Tuesday, January 22, 2008
A Simple Giveaway
What a pleasant surprise to check my email to find that I had won a pouchee from a giveaway! I happened upon this giveaway when I found this blog through my daily Proverbs 31 devotional email. Receiving an unexpected gift is just so fun...the heart swells and the feelings of "I am special" are incredibly exhilarating!
I have always loved giving and receiving care packages. When I was in college I made a friend who lived far away in another state. She and I would send each other regular packages filled with goodies and small delights. Favorite magazines, photos, baked goodies, cassette tape "mixes", books, or smell-good stuff. When I lived overseas, I loved sending home little cultural trinkets to family and friends. And nothing said "I Love You" more than when I was the receiver of a thoughtful package from home filled with homemade goods, chocolate chips, new clothes or music, pretty journals, and fresh photos of loved ones.
I don't take as much time for that anymore like I used to. And I miss it. I love sharing encouragement with other sisters in small and meaningful ways. We all need to hear "you are not alone or forgotten!", "you are loved!", "you are worth so much to me and to Jesus!" It certainly takes some planning and some time and some cost....which means slowing down the pace of our lives so that we can have the space in time and resources to do small loving things for others. And it need not be much...a bookmark or hot cocoa packet slipped into a card is a delightful package in itself.
So in the spirit of giving and a renewed passion for care packages, I am going to have my own small, simple giveaway. I would love to send one of you a favorite CD of mine, a few Yogi Tea Stress Relief tea bags, and a little candle. May it encourage you of the Lord's love and care for you and give you some peaceful moments with Him.
Just leave a comment answering this question: "What is a simple act of care you can do for someone else as we approach Valentine's Day...a way you can love someone tangibly during this 'love' holiday season?"
I'd love your ideas because I am all about the practical and do-able. I think your ideas will inspire each of us with a new way to love.
I'll draw a name this coming Sunday and will put your love in the mail on Monday :)
photo courtesy of UncommonGrace