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Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 8

Online shopping is all the rage these days!!
“Cyber Monday”.
“Extra 25% off online orders.”
“Free Shipping on all orders over $50.”
“Order now and it will be there by December 24th.”

Shoppers count on the shipping magicians to make it happen!  If the vendor says it will be here on time, then by George it will be here on time.

But do the vendors and the shoppers realize that their packages are not the only ones promised to be delivered on time?   Do people realize that UPS, Fed Ex, US Postal Service and Elf Express are working as many hours with as many vehicles as humanly possible?

A friend told me the other day that she saw the mailman driving his car that was so packed down with packages he could hardly see!!   It’s not safe!  hahhaha  And have you ever seen a delivery driver speeding to the next house with the long-awaited packages?  He might as well have a red light flashing on top of the vehicle so everyone can pull over and let the “emergency personnel” drive by.  hahhaa

Today’s Twelve Days of Christmas Kindness Challenge is to show a little love to your postal worker or delivery person.   It’s a hard time of year for these folks and showing a little extra kindness will brighten their day.  Some ideas may include a gift card for lunch somewhere, a WalMart or Target gift card, a coffee mug with candy, a water bottle, a batch of homemade fudge, tools for a male driver or fingernail polish and lotion for a female driver, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

I know it’s Sunday, but get prepared today, and leave it for them tomorrow.  It’s just a little Pick-Me-Up for the people who do the heavy lifting!

 

Gifts that Light Up Your Life

I love giving gifts.  It doesn’t have to be Christmas or a special birthday (although I absolutely love giving Christmas gifts).  I just love to make a difference to someone every day and to show people how special they are.

Think about a gift you have received that was very special and that you use a lot.  When you use it, it makes you think of the person who gave you that gift and maybe brings a sweet smile to your face.

Last Christmas I got a gift from a friend that was a beautiful decorative lantern filled with fun kitchen items.  She had rolled up a tan kitchen towel, another complimentary brown kitchen towel and strategically placed small bright orange kitchen utensils in the lantern sticking up from the towels.  It was absolutely adorable.  I use that small orange set of tongs and spatula all the time.  I placed a battery-operated candle in the lantern and have it setting on my fireplace mantle.  Every time I use those utensils and look at my lantern, I think of my friend, Brenda and smile.  I am very thankful for our close relationship.

That is how our spiritual gifts are from the Lord.  He carefully chooses the gifts He gives us.  He wraps them in His love and strategically places them within your heart to be revealed at just the right time.  When you start using your spiritual gift, you will be overwhelmed at the joy you receive.  When you experience this joy, you will smile as you remember who gave you that special gift – your Heavenly Father.  And when He sees you using that gift, it warms His heart.

Romans 12:6-8 says:  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

If you aren’t certain what your spiritual gifts are, then take a spiritual gift survey.  Your pastor or leader in the church should be able to help you with that.  If not, just email me and I will find one especially for you!!

One of the ways to recognize a spiritual gift from the Lord, is to think about what you do for others that brings you joy.  Perhaps it is sending cards to encourage others.  Or maybe it is leading the teenagers.  Maybe it is hosting gatherings in your home and serving others.

I don’t know what YOUR gift is, but I know that God will reveal it to you when you ask and seek guidance from additional resources if you need to.  He is so happy to be able to give you that gift and loves to see you enjoy it and use it for good.  And when you do, you can’t help but smile and thank Him for that special gift.

Now excuse me, while I go turn on my lantern and enjoy a little light from my friend!

My God is in the Bucket Filling Business

Yesterday’s  blog post was about waiting patiently on the Lord……….I’m still waiting on some things but man, did He answer quickly on some other things!!

I have created a mission called Bucket Buddies® mission that is designed to make a difference to cancer patients by providing a bucket full of small gifts.  Read More