Blessing Our Neighbors this Christmas {Blessed At Home # 29 }

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Thank you joining us in our 29th week of Blessed At Home. Please visit the Contributor Page to meet and learn more about some of your favorite homemaking bloggers.

This week we will be sharing with you how we will be “Blessing Our Neighbors this Christmas”. We want to encourage and equip you in making memories with your friends and loved ones that will last a lifetime without the stress connected with frantic shopping, baking, and visiting. We hope and pray that this will cause you to be blessed at home as we encourage your family to Celebrate Jesus throughout the Christmas Season this year.

Blessing Our Neighbors This Christmas {Blessed At Home #29}

Tauna M. over at Proverbial Homemaker

 

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Every year we try to be intentional about blessing our neighbors. We knock on their doors with cookies, breads, or soups in hand. We bring rosy cheeked children with us for entertainment and to ease the awkwardness. Not to mention the example of service and friendliness it gives our kids.

After three years in our neighborhood, they are finally (mostly) used to us. We text each other or knock on each other’s doors for a bit of flour or to come out and play. The kids know them all by name. There have been opportunities for sincere conversations about hardships. There have been opportunities for the gospel.
The Christmas season is a catalyst for relationship in our neighborhoods. For a few short weeks, the cultural norm of keeping to ourselves is replaced with friendly interactions and talks. It is an open window into the lives of people Jesus loves with a passion. So we should love and pursue them as well!
Take the time to do at least one extra thing for a neighbor this Christmas. It could be the beginning of a meaningful relationship in the new year!

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Misty Leask over at Simply Helping Him
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Taking the time to think of someone else during the Christmas season is not typically done these days as we all find ourselves so *busy*. So as Christians we have quite the opportunity to reach others for Christ during this season.

Every year I have great plans to make cookies, breads and goodies for our neighbors, and though I think about this, I have only done this once I think. I believe it is such a wonderful way to reach our neighbors, and I know that it is something I *need* to do, I am not a very outgoing person, so I struggle with the getting out there and getting it done. My goal this year is to put together a couple extra buckets/baskets of goodies for a couple of our neighbors, and friends that live close by.

A few different options for blessing others that we participate in each Christmas season is Gospel for Asia, Compassion and Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog, and Operation Christmas Child’s Shoebox Ministry.

This year we are also “adopting” a foster care family for Christmas by buying some Christmas presents for them. Someday I hope to have a much bigger part in foster kid’s lives, but for now I do what God provides.

I’m sure there is much more that my family could be doing to bless others at Christmas time, and I’m  sure that God has plans for us this Christmas that I’m not even aware of yet! I’m just waiting for His direction.

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Judith Kowles over at WholeHearted Home

 

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Did I tell you that when I first got married I did NOT know what a Christmas cookie should look like?  I had never had a Christmas cookie [gasp!!] because I grew up overseas!!

Making Christmas cookies has been a passion of mine and one that has played out in ministering to neighbors, businesses we frequent, and encouraging friends too. Taking a tin or plate of cookies to someone touches their heart and often brings tears of thanksgiving as you drop by unexpected to share a talent God has given you.

Maybe you don’t bake cookies but there is bound to be another way you can share Christ with others this Christmas?!

It all started back in 1979 (yikes!!) when I needed to bake Christmas cookies for a ‘young couples’ party. I. had. no. idea. what. a. Christmas. Cookie. looked. like!! You should have seen the ugliest  green and red smeared frosting on the cutout cookies I made. But they were bonified Christmas cookies!!

A few years later, I had my two toddlers sitting on the counter as ‘we’ baked Christmas cookies as I began our adventurous baking tradition. We made LOTS more cookies than we could eat but had so much fun baking and eating.

Soon, we were sharing our bounty with neighbors. What a blessing!! One retired neighbor would give us chocolates in return. Another was an grouchy elderly man who over the years remained a loyal neighbor. One lady living directly across from us was near  tears as we moved after 20 years of her ‘watching’ the children grow.

As children were grew, this turned into a tradition that we did each year until just two years ago. One of the children would always count the cookies as we baked them!! After taking cookies to our neighbors and businesses, we would select some friends to bless. Since our friends didn’t live  close, it was a fun day’s outing. Some would smile and some would cry to be blessed like that. It is kind of an ‘old fashioned’ thing to do, you know.

The most fun year was when we had 1000 cookies (we froze them as we made them) out to arrange into tins and plates when my oldest son ‘just happened’ by in his cement mixer to ‘sample’ cookies. You can imagine the chaos this created with the younger children as they squealed with excitement!!

I still give cookies to neighbors and some businesses but will scale down a bit this year with two 10-month twins in tow. The blessing for me is found in giving to others as I get the biggest blessing when I see how incredibly touched they are!!

Including a Gospel of John or the story of the Candy Cane is a wonderful way of giving this ministry eternal value. Be blessed this Christmas!!

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Kate over at Teaching What is Good

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I really believe that one of the best things we can do to bless those around us is to walk in joy and love. When we go into our local stores and are joy-filled and living out the hope and love of Jesus to the tired and cranky waiters or cashiers, we can reach out and say, “May I pray for you today?” or “I’m so delighted to see you today and I’m sorry you are having a stressful time.”

Our love and joy can become infectious to those around us. But, of course, that means we need to be WALKING in the joy of the Lord ourselves!

Are we allowing the stresses of the season to wipe us out? Are we feeling (and falling into) the pull of the world into doing more and buying more? Are we building up pressure with our children and in our homes to let commercialize rule our lives?

Let’s set all that aside and be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors. Let’s shovel their sidewalks and bring them some fresh baked bread or some homemade salsa from our pantries. Let’s find little ways of letting them know we love them and that love is lived out practically in our lives.  Let’s ask the Creator of the Universe for HIS creativity in loving those around us with His love!

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Judith lives in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with the most amazing husband for the past thirty-five fleeting years. She has been blessed with seven wonderful children through birth, adoption, and tubal reversal. When her oldest was five, she quit her job on the night shift and homeschooled for over twenty-five years. God has taken the imperfections of her life and keeps turning them into something that can be used for His glory. She writes in her spare time over at WholeHearted Home to inspire and equip women for holy living with joyfilled hearts.

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Blessing Our Neighbors this Christmas {Blessed At Home # 29 } — 3 Comments

  1. I love all of these ideas. Even though we’ve been here just a year, we’re still considered ‘new’ to the neighborhood since everyone else on our street has been living here for about 15+ years! The girls and I have been thinking of ways to get to know them better – these will help.

    Thank you!
    ~Lisha
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