Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction--December 1, 2014--The Designated Gift Giver

A Step in the Write Direction

December 1, 2014

Update: Let me wish a happy birthday to Heather, who made me a grandma for the first time 27 years ago today. Can't believe how fast the years have gone….Not that I needed anything to remember my bestest friend by, but I was very touched Saturday when her husband offered me her piano. I haven't had one in years, and to have one that belonged to her touched me deeply! Now to find a way to get it the 50 miles to my house!...My husband took a visit to the E.R. again this week. Took me three times to wake him up in the morning, and when I finally did, he was very confused and couldn't walk. His sugar was quite low which was part of the problem. He spent the night, and will visit his regular doctor Wednesday….We had a good Thanksgiving; it was so good to spend it again with our daughter and family who moved back here from Oklahoma. Hope all of you had a good day too!

NOTE: If any of you have been a caregiver and can share some brief (250 words or less) humorous stories of something that happened, or how humor has helped you in caregiving, send them to me. (If you want the Table of Contents for the book to see what else I'll be looking for, email me. The publisher wants three sample chapters for a proposal.)

Thought for the Day: "The best thing you can do right now is to finish what you started last year and not let those good intentions grow stale. Your heart's been in the right place all along. You've got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it (2 Corinthians 8:10-11 MSG).

Song for the Day
In the service of the King
Ev'ry talent I will bring.
I have peace and joy and blessing
In the service of the King.
            Alfred H. Ackley, "In the Service of the King"

Laugh for Today: A movie star, on a cruise, saw a man suffering from a cold.  "I'll tell you what to do," she instructed.  "Go back to your stateroom, drink a lot of orange juice, take two aspirin and cover yourself with all the blankets you can find.  I should know what I'm talking about.  I'm Billie Burke of Hollywood." 

The man smiled warmly and replied, "Thanks.  I'm Dr. Mayo, of the Mayo Clinic."

A Christmas Devotion (from my book "Preparing Your Heart for Christmas"—31 Advent devotions, now on sale for half price—$5 + s&h).
The Designated Gift Giver
For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Although my mother didn’t have much money for Christmas shopping, she always seemed to know what gift to buy everyone—because she listened carefully all year. Her gifts ranged from a sewing box for my niece who made her own clothes, to blank tapes for my songwriting nephew, and a piano bench for my sister.

Through the years, I’ve tried to carry on her tradition, and today I’ve taken on the enjoyable task of designated gift buyer for our writers’ group. I’ll search for hours—in stores, in catalogs, and on the Internet—for just the right present for a particular person. Sometimes I buy things as much as a year early when I find the perfect gift. Then I wrap it in beautiful paper and give it to the only person that gift will fit.

I am acquainted with another Gift Giver. At the beginning of time, He looked ahead and saw millions of people who were in need of a gift. He listened to their cries, and thought, “What can I give them?” Then He said, “I know. I’ll give the best Gift possible—My Son.” So He wrapped this Gift in swaddling clothes and gave Him not to just one particular person, but to the whole world. And the neatest thing about this Gift is that it fits everyone—even me!

Lord, at this Christmas season, may I remember the Gift and the Giver. Let me love as You loved—and give as You gave.

Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich
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