The Bigger Person

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“Be the bigger person!  Don’t lower yourself to their standards!”

Aren’t you tired of hearing those phrases?  I’m going to be honest and say that I do get tired of hearing them.  So many times I have wanted to retaliate and just lay it all down with out considering the ramifications of what I really want to say, especially when you have been hurt. At this point in my life, I am thankful that I don’t have diarrhea of the mouth, blurting out anything and everything I could possibly think about.  I can only imagine how many people would hate me and how many more problems I would have.  But I do give props to those who can speak their mind.  I guess it takes guts.

Usually when I want to let  my mouth run wild, I’m mad or have been hurt. For the most part (not always), I take refuge in the word of God and allow my King to have full control over me because if I don’t, I’ll be defeated. I can say that the word of God (The Bible) has helped me through these times.  It hasn’t failed me yet.  Even if I begin to read it while I’m hurt or mad, I know the word will either put me in my place, teach me something, remind me of something and/or comfort me. During this time there might be a lot of eye rolling on my behalf, some sighing, maybe some tears but I definitely will get something out of it.

So why turn to the bible even when we could possibly have all the right in the world to speak our mind?  If we allow The Word take it’s role in our lives, we will find resolution for our situation and if not, we will find peace of mind knowing God has our side.  Colossians 1:10-12 says, 10 …so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

Wow!  He has QUALIFIED US to share in the inheritance! That alone stops me in my tracks to be the “BIGGER PERSON”.  Reality is, to the world we may look like a weak link, a push over and maybe even a loser when we turn the other cheek.  But the awesome thing is that in God’s kingdom, “the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  I guess that’s what really matters.

One Life, One Way

Silvla

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Disappointment?

IMG_2314Have you ever watched an old 1980’s T.V. show called, Fantasy Island. Fantasy Island was about a resort hotel hosted by, Mr. Roarke and his side-kick, Tattoo. The host and his side-kick would greet the people and offer to fulfill literally any fantasy the guests requested; but it rarely turned out as expected. Life can be that way. Sometimes we live our lives wishing things had been or were a certain way. Sometimes the things we wish for are not necessarily going to happen the way we want them to, or in the time frame we want.

We have all faced disappointment in our lives: people letting us down, not having the job we always dreamt about, kids not turning out the way we wanted, or maybe not even having kids at all. The experience of disappointment can be a heavy weight on us for many reasons. We go about our day thinking we did something wrong or didn’t do enough. Maybe we feel like God has let us down and that He doesn’t care or isn’t even listening to us.

What I have noticed is that with the overflow of Social Media pictures, seems like our disappointments have magnified 100 times fold. We see our friends have relationships we wish we had, we see our friends’ awesome flourishing kids, or the beauty of a newborn and we get upset or sad that it’s not us. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe people only share what would appear to be above average? It’s like we have all become little magazines, editing our pictures to appear exceptional, taking 1k selfies until we get the right one, thinking about our captions so it sounds very “utopian.” But what about the 999 other selfies with double chins, pimples, and blemishes? What about the relationship that has problems no one knows about and posts a “couples” picture on the day they were getting along? What about the new mother who posts a serene picture of her sleeping baby in her arms but has been up all night with a crying baby wishing to throw it out the window (Wait, was that just me? YIKES!) I’ve also seen social media as a platform to defame people and a venting place. See, people will only share what they want. How do I know this? I’ve done it and I’m sure you have, to some extent.

We can’t allow ourselves to get caught up in a “Fantasy Island” lifestyle, trying to create the perfect world for ourselves, where we have what we want and no one or any situation will let us down, disappoint us.   Nothing wrong with dreaming, that’s how we progress. But we must allow some realist perspective to squeeze in.  A sure way to guarantee that we are where we are suppose to be and have what we are suppose to have is to keep a close relationship with God by seeking Him and reading his word. No other place than in the word of God, will we be told the honest truth in the most loving way, for our own good. It’s like a mirror that will show us the raw truth about who we are, how we think and how we should be. Turn to it in your disappointments.   You will find peace of mind in where you are in life, what you have in life and who you are. You might even sleep a little better at night full of new confidence a lot of us lack. Please don’t take it the wrong way. We should celebrate life, what we do and accomplish with everyone. That’s what social media has enabled us to do.  But remember, when comparing ourselves with others, disappointment might be what you find as we look at our lives next to others.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

And God Saw That It Was Good

God created the heavens and earth…  He saw all that He had made and it was VERY good. 

