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The Cheerful Giver

December 1, 2016

As we close out Thanksgiving’s time of gratitude I believe it only prepares us for the season of giving. I think about being a cheerful giver but for some this may require a little more fight and effort to find the cheer in giving.

The Cheerful Giver
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

My husband lost both his parents along with several close loved ones. There were many holidays my family has experienced the holiday blues. Not to say we don’t fight through this still. Even as we celebrated Thanksgiving we did it differently. My family didn’t get together and we decided to stay close to home. We still can’t help feel the absence of our loved ones even more during the holidays.

Being with our friends and their families on Thanksgiving helped us still get that sense of family warmness and the joy of being together. I’d like to suggest if you know someone who is alone this holiday season–to invite them to join your family gathering. That can be the greatest gift you can give is opening your home to especially someone who is not close to their family in distance or for whatever reason such as loss and grief.

For those who know this struggle please know my family’s heart is with you. We have had to endure much loss in our life from health to loved ones and we could’ve easily allowed grief to become our best friend and sometimes we did. All in our own way. There is comfort in the grief that we hold onto. It can feel that the minute we let go of it we forget. But we don’t.

This is why I feel it’s more important to celebrate. We must not forget the life that needs to be lived. I believe we honor our love ones that have passed on by doing this. I also believe they don’t want us to stay in mourning. I talk about our recent family’s grief  in The Narrow Road Post.

With my son coming back from Mexico I want to keep that spirit of giving alive and thriving as we wrap up this year and turn the page to a new year. I want the lessons he learned there to resonate in our hearts never forgetting the orphans, homeless and the communities that are in need.

It’s easy to get wrapped up with buying the best gift and though we have given some pretty cool gifts in the past I remembered how last year we had no presents under the tree as we prepared for our trip to Hawaii. It’s the same this year as we try to prepare for another family trip.

Last year my side of the family decided we should re-gift gently used items–another man’s junk is another man’s treasure! It worked out good and most of my family was able to make that trip. Just remember that there is many ways to give gifts and sometimes re-gifting is even more special!

This year I have to get creative again with my giving. Always remembering to be a cheerful giver. In humility and from the heart. I will take my boys’ example of living missional and never forgetting all they experienced and finding ways to be a blessing in our community and sphere of influence.

As we wrap up the year with the season of giving think about being a cheerful giver and the many ways you can give of yourself selflessly. It’s the best gift you can give as it’s planting many seeds that will harvest something greater than anything material can ever bring. That will be our theme as we say goodbye to 2016!

How can you be a cheerful giver this Christmas season?

Happy to have the baby boy home!

So proud that Marquez learned what it is to be a cheerful giver in Mexico!

Plant seeds however you can as deep as you can. Let it take root!

Stay Fighting For Faith, Family, Fashion, Food & Fun!

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