The material things that we need and want are helpful to us unless abused. By God’s grace, we all love receiving gifts and having that kind of desire also gives us the joy of giving to others. One of my top love languages is gifts :) I almost always give people stuff. They may seem random but they really aren’t. I give with a purpose. Most of the stuff I give are affordable and/or cheap and most of all — useful. I love giving book marks! Haha. There are several book marks that have Scripture on them and they’re worth it. Helps encourage ❤
This year, the price of everything increased and that means not being able to spend much on the gifts. Praise God for His helpful ideas :) I’m sharing with you today Gabe’s gifts for his classmates:
- Boys: space rocket (small) coin bank with PhP20 in each
- Girls: a pink notepad with Scripture on it
All of those cost less than PhP200. It’s waaaay less than all we’ve spent for their Christmas gifts last year. Why did I go for them?
I got the boys coin banks because I noticed that this world influences the kids to demand for so much. I hope for them to learn to save up before spending. The world is full of temptation and lies about shopping. This habit will help them see the value of saving up, not buying everything they want, and waiting for the best choices. They can also choose to share what they’ve saved :) I hope they appreciate it. Gabe started this habit months ago and he’s doing fine. He has spent some for our commute to church and have shared some for us to buy treats ;) Train the little ones, it works!
The notepads are perfect for Gabe’s girl classmates because their moms encourage little ones to keep writing and esp. writing to loved ones. They have lovely girly moms! It’s also something I grew up doing and until today, writing love letters to family and friends is awesome.
Both gifts really are necessary because they’re mostly 3 years old and up. Gabe and his other classmates will be meeting more kids from different schools. I hope for each of them to be models of the joy in having discipline :) They have great parents and I pray the best for the coming new seasons ❤
What makes a gift extra special is how you wrap them, too :) I enjoy wrapping any kind of material gift and that makes the Christmas season even more exciting! To help the kids be excited for what they’ll receive, I added ribbons this year :D
Since Gabe can’t read yet, I’m sharing with you my gift for him :D Sorry, it’s already wrapped so no picture of it. It’s a book (less than PhP300) that will help him spell excellently :) It has cards of both pictures and letters that he has to bring together to spell the words right.
THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON…
Remember what your priorities are before jumping into the flow of shopping for gifts :) Use cash carefully and only buy gifts that are truly helpful. Let go of pride and pursue a truthful relationship with family and friends through gifts that are thought of and prayed for.
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT)
Make this 2013 Christmas count, lead others to Jesus ❤
We wake up, we realize we have a lot to pray for, and we thank God we can actually pray to Him :’) Lord Jesus, You know best than we do. Thank You for touching us to pray, to submit our worries, and to trust Your sovereignty. You can turn any burden into blessing, Lord. Have Your way as we pray. Thank You!
How’s your prayer life? :) Prayer is how we openly communicate with God. It’s when we speak with our hearts and mouths to express both our praise and needs or others’ needs. Prayer is when God hears about us directly from us. Prayer is where we grow to practice being still, honest, and being hopeful before our merciful, sovereign God. Praying puts us in the presence of God as we humble ourselves in the truth that we all need the Lord Jesus.
The Lord is good to those who depend on Him, to those who search for Him. (Lamentations 3:25)
Pray today, while there is time to make time :) We all need His guidance and God loves you.