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When I have enjoyed a meal that was above average and am asked how it was, I’d probably say, “It was SOOOOO GOOD!!!”, or maybe, “It was VERY good!”.  When you add an adverb to your description, it intensifies.  As you read about the creation in the book of Genesis, Moses describes God’s thoughts after each creation.   He created light, “…and God saw that it was good.”.  He created land and sea, “…and God saw that it was good.”.  Then He created Vegetation, “God saw that it was good.”.  On the 4th day He created day and night, “…and God saw that it was good.”.  Animals on the 5th, “…and God saw that it was good.”.  Finally, on the 6th he created man, blessed them and…hmmm He never mentions that is was good?  Kind of funny.  So, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”  He thought it was VERY GOOD! In other words, all that He had made, in it’s entirety was grand, supreme, top-notch, terrific.  Imagine living in “THE” perfected place.  Wow!

In Genesis 1:29, God gave man EVERYTHING in the WHOLE EARTH to rule over.  THE WHOLE EARTH!!!!  GENESIS 2:16 says that God told them they could eat from ANY tree.  Again, ANY… EXCEPT from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  At this point, Adam and Eve had the whole earth to themselves and for themselves.  Full dominion, in perfection.  Who could even want anything more?  There was nothing else they could possibly need or want…EXCEPT– that single tree they were forbidden to even touch.  What is it with man?  Why are we so selfish and greedy?  Even when we get what we want and have what we need, we seem to want more and need more.  Maybe that’s why God never said, “and it was good” after he created man.

In his tricky and conniving manner,  the devil went up to Eve and began to put doubt in her mind.  He said, “Did God REALLY SAY ‘you MUST NOT eat from any tree in the garden’?  Not only did he put doubt in her but he changed God’s original words.  God had told Adam and Eve that they could eat from ANY except one.  Do you see the difference?  God gives us explicit instructions and directions and we still don’t believe it at times.  Or maybe we just chose to ignore it.  I fall into that trap too.

God, let me be attentive to your direction and instruction that I might live in the freedom of your authority.

2015, I Welcome You

It’s amazing how every year as we celebrate the end of a year…we countdown..10, 9, 8..into the New Year.  At that moment, we get a chance to start over in whatever thing we felt we failed at during the past year–because the New Year symbolize a brand new start.  We get a chance to reflect on the things we did and accomplished.  It can be a very good feeling, a bad feeling or maybe a feeling of relief that it’s finally over.  If the year wasn’t what we had hoped for, we leave it all behind and look forward to the coming year.  If it was good; we hope that the new year is even better.

The crazy thing is that we all have an opportunity to start a new, any day, any hour, any minute and any second we want.  We don’t need a countdown to allow us to do that.  Jesus gives us the opportunity to start with a clean slate as soon as we sincerely ask for forgiveness.  He is quick to forgive.  He is faithful and He is just (1 John 1:9).

As for me, I do enjoy reflecting on my year.  I love to see what I was allowed to accomplish and how God took me through paths that I didn’t see for myself- good and bad.  I enjoy seeing what goals I actually accomplished and which ones I didn’t.  I enjoy setting new goals and challenging myself to reach new heights.  The bible says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps”, (Proverbs 16:9).  I get a kick out of looking back at the year and see what God allowed me to do.  I can see His pattern for my life and I can distinguish why certain things would not have been good for me.  God is so specific with our lives.  After all, He is the author and finisher of our faith.

photoI started my New Year in 2014 at the beach reading a magazine that said, “THIS IS YOUR YEAR” and I believed it would be and it was.  My family is in tact.  Mario is cancer free.  I have a home church and church family.  I was able to spend time with my mom and Abuela every week.  Had awesome bike rides, hikes, walks, drives to the in-laws and beautiful cooking lessons.  I was able to see my kids grow and prosper.  I saw their joys and disappointments.  Met new people. Was able to work with awesome, selfless women who love to worship the Lord (Thank you ladies for allowing me to work with you.)  Got to travel to Europe (Thanks to Mario) and add a new member to our travel team (Wendy).  Thanks to Sam for driving us on those random short trips to Mormon Rock, Calico, to the Desert, LA, Baseball Games, Europe and so much more.  Thanks to Claudia for always being a text away. 🙂  and thank you to all who were part of my life this 2014!

