Friday, September 28, 2012

A Giving Heart

Yesterday, I posted about Robby's Rabbits. Audrey and I had gotten some stuffed rabbits and bears to send them. This morning, we were packing them up to ship when Audrey amazed me once again. I was closing up the second box when Audrey said "Mommy, we are going to need a lot more boxes.". Now I'm wondering why she would think this because all of the animals fit into the two boxes I had. So, I asked her "Why do we need more boxes?".

When Audrey had asked me why we were getting the stuffed animals, I told her that they were for other mommies and daddies who had angel babies. She was so excited about getting to do this, just as she gets excited every time someone sends a blanket or I finish one for the babies.

When I asked Audrey why she needed the boxes, she looked at me and answered me in the sweetest little three year old voice: "Because I want to give all of my toys to the angel babies. I don't need them".

I didn't even know what to say. My eyes just teared up. I have so many selfish thoughts every day, and here is my baby wanting to give all of her toys away. Now, to a three year old, toys are a prized possession. The fact that she wanted to give all of them to angel babies like her brother, blew me away.

I was so deeply convicted by the words of my daughter. Here I am, finding myself being so selfish every day, yet my baby is wanting to do the most unselfish thing a child her age could think to do.

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

I've read and heard this verse countless times, but this morning Audrey illustrated its meaning so beautifully. She reminded me what it means to be a cheerful giver.

I am so thankful for the lessons my daughter is learning through Barrett's Blankets and all of the other amazing organizations we have been a part of the last month. She is learning how much joy there is in giving something to others and that is a beautiful thing to watch her discover.

*Love you little man* 


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