Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Growing My Faith Part 07 - Seeing the Abundance

She wanted to give gifts that were special. She wondered how she could. Things had been a little tight for them financially this year. She knew going into debt right now would not be wise and besides… she didn’t like the commercialization that had taken over the season.

She began to ask God to show her what to do. Many of us look for special ways to express our care at this time of year. Here are some gift giving ideas that have been shared with me.

The Gift of Quality Time

Give “Gift Certificates” to special people that say “I want to spend time with you.”

  • A Small story book for a child with a fancy coupon attached promising 5 - 10 “reads” anytime they ask. (Be prepared to follow through!)
  • A gift certificate promising a date for a coffee out with a friend you’ve been meaning to connect with.
  • A coupon that promises a manicure, pedicure or massage that you will do for someone special. Bring your nicest lotion and some pretty polish along.
  • A date coupon for a nice supper at home with your spouse. Trade babysitting with a friend and… get out the candles.
  • A certificate entitling the holder to a free home cooked meal, a batch of cookies or an evening of free babysitting.

The Gift of Affirmation

Give away words that sincerely build up another person.

  • A card to your spouse affirming the things about him you fell in love with.
  • A letter to your teenager highlighting the great qualities you see in him or her and expressing your confidence in the person they are becoming.
  • A thank you note to someone who has touched your life in a special way recently.
  • A card to a parent or a parent-in-law letting them know how they have impacted your life in positive ways.
  • Many of the best gifts do not come from a store! You have received grace from our loving Lord, now go share it.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Your Word says that You will help me to be generous on all occasions. Thank you for Your grace that overflows to me. Help me to see the beauty in others and to express it as a gift to them, with thanksgiving in my heart to You.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.