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Do Something Big!

Today is the last day of Random Acts of Kindness Week so let’s do SOMETHING BIG!!  *Of course we will continue Make A Difference Month for the rest of the month of February and hopefully our kindness journey will continue for a very long time past that.  🙂

What if your SOMETHING BIG is a party for someone who means a lot to you or does so many kind things for other people…someone you just want to celebrate life with!!??

Plan a surprise party for someone who deserves to be celebrated.  It takes a little planning but it can be very simple.  One year I celebrated my sweet neighbor by having her sisters over to my house for a surprise dinner.  She thought she was coming over to have dinner with our family but instead we had her sisters park at the local bank and my husband went and picked them up and brought them to our house.  I made a simple meal of baked chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans.  Then had a simple dessert.

She walked in to her special guests and had the time of her life.  I decorated the table pretty and had a copy of Celebrate Life with Jesus book for her and we just enjoyed each other’s company.  I loved hearing stories of their lives and the fun times of their childhood.  It was one of the best parties I ever planned and it was  simple.

As we continue to celebrate kindness, think of a way that you can DO SOMETHING BIG to celebrate someone else.

Have a great day and let’s go change the world one act of kindness at a time!!

Prayer is an act of kindness.

Cancer. Addiction. Surgery. Loneliness. Divorce. Children. Parents. Friendships. War. Terrorism. School. Hospital. Jail. Driving. Flying. Fighting.

Everyone has something.  That’s why all prayers are appreciated.  Even if you don’t know the issue, God does.  So for an act of kindness today, pray for every person who comes across your path or your mind – just a short prayer that God will grant to peace and a path straight to Him no matter the issue.

Prayer is an act of kindness.  And we can change the world one act of kindness at a time.

The Act of Service is Deeper Than Holding the Door.

He held the door for me as I exited the restaurant.
I gave the customary “thank you”.
But something inside me tugged at my heart to go deeper.

“Thank you for your service,”  I said to the gentlemen holding the door proudly wearing his Army Vietnam Veteran hat.  He was a little taken aback and then shook my hand and humbly replied, “you’re welcome”.

It cost no money for me to acknowledge his service.  But I believe the gift of a thank you obviously ran deeper than holding the door.

It may be awkward to go up to a stranger but I encourage you the next time you see a veteran service man or woman wearing a war-service hat or military fatigue to thank them for protecting our freedom.  The appreciation of the thank you far outweighs the awkwardness of the gesture.

Kindness In A Basket!

An idea for today’s Random Act of Kindness is to give a gift basket.  Gift baskets do NOT have to be expensive.  You can recycle a basket you have at your home or you don’t even have to use a basket.  You can use a box, a gift bag, a recycle bag, a bucket, a flower pot, etc.  Pinterest® app is filled with hundreds of gift basket ideas.

Some ideas could be:
*A baker’s gift basket filled with flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, chocolate chips and a spatula all given in a mixing bowl.

*A movie lover’s basket filled with a movie, bags of microwave popcorn, a couple of bottles of soda, and some candy.  Add a $10 gift card for pizza if you choose.

*A relaxation basket filled with bath bombs ($2 from Target), lotion, candle and some chocolate.

*A golf basket filled with golf balls, a golf towel, some golf tees and some snacks.

*A dog lover’s basket filled with a leash, some dog treats, a toy and some “picker upper” bags.

*A tool man’s basket filled with screw drivers, measuring tape, hammer, and some snacks.

*For the pasta lover – a box filled with a favorite kind of pasta, spaghetti or alfredo sauce in a jar, parmesan cheese, a collapsible colander and a cookie mix.

You can make it as big or as small as you wish.  Just an idea for a kindness act to make a difference to someone today.  Have a great day as we change our world, one act of kindness at a time!

February Make a Difference Month Summary And Additional Ideas!

*Day 1 – send a hand-written card
*Day 2 – positive message sticky notes left in public places
*Day 3- buy something extra and give away, i.e. like popcorn at a ballgame
*Day 4 – donate to your favorite charity
*Day 5 – Buy a gift card for someone and give it away.
*Day 6 – Give a special treat to your mail carrier.  Sunday was National Mail Carrier Day.
*Day 7 – Feb 7th is national send a card to a friend day.  Choose a special card and a special friend.
*Day 8 – Buy a dozen donuts and drop off to your favorite business. OR…. It is also National Pizza Day.  What about ordering and paying for a pizza to be delivered to a someone who needs a night off from cooking?
*Day 9 – Take some homemade muffins to your neighbor.
*Day 10 – Put $1.07 in a baggie with a note that says “buy yourself something on me today” and leave it in the toy section at the Dollar Tree.  OR…it is also National Umbrella Day.  You could purchase an umbrella to give away to a stranger.
*Day 11 – Give a hug to someone who looks like they need it!  OR… it is National Visit A Shut-In Day.  Maybe you could visit someone in the nursing home who could use that hug.

