The Wedding Dress Story (aka Plan Q)

August 22, 2013

in the generous life

Years ago a friend of mine teamed up with a bride-to-be to help her have a lovely wedding on a small budget. They bought fabric and my friend (a gifted seamstress) set to work sewing the wedding dress (it was a Vogue pattern for those of you who know sewing).

Everyday my friend would close up her sewing room and go off to her day job and then evenings she would come home and work on the dress. About a week before the wedding, my friend was adding the finishing touches to the dress displayed on the dress form in her sewing room. It was beautiful! 

Well, somehow … the next day while she was at work, her new little poodle puppy managed to get into her sewing room and did what little puppies do all over the hem of the dress.

The dress was ruined.

They didn’t have the money for more material and, even if they did, there wasn’t enough time to sew another dress.

After shedding more than a few tears, they both decided to pray and ask God for a solution. My friend cut away all the soiled and chewed fabric and then shaped the edge a bit. Thankfully it was mostly in one spot in the front. She had just enough leftover fabric to fill the gap and with a piece of antique lace as an overlay, it looked as though the panel was a part of the design. She added a bit of the lace to cuffs and bodice to balance out the effect.

The dress turned out beautifully and the bride walked down the aisle in time looking amazing.

I tell this story because it is my life story (and probably yours).

My life started out with all the promise of a happy little girl who loved twirly dresses and chocolate chip cookies. But when I was three years old I was abused by a group of people. Plan A for my life ended at age three.

My life was ruined.

However, just as my friends received a beautiful Plan B for the wedding dress, I have received a remake in my life (though, honestly, I’m probably somewhere around Plan Q, my life had many more bumps along the way, some that others created and some that I created).

The heart stopping thing is, God loves me so much that His Plan Q is as amazing and lovely as His Plan A. My life and marriage are as beautiful as that wedding dress with the antique lace overlay. And one day I hope to walk down the aisle as His bride in a beautiful made-for-me dress.

He has a dress for you too.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris August 22, 2013 at 2:02 am

This is simply lovely, Lori. Thank you.


Megan@DoNotDisturb August 22, 2013 at 6:08 am

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

And I agree with you that Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is a great book. Justin and I plan on re-reading it this fall together.



Casey August 22, 2013 at 7:17 am

I needed to hear this today- thank you!


Debi - The Romantic Vineyard August 22, 2013 at 7:47 am

I love the analogy you’ve given here, Lori. Yes, I believe the Lord has a dress for me and the stains on it have all been covered by His life-giving blood shed for me. So grateful for this reminder.
Thank you!


Danielle August 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

Sooooooo good!!! Thank you for opening up & sharing.


Sharon August 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I don’t usually comment, as I receive your posts via email, but this was so beautiful that I was compelled to click over and tell you so. Thanks for sharing.


Lori - The Generous Wife August 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thank y’all so much for your encouraging words. God is pretty amazing.


Bonny August 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm

A simple comment here doesn’t seem enough. I pray that The Lord sends all the hurting hearts with blemished dresses to read his story of redemption, PlanQ. Lori, your willingness to share this is an amazing testament. Thank you. I am half way through Scazzero’s book.


Meadow August 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm

What a beautiful way of looking at things. I love the reminder that his plan Q is as beautiful as his plan A, because he works all things for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose!


Fawn @ Happy Wives Club September 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

LOVE this, Lori!! Girl, I’ve got lace ALL over my dress!! Redeemed for sure… And a beautiful dress (ahem…life) it has become indeed.


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