This year is almost over. This has been an amazing year for nourishing a heart for giving. I'm not surprised, yet still in awe, of how God purposefully and intentionally puts ways to give right in front of my face. All. The. Time.
I just have to respond.
My One Little Word for 2017 was NOURISH. One of the was I wanted to intentionally make my word present in my life was by nourishing a heart of giving. It changed me.
I'm humbled that God would use me in this way.
I think my boys have seen my heart of giving. I know Jeff has and while he already has a servants heart that often translates to giving, I think he's even bumped up his desire and call to give.
This giving has been a beautiful purpose.
As I always say, "We cannot out-give God!" When you think you cannot give anymore, or you already give enough there are so many more opportunities just waiting to be fulfilled. By me. By you. I am ever so grateful I stepped out in faith nourishing a heart of giving this year. That has grown me and shown me the amazing faithfulness of God.
Last Boston Butt cook we gave away two; this time we gave away 4 to 4 of our neighbors. The boys delivered them and we just wanted them to have a blessing from us.
Each month our church, Compassion Christian Church, collects various items to meet just some of the needs of our community. This months collection was coats (new or gently used) and blankets for kids in our area. I think they are coordinating with some of the local schools we support in various capacities as well as local ministries our church supports to get the coats and blankets to those kids who need them.
I visited Walmart. Picked out 3 of the heaviest coats they had for girls and 2 of the heaviest coats for boys, all in various sizes (but mostly elementary school aged) and delivered them to the bin at church. It was so much fun, and I am so thankful we can do things like this.
A Christmas book Advent calendar. I found my favorites and search for other potential favorite Christmas books - 24 books - read one book each day beginning on December 1.
I asked Elizabeth if this would be okay for the kids' Christmas present. Plus, it will make a nice tradition. The books will be wrapped and tagged with the day when I send them off (hopefully this week).