Last year at church I listened as a sweet sister in Christ shared how someone provided her family with a Thanksgiving dinner. A man said that the Lord impressed him to do this for her family. My friend is a stay-at-home mom whose husband had been out of work for over six months. Things had been hard but, as she shared, God has met every need and continues to be good. After losing their home and moving in with another family, her faith and trust in the Lord continues to shine as a testimony.
This week as we go into the homestretch to Thanksgiving, it is the perfect time to purchase items to give to others in need. Dinner rolls, vegetables, baking supplies, and turkey are just a few of the foods that will be on sale. Invite a family facing hard times to Thanksgiving dinner and send them home with groceries. Try something fun such as leaving groceries on the front porch, ringing the doorbell and running. Of course, make sure they are home so the food does not sit out too long and melt or spoil.
It’s easy to think about basics, but also include cookies, cake mixes, and chips for a nice treat. Fresh fruits and vegetables are especially good. When money is tight, fresh foods are often overlooked in exchange for cheaper canned goods. Find out what their favorite soft drink is and include it.
Another idea is to purchase some fall decorations for the family you will bless. Wal-Mart has marked all their fall decorations down by at least 50%. Pick up a beautiful wreath for less than $10 or maybe some fall napkins for $1. Little things such as napkins or seasonal paper dessert plates can add a festive note.
On MMCW we have an Abundant Living page. Some call it being thrifty, others may say frugal living. I think it is truly living in abundance. All we have comes from God. We are a blessed nation with riches those in some countries can only imagine. I have always believed we are blessed to be a blessing financially in our communities and world. Living abundantly is about living within our means so we have resources to bless others.
This week be a blessing!