My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.
– Billy Graham
On February 21, 2018, Billy Graham passed away from natural causes in his Montreal, North Carolina home. He was 99 years old. A spiritual giant, it’s no surprise that timeline after timeline was flooded with posts about the impact he made within the Christian community and the world. He preached Jesus to millions and remains one of the foremost pastor’s in America’s history.
Thanks to Front Gate Media, I received a complimentary copy of Rev. Graham’s published children’s book, God’s Good News.
This book is a welcome edition to our collection and a wonderful way to show our little ones the way to the cross as we prayerfully encourage them to seek God with their whole hearts.
I LOVE surprises. I pretend like I really want to know whatever it is that’s being hidden from me, but the truth is, I’m completely tickled pink by the suspense! I had no idea what my wedding ring would look like because my hubby did the shopping for that on his own, and (with some convincing on my end) we decided not to find out the gender of our baby before she was born! I give little to no hints about what I want for my birthday or Christmas, and I’m delighted to unveil the mystery at the appointed time. 😉
Today I was met by a knock on the front door, and the mailman had a special delivery for me. I had no idea what it was and I couldn’t wait to tear the package open. It turned out to be Alexandra’s first Christmas gift! It was a beautiful personalized book that told the story of how she became the beloved fairy princess.
It was from some good friends of the family, and was completely unexpected. Receiving such a sweet and thoughtful present made me think of the excitement I have when I’m able to give a heartfelt gift.
It’s a blessing to be able to give, and share a token of affection with the people you love. I give to show my appreciation, and I can’t help but to become giddy as I wrap gifts and imagine the big, broad smiles that I hope to see once they’re opened.
I wish I could buy and share a Christmas surprise with everyone in my life, but as beautifully stated in this poem, the best gifts tend to be those that are intangible.
If I could wrap up gifts for you and put them under your tree, I would choose a lot of lovely things you couldn’t even see.
I’d wrap up fun and friendship true, and happiness galore, and more joy in living than you’ve ever known before.
And in a lovely package, star-trimmed with purest gold, the message of God’s love, the sweetest ever told! ~Mary Kay Ash
Rejoice in giving this year, because I’m sure that to someone in your life YOU are the best Christmas surprise there is!!
Acts 20:35 (AMP)
35 In everything I have pointed out to you [by example] that, by working diligently in this manner, we ought to assist the weak, being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, It is more blessed (makes one happier and more to be envied) to give than to receive.
Have you finished your Christmas shopping? What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?
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