Christmas gifts–what to give?
Every year the commercial ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday tempt us to run up exorbitant debts to buy Christmas gifts. Whether driven by pure motives of giving or by obligation and guilt, we still spend time searching for just the right gifts for everyone on our list. And there’s nothing wrong with trying to find the best deal as long as we can afford it and don’t allow spending to consume us or to push the real reason for Christmas into the background. We enjoying giving gifts to those we love and giving to others.
God Gave Us His Best Gift
God first gave His own Son to us–His very best gift at Christmas: Immanuel, God With Us. That’s who Jesus was and is.
Christmas Gifts from the Heart for Your Spouse
If you are married, I’m sure you are always hunting for ideas on what to give your spouse at Christmas. And if you’re on a budget or limited income, the possibilities can decrease rapidly. But there’s more to gifts than just store bought bargains. What would make a simple, but worthy gift for your spouse–one from your heart?
You don’t need a checkbook or credit card for these Christmas gifts. Your spouse will enjoy these inexpensive gifts that spell love at Christmas–or any time of the year. (Even if you are single or widowed, you could adapt a few of these–prayer, time, and kindness–and think of your own simple gifts to give to friends or family members.)
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NLT).
My Personal Prayer for You
Lord, giving doesn’t have to be hard. You gave us Your only Son, Jesus–Your very best gift–so we could know what You are like. We don’t value Your gift in dollars or cents, but as an eternal, sacrificial gift of love. Show us how to give of ourselves in simple but special ways to our spouse and to others this Christmas season. Stir our creative minds and fill our eager hearts with kindness, compassion, and love overflowing to the ones we love and to those in need. Instead of driving up debt, may we fill up our spouse’s heart with the kind of inexpensive but heartfelt gifts that You inspire–gifts of ourselves. Thank You for Christmas and for the opportunity to say in tangible ways to others how special they are–to You and to us.
It’s Your Turn
What inexpensive love gifts have you given your spouse at Christmas? Which ones do you most appreciate receiving? What other special gifts can you think of that you would like to give or receive? I’d love to hear from you anytime. You can always write me through my contact page. Just fill out the basic name and address info, and then it will come to me. I will never share your name or information with anyone without your permission.
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