As we are approaching the holiday season, I get excited thinking about the time of year we get to give little gifts to those close to us. Not that gifts are the meaning of the season, but I do enjoy doing this. My family knows me very well and as soon as October hits I'm usually sending out an email telling everyone to give me their Christmas lists. Can we say planner?! I love to shop early, and I also know my family very well and usually I have to send out 3-5 more emails following up so that they actually get these lists to me by the end of November.☺
Okay, so this is the thought I had. What if this year I don't ask anyone for a wish list.. and every gift I give would be helping another person in need. Like, someone selling something for a great cause. Even if I don't know the person personally, it would be awesome to support someone in their own journey whatever it may be. OOhhh I get really giddy just thinking about it!! Not only would I be supporting someone and giving a very personal gift, but I could give my family member that person's story with the gift and let them know just who they were helping by receiving that gift. Does this make sense!?
This came to mind as I was browsing over a blog last night and it was the second blog in two days that told of a family on their way to adopting a child and in hopes to raise the money to do so, they were selling gifts that they created. I thought the idea was genius. These people are using their own talents to someday provide a better life for someone else. I fell in love with the idea and so this random... or not so random thought was born.
I don't know if this will be entirely possible, but I know probably each of you reading this post may know of someone that is using their talent to help a great cause. I don't care where in the country they live. If someone comes to mind, I'd absolutely LOVE to hear from you and get in touch with that person! I will post about each gift I give, where it came from and who it blesses! I have quite a few people that my family buys for at Christmas time, so I truly feel like it would be so much fun, and quite a challenge, to be a blessing to others while giving this year! I definitely will need YOUR help, so who's with me?!
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"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Romans 12:11-13