Monday, July 11, 2011

She Earned Thirty Cents

by folding laundry, a chore she despises.

And so,

she walked up to a beautiful, little girl in a wheelchair, pulled the change from her red, paisley purse, and then, handed the girl’s mom two dimes and ten pennies.

“This is to help you with her.”

And when I heard, I wanted to








because of embarrassment.

I worried about offending.

But as she sat on a folding chair in an overcrowded sanctuary and created a happy face from watermelon and blueberries, I began to think Matthew was right.

I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:3

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Linking with the girls at Jen's.

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Kendal said...

oh, amy. i love your little girl!

MarieElizabeth said...

Ok, that made me tear up a little...because she is learning to give and share what she doubt by watching those around her.

lori said...

Two things. 1)I am now teary, and I love her. 2)I am going to talk you into upping her chore $ because it is not 1920, and there's no such thing as penny candy anymore...
lol, love you!

Katharine said...

Wow.I needed kleenex. What a beautiful, simple lesson...

Deidra said...

Wow - so precious! What a fearless, selfless act. We can definitely all learn from that.

marlece said...

I am laughing right now because I was thinking just what Lori wrote, but Amy you are instilling such givers in those darlings of yours. So awesome, you should be so proud. This is truely the picture of Jesus. As I tell my kiddoes all the time, actions speak bigger than words, and you my dear are all ACTION!

Maria said...

Oh heart is so full from reading this.

As a mother of a child in a wheelchair, we don't get those beautiful moments very often. Savor it Amy...fully.


Rachel said...

Love her heart.

What would it be like if we all had motives that pure?

Thanks for sharing this (from the kid whose mother had to return coins given to me for the same reason :)

"Ima" said...

Well, this was just so sweet and pure. You know Jesus was just smiling when she did that, and I'm sure He will multiply that 30 cents.

And I have to say that 30 cents is 5 more cents than my kids get for each chore! :)


When our kids were little (ages ago), we had them set aside money each month for giving. But we didn't tell them who to give it too. It was always so fun to see how they used that money.

Amy, not only are you teaching your daughter generosity, but also listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Glenda said...

What a sweet thing to do. Perfect example of the innocence of children as God's example of the Kingdom. I will be thinking about this today.

Esther said...

sweetness! Amy, feel proud of yourself as a must be doin' something right!

Jean Wise said...

What a sweet story and powerful lesson. wow, I will hold that image all day.

Courtney said...

I agree with Glenda - what is most amazing about this story is that your daughter listened to a small voice inside her which told her to give the money to that girl in the wheelchair. She obeyed. What an example!

But I would be right there with you, wanting to drop on the floor :)

Pamela said...

Tears...sweet tears for such a beautiful act. Reminds me of the women who washed Jesus' feet with her perfume. I think Jesus felt your daughter's love in the same way.

Your writing voice always blesses me.


Theresa Miller said...

Oh, beautiful. We learn so much from those children!

Julia said...


dawnbright said...

How wonderful you daughter has such a sweet spirit. Just likeher mother!

Tiffini said...

this is just precious..i often think the church as a whole is so missing the mark. We are to Americanized...i so agree with becoming like little children in our faith..what is happening to us? the church? I wonder...

Amy Sullivan said...

Thanks, all, for reading and commenting, and just hanging around this place!

As for allowance, I may have misled you a bit...see, she actually folded three loads of laundry for thirty cents. Wait, wait, don't throw things.

We do a 10 cents a chore thing around here.

I know, I know, cheap labor!

Debbie said...

Oh yes, always trust the instincts of a child.

Gaby said...

What a heart! Praise the Lord for her and for her mom that is raising her to have such compassion. My child matches socks to the rate of a penny a pair. But she stills prefers her freedom to money :)

Eileen said...

The heart of a child! I've read many posts today reminding me of this and mine was about this too! We can learn so much from our children. :)

*****Shelly***** said...

Amy....loooooove this!

Jessica said...

new follower from MBC. I'm loving your blog.

stop by mine too and if you are in need of a laugh you should read/watch this latest post of my baby boy dancing to David Crowder... .

Jen said...

So precious. Reminds me of the widow & the mite. And how simple change from one can be a treasure to another...if given in the right heart. Just became a follower from

~ Jen

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