Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lemonade's a Flowin!!

 An ALL-American sort of Memorial Day Blessing!!

I do think we may have been visited by an "angel in disguise" just the other day...and at my boys Lemonade stand!

Anderson, our 11 year old,  is spear-heading a summer of lemonade sales. :))  And now, living on a busy street here in Kansas City, he has great visibility!  Plus he understands the power of GREAT advertisement a.k.a.   a super cute bunch of  REALLY cute younger siblings "helping" him out. :))   Thanks to everyone who has already stopped by to support his budding business side!!

 We especially love it when the college students from our local bible college here at IHOPU (International House of Prayer University) drop by. Many do not have many quarters in their own pockets and yet they really pour into our guys! I think many could be buying lemonade to honor a memory from their childhood.

 The boys have met a WIDE selection of people and our expectation and prayer is that they will bless EACH ONE that comes to our driveway.  Their is something about the exchange of conversation and lemonade and blessing from these little ones that is tenderizing hearts...they have regular customers now!

 We have met funny but kind gang members (a fun story for another day!!), Muslim ladies who buy lemonade for a car- full of family every time the stand is open, kids, dads, AND OUR FRIENDS :)).... 

They even made a deal with the ice cream man -- he drove right up to the stand so they could buy ice cream from their earnings and he drove off with a large cup of lemonade bought from them.  I sit on the front step, overseeing  the going -ons, sometimes just laughing at these interactions ... They crack me up!!

Yesterday, a retired vet. stopped by and paid FIVE TIMES the amount for his cup! A while later, when the stand was put away and we were all playing a game in the back yard,  he came back, pulled into our driveway in his pickup truck and asked to speak to Anderson.

 "Son, these are for you.", he said, and pulled up a grocery bag with two FIVE POUND containers of lemonade mix in there!! Anderson glowed soft and kind of shy with thanks.

"Now you make sure you use this all up in your sales...and then whenever you need MORE, flag down my truck and I'll get you whatever you need. What do you need now? ...Cups??? I'll get those too for ya." He sat in his truck and share stories about his Army travels and all the ways God had provided work and jobs for him through his life. His words were saturated with generosity. We got to soak it all in...and also got oppurtunity to give thanks and honor in our words for this man's service to our homeland. (There's always something so sacred found in  honoring.)

"Whatcha saving up for, son?"

Anderson spoke of giving to God first, of sharing with those who have none, of saving, and then of a fun item that will being delight to the summer days... It was his new friend's time to glow. :)

Anders. is mixing up some lemonade right now...He'll be selling, using the blessing that was given to him...It awakens my heart to the reality that this is EXACTLY how Father God cares for us--with delight--getting down on our level to bless us--and then, giving seed for us to plant and bring in an inheritance...
God just pours love in our cups that will NEVER run dry....I just LOVE His economy!!
Blessings on this Memorial Day weekend! 

Love, G

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