Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas

Week 3 – Light Your Family

Week 3 – Light Your Family

 

Can you believe it? It is already the 3rd week in December. I don’t know about you, but we have been busy this month. It feels so awesome to be doing so much service and focusing on the Savior. I hope you found some fun ways to light your community with Christ’s love this past week.

Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas

We donated to a food bank, dropped several quarters and dollar bills in the “red buckets”, and tried to donate our bags for homeless kids, but the person who needs to set it up is out on vacation. Hopefully, we can finish up that donation in the coming week.

So, that brings us to this week – Light your family. The Bible tells us that “He that loveth his brother abideth in the light” (1 John 2:10). This week’s video is another good one. Take a look:

 

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There are several ways to light our families. We can serve them or we can serve WITH them. So, this week’s suggestions are a mix of things we can do to serve our families and also things we can do to serve with them:

Light Your Family – Monday, Dec. 17th

  1. Write a note of encouragement to a family member and put it in their lunch or under their pillow.
  2. Secretly make someone’s bed for them or do one of their chores
  3. Help extended family by doing some service – anonymous or not – think aunts, uncles, cousins, and especially. . .GRANDPARENTS!!
  4. Make a meal together and deliver it to someone in need.
  5. One of my favorites is to write letters or send a package to someone in the military.
  6. Make cookies or baked goods for your local police or fire station.
  7. We had several teenage girls in our neighborhood who used to babysit for people while they wrapped presents or finished Christmas shopping. This might be really fun for your family to do for some neighbors or extended family members.
  8. Pick a family to be a secret Santa for.
  9. As a family, do the 12 Days of Christmas for an elderly shut-in (or whatever # of days that are left).
  10. Here’s a fun one if you can round up a few sewing machines. You can make pillowcases for charity by donating to the Million Pillowcase Challenge. Check out the website here where you can download a free pattern. Pillowcases are super easy to make – even for a novice and small children.

Our families are precious and fragile. In just a little over a year’s time, we found out my father had cancer and then just like that, he was gone. My niece lost a baby to SIDS last year. My grandfather died suddenly from a heart aneurism. My sweet friend lost her son to suicide.

I am not trying to be gloomy. I just think that we need to realize that those we love could be gone in the blink of an eye when we least expect it. Please make sure that if there is only one thing that you do when it comes to your family, make sure that you say, “I love you” often. Don’t miss an opportunity to speak your love.

Follow Your Heart. . .

Have a great week as you find ways to serve your family or serve with them. Again, please share what you are doing on our Facebook page or in the comments below.

Cookies & Milk for Everyone!

Nana Jill Signature with yellow flower

 

 

P.S. If you missed out on either of the previous week’s challenges, check out our suggestions for Lighting the World and Lighting Your Community.

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