May 2015 be filled with new adventures, new and old friends, peace, love, joy, beginnings, ends, Jesus and everything you dream about.

2015 I WELCOME YOU!

Inspiration?

Yesterday, before I had practice with the girls’ worship team, we had a conversation that went like this:

Girl 1:  I need arroz con leche.

Girl 2:  Who has arroz con leche?  I want some!

Me:  ME TOO!  Someone bring some!  If I had the ingredients I’d make it but I just went to the store like 3 times. And I aint’ about to go again!

Girl 2:  I’m still at work. 😦

Girl 1:  WWJD

Me: I don’t think He likes arroz con leche.photo(2)

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I wanted to make it but I didn’t want to take another trip to the store and I knew that at the time they would be over, I was going to be finishing up cooking dinner and cooking arroz con leche was extra. (My mind over thinking.  It wasn’t even that big of a deal.)

So I went on my marry way and took a seat on my couch.  Got my phone because I was compelled to write something inspirational for my Twitter account or Instagram.  So I decided to go on those particular media sites to find something to post.  I started scrolling through my feed but didn’t get very far.  I was reading it and nothing was registering.  You know when you read the same line like 5 times and you still don’t know what you read? (Or does that just happen to me?)  That’s what it felt like.  So I stopped after reading the first 3 posts and thought, “What could be more inspirational than the word of God?”  So I opened my bible app and the first scripture that appeared was, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Gal 6:10)AAaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So what did I do next?  I got off the couch, got in my car and headed to the store to pick up stuff to make arroz con leche.  EVERY -SINGLE -TIME- I’m about to be rebellious (In my own mind), God stops me in my tracks.  I don’t know if that happens to you but I can’t escape it.  Never fails.  He always redirects me.  I suppose it’s a good thing LOL.  But sometimes I think, “Why does everyone get to do whatever they want and get away with it?”  But I’ve come to the conclusion at this very old age (LOL) that He must really, really love me. 😉  I believe He is trying to shape me and build my character for a greater purpose.  And I do want to be an example of Christ to everyone around me.  So with conviction and sometimes even kicking and pouting, I do what I’m directed to do by God and His word.  Understand, I don’t do it because I want to look like a good person, or because I’m a rule follower.  Ultimately, I want to do what’s right because I love The Lord for what He has done, what He is doing, what He will do and of course, because He is the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame… for ME… for You

How can we repay such a dept?  With our lives.Find your inspiration in the Word of God and doing what is pleasing to Him won’t be as hard as we think.  I’m pretty sure He finds joy in that.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. (Gal 6:9)

Does it ever end?

photo(33)About 4 weeks ago we began the count down to my husband’s radiation sessions.  Two days ago I was finally feeling close to a “imaginary” finish line.  Today, was his last treatment.  All day I was so happy, wondering what was next for me…what was next for us.  I was finally feeling like life can again resume its course.  I got the usual text, “I’m done”…from Mario telling me each day as usual that he was done with his daily dose of radiation and on his way home.  I was ready to celebrate and take the first step in my self proclaimed “freedom”.  Then there was a 2nd text.  After consulting with the radiologist, the doctor tells my husband that “there is a high rate of secondary Cancer in the throat and neck in 10-15 years”.  The self-defeating feelings I hadn’t had during this whole time all came at me at once.  I felt this anger come upon me.  I was mad at the doctors for not being clear with us.  I was mad at myself for not doing more research.  I was mad at the world.  When would the madness end? When would pain end??

After squirming in my own self pity for a few minutes, I snapped myself out of it.  I have to remind myself what the word of God says.  Remember that He is in control.  I must trust what he is doing in me, in us.  He knows our life and will continue to keep us and sustain us through it all.  He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5-6).  I always tell people not to worry about what hasn’t happened yet, and I try to live by that motto.  But it was certainly put to the test.  The bible says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt. 6:34).  And we wonder why God doesn’t reveal to us our future.  It’s dangerous.  We would all go nuts with worry!

