Monday, October 14, 2013

We love the gift catalog!

I can remember sitting on the floor as a little girl, totally immersed in the Penny's or Sears' Christmas Wish Book catalog.  I would go through each page, dreaming and drooling, carefully narrowing down my list to the one or two or hundred things that I really really desired.  Later, those books would become great paper doll material.

Today, I get just as excited when the Samaritan's Purse Gift Catalog comes in the mail.  It points to one of our favorite ways to give as a family.  We sit down at our big table and read every single entry together.  Then, Eric and I sit back and listen to the boys' hearts and how they feel led to give.  It usually reflects their personalities.  The boy who loves to fish loves giving funds to stock a pond.  The animal lover loves to give goats.  The practical one always wants to give water. 

We let the boys pick ways to bless others in Jesus' name, then Eric and I pick out a few things as well.

What we love most about the catalog is that you can give some very needed and practical gifts for as little as $4!!!  We also love that Samaritan's Purse gives with no shame in mentioning the real reason for Christmas.  It is all about Jesus.  Christmas Day and all the other 364 daysTo Him be the Glory.

Here is the link to buy online or request a catalog.

Samaritan's Purse is also the organization that delivers the Operation Christmas Child boxes.  These are an amazing, tangible, and practical way to get your kids to buy for others and pray for them as well.  The boxes each have the gospel in their language included.  Here is the link on how to pack a box!  Fellowship Bible Church is the drop off place...mid November. 

I would love to hear ways your family blesses others during the Christmas season.

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