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School supplies. Like office supplies, I love browsing the aisles of notebooks, highlighters, paper, pens, pencils, all things that say school. I don't have kids in school anymore so school shopping in July or August just isn't a priority. But, this is my year of giving - and giving well.

When Ashley hit Walmart for school supplies for Ian and Wyatt I loaded up the cart too. Our church, this month, is collecting school supplies for local schools. It's the least I can do. And, there are so many who cannot and would have to do without.


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This is the second month in a row I have gifted The Sunshine Girls ministry through our church a part of a meal that TSG, in turn shares with the strippers in the bars of our city. They've spoken love without judgement into these ladies. I'm loving giving my small part. 

I think serving TSG will be a once a month gift - for now. 


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I'm not behind in giving. I'm only behind in creating my 4 x 6 page for my giving album, a physical record documenting my year of giving. It is for the same reason I document my gratitudes (which I am also behind in creating)...so I can look back and see what God has done.

This week was a simple response. Join Ann Voskamp in being one of one million people who honor the Bible. Coming November 2017 the Museum of the Bible will open in Washington D.C. It is not a museum for the dead but the Bible, which is alive, and its sole purpose is to get people engaged in the Word of God.

I donated and added our four names to the nine hundred ninety nine thousand nine hundred and ninety six others who honor the Word of God.


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We were discussing the impending visit of our daughter Ashley. She and her crew were coming to stay for two weeks (originally two weeks, but since has been extended to three weeks). I told him I'd decided to buy all of our food while we were here rather than split the check as we've done in the past when her crew came for extended visits. He thought that was a good idea. I said I'd let them take care of additional baby stuff/food.

He said since I was doing this year of giving that maybe I (we) could move that giving to those in our home.

A lightbulb went on.

I got flush with frustration  - at myself. Why didn't I think of that myself?

He is the servant-hearted one I reminded myself and I'm still growing into one; a servant, who gives abundantly, freely, whole-heartedly, joyfully.

Then, I also remembered that we're in this together. When I am weak he is strong. While this may be kinda, sorta, my GIVE project WE. ARE. IN. THIS. TOGETHER. When I give he is also giving.

So, when Ashley and I went to Walmart to get stuff, mostly for Samuel, I held on to our little secret.

She filled her cart with a month's worth of baby food, baby clothes, wipes, formula, etc...all the while believing she was buying it.

At the checkout I told her I was buying.

Here's the thing. I love giving to others. God has shown up big time. He opens my eyes to this place of giving, or this ministry's needs, or that ministry and I've responded, I hope, faithfully.

But, I realized this: Giving closer to home is just as fulfilling. It is just as much a God-sized gift as all the other gifts I (we) have given.

 

 


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For this weeks giving I prepared dinner for The Sunshine Girls. This is a ministry through my church whereby a group of ladies visit the strip clubs downtown, interact with the girls dancing in the bars, befriend them, love on them, and share Jesus with them over time. The ministry has volunteers prepare dinner and dessert once a week for them. I made dinner this week of quiche and salad. I was so excited to do this and be apart of this ministry. Until my health improves I will only volunteer once a month with food but, I love cooking, I'm loving giving this year so it fulfills huge need.