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Giving to Others (Christmas in July)

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the Christmas fun that we do for our families. I know. I often have the best intentions to share with others outside of our family, but it doesn’t always happen. For me, I know it is helpful to have a list of ideas ready to slip into the […]

How Could I Forget – Compassion

Fifteen years ago FishPapa and I traveled to a little village called La Pradera in Honduras, outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa. Part of a team sent from our church, we were there to offer support to a local church there. We were not connected by denominational lines, but rather a heart to serve people, […]

10 Easy Ways to Give to Others

Photo source I watched a newsclip last week about Oprah’s Favorite Things segment of her television program. I’ve never watched the Oprah show, but evidently, once a year, O gives a ton of stuff to everyone present. The segment topic is always a surprise and the show’s audience doesn’t know until it starts that they’ll […]

Offering Holiday Support to Unemployed Loved Ones

Photo Source – The following is a guest post from Robbie – Two years ago was the worst Christmas of my life. There are few things more humbling than the realization that your kids likely wouldn’t have much, if anything, under the tree from you. Or that the traditions of holidays past went the way […]

Compassion Sunday

About a year ago, our family began sponsoring a child who lives in poverty. Joseph lives in Peru. He regularly sends us drawings and letters, sharing his prayer requests and telling us about his life. It’s a different life than my children live. And it’s good for us to know him. And it’s even better […]

Battling the Gimmes and the Tightfist

Years ago when we came to the realization that we needed to fight our debt with a vengeance, Christmas was drastically pared down. We had kissed our credit cards goodbye, and as a result, only had cash to spend, what little there was. Our bigger kids at ages 10, 7, and 5 were totally on […]

Fun Party Idea: Soup’s On!

As the classic tale recounts, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.” The holiday season surely evokes feelings of anticipation. Parties, concerts, and family get-togethers are in abundance. Gift-giving – and getting – abounds. Visions of sugar plums (and the latest cool gadget) dance in […]

The 30-Day Giving Challenge

So yes, a week of November is gone – I’ve been stuck in my freezer – but it’s never too late to start giving. Alyssa at Keeping the Kingdom First has a great challenge going to encourage others to give. Check out the details here. The kids and I are reading, Obliged to Go, a […]