For the past handful of years we have tried to find ways to give our Christmas away. To give instead of receive, to cultivate the habit of giving instead of receiving. This year we wanted to tie in our Devotion tree to our Giving, as a symbol or reminder of Christ – the true gift, to the gift given in His name. Our Devotion tree will be transformed into our Giving Tree for the season as we celebrate Him… His birth… God’s gift to us…
During the weeks leading up to Christmas – the celebration of His birth we will be reading from The Giving Tree Devotional, placing the ornament of His name on our Giving Tree… a reminder of who He is and reflect on Him as the gift… the giver, the one whose name means… anointed one… the one who was given to all mankind… the who was poured out for us. After taking time to prepare our hearts by receiving Him, we will become the gift by completing and giving the suggested gift in the Devotion, in His name…
it is always meant to be given.” (from One Thousand Gifts)
The devotional has been adopted from Worthy of the Prize.
and The Giving Tree Devotional Journal and Ornaments
We print our ornaments on the back of Christmas Colored Scrapbook paper. I will be posting pictures later this week of our devotion tree, basket and the ornaments made. You can check out other Devotions we have done using our Devotion Tree here:
Here is an insert from Day 1:
The Giver: I am Emmanuel …
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
Emmanuel happens to be one of my favorite names of Jesus, particularly at Christmastime. It means, "God with us." And that is exactly what Christmas is all about, the very essence of the season itself. The Son of God did not have to step down from his throne in Heaven, but He did it to save us (Philippians 2:5-8).
"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
The Gift: Make Nativity Ornaments for Elderly – Visit Convalescent Home
This ornament just needs wood clothes pins, twine, glue, craft wire and a saw. Check your local craft store for wood stars and you'll have everything you need to make these "nativity" ornaments! Glue the "Mary" and "Joseph" clothespins next to each other, tie some twine around the "baby Jesus" clothespin and glue him to "Mary's" "arms", add the star with a bit of craft wire, make a hanging loop from twine, glue together.
Share the gift of Emmanuel with the lonely … give them a reminder that God is with them.
We will also be taking pictures and recording our journey in an 8 x 8 scrapbook.
The Giving Tree
Giving CHRISTmas Away
Hear Jesus whispering it…
“When you give to the least of these — you give to Me.”
Giving to the one who is CHRISTmas
A Season of Giving Christ away…
Cultivating the habit of giving-
Developing a life of giving…
Looking forward to growing and giving~Pin It