Even after this news, (But not before my little tantrum) I feel so blessed.  One because, I have the word of God in my heart to rescue me from my own self.  Two, because the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in me.  Third, if I stop short of a willingness to fellowship in His sufferings, I stop short of the indescribable experience of His holy of holies (eternal fellowship with Him) (Phil 3:10).  Lastly, there will come a time in my life (can also be for yours) when there will be no more pain…no more crying… no more mourning… and no more death.  Read that again, slowly.  No more pain… THEREFORE, no more crying, no more mourning… and no more death.  I love the way it says it in Isaiah 65:17 (which stuck out like RED BOLD SHARPIE MARKER LETTERS at my bible study), “See, I will create a new heavens and a new earth.  The former things WILL NOT be remembered, nor will they come to mind.”.  In that place, heaven, for all eternity, we won’t ever have to remember all the pain we endured here on earth.  All those thoughts of betrayal, let downs, rejections, etc., that plague us from time to time, will not even come to mind.  Oh what peace to look forward to.

Find peace and rest in His beautiful word and promises, for it brings life even in death.

So does it ever end? YES!

Don’t Get Bitter. Get Better.

photo 2I was told my BFF that I should be a writer because I have a big imagination.  She came to this conclusion because of the stories I tell her of my life.  Funny thing is, the stories I tell her are not exaggerated.  They are all true.  This made me think of my Abuela.  Some of the stories she tells me seem so crazy, I have a hard time believing them.  But for some reason I do believe they are real.

We all have stories to tell.  Crazy ones.  Funny ones.  Sad ones.  Morbid ones.  Zany ones. (You get my point).  I believe these stories we tell and retell all our lives are the stories that have changed us, shaped or even reshaped us.  We share them for a reason.

I just had a birthday yesterday and I look back at my life and think, “I could so write a story of my life.”  (I think that every year)  But I’m sure not many would be interested in reading it.  So this is the reason why I blog instead.  I slip in parts of my life with the lessons I learn, in hopes in that people can relate as they read.  I can truly say that I’m in a new season of my life.  I’ve grown through my personal experiences (ummmm I’m still a little immature though. LOL  Weird things make me laugh.)  I have been able to step back and see all the stupid mistakes I’ve made, all the things I should have done, all the crazy things I have experienced, all the pain I have had to go though and the amazing, positive things I have been a part of.  We all have recollections, specifically the negative things, that tend to play with our heart and mind.  We tend to those negative experiences as an excuse for our negative behavior or actions (as a response).  Look, I understand that possibly your childhood was an unimaginable tragedy which can take years to heal from.  But I also understand that there is a God who can help mend, help heal, give peace and even bring joy out of the darkest moments of our lives.  It’s free for us to receive.  We just have to let Him.

We have a mediator, Jesus, who sits at the right hand of God.  You know what He is doing while he sits next to GOD????  He is talking to Him about You!  They are having conversations about how to get you to their perfect will for your life.  They know you personally, know your struggles and your victories.  They are all part of it.  We have a Triune God: a guide, an intercessor, and one who is All Powerful!  Wow!  How amazing is that???  We really have all we need to survive.

Some people struggle about getting old on their birthdays.  I’ve never really had a problem with that.  I don’t ever get depressed thinking about aging.  I don’t know why.  I actually look forward to celebrating every year.  Maybe you think I don’t have a problem with aging because I don’t have much to worry about.  You possibly say, “Well, you’re a legal alien, married, have 2 kids, a house with a brown picket fence, and a dog.”  Maybe you are correct in some way.  For each of those things that I do have, I will see beautiful victories.  But for each of those things that I do have,  I will encounter new problems.

Never look at life thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.  Because each green-grassy area you wish you had, will also get a few wild weeds from time to time.  Don’t let each year make you bitter.  Let each year make you better.

Thank you Lord, that you have allowed me to see another year of life.  There were times where I felt like I couldn’t go on.  Yet here I am thanking you for yesterday, today and tomorrow.

One Life.  One Way.

 

He Turned It ALL Around On the 12th Month

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photo(17)For a few years now, at the end of the year, I have sat in front of my computer writing down some of my thoughts in reflection of my annual experiences.  Last year, I remember having made a proclamation of faith, “to end the year in faith, no matter what.”  In years past, I’ve avoided making such commitments, such as “New Years Resolutions.” I think about the proclamation that I made at the beginning of last year, and with a bitter sweet emotion I can say I’ve held onto that thought all year long with every fiber of my being.  It was almost prophetic of how my life would unravel this year.

