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.
Tauna M. over at Proverbial Homemaker
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.
Misty Leask over at Simply Helping Him
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.
Judith Kowles over at WholeHearted Home
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!!
Kate over at Teaching What is Good
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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