Sunday, March 27, 2011

Eight Gifts That Don't Cost a Cent

This post was prepared several days ago, but then I decided to give the information about Eve quite a lot of attention to raise awareness for those who would pray for her.  Thank you for those who have prayed; don't stop.

In the busyness or hum-drums of life, whatever you face today.  It is so, very easy to forget to look around at those who need these simple gifts.  Those of us who stay at home each day with our little children, how easy it is to forget to give some of these gifts to them.  Those of you who have an "empty  nest"--it's hard to reach out to others because you feel the need of someone reaching out to you.  Whatever stage of life you are in, we can all give these gifts to someone each day.  My challenge?  I will give each of these to someone each day for one week, starting today.  Will you join me?  Be creative.  Each day I will tell you how God has allowed me to give these gifts.

Eight Gifts That Don't Cost a Cent
--author unknown

The Gift of Listening--But you must REALLY listen.  No interruption, no day-dreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening

The Gift of Affection--Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

The Gift of Laughter--Clip cartoons.  Share articles and funny stories.  Your gift will say, "I love to laugh to you."

The Gift of a Written Note--It can be simple "Thanks for the help" note for a full sonnet.  A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

The Gift of a Compliment--A simple and sincere, "You look great in red!", "You did a super job!", or "That was a wonderful meal!" can make someone's day.

The Gift of a Favor--Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

The Gift of Solitude--There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone.  Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition--The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really, it's not that hard to say "Hello" or "Thank you".

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