Every year it’s the same old thing. What do we do about Christmas? What do we buy for our brother who buys what he wants as he wants it? What do you get for the grandkids who are tripping over toys all over their house already? What to do about Aunt Dawn, who is 72 years old and has no room for anything, nor any needs beyond the things she already has?
Here’s a great suggestion I ran across on a homeschool web group. I almost didn’t click on it–I seldom watch on-line videos–but I’m glad I did.
And it’s not only Christmas gifts . . . a while back I posted a review on a chapter in Pagan Christianity regarding the practice of tithing. I was shocked to learn the history of this revered practice in the church, and that the early Christians were free to give as they were led by God. I can’t tell you what a blessing it’s been to me to be able to give as I believe God is leading me. I’ve been financially able to give to all sorts of causes that I’ve investigated myself and that God has prompted me to support. I could never afford to do this before, as I was just barely able to afford the ten percent mandated by my understanding of the tithe. And I felt guilty for only giving ten percent, because I had been taught that was just the minimum requirement.
Giving brings a great deal of joy when it’s done in a truly biblical, New Testament manner. I don’t know about the recipients, but it has brought a great deal of joy to me, and I’ve found that I actually have been able to give more, though my income hasn’t increased. Why? No idea–I’m no accountant, that’s for sure, but the money just seems to be there when I need it.