Lord, Could You Please Help the Bean Bags Sell?

May 19

“Lord, could you please help the bean bags sell?” I found myself pleading with God this morning.  Colin’s first grade class has Brazilian Market Day today.  They are learning about economics.  How to buy and sell, the law of supply and demand, etc.  Each child was to bring in 24 homemade products to sell.  The accepted currency is Brazilian Bucks, earned for good behavior.  
Colin wanted to make bean bags.  Together we picked fabric from my scrap pile, choosing just the right colors for both boys and girls.  I taught him how to measure and cut with the cutting board, then assisted him using the sewing machine.  His big job was putting in the beans.  
He left this morning with an overloaded backpack brimming with bean-filled squares and hopes.  Hopes that his classmates would love them, and they would sell.  Here is where we find me praying, “Lord, please help the bean bags sell.”  As I prayed for the sell of the colorful toss-arounds I wondered if God ever chuckles at the prayers of mothers.  I know I certainly offer up plenty of “Mommy Prayers.”  
Lord, please help him to hit the ball off the pitch.  

Please, could you just help him to get on base?

Oh, please Lord let the pink gum-ball come out.  She has her mind set on it.

Lord, please help him keep his apple on the tree today.  

Father, please don’t let her see that squashed squirrel in the road.

Please don’t let there be any poo-poo in these panties.

We serve a mighty God who cares about every detail of our lives.  One that knows when mommies have had enough.  One that knows the tender hearts and hopes of every child.  He certainly hears each prayer we offer and answers each and every one.  Sometimes not the way we wish, but always the way that is best.  
And does He chuckle when He hears some of the outlandish prayers we mothers send his way?  I’m sure He does, because He is the maker of all things funny.  So again I ask, “Lord could you please help the bean bags sell?”
Don’t let the look on his face fool you, he sold them all!  The bean bags were a hit!  I told him to pose with the items he was able to buy from his sales.  He insisted on posing with his hand made sign, as well.  

He put it on the “Clost” side, because he was “clost” for business as he put it.  “Smile,” I urged as I got ready to snap the picture, only moments before the smile couldn’t be wiped from his face.  “Why are you frowning?” I questioned.  He just pointed to the sign.  “It’s because I’m closed. See?” he said as he pointed to the frowny face drawn at the bottom of the sign. (Click on the picture to see the frowny face a little better.) 

 ‘Cause when stores close, friends, we are sad.  A boy after my own shopping-happy heart!  Thank you, Lord!

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  • Peggy May 19 at 2:49 pm

    Lord, I echo along with this sweet
    mom’s prayer…please let the bean bags sell, and let those Brazilian Bucks roll!

    Carol…how can God not help to answer your precious heart’s desire. May Colin learn the lesson but receive the benefits of seeing the Lord answer your prayer!

    I love how you with your sense of humor and loving heart can take the most simple lesson and apply it to the Father’s heart.

    I, too, was reminded how God cares about every detail of our lives(see end of my post today!)God’s Miracles are sent to us in all
    different ways, if we week Him first…all these little bean bags
    shall be added unto us…or sold in this case!!! Have a great day!

  • Amy Wyatt May 19 at 3:06 pm

    Oh Carol… I thought I was the only one who prayed for no poo poo in the panties 🙂
    I often pray for princess parking too… but God doesn’t always answer that one because He knows I need the exercise 🙂
    Great post. Praying that Colin’s bean bags sell with you!

  • Xandra May 19 at 3:33 pm

    LOL! What mother hasn’t uttered those prayers (and many more!) to our Father in heaven?


  • Cheri May 19 at 6:01 pm

    I’m praying for them to sell but. since it’s already 2 oclock there- if they already had there fun I’m praying that he is happy with the outcome.

    What kid doesn’t love a bean bag? Keep us posted!

  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) May 20 at 1:31 am

    Way to go Colin!!! Those were some great looking bean bags!

    We really do send up some funny sounding prayers don’t we!!! Well…they may sound silly to us, but I think God loves it that we take every part of our children to Him! I bet Colin will remember this for a LONG time. who knows when it will remind him of what God did for him in first grade!!!

  • Jenifer May 20 at 2:45 am

    Oh goody! I’ve been thinking about him all day and praying for his bean bags to sell. I’m so glad they did. He needs some more inventory, mom. Looks like you’ve got a business man on your hands.


  • kmom3 May 20 at 3:02 am

    How fun! Way to go, Colin!
    And thank You, Lord, for answering a sweet momma’s prayers! 🙂

  • Cheri May 20 at 11:47 am

    That is great…he sold them all! Way to go Colin!

    Looks like he’s had some good behavior with all that stuff he got to buy with his good behavior money.

    Funny how he wouldn’t smile because he was closed for business. Kids do the darndest things! 🙂

  • The Stokes Family May 20 at 12:08 pm

    Way to go, Colin! Those bean bags look great! Both of my boys did this project as well, do you remember the ‘pet rocks’ Ethan made, Carol! LOL–it is amazing what the kids love, Ethan sold ALL of them!

  • Sarah May 20 at 1:17 pm

    Love his face! So funny!

  • DeAnna May 21 at 6:25 pm

    I love it! What we moms won’t do for our little ones.

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