I have once again teamed up with Women to Women Ministries and several other fabulous bloggers for the 2014 Christmas Blessing Giveaway. This year we are giving away $410.00 in Paypal cash as we know what a blessing some extra money can be especially during the holidays. All the instructions on how to enter the giveaway are at the end of this post. The contest will end at midnight on December 14th and the winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter.
I was once the recipient of a Christmas blessing. Seventeen years later, it still brings tears to my eyes. We’d just moved into our first apartment as a married couple. We’d been living with my husband’s grandparents for several months so this was our very first place. Glen worked as a waiter at a local restaurant and money was tight…really tight.
A week after we moved in, the flimsy piece of wood in the kitchen cabinet broke and my new twenty dollar set of Walmart dishes broke into a million pieces all over the stained linoleum floor.
I sobbed…and it wasn’t just because of my broken dishes, which by the way I couldn’t afford to replace.
Living in a rundown apartment complex with barely enough money to scrape by wasn’t how I envisioned starting off my marriage. Our apartment was located on the second floor and I still can remember how difficult it was carrying our dirty laundry down all those stairs with a nine month daughter in tow. To top it off, we only had one car so every morning at 5:30 a.m. I would dress our daughter and drive my husband to work.
To say I was discouraged would be an understatement. I wondered if somehow this was God’s way of punishing me for all those bad choices I’d made in my past. We had no couch, no TV, and from where I was looking no way out.
About a week after Thanksgiving, there was a knock on my apartment door. As I mentioned we weren’t exactly living in the best of neighborhoods so I cautiously looked through the small peep hole to see who was at my doorstep.
There were Christmas Elves on my porch…
I slowly opened the door and a short girl standing in the front said, “Someone in your community has nominated you for a Christmas blessing. May we come in?” As I shook my head yes, unable to speak, fourteen Christmas elves filled my apartment with all kinds of groceries and goodies. A turkey, fresh produce, and various other kitchen staples littered the floor of my small apartment. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
That “someone” who nominated us to receive this unexpected bounty met more than just our physical needs. Those Christmas elves were the heart and hands of Jesus to me that day. The gifts they brought reminded me that the God of the universe cared for me enough to send me a special reminder of His love. It didn’t matter where I lived, God was there. He would always be there.
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