So as I get ready to end one of the hardest year of my life; I began to ponder on what I could have learned in regards to these experiences.  I believe God is leading me to end this year with a sort of “happy medium.”  In retrospect, life is so short and many things seem so unimportant (if you really take time to think about it).  But I’ve come to experience that while certain things may appear unimportant; they are actually the things that leave a lasting effect.

I’m sure I am not the only one who has had a rough year.  As a matter of fact, I have several friends and family who have had a very trying year.  I personally don’t want to reach the end of this year thinking over and over again how bad it was (even though it was).  Do you?  I don’t want the enemy to have victory over this past year.  Do you???  In 2 Kings 25:27-30 (Read for yourself), Jehoiachin (King of Judah) was released from prison and was given a seat of high honor.   “So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes and for the rest of his life ate regularly at the king’s table. Day by day the king gave Jehoiachin a regular allowance as long as he lived.” (2 Kings 25:29-30)  This all happened on the 12th month (according to the Jewish calendar).  He had been captive since he was 18 years old and at the age of around 55, he was released. Imagine, this man, who spent practically HIS WHOLE LIFE IN PRISON!

If you have been “imprisoned” or “held captive” by this years circumstances (or your past) , let this 12th month be the time where you are released from whatever “WAS” keeping you captive–in bondage.  Take off your prison clothes (Like King Jehoiachin), feast at the King’s table with the “allowance” of His Spirit.  What a turn around that would be for us!!! I get so excited just thinking of the possibilities of doing this!

So as we end this 2013, ask God earnestly to turn your year around on this “12th month” (really these last hours), so that when we do look back we can say, “This year was horrible but it ended so good!”  I want to be left with a taste of His goodness and not the evil of the enemy!  I want my joy increased. 

Lord, help us not be fixed on all the past negativity and allow YOUR joy to just turn it all around.  Lord, claim our 2013!  I want to finish out the year saying, “MY GOD IS VICTORIOUS,” because His joy is in me.  Let joy rule for 2014!

HAPPY JOYOUS NEW YEAR!

Love,

Joyful Silvia

Making Christmas Memorable

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DSC_5966I was washing the dishes this morning looking out my window just reminiscing of our moments of setting up the Christmas tree last night.  I wondered if we would continue this tradition as they continue to grow or would I be doing it all by myself at one point.  I wondered if I was doing enough to make things memorable for them.  But why would I be so concerned about that?  I guess it all goes back to our own personal childhood memories.

I know that in my case if it wasn’t for my mom and grandmother I wouldn’t have any good Christmas memories.  My dad didn’t believe in Santa and didn’t like to celebrate Christmas.  He never really gave a reason.  Probably because he didn’t want to spend money on Christmas.  Maybe because his religion taught him that Christmas wasn’t the true birth of Christ or maybe because he just didn’t have Christmas as a kid.  Who knows the truth? Maybe I’ll ask him now that I’m grown.  Whatever the reasoning was, it wasn’t ever made as a big deal in our home unless my mom went out and did something about it against my dad’s wishes.  I don’t remember ever having a Christmas tree until I was probably 15 or 16 and only have a few memories of gifts I received.  (This is so gonna date me lol)  The first real Christmas present I received was a walking doll called “Baby Come Back”.  I was in heaven!!!! I took care of that thing like it was gold! Another Christmas I remember getting a nice jacket from my mom.  Man, did I love it!  I still remember how it felt to put on, the colors and how fluffy it was.  One year we were invited to a family member’s house and they actually gave me a gift.  I couldn’t believe it.  I think it was the same year I got my jacket so I thought it was the best year ever!  They gave me a box of underwear.  What kid would have had a smile on their face with opening a pack of underwear for Christmas? ME!!!! LOL  I can honestly remember the colors… they were all pastel, silky kid underwear.  Oh man… It was awesome.  The last gift I remember getting as a kid was a battery operated radio with headphones.  It was the year I first met my half-sister.  I remember taking her somewhere where she was going to be staying at while in Cali and just sitting in the car with my little blue radio tuning into Kost and just being so happy listening to beautiful Christmas songs.  I had joy in living such a simple life.  The simplest things made my day and they still do.  It wasn’t that we didn’t have money growing up.  We were doing well.  As a matter of fact, my mom had her own beauty salon, my dad a carpet cleaning company and his regular job.  We were never in need.  I guess my dad just thought there were more important things in life to use his hard earned money on.

