Sunday, February 28, 2010

Days 9-14!

Hi All!

I thought since all of us work very hard during the week, I would combine days 9-14 for you to pick and choose the days you'd like to share with us...those days which are especially meaningful to you.

I'm so thankful for each of you and for sharing this little piece of your life with this group! I feel a real sense of closeness with each of you.

Don't forget to read previous postings...they all are very special! Blessings to each of you as you travel along this road to health, healing, and wholeness.

Have a great week!!



Scott said...

It has been such a joy to look back and see the gifts flowing into and out of my life these last couple of weeks! I haven't actually set out to "give a gift" each day because, after the first day or two, it became obvious to me that I give gifts each and every day to someone. What this program has done is help me to see these gifts and to notice what I get in return, not from the one I give the gifts to, but from everyone around me.
Thanks for starting something that has helped me notice all the joys around me.

Anonymous said...

Well, I just wanted to leave a comment about a gift idea that I've been thinking of these past few days... I recently went to a Celebrate Recovery Group and they spoke of "making amends" whenever possible... I guess I've reached a point in my life where I feel that as a Christian, I am a representative of Christ and of the church. As I think back on some of the things that I've done and said over the years, I'm really appalled at myself in many ways... So I've begun to think and pray about how I can right some wrongs in my life...


Becky said...

I want to thank you again for asking me to be a portion in the 29 gift experience.. I have not responded publicly so far on your blog... I am gifting anonymously .... I love seeing the expressions of some that have received a small token or a simple card with a note of appreciation for them just being who they are. It has made me really look at my relationships- especially at work and realize the value they have because they are God's creation - even if they don't realize it themselves so far.
Thank you!!
Blessings to you! ♥

Marisa said...

You all are so inspirational! I just love your giving spirits :)

Scott, you are so right...we do give something every single day and I'm so thankful this challenge has opened your eyes to just how precious you are and how much you're appreciated in the eyes of those around you...I, for one, am very thankful for you!

Faith, I am deeply moved by your commitment to make amends where you need to in your life. I think sometimes we have a heaviness that we really don't know where it came's just there weighing heavy on our hearts. Perhaps part of why we feel so weighted down is a result of an unresolved hurt. It is my prayer that God will reveal to you what you need to know and that you will have a true redemptive experience!!

Becky, I too am giving anonymously and it has been both wonderful, as well as life-changing for me. I do love to add sunshine to someone's can be very difficult at times (at best) and I think God uses us as His vessels to be Jesus to others around us. It's been life-changing because I'm not used to giving this way. Generally, when I give the recipient is fully aware the gift is from me and so I can share in both their joy and mine. Now, I don't always see the joy a gift I have given has brought to someone...I can only imagine. On the other hand, God is teaching me the concept of my rewards being stored up in Heaven.

We may give here on this earth and not get anything earthly in return...not even a "thank-you!" sometimes. Giving with no strings attached goes against our humanness, but when our Lord said it's better to give than to receive, He understands the Heavenly blessings that are ours when we serve others (and Heavenly blessings equate earthly blessings as well...this is just the way God works ~ and I LOVE IT!!)

Thanks for sharing!!


Anonymous said...

I went to Target for lunch today and got one of the kid's meals. The lady behind the counter asked me if I wanted a Crazy Straw and I said "YES!!!" A few minutes later a grandmother came by with her granddaughter and I asked the little girl if she wanted the crazy straw. She smiled. :)


Anonymous said...

I was rereading Scott's comment today and realized that is one of the things this program has done for me too. I do see that gifts flow in and out of my life everyday. And I now recogize them as such. :)
One of the things I love to do on a weekly basis is Anderson Weekday Religious Education. It is a 13 week program for 4th graders to teach them the Bible. We start at Gen. and end with Jesus. This week we had 50 Erskine elementary students. It was a privilege to give them hugs and help with the class.
Yesterday was a "wedding" day. We picked out Lys's veil and ordered it and had her first dress fitting. But I got a surprise on the way home. We stopped at Exit 10 and went into Cache to look at a dress for me and found ourselves in their sale. $20 and $30 tops and pants. Even jeans. So Lys picked out clothes for me to try on for over an hour. That was a real gift to me.
What will today hold? Another chance to be light and salt to a world that needs Jesus and His Love.

Donna said...

I have not posted regularly, but I am discovering new meaning in my life. Because of my age, I frequently ponder what I want to do with the rest of my life to make it as meaningful as possible. I find that I am spending more time praying for my children and grandchildren, and I am more aware of the little things that I might do to bless others. Thank you, Marissa for following the Lord's leading which has opened a door for the rest of us!!