait.  I return from my trip and get a very gentle reminder about Emma from my friend and the special project.  I wanted to include Emma in the design process and when we ultimately decided on what she wanted, I knew it was an undertaking bigger than what my 2 hands could accomplish.  Ultimately, a custom stamp would have to be made for this project.  And they are very expensive.

But still I felt God pressing me to continue on and telling me to trust that HE would provide. 

I reluctantly sat down at my computer and sent an image to a stamp maker I used recently.  I said just this:

Hello,
 
I have another project I've been asked to do for a little girl diagnosed with cancer.  I would like to get a quote for a stamp like this:
Blessings,
Dawn Patterson

This was his reply:

Dawn,
 
I have that font, I think it's papyrus. I'll get the artwork drawn up and sent over. I can donate this one.
 
Thanks,
 

Sean Broadbent
Buckeye Engraving

"I can donate this one."  I didn't ask him for that.  I felt like God was saying "I've got this Dawn" and I just cried.

I'm growing in my ability to trust God.  I share this story because even though it's a small detail, it's such a good example of how when God brings you to something, he will bring you through it.  He will provide and He will meet every need.  

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phillippians 4:19

4 comments:

  1. your friend's friend is my sister in law. her emma kait is my precious niece, my little brother's only girl...the sweetest girl ever.

    thank you so much for sharing this story...for stepping out in faith, for listening to His still, small voice, speaking to your soft, open heart.

    every minute of this horendously hard journey has been so covered by God, so blessed by His grace and mercy. this story is another amazing example of His promise to make good out of all things for those who love Him. another amazing example of "how GREAT is our God"!

    thank you so much...who ever you are
    know that our family is so loved by this...where ever you are.

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  2. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can not wait to see and sport one around town! And a BIG thanks to Buckeye Engraving!!

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  3. That sweet Emma Kait is my precious grand-daughter who ALWAYS fills my heart--but lately has burst it. Thank you so much for your generous gift of creating something so beautiful for a little girl you've never met. God is at work here, surely, and you are listening, and I am in awe.

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