It’s Five Minute Friday time again. The time of the week when I join with a bunch of other amazing bloggers over at Kate Motaung‘s place to write about a one word prompt for five minutes straight. This week’s prompt is Give.
Now that Thanksgiving day is behind us all thoughts begin to shift to Christmas. Little ones are making out their wish list for Santa while parent look over their shoulder. The list adults are making is of who they want to buy gifts for.
I remember Christmases past when the budget allowed the giving list to grow longer. Then there were the years that names would have to be moved from the gift list to the card only list. If my heart had its way I would give to every family member, friend and charity. Unfortunately, the dollars don’t always stretch that far.
Tonight as Mike and I discussed our Christmas gift giving I thought back to some of the gifts I have been given over the years. I realized the best gifts I have ever been given cost little to no money. Gifts like a macaroni necklace from my little boy when he was in kindergarten. One year my baby girl gave me a poem with her handprints. I know all moms have received gifts like this that our children have made in school or church.
As sweet as those gifts were there are some that are as sweeter like the intangible ones. Ones like when I see them showing extra love and kindness to another when it would be easier to ignore that person. When I see one of them kneeling at the altar praying with a child or even just knowing they check up on one another.
These are gifts fill momma’s heart. Gifts that remind me no matter the mistakes I made raising them (or think I made): the times I couldn’t buy everything on their Santa list, He still had them. The small seed of love, hope and trust that were planted in their little hearts years ago have grown. God has continued to water and prune. Being able to see the fruit that is now being produced is sweeter than anything that could be purchased.
What are some of the sweetest gifts you have recieved ? How do you handle a list that is bigger than your budget ?