While riding in the car this morning we went around answering the question, "What was your favorite part of Christmas this year?" This is how each responded:
- Lexie's favorite part of Christmas was seeing Aunt Mel. We don't get to see Mel very much because she is a travel nurse so it is a treat when we see her.
- Garrett's favorite part of Christmas was the Christmas service on Sunday morning and opening presents.
- Isaiah's favorite part was the Christmas Eve service and seeing all of his family.
- Mark and I agreed that our candlelight service on Wednesday night was such a great way to start Christmas. The whole evening was so beautiful and was a big highlight of our Christmas. We also agreed that the acts of giving was the top highlight of our Christmas.
I have heard so many testimonies from readers who did acts of giving this year that I wanted to share a few with you...
This my family went to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. We had discussed earlier in the week wanting to go eat and leave a $20 tip for our waitress. So last night, I prayed that the Lord would give us the waitress He wanted us to bless. So we had a sweet girl as our waitress, and when we got ready to leave, I handed her the $20 and said "thank you!" She was so surprised and happy, she hugged my neck and said what a blessing it was. She said "I think I'm going to cry!" I was kinda teary eyed too. It was so awesome!!! It was so wonderful to be a surprise blessing to someone.
I still really wanted to pay for someone's food in the McD"s drive-thru, so I bought some hamburgers for my boys. A lady who looked to be in her 40's and an older lady maybe her mother were in a car behind me. I pulled around and told the guy I wanted to pay for the food of the people behind me. I gave him one of your random giving cards and told him to give it to the lady when she pulled up. She looked a little confused and then she got a sweet smile of her face when he told her and gave her the card. It was fun to watch it happening in the rear-view mirror. :) It was such a good feeling to make someone's day a little brighter. I'm soooo glad I did this!
I pray that these testimonies were as much a blessing to you as they were to me.
Breanna has started posing for pictures. I am so glad we can finally get some good pictures when I catch her just right...and in the right mood.
Each year Mark's side of the family draws names for presents. Part of each gift has to be money in honor of the name you drew. This year in my honor Mark's family donated to Amazima Ministries. I love that ministry so much and am so grateful they honored me in that way. Amazima was started by a sweet girl from Tennessee Katie Davis in 2008. Amazima sends 400 orphaned children to a Christian school through an education sponsorship program. These children receive three meals a day, school supplies, medical care, and spiritual discipleship. I have such a heart for orphans and love this ministry! Mark and I didn't exchange gifts this year, but he did buy me Katie's book for Christmas and I was thrilled. I cannot wait to sit and read her story! To find out more about Amazima go to www.amazima.org