Sunday, December 4, 2011

blessed to GIVE.

Is it December already?  Crazy how fast this past month flew, but I am READY for the Holidays.  I absolutely love December and the start of the advent month to remind us what Christmas is all about.

  A couple weeks ago my church handed out paper ornaments with names/ages of kids to buy a gift for them, and pray for that child as that ornament is put on our tree.  I went up to the table and selected a 3 year old boy named Sebastian.  I figured that was an easy place to start since I have a 3 yr old boy myself, and know what boys like! 

So written on the back of this ornament were 4 things that Sebastian wanted for Christmas. 
1.  Snowboots-size 8
2.  Comforter
3. Movies
4. Toys

I don't know why...but I immediately looked at "comforter" and felt a big place in my heart to get just that for  Sebastian for Christmas.  If any of my kids needed a comforter to keep them warm at night, you better believe I'm not going to let this little guy go without one too.  Things we take for granted. 

So last Friday evening I took the day to get my Christmas shopping done and stopped at JoAnn's to find the best fleece blanket to make.  I love making tie-blankets, and thought any 3 yr old boy would love a Superman blanket right?:)
I am blessed beyond words to gift this to Sebastian, and wish I could see the look on his face when he gets his comforter for Christmas.  I'm blessed I could be put in a position to give to another human being on the best time of the year, and give him something to keep him warm at night.

Why do our own kids need more things? I encourage all of you to take the time to give to a stranger, or a family in need you don't know....just because.  I'm promising myself to teach my own kids to do this too...instead of counting each present they get each year.

  Remember the reason for the season....and bless someone this Christmas:)
Merry Christmas Sebastian!

3 comments:

Matthew Kreider said...

It's always inspiring to see God stirring in your heart. May He bless your family with His Presence this season.

Miss seeing you around the hallways, but it's good to see you're out here in the big bloggy world!

Linz said...

Thank you Matt! I miss seeing you all as well....definitely miss my adult interaction every day, but doing this helps some of that! I try to keep up with it the best I can, yet a bit challenging. Love reading up on your posts as well!

Lou said...

Forget 3 year olds! What grown up nerdy men wouldn't want a really cool Superman blanket like that!

Wow!

You are absolutely right about the value in giving. Ultimately it helps to value what is really important... helping somebody else.

The world has grown so unaccustomed to this practice that when you try to give somebody something without expecting something in return, the person you are trying to be generous towards is leery and defensive!

I grew up very poor, yet my family had the BEST Christmas’ one could ask for. We didn’t have much, but we had each other, and the few presents that were under the tree were so appreciated that the appreciation in and of itself was a gift.

Best wishes to you and your lovely family! I look forward to reading more of your journey!

Lou