I think now how my kids have been able to enjoy life because both of our parents’ hard work (Mario’s fam. and my own).  And I am thankful to them for that.  Now my kids can enjoy the fruit of their parents and grand-parents labor.  So now it’s my job to make sure that our kids don’t take for granted the blessings they are able to enjoy.  That’s why we do things like the Random Acts of Kindness and teach them what Christmas is really about.  I want them not to always be stretching out their hands to receive but also to give.  What benefit would it be for them to always receive?  None!  It would actually be a disadvantage to them.  I don’t want them to grow up to be bratty-demanding kids.  I want them to have a giving heart, a sensitive heart, a compassionate heart, a heart that is mindful of those around them.  I want them to enjoy the blessings God has mercifully allowed us to have but I also want them be able to share it with those who need it and even those who don’t deserve it.

I pray that God would hear this mother’s prayer:  Give them a heart after your own and a discerning spirit that they might impart what you so lovingly have shared with them.  Not our of obligation but of Love.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35)

 

RACK (Random Acts of Christmas Kindness)

381244_2358028825552_1636120398_nIt’s that time of the year again!  We are so excited to get this year’s RACK Advent Calendar going.  This year I’m even more excited because several of my friends want to either join us in some of our little adventures or implement it in their homes.  Brings us so much joy to know that more and more want to share love around our neighborhoods.  It just takes one person, one deed to make a huge difference in someone’s life. 

Holidays are hard for many.  I know for me it will be a little harder this year.  But I know that healing comes from God and from sharing your healing with others through a smile, a note, a gesture, or even a small gift.  So this year (to me) it will mean a great deal more.  So join us where ever you’re at and spread the love that never ceases.  Everyone needs it no matter what phase of life they are in.

Here is the write up I made 2 years ago which I copied from my FB.

https://onelifeoneway.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/advent-calander-of-adventure/

Also, here is a video I made after about our adventures.

http://youtu.be/XJjuV6Csajk

So if you want to join us on any of our RACKed activities; let us know.  We would love it!  Or if you want to start your own; begin prepping now.  You can find the calendar below!  Can’t wait to get our 3rd year started!

Let’s get RACKing!!!!

(Please click on the link above to details on how we put this together)

1st  Read this letter and accept the invitation to the 25 days of Christmas.  To commit to changing our hearts towards the true meaning of Christmas

2nd  Make bows and write “Jesus is the Reason for the season”; and put them on three neighbor’s door knobs.

3rd  Make cookies and put them in a bag.  Deliver them to homeless person.

4th Buy a hot cocoa or latte for Salvation Army bell ringers

5th Give a toy to a kid in need

6th Tape candy canes and happy holiday notes to ATMS and/or vending machines.

7th  Write a thank you card a police man/Deputy for keeping us safe.

8th Offer to buy a pack of gum or mints for checkout clerk at grocery store.

9th Take peppermint mocha to teacher after school

10th Take a special picture, letter, or chocolate to GT Fire Station thanking them.

11th Hand out pretty Christmas hand made flowers

12th Bake & deliver Christmas cupcakes to library employees

13th Take a meal/gift/or card to a person who is sick or in the hospital.

14th Go to a mall; hand out candy canes with Jesus is the reason for season on them.

15th Collect canned good and take them to nearby Donation drop off.

16th Pass out candy and spread cheer to folks mailing off their Christmas cards at the post office

17th  Go to mall and hold open doors for shoppers

18th Leave small Christmas treats/gifts in shopping carts for folks to find

19th  Visit a school for the handicapped and take them cupcakes or candy canes. (We will be visiting my sister’s if you want to join us.)

20th Visit animals at the shelter and maybe take some treats

21st  Leave a basket of Christmas gifts on doorstep of a family that needs it

22nd Buy coffee for stranger at Starbucks

23rd Leave present in mailbox for mail carrier

24th Take all night drug store employee a Christmas surprise

25th Drive around and find a lonely person on the street, and take them a present, with food, and the message of Christ.