Snail mail and email messages show up in abundance in my mailboxes during December.
This time of year - the end of the year - organizations encourage financial giving as businesses and individuals generously open their hearts to respond.
In my household, we prayerful determine where to give dollars. In my heart, I know I cannot live well without giving thanks.
Jack Hayford reminds us that "giving is a mind-set."
God modeled giving when He gave His Son, Immanuel, to be with us.Let us come before Him with thanksgiving...Psalm 95:2 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 1 Corinthians 9:15
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14As I move through this year-end, I am grateful for more than can be typed out on this page. Below you will find representatives of my Year-end [thanks] giving to the One who is Light and Life to me.
celebrating advent with my family
celebrating advent with 7th and 8th grade youth in my church family
eating Christmas breakfast with a newly divorced friend and her two young sons
singing Happy Birthday, Jesus at the breakfast table on Christmas morning
listening to songs of Christmas piped throughout the house
praying for and with friends who grieve the death of precious loved ones
keeping the home fires burning with a scaled back schedule
visiting family and friends - sharing laughter and love
nursing sick loved ones back to health
rediscovering Hannah Hurnard's Hind's Feet on High Places
receiving from caring and praying friends
giving care and friendship
seeking, really seeking, direction for the new year
discovering and attending BSF
connecting with new friends in the blogosphere
shedding clutter and baggage
writing for varied audiences
continuing to work in two fulfilling careers
loving and being loved in marriage for 31 years
seeing my adult children link careers with their gifts and talents
memorizing the promises of God for family
painting warm colors on walls
walking many miles for fitness and fellowship
understanding more by listening more
receiving showers of blessings throughout the years
enjoying extended family vacations
rekindling the joy of taking photos
learning and practicing additional technology skills
continuing to grow in grace with the help of the Grace-Giver
finding Ann Voskamp's Gratitude Community
and so much more...!
Year-end blessings to you,