“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you.” -Deuteronomy 16:17
Christmas is just 2 weeks away and I am doing my best to continue to instil in my daughter the importance of giving. I have always been taught by my parents that it is not about what we receive but rather giving to others around us. We were encouraged from a young age to give to the Church, give to charity, give to family and friends and even strangers in need. To open our home to those who were alone during the holidays (and many other times during the year) and to do it with kindness and thankfulness that we could help others. We didn’t always have a lot but my parents never let us know and as a parent who has seen some tough times I completely understand why they kept certain things from us. My daughter is 11 now and there were many years where I just wanted to cry because I couldn’t give her the Christmas I felt she deserved. Money was tight and for the most part I have been on my own with her. I was with somebody for a few years and our house was a busy place with sometimes up to 6 kids living under one roof (not to mention all their friends). Although our personal relationship with each other was falling apart, We never turned anybody away that needed a place to lay their head or a good home cooked meal or just somebody to talk to. Money was tight and many times our kids had to go without luxuries but they were always loved and always had food on their plates. My daughter and I are much happier now and I hope that my ex and his children are also much happier in life. I do not wish him any harm and I still love those kids as my own. Now I am in a situation with a man who works extremely hard to provide a decent life for his family. Money gets tight and sometimes I wonder how we are going to make it through the tough times but I know God will see us through it. I wonder if I will be able to provide my daughter with the Christmas she deserves and then she does something to remind me of what truly matters.
This year we learnt about a little girl in Utah that is dieing. Her father recently passed away leaving her and her 2 sisters alone with their mother. All this little girl wants for Christmas is Christmas cards from around the World and they are pouring in. My daughter decided it would be a good idea to add her to our Christmas card list this year and that is exactly what we did. While the boys I do a weekly bible study with were visiting, I sat the children down with paper and markers and stickers and they created special cards just for Addie. We are also participating in Christmas Amalgamated with some others in one of our homeschooling groups. This year we are putting a hamper together for a single mother and her 4 children. We are making sure that this family will get a Christmas dinner and ensuring that each child and the mother will all have presents under their tree. When we do these projects I am reminded how lucky we are to have the family we do. I don’t have to worry about how much I personally put under the tree because I know that my daughter is loved beyond measure by her family and they will guarantee that she gets something and she 100% deserves it especially when I know she is more concerned about making sure other people get something first. Her giving heart heart lifts my spirit and makes me shed tears of pride knowing that God has blessed me with the most precious gift when he gave her to me.
We are working towards goals to allow us to give more as we are able. My desire in this world is to teach my daughter to give of herself without expecting anything in return and to do my best to lead by example. I want to leave this world knowing that I have raised a child who knows the true value in the Gift of giving and that her heart will pour out love for those who can be blessed by it. When we are given much we should give much and and when we are given little we should still give much. It’s a hard concept for us to grasp sometimes in this very materialistic world but it is in the true Spirit of Christmas to think of others before ourselves and give with a humble heart that is over flowing with Gods love.
I wish you all a Christmas of Love, Joy and Peace. May you be surrounded by family and friends and my your hearts be filled with the Gift of Giving this Holiday Season.
If you wish to send Christmas Love to Addie you can do so…
Addie Lynn and Sisters,
P.O. Box 162,
Fountain Green, UT, USA