Today I want to share my favorite Christmas gifts to give! Do you remember when I wrote about our Family’s Blessings Jar? If you didn’t see it, go here to learn about one of the best projects I ever started in my home. I base the Blessings Jar off of Phil 4:8, which if you have been reading me for a while, you know it’s one of my most used and most favorite verses EVER. Gratitude has power. And it is a gift that many tend to take for granted.
Philippians 4:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I decided my kids and I would make these jars for every family member and loved one- in hopes to spread the joy of Thanksgiving in the every day. It was a laborious and beautiful task, that I hope blesses those that receive it. May each jar be full, each year, as they too- practice the art of counting their blessings. Please go see the details and pictures of our gift jars HERE!!! I shared all about it over at 1Corinthians13 Parenting.
These words are wrapped around each jar…
You have a bounty of blessings to behold…
In the every day, every hour, every moment.
Gratitude is the greatest gift we hold,
Yet, only if we open it.
Our family has a Blessings Jar.
To practice this fine art.
Taking time to seek and find
Setting time apart…
To note each thing that is praiseworthy,
Noticing God’s Hand
The task itself, brings forth the gift
Unwrap it when you can…
The children began the work for you
Claiming pieces of your life
‘Blessings’ if you will,
To start your jar tonight.
Add or take, as you need
Blessings to and fro.
Look with wonder at your life
And search high and low…
Even on those difficult days
There’s still a light you’ll see
Find blessings in your darkest times
When God will be with thee.
Collect these gifts in the jar
To read when you desire.
Find joy and hope, light and love
Gratitude has power.
My dear friend Lisa over at The Golden Spoons has a mission to do “One Thing Good” this Holiday Season. I will join her with these jars X15!!