Tuesday, May 29, 2012


At dinner time the UPS truck pulled up in front of the house.  I was confused because I thought the soap I ordered for our Operation Christmas Child boxes was being shipped to our church.  But I was wrong.  Now we have to haul 500 pounds of soap to our storage container one of these days soon.

In addition to the 10 cartons of soap our friendly UPS guy brought one case of small tubes of toothpaste which brings me to another decision.  Will these small tubes be adequate for our gift-filled shoeboxes?

I have over 3000 regular-sized tubes of toothpaste that God has provided already but that leaves about 17,000 more to buy outright.  Of course I can get them in all different sizes from the wholesale company.  It just depends on how much I want to spend.  The sample pictured here is about the size of the tube you get at the dentist's office.

It's the story of my life--how to fill as many boxes as possible and still have them be adequately filled to bless the children who receive them.   I'll pray about this before I order more, of course.

I've been reviewing some verses I memorized a few years ago while packing shoeboxes and have quoted to myself numerous times since.   I love to cling to this promise that Paul wrote to the church in Corinth--

2 Corinthians 9:10,11 "Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."

God, I want these boxes to be generously filled so each one will result in thanksgiving to You.  Please show me how to steward the resources you lavish on me and help me to make the right decisions.

1 comment:

  1. I understand your dilemma concerning the size of toothpaste you want to send in each box. For a number of years I had it in my mind that full size tubes needed to be in each box. But then God started sending little sample size tubes. I had a hard time with that at first, then He reminded me to just trust Him to take care of it, after all He feed 5,000 people with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish…stretching a little tube of tooth paste is really no big deal. Now I just pray over the tubes and wonder just how much toothpaste will come out of those sample size tubes?