For from his fullness
we have all received,
grace upon grace.
(John 1:16 ESV)
It may seem a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, but the giving and receiving season will be here before we know it. I love gifts. And I love giving them. Finding that special something that expresses my love to my family and friends brings me great joy.
I really like the idea from 3o Ways to Wake Up Your Quiet Time, where Pam Farrel invites us to consider what gift we could give to God as the season approaches and into the next year:
Each year at Christmas I like to take a quiet time and consider what gift I'd like to give God in the next year. Sometimes it's a monetary donation to an organization that will help the Bible get integrated into people's lives. Sometimes it's a spiritual commitment that will help the Bible get better applied to my own heart.
Here is a list of specific ideas, Pam suggests:
Send a gift to the person who led you to Christ or discipled you.
Send a gift to the church(es) that have helped you grow.
Thank a school teacher.
Send a gift to a helping ministry like a crisis pregnancy clinic, a battered woman's shelter, a rescue mission...
Send Bibles to places and peoples in need.
Send a kid to camp.
©Pam Farrel from 30 Ways to Wake Up Your Quiet Time (IVP). For more devotional books by Pam www.Love-wise.com
What gift will you give God this Christmas?