This week on my blog, I’m writing a two-part series on the goodness of God in 2020. Despite all the changes in our society, our behaviors, how we relate to one another, the doom and gloom of death, it is incredible, but God does not quit working. His promises are still true. He is still in control. I could write another blog on the goodness of God in my own life this year. But it is fun to focus on others and what God is doing in their lives. May these blogs bring encouragement and hope to your heart.
My first installment in the series is about 11-year old Maley Grace. The way I know Maley Grace is through Buried Treasures Home, where my husband and I worked. She and her mother would frequently come to visit a resident and encourage all of us. At that time, my husband and I admired Maley Grace’s character and pleasing personality. Later, my husband would cheerfully accept her cookie offerings and experience her skill as a baker.
It is no surprise to me to learn what God is doing in her life and why I wanted to interview her. The answers to the questions are as she said them. At the end, you will find her salvation story and all the information you need to keep Maley Grace in business. May God get the glory from this young life.
How did you decide on the product you wanted to sell?
Most of the items are my grandmother’s recipes and a family favorite. Others are experiments that I have tried that my parents really like.
I know you live in a loving family. Which one of your family came up with this idea of a bakery business?
It was actually a lady from our church, Mrs. Margo, who we gave a few pecan pies to try, and she asked me if I ever considered selling them. I decided to give it a go, and here we are!
What is the name of your business, and do you have a logo?
Oh My Goodies!
(She drew a sketch).
What’s been the biggest surprise so far?
Probably how many orders I have gotten and how much money I have made.
What’s the biggest challenge?
Making some of the challenging things and staying up late to finish them.
How do you find time to do it all?
I really don’t know! I make some things in advance and try to do my school work at school when I have free time, so I have time to do stuff when I get home.
Who are your customers?
It started off with friends, and they spread the word to their friends and so on.
What character traits do you have to run a business?
Integrity, perseverance, and patience
Do you see yourself doing this for the rest of your life?
Yes. I really love baking and hope I can continue to bake for a long time.
How do your parents help you?
My mom helps me bake certain items that take two people, and my dad is the taste tester!
Who is your boss?
How has your Christian faith helped you?
I always give all the credit to God and know He can help me persevere even when I am tired, or it gets hard at times.
Do you have a way to share the Gospel with your customers?
I put a Bible verse on a card in every order!
Have you seen any Covid19 effects on your business?
I actually think it has helped my business because a bunch of the other bakeries closed, and more people are supporting small businesses.
What advice would you give other kids who may want to do this?
Don’t doubt yourself; have confidence! You can do anything you dream of if you practice enough. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you can’t do it yourself.
Maley Grace’s Salvation Experience
I was born on March 4, 2009.
I have heard about Jesus and been taken to Sunday school and church my whole life. My mom and dad talked to me daily about Jesus and sang fun songs with me about his love. We memorized Bible verses from an “ABC “mat that I used for meals.
My dad always tucks me in at night. He reads my Bible stories to me, but now that I am older, I read them to him. He prays with me every night at bedtime.
I started a three-year-old preschool at Christ Covenant School and continue to be taught daily about the love of Christ. My teachers were always so loving and kind. I now understand that they were modeling Christ before me.
Bec also talked to me about God’s love and what Jesus did for me, and she still does.
When I was 4, I remember beginning to understand what Jesus did for me. I remember asking a lot of questions, but it was not that hard to understand.
I was five years old when I not only understood what Jesus did for me but also what I needed to do.
I told my mom and dad one night that I wanted to accept Jesus in my heart …
They talked to me a long time…and mommy cried…happy tears as we prayed together…I was so pleased…
They took me to talk to Ms. Stacy (Children’s Minister) and Bro Kevin to make sure that I understood what I had done. Everyone thought that I was too young, but I did understand the decision that I had made.
Everyone agreed that I did understand my decision and we were all very happy
I was baptized on October 5, 2014
I am so thankful that I made that decision early and that Jesus is with me every single day, helping me make the right decisions and be kind to others.
I am grateful for my mom and dad, Bec, my church and Sunday school teachers, and my school for helping me come to know Jesus at five years old.
God gives us the ingredients for our daily bread, but he expects us to do the baking! Chip Ingram