Spending the holidays away from family and friends can be hard. It can be even harder when you are on the other side of the world. Last Christmas my team and I spent the month of December in Namibia, Africa. (more…)
Today I want to introduce you to a friend of mine. Her name is Sandy Kreps. Sandy and I met through the Tribewriters Course. We met in person and roomed together in Tennessee at the conference in 2015. I was honored to help coach Sandy through the writing of her first printed book and watch her dream come true. She did all the hard work and it has paid off. She is now on staff with Tribewriters and is working with Jeff Goins. She currently has two books and one is called “Simply Christmas.” This is also the title of our series this month.
Today we have a Christmas contest! Whoever comments on her post on the website today will be added to a drawing of this book and someone will win a copy. Good luck.
Let’s all welcome Sandy to #AskGodToday.
by Sandy Kreps
The saying goes that “it’s better to give than to receive.” During the holiday season, it can be easy to lose sight of that, especially for children. So much of the Christmas season is focused on toys and presents, even the least materialistic kids tend to catch a case of the “gimmies.” If you are having a hard time teaching your kids about the importance of giving, then try these ideas to encourage them to be more generous during the holidays, and beyond.
Many people have a difficult time feeling motivated to give because they feel like their contribution won’t matter in the long run. Prove to your kids that every little bit counts when it comes to donating either time, toys, or resources. Look for someone in your community your kids can help, whether they help with something like yard work or other chores around the house, or by giving a donation of their allowance or a toy.
Don’t forget to reward them for their good deeds and show them the ways even a small act of kindness can be a big help to someone. That way, they’ll probably more willing (and excited) to help the next time.
Set a Good Example
Children often want to follow in the footsteps of their parents. If you want your kids to pick up on how important it is to give, make sure you practice a bit of giving yourself. Let them see you putting aside time to help others, or donating money or resources to a charitable organization. Remember, it’s sometimes more difficult to get your kids to want to give when they’ve never seen you do so.
Find Other Kids
It will be easier for your kids to connect with the idea of giving if they’re involved in a project with their peers. Look for opportunities like church service days, food banks, or toy drives in your community. Check to see if they allow children to participate in their programs. If there aren’t any kid-friendly charitable organizations in your area, consider taking it upon yourself to organize a volunteer event. You also have the option of seeking out online charities or volunteer organizations kids can relate to.
Make Your Kids Feel Empowered
The greatest motivator for giving is the feeling that you can make a difference.
Let them know the things they have to say are important, and encourage them to incorporate their talents into giving back to others. If they feel empowered, they’ll feel like they can and will make a difference.
If you practice the act of giving on a regular basis, you make a habit out of generosity and charity. This is especially true of kids, who are growing up and developing into the people they will be later in life. Talk to your children about how important it is to give, and they will make you proud of their compassion in the future.
Leave a comment for Sandy to be entered in the drawing for her newest book, “Simply Christmas.”
Sandy Kreps BIO:
By taking a moderate approach designed to cut over-consumption, live within your means, and make healthy lifestyle choices, Sandy Kreps helps people cut through the chaos of modern life and find a simpler path. She writes regularly on her blog, Modern Simplicity. She is the author of “Mommy Simplicity: Finding Calm in the Chaos” and “Fresh Start: 31 Days to Simplify, Declutter and Rein in the Chaos.” Her book “Simply Christmas: 101 Ways to Simplify the Holidays” is newly available in both print and Kindle editions on Amazon.
I am excited to introduce you to a new friend of mine. Omer Redden and I are both members of the Writing Course, called Tribewriters. I had opened up my site for Guest Writers and he approached me. He is the author of 2 books, husband of one wife, father of three children. He works with Self-Publishing School, helping aspiring authors go from no-idea to best-seller on Amazon in 90 days. He says he doesn’t use social media often, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter.
Are You Living to Die and Dying to Live?
by Omer Redden
At the turn of the year, Brenda shared 6 Effective Tips to Improve Life.
Honestly, I plan to implement all the tips in the coming year. They’re that good!
Yet, as I read them, there was one tip that stuck out, tip #4: give to others.
As I’ve studied, prayed, loved, and lived God’s Word, I must tell you–this theme has never rang more true.
See, I was a Christian for 9 years before I was (more…)
by Brenda McGraw
What do you mean, Christians aren’t generous?
Most Tuesdays and Sundays you can find my husband and I on a volunteer ministry team in the inner city. We meet and love on the children in the area and their families. A bible story is shared, songs are sang and we serve the kids a meal or a snack. On Tuesdays we also hand out prizes. We love to see their little faces light up!
Recently, I felt like it’s not enough. I felt God telling me, “I can do more.”
I prayed, “Show me, God, what do you want me to give? Show me, God, how I can be more generous? How can we be a part of You transforming the lives of others?”
I thought of things like (more…)