Next week is Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Visit the blog again on Sunday to get geared up for some extra cool ideas to spread kindness all week long.  Make a difference to someone everyday.  It really can become a way of life as we change the world one act of kindness at a time.


Make A Difference February Challenge!

Hey, guys! I tried to do a video and it was too large to upload. I tried to do a Facebook Live video and the connection wasn’t good. I don’t think God wanted me to do a video. So I am just going to do a post.

I have deemed February Make A Difference Month. I would love to see if collectively we can do 2,018 acts of kindness during the month of February.

Each day I will share an idea for an act of kindness that you can do that day or save for another day or maybe it can give you an idea of some other act of kindness to do for someone. You can also get great ideas from Pinterest by just typing in “random acts of kindness” and also the Random Acts of Kindness website has great ideas.

I would love for you to share this post to encourage everyone to participate in making a difference to someone every day and then together we can make February a true month of making a difference.

Here’s how it will work:
*If you share this link through an instagram post or an email with a friend or go to my Facebook page and share it  (and let me know since I don’t have a way to track shares outside of Facebook), your name will be put into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card to be drawn March 1st.
*Each day post an act of kindness you did for someone or someone did for you by commenting on that day’s blog. For every act of kindness you post or email me at Deanna@DeannaDayYoung.com, you will be entered for another $50 Amazon gift card to be drawn on March 1st.

It’s not about bragging about what you’ve done or what has been done for you but rather about sharing ideas of how we truly can make a difference to others. If you’re having a bad day, try doing something for someone else. It always makes me feel better to take the focus off of myself and help others.

I will keep track and see if we can reach a goal of 2,018 acts of kindness during the month.

IDEA FOR DAY ONE (February 1) : Write a card and send to someone you haven’t seen in a while. Yes, a good old fashioned hand-written card with a stamp.

IDEA FOR DAY TWO (February 2): Leave sticky notes in public places with positive messages on them. For example: “You look beautiful today” on the bathroom mirror at work. Or “Smile” on a vending machine at the mall. Or “Have a Great Day” on the Coke machine at McDonald’s. 

Let’s start today by making a difference to someone and see how we can really change the world one act of kindness at a time.

*Don’t forget to share and comment! Happy February!

Make A Difference Monday…

Deanna here with another edition of Make A Difference Monday.

This week I am going to encourage you to make a difference to your spouse or boyfriend or girlfriend (from now on I will refer to them as SIG-OTHS…significant others) 🙂 .  If you don’t have a SIG-OTH, then I encourage you to find someone close to you who you sometimes forget to be kind to.

It’s easy for us to overlook our SIG-OTH because sometimes, let’s just admit it – we tend to take advantage of them.  For example, I know that every day my husband picks up the mail.   I drive right by the mailbox every evening but never think to pick up the mail.  Why?  Because I have come to expect him to pick up the mail.

Also on evenings that he gets home before I do which is typically during non-planting or non-harvest months,  I know that he is probably going to have dinner ready for me.  During planting and harvest months, he knows that I am going to bring dinner to the fields.  Sometimes these acts of kindness may get overlooked because we have become accustomed to them just being done for us.

Is there something in your life that your SIG-OTH does for you that you have gotten used to and for which you forget to thank them?  Take the opportunity this week to show kindness to your husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend or someone very close to you to let them know how much you appreciate all they do.

Bake their favorite cookie or cupcake.  Make a candlelight dinner.  Buy them a card and leave on the counter.  Send flowers.  Do a chore that they hate doing.  Watch a movie or TV show that is their favorite that you normally don’t like watching (like every FOX news show on cable TV! hahaha) without complaining or leaving the room.  🙂

Leave a special note on the mirror or in their vehicle for them to find.  Send a “thank you for all you do” text.  Take them out to dinner or bring home their favorite take-out.

Whatever the gesture may be, do something special for your SIG-OTH today.  I promise you, that when done in love, it will make a difference to your day as well.  Happy Monday and let’s go change the world together……one act of kindness at a time!

Paint Your Corner Of the World.

January.  I seem to always feel a little down and somewhat depressed this time of year.  It’s cold in Indiana and although I love the snow, once it melts away, the land just looks dirty.

Christmas is my favorite time of year and I look forward to the holiday season starting in September celebrating fall and Thanksgiving and then, for me, the best time of the year.  Then I prepare my goals for the new year and am excited to start fresh.

