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The Story Behind the Purse

In the first part of 2009, my husband, Mike, couldn't work as much because of a temporary health issue.  So he said to me, "Honey we are going to have to cinch up our belts a little and watch what we spend." I responded, "Okay," knowing all the time God had a bigger plan.

That morning on my way to town I asked God what I needed to do. He told me he'd already showed me. I smiled and laughed a little and asked him to remind me, cause I couldn't remember what it was. He then reminded me of a purse he showed me when I was on a trip the month before.

Deborah Kessel making purses with love and hope.

Deborah Kessel working with love and hope.

I went home that afternoon and cut up the cowhide that was on my floor.  I went to a girlfriend’s house who had a leather machine and created the first purse complete with rope handles from the barn.  I carried it to church that Sunday and sold four of them. It was truly exciting.  I knew God had moved on our behalf.  It was awesome to experience.

Ever since then, as soon as I make a purse it sells.  This goes to show that when God gives you an idea, don't be afraid to try it.  Trust Him and He will provide.  God has a plan for each of you. So as you carry this purse, know that the destiny that he has for you is in the palm of your hand.  Listen, receive and move out into it.

There's always hope!

Love, Deborah

Leviticus 25:10


The Testimony of the Leather Sewing Machine

Our leather sewing machine.

My girlfriend Tonya allowed me to use her work shop and leather sewing machine when I began this adventure.  Several months later she and her husband moved away.  Though it was only an hour away, it was difficult to get the purses sewed.

I began believing God for a leather sewing machine of my own. It says in Gods Word if He gives you the vision for something He will always give you the provision to fulfill the vision.

I spoke that day after day for several months.  When I was about 20 purses behind, some dear friends of ours came up to us and handed us a $700.00 check and said that God had told them to bless us.  Our friends said to take it and get a sewing machine to make the purses.  Well, you can imagine we shouted and thanked God for a amazing miracle of provision.

That very weekend we were going to my Grandma Billy's 95th birthday.  On our way we stopped in Amarillo at a place that sold leather sewing machines.  There was a $500.00 machine and a $1300.00 machine.  We tried to make the $500 machine work, but it didn’t reverse and skipped stitches.  We told the man we would be back in the morning.

That evening we went to dinner with a cousin of mine we hadn't seen in years.  They handed my husband Mike an envelope.  Several months earlier their son had passed away.  They wanted to do something in their son, Russ's memory.  At the time they did not know I made purses.

We went back to the hotel.  When we opened it, there were 6 - $100 dollar bills.  We shouted and cried for we knew that our God had showed up again.  The next morning we bought the $1300.00 sewing machine that God had provided for us.

Know that no matter where you are in life God sees all, knows all.  He is on this journey in life with you.  Trust him.  Get in His word and see the goodness of the Lord this day for He created you with great purpose and a plan and destiny for your life.  If you don't have a relationship with the Lord, it is very easy. Just say, “Jesus, forgive me of my sins and come into my life and from this day forward be my Father.”  Your life will never be the same.

We serve an awesome God!

Hope is ours, Deborah


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