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Monday, January 7, 2013

A Birthday Wish

I know what you're thinking as you read the title, but it really has a lot to do about the concept of giving. And   no, I don't mean giving to me, specifically. The idea of this post started during December. For the past couple of years, I've wanted to reinvent Christmas and make it into something so much more than gifts for  me. I was able to try out something new that I'd seen others doing- Christmas Random Acts of Kindness. So I decided to try 25 days of Christmas Random Acts of Kindness. I had a whole list of things I was going to do planned out, but of course sometimes our plans get thrown out the window! I started out strong,excited about what I was going to do. After a few days though, it started to wear on me, and I was constantly thinking "What act of kindness will I do today?" and spending a couple hours just trying to think of something "innovative." I realized I had undertaken too much with my new-found tradition, and I plan on changing it a bit next year- possibly only 12 days of Christmas Random Acts of Kindness. I liked it a lot, despite the stress of trying to find something new to do each day. It was wonderful, and it was a great way to share the love of Christ- giving a gift to someone for no reason other than it was my choice. Just as Christ gave us the free gift of eternal life, so I felt these random acts of kindness could give some people just a glimpse of something far greater Christ did for them. So what acts of kindness did I do? Well, I gave out anonymous giftcards (small amounts), payed for the meal of the person behind me at the drive-thru (that was my favorite one!), went through random baby registries online and bought expecting couples a small gift, bought total strangers a small gift from their wishlist on Amazon,  participated in free giving activities online (such as playing a game to donate free food to other countries), looked up random addresses in the phone book and sent them a special Christmas card, sent prisoners Christmas cards, and a few other things.

So what does my giving have to do with a birthday wish? Well, that's where YOU come in. I have an upcoming birthday at the end of the month. I want to be able to remember that not everything is about me, but about Christ. Instead of receiving birthday presents for myself this year, I thought, "Why not receive gifts to donate to a charity instead?" Recently at work, a donation had come in from a lady who had received a bunch of diapers for her birthday to give to a charity. She said that she had no need for birthday gifts, so her friends wrote a list of charities they could buy a gift to and donate in her name. She chose the Center for Pregnancy. I liked that idea, and I am stealing it, because it is a great idea! For my birthday, I would love it if you could donate to the Center for Pregnancy- a pregnancy help center that offers free limited ultrasounds, free pregnancy tests, a free parenting program, free baby items/maternity clothes, and spiritual help which includes sharing the Gospel with the clients! Personally, I'd love to be able to receive the money to spend it on items on my birthday for the Center for Pregnancy. I've always wanted to go on a shopping spree for the Center for Pregnancy, and what better time to do it than on one's birthday! Those who don't know me might feel uncomfortable about that, and I completely understand, so if you would rather donate directly to the Center, you can buy an item from our Amazon wishlist and have it shipped there or donate by mail- be sure to write down specifically what you want the money to go to- diapers, baby supplies, crib, etc. Being specific helps out a lot! To find out the address or donate directly from the wishlist you may go here: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/3HBO0MA14NGIN/ref=cm_wl_search_1

If that link doesn't work go to Amazon.com, go to find a wishlist, enter "Center for Pregnancy" and it's the one that is located in Friendswood. Thanks so much for your help in granting a birthday wish!



We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 
(2Th 1:3 ESV)





P.S. - Thanks to the anonymous person who donated to the Voice of the Martyrs fund I had posted a link to on my blog page. You have no idea how happy I was to find out someone had donated to my cause. Your money goes a long way to help other believers!