A while ago my sister-in-law asked me about a story she remembered Bessie telling about a dress. I had no recollection of the story, but I asked Jim (my father-in-law) about it later, and he filled me in. So here you go, Monica!
Back when Bessie was attending Prairie Bible Institute with her friend Dottie (she graduated in 1942), they both were in need of new dresses, and neither had the means to buy one. So they decided they should pray for new dresses. Dottie prayed for a beautiful dress, and Bessie prayed for a simple dress. Though I do not know the details of how their prayers were answered, I know that each received what she had prayed for: Dottie got a gorgeous new dress, and Bessie got a plain dress. Dottie’s exhortation to Bessie was something like, “See, Bessie, you need to ask God for big things, not just little things! You need more faith!” And so Dottie was right. Bessie, like many of us, felt reluctant to ask for anything extravagant…just the bare minimum. But Dottie had a faith big enough to enjoy God’s bountiful blessings.