shoeboxes

If you’ve never filled a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child, you’re missing out! And it’s not too late! (drop-off week starts 11/13) It’s an amazing outreach and so fun to do–especially if you have little kids. What a teachable moment. It warms my heart to think of the precious little children who might be receiving their first Christmas gift ever this year–and hearing the gospel for the first time to boot.

I’ve just been struck lately with an urgency to do all I can to bless others. And my goodness, I’m just getting blessed right back. I’m reading a book right now about attitudes–the chapter I’m on speaks of replacing an attitude of complaining with an attitude of thankfulness. I’m ashamed to think of how God views some of my xanga vents–as an affront to His sufficient provision for me, no doubt. Not that we can’t share struggles and negative things–we just have to check our hearts and fight the urge to complain.

Anyway, five items left:
–purpose-driven life (rick warren)
–i choose you (point of grace, cd)
–the law of recognition (mike murdock)
–restoring order (vicki norris)
–addicted to shopping (karen o’connor)

Check your mailboxes next week, you lucky winners, you.

19 thoughts on “shoeboxes

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  2. bethelaine

    the dollar store is a great place to find fun little gifts for the boxes.  that way  you can buy a whole bunch of stuff for not too much money.

    also, my birthday is december 17, which is not on christmas, but very close to it.  my parents always made a special effort to have a separate party for my birthday so that i wouldn’t feel overlooked.  sometimes the party had to be pretty early in december… and other times the party ended up being in january, but it didn’t matter to me.  it was just fun to have my own special day.  🙂

  3. jbnygaard

    This is also our first year doing shoe boxes. I was really thinking about what you told me about Christian presents this year. With Eden’s birthday ON Christmas it always seems like we get TOO many presents on Christmas and they don’t even appreciate what they get.

    First question. Does anyone know of someone born on Christmas and how do you handle their birthday without it being overlooked?

    Second question. Do you all have great ideas for what to put in the shoeboxes?

  4. rachmckinney

    i want to come!!
    this will be our first year on filling a box, and i am so excited about it. i’ve been talking with my kids a lot about why we’ll do it and what can we choose? so it’s ver y fun. i pray that at leat my 4 yr. old gets the concept, i think she is.
    and i’ll take the point of grace c.d. if it’s still up for grabs!:)

  5. faithchick

    we could all wear shirts with our name.  and every time someone talks to us, they can make add a tally mark on our backs to show how many comments we’ve received.

  6. gsowell

    ^ I don’t live there anymore :-(, but my sister and parents still do…we’ll have to see. And I think pie is a must, but only pies with interesting names ;-).

  7. gsowell

    ^I don’t know if you’re kidding or not, but that would be so fun! I mentioned the other day how we have a party at church to assemble the boxes. Our WMU does it. We eat, then we set up a huge assembly line. We made about 75 boxes in an hour and half Monday night. It was fantastic! I think it would be a great time to see this xanga crowd face-to-face!

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