The doll maker

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not our hands be idle; for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” Ecclesiastes 11:6


My grandmother was a doll maker. She filled trash bags with stuffed legs, arms and bodies to be assembled later. She created tiny dresses, bonnets, overalls, shoes and perfected the hand-stitched faces that would grace the gift shop shelves of Shaker Village.

And this in addition to gardening, canning, quilting and church commitments. There was not a stitch of idleness in her DNA.

If my grandmother had been idle, she would have missed the income from selling dolls as well as the joy of receiving notes from those who bought and loved them. Her doll making business opened doors for income and influence.

When a car sits idle, all the capabilities to move are there, but it remains in position. A car was built to move. Likewise, God gives his children gifts, talents, skills and abilities to plant and produce a crop. We were meant to move forward. To be fruitful.

Are you holding seeds of potential? Then look for a place to sow. Or as my grandmother did—sew the doll and sell it!


About Patty Perkins

I'm Patty, writer of the devotional blog, Beside Quiet Waters. I love writing, reading and taking long walks with my camera. I've been married to my loving husband for 32 years and we have two grown sons. I am thankful for a place to spill ink, in hopes of encouraging others to find daily hope and inspiration in God's Word. View all posts by Patty Perkins

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