DEAR ….. Advent 2014 – December 5

DEAR ….. Advent 2014 – December 5

Today is Five Minute Friday, the day where I join others over at Kate Motaung‘s site for the word of the day. Today the word is DEAR and I wrote a letter to myself. We have all had those days where we are talking to ourselves and processing things. I wrote for five minutes and then chose to finish my thoughts for the day. Thanks for stopping by!

Dear Self,

Its been an interesting journey over this past year. We have had times of crying, times of laughter, times of joy. Now we find ourselves in Advent waiting on Christmas and the celebration of  Jesus coming to earth. Its one of my favorite seasons. The music, the opportunities for compassion, the opportunity to reflect. Looking back and looking forward.

Remember today how much we have to be thankful for. We are blessed. God has provided us with a family, a place to live, food to eat, opportunities to grow. I know this season we are in is hard. Its been really rough at times but for all the rough patches it has been one of the richest most exciting times of growth we have experienced in a long time.

– stop, but today I want to continue my thoughts-

Today is December 5th.  20 Days till Christmas, 26 days till the beginning of a new year.

One of the reflection questions today was on how I can be a blessing to others; why is it so hard to look at my actions thru that lens?

I know that this a struggle because we don’t want to make it about us. We have to learn to trust, pray, ask the Spirit for help and go for it. He didn’t bless us to keep it to our-self. He gave us our gifts, talents, passions, and experiences for a reason – to be used to show and tell the world about HIM.

Gail

“Only when you first unwrap the gifts of blessings to you can you be wrapped up as a gift of blessing to others. Only when you are overwhelmed with the goodness of God can you overflow with the goodness of God to others.” The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp p41

How can we all be a blessing to others, here are some of my thoughts:

* Put our skills & talents to use in our community. Maybe its baking for a senior center or that class party. Maybe it is volunteering a a local non-profit, such as your church or a mission organization.

* Love on our family.  Is it a phone call. A card. Washing the dishes. Making a meal. A surprise treat. A visit.

* Pray. Sometimes what people need is prayer, don’t under estimate the power of prayer.

* Give monetarily. Is God prompting you to give financially to a specific purpose, organization, or to help meet a need?

* Two specific ways I know of here in our community here in the Northwest that I have been a part of are happening again:

Water Changes Everything – a walk to raise money for building wells in Burkina Faso. The walk is on December 13th in various locations. Head here to learn more: Walk in the Light International

Outrageous Christmas : there are needs all over that we can help meet and stories we have to tell of people’s compassion in this holiday season; head to outrageouschristmas.com to learn more.

What can we add to this list? How can we be a blessing to our families, our community, and to the world?

 

1 Comment

  • Kelli Moore

    December 6, 2014 at 4:52 am Reply

    It is so powerful to read and feel the gratitude of someone who has struggled. It makes it that much more real. Praying that this next season is full of blessings and joy. Thank you for sharing – and for not stopping. You laid down quite the challenge. I would add checking with the local schools to see what they need – volunteers to read with kids, money to help kids have a good Christmas, used books in good condition, etc. And always prayer – the most powerful weapon we have. Blessings to you!

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