A very sweet and timid little lady has been visiting my store for many months. We share stories of our love of cats and her hardships of having taken care of her mother-in-law for many years after the deaths of her own parents and her husband. Her mother-in-law passed away last year and she continued to take care of the dog; letting it live in the house she always knew. The dog had to be put down a couple of weeks ago at the age of 17. This lady works in a retirement home, but can't afford to keep the mother-in-law's house. Being forced to act quickly, she was considering a yard sale. Based on details I remembered from our conversations, I had a hunch she would be taken advantage of at a yard sale and not get anywhere near what things are worth. I asked her to bring in specific items such as jewelry, purses, ladies' accessories, etc. and I would make her an offer. She told me that nothing was valuable and all the jewelry was "costume" jewelry. I asked her to please give me the opportunity.

Yesterday she came in with a literal treasure trove of vintage goodies in mint condition. I made her an offer which she jumped at.


Let's just say that it turns out that what she thought was "junk" has quite a bit of value. As I'm still going through my new treasures today, I was struck by how God thinks of each of us. We may feel worthless and even view others that way, but God thinks otherwise. YOU are valuable.

"For we are God’s MASTERPIECE. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Deborah went home with a smile on her face and a promise to look through the house for more goodies.