This is the season for giving thanks, gifts and resources ~ and getting too, as some might gleefully say.
This is the time to spend, spend, spend.. then ruefully pay, pay, pay.
As our circumstances have altered over the years, I have learnt to cut my cloth to suit my means.
And that’s been hard at times because I love to give gifts, especially to my loved ones, family and friends.
But it doesn’t end or even begin with spending money, does it? Giving encompasses so much more.
The best form of giving is from the heart, willing, open, generous and sincere.
Thankfully, we all have myriad means at our disposal to give to others, no matter how limited our resources, health or energy may be.
We can give:
- Our time
- A listening ear
- Intercessory prayer
- A word of encouragement
- Friendship and fellowship
- Support, a hand to hold
- Cakes, cards and creative gifts
- Food parcels or vouchers
- Ourselves, our stories
- Our time
- Our creativity and skills
- Our faith journey
- Our hope in Christ
- A cup of coffee or a meal
Which is the theme of the video below of ‘Do Something’ by Matthew West, taken from the album ‘Into the Light’.
I’m linking here today with Kate for #FMF where we are writing brave and free with the prompt:‘Give’. You are warmly invited and encouraged to take part.
Beautiful post, and great reminder for this time of year! We are often so worried about preparations for the holidays with family and friends that the genuine meaning behind it all, giving most especially, gets lost. Thank you for this! Visiting from FMF (www.simplycomplexmom.com).
Hi Liz. Thanks for stopping by! I'm so pleased you were blessed by your visit. May God bless you with a deeper awareness of His presence as you lean into and draw strength from Him in the midst of busyness. 🙂
LOVED LOVED LOVED the song! Great post Joy! I'm linking up from FMF and I'm happy that you're my neighbour this week!
Hi Vernette. Thanks very much for the kind words. The song is great, isn't it? I'm happy to meet you and will be stopping by your blog as soon as possible! God bless you. 🙂
What a beautiful, powerful, post. So many things to think about, so much wisdom here. Thank you for posting this wonderful post. [A fellow FMF-er]
Hello Helen. Thanks very much for stopping by to leave a lovely comment, and for making yourself at home here too by reading from the archives! I'm blessed and encouraged by your visit. You are welcome to return any time. Your blog is lovely too! God bless you. 🙂