The Writer's Life

The Giving Family


“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” -Proverbs 22:9     *Give to the food bank*

In previous years, our family participated in our own twist of the Advent Calendar.  I had spent countless hours pouring over many words to create riddles that only members of our immediate family would be able to solve.  Within each answer of the 24 riddles held a special gift or sweet treat hidden for our daughters to find.  This game was met with enthusiasm each subsequent year.

However, the riddles got old and easier to solve.

This year our family has been blessed to move above the poverty level.  We are finally able to control our bills and manage our debts.  It is a heavy burden has been lifted off of our shoulders, and we now have some wiggle room to “play” and give back.

We are a generous family; often giving where it is needed even when we didn’t have much at all.  And, it only makes sense to continue giving of ourselves to others in need.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, our family had a discussion of how we wanted to revamp the Advent Calendar this year.  We decided that each day will have a bible verse related to loving our neighbors and giving gladly.  Below the bible verse, we inserted a type of giving that all four of us had agreed upon for each day of the holiday season.

I have struggled with writing about our little adventure, because there are a couple of bible verses that state to give discreetly and guard your heart against giving for praise.  I am a promoter for good, and to not share our adventure seems foolish and selfish.  After all, I write to inspire, and if writing about our generosity could inspire others to give, then more will benefit from my gift of words.  I intend to be careful to not promote how much we give or the specific persons we give to.  This, I feel, should be kept between my family and the Almighty.

If, at any time, you feel lead to give, give freely and willingly.  Take what I share with you and incorporate it into your own holiday giving and all throughout the year.  There are so many people who have needs, and those of us who have been blessed must give what we can, when we can.

Visit and click “Like” on my facebook page for daily updates on our advent calendar.  You might find an idea or two to help in your gift giving this year.

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!