For years, you have struggled to buy Christmas gifts for me. I guess I am so simple in spirit, and need, that it is hard to find the perfect something. I, on the other hand, am perplexed by that, as I see myself being easiest to please. With that being said, I have decided to make my Christmas Wish List, for you.
Instead of buying into the hype and commercialism of Christmas, these are things that I would love and appreciate the most.
- The best gift I could ever receive, is for ALL of my family to truly accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
- Attend church, either with me or some place else, regularly.
- Volunteer to help around those churches.
- Perform an act of kindness, from you, to a needy stranger, whenever you can.
- Occasional help around the house.
- Collect coats and blankets for the homeless.
- Help with yard work when needed.
- Volunteer at the homeless shelter, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Little Lighthouse, or the children's shelter
- Read the Bible and truly search for answers from God
- Forgive everyone and everything.
- Guys: Read Ephesians 5:25-33 and then do what it says...always.
- Girls: Read Ephesians 5:22-24, 30-33 and do what it says...always.
- Listen when I give advice and do not take that advice as an attack on you, but regard it as a life lesson, I've learned from experience and wish to pass on to you.
- Love your children, more than yourself, your jobs and your money.
- Respect your elders.
- Get rid of, those things in your life, that do not glorify God. (habits, people, and material items)
- Always be true to yourself and your roots. Do not compromise who you truly are.
- Do what you know to be right, in the eyes of the Lord, for nothing else matters.
- Practice diligently, “The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together”.
- Finish something you started, when you were younger. (piano lessons, singing, etc.)
If you feel that you need to spend money on a gift, for me, please consider the following.
- Make a donation to Breast Cancer Research, in memory of my Mama and my dearest friend, Chris.
- Plant a tree or flowers at a nursing home, in memory of my Granny.
- Donate to American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer's Association, or American Cancer Society, in honor of a relative, affected by those diseases.
- Donate food, blankets, and toys to Wild Heart Ranch animal rescue.
- Adopt a child from an Angel Tree and fulfill his/her Christmas wishes.
- Give a grocery store gift certificate to a single mom.
- Buy children's coloring books, DVD's and snacks and then volunteer to babysit, for a couple of hours, so that single mom can have “ME TIME”, without worrying about her children. Send the books, DVD's and remaining snacks, home with the children.
- Purchase a pretty hat or scarf for a cancer patient.
- Buy flowers for someone who is having a bad day.
- Send stamps, pens, paper, and phone cards, to someone serving in the military or who is in the hospital for extended periods.
- Buy stuffed animals to give to terminally ill children in the hospital and go read a book or sing with them.
- Take your brother/sister to lunch.
- Take your Daddy to see a movie
- Buy lunch for the person, behind you, in the drive-thru.
- Give a generous tip to the cart pusher at Walmart
As I look back over my Christmas Wish List, I realize that I may, indeed, be difficult to find the perfect gift, for. I wish for nothing material wise but everything from the heart. I wish for Jesus to be the center of your Christmas, as well as your life, and not those things which will either mean nothing in months and years to come and will be thrown away or donated, later, or that will sit on closet shelves for years, gathering dust. My true and only wish, is for all of you to put God first in everything you do, family second, make your home third, and and career last. There is nothing more important than God and Family.
I love, and thank God, for each one of you. So please, don't think I won't be grateful for anything I receive, this Christmas. I will be, however, I have more than I need and most of what I want. The rest, no amount of money can buy.
Grace, Peace, & Love, to you all ~ ~