But I have such a hard time getting back into the swing of things.  I procrastinate.  I seem to start worrying more.  I don’t know…maybe it’s because my mind isn’t as filled with busyness as it is during the holidays.  But all I know is that I HAVE to get out of this low, lazy lull that I am in.

What seems to help me is to remember it’s not about me.  Life.  It’s not about me.  It’s not about what others can do FOR me but rather what I can do for others.  About what I can do for God.  How can I make my little corner of the world a little brighter for others?   And then it will start looking brighter for me.

Life throws us curve balls.  Work isn’t always fun.  People are not always kind.  My ideas aren’t always others’ ideas.  God didn’t call me to do what others are called to do and vice versa.

So today, I’m going to get back up.  Kick myself in the bottom and get busy painting some sunshine in my corner of the world.

It’s up to us to show God’s love to others.  We are in charge of our joy.  It’s not about what HAPPENS to us.  We all have bad days.  But rather it’s about how we HANDLE  what happens to us.

David cried out to God in Psalm 94:19 – [God,] when anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

I’m going to work real hard to find joy in my day, sunshine in my path and spread that joy everywhere I go to overcome the anxiety within me and let Christ bring joy to my soul.  Who wants to paint some joy with me today?

What’s Wrong?

What’s wrong?  We ask this question of people a lot.

We ask it when people seem sad or agitated.  We ask it sometimes when we know the answer and other times when we don’t.  We ask because we care or maybe feel obligated.

We wait for the answer and wonder if it’s an emotional issue that’s bothering the person or a physical issue.  Can we help them in any way?  Do we WANT to help them in any way?

Sometimes the answer is closed:  “nothing’s wrong.  Everything’s fine.”
Sometimes the answer is vague.  Sometimes it opens the flood gates and the person unloads all their problems.

There is someone who is asking that question right now of you.  He wants to know all of your problems.  He’s asking but He really already knows.  He wants you to tell Him anyway.  He doesn’t want you to stay closed.  He doesn’t want a vague answer.  He wants you to open the flood gates and tell Him everything.

He wants to take all that is wrong and make it right.  His name is Jesus.

These words from Lauren Daigel’s song, “Oh Lord” are perfect to help us remember Jesus wants to take all that’s wrong and make it right.

Oh, O’Lord O’Lord I know You hear my cry
Your love is lifting me above all the lies
No matter what I face this I know in time
You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right
You’ll take all that is wrong and make it right

Won’t you tell Him what’s wrong today and let Him make it right?

It Takes a Village.

“It takes a village.”  What does that even mean?

I heard it all the time when I first became a mom and I have to admit, I just went with it.  Part of me was like “where is this village?”  And “who runs this village?”  And “do I have to take my kids to this village?”

And then as I got older, and obviously wiser, I realized that it means my husband and I can’t do this parenting thing alone.  (I guess since I wasn’t very smart about this village thing, it was a good thing I wasn’t planning to do it alone.  🙂 )

It also means that with any given thing it takes a lot of people to make it run smoothly.  I saw it in action at the Ball State University men’s volleyball game the other night.  My daughter is the Sports Information Director for this sport and I watched how many different people are involved in just one game.

There are people to keep stats; people to run stat papers to the teams at the end of each match; people to keep the scoreboards; people to announce the teams and coaches.

Someone has to put up the volleyball nets and make sure they meet NCAA regulations.  Someone has to get the officials and someone has to be certified to officiate.  Facilities managers are on call to wipe up spills and keep the lights on. There are concession workers who not only sell the popcorn but have to make it. Someone has to be sure there is change for the concessions.  The list goes on and on.

Everyone has an important job in this village.  Just like everyone has an important job that God has called them to do for Him.  Some days it may seem that rocking that baby in the nursery isn’t that big of a deal but to the momma that gets to listen to the sermon that day, it’s a big deal.

Some days it may seem that people aren’t listening while you are trying to teach a Sunday School class, but to that one person who leaves with a little hope, it was important.

People who make the coffee.  People who clean the restrooms.  Pastors who prepare and deliver the sermons.  Worship leaders who select just the right music.  Worship teams who lead in beautiful song.  Ushers who give a smile while taking up offering and handing out bulletins.  Greeters who welcome with a handshake and a hug.

Program leaders who provide activities for men, women, children, teens and singles.  People who make the meals for free Wednesday night dinners.  Dishwashers who clean up after that meal.  People who salt the sidewalks and hold the umbrellas.

It takes a village to do anything really.  Give a pat on the back to those who keep things running in your village.  And before long we will realize we can be one big circle of people all working for the good of the Lord in His village.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, and not for men.  Colossians 3:23.