I need to give credit and glory to the Lord for His goodness to us this last week. I have started a journal tracking all of the ways that God has provided for our family since we moved to New York City. There are just too many to share here. But last week was a monumental week for us, and me in particular.
You probably know that we recently started a business selling cloth diapers online. We took our meager savings and purchased a small inventory. The goal, hope, or dream was that it would grow into something that could allow Ben to work less when we start planting a church in a few years. We realized we didn’t have a lot of up-front money to start out big, and we expected the business to grow slowly. Even though I knew all of this, I was pretty discouraged when I didn’t get any orders.
I used to check the email every time I walked past the computer, just hoping desperately that someone had decided to order a diaper from my shop. I prayed that the Lord would grow and prosper our business, if it was His will, and only in His time. But I was still impatient!
Last week we received an order every single day. And these were not small orders of just one or two diapers. These were people purchasing everything I had in stock, and more. I have two different package deals on my website to help people get all of the accessories they need for cloth diapering. I sold two of those packages this week. I sold diapers to a deaf man that I spoke with through an operator over the phone. I was contacted by people in Manhattan who wanted to take diapers over to their family in Israel. (Unfortunately I didn’t have the stock to fulfill this order in time, but I believe they will be back). I sold diapers to another retailer, at full retail value, because she was desperate to fulfill one of her client’s orders. I sold diapers and products to friends (thanks Alethea!), and complete strangers.
I never imagined that things would take off like that. I know that it was just one good week, and it doesn’t mean that business will stay at that level, but it was encouraging to me and my family. And if God can do that last week, then I know He can do it again in the future. It was exciting to see God answer prayer “…exceeding abundantly above all that we [could] ask or think…” (Ephesians 3:20). I just wanted you to know what God has done for us. And I want to say thank you to those who are praying for us.