We started off the meeting with many door prizes and a bountiful brunch. For me, it is such a blessing to grab delicious homemade food and share it with friends. Breaking bread and fellowshipping - it doesn't get much better than that. The devotional was a great reminder that even in seasons of uncertainty or frustration we should look to God and praise our Savior. We may be broken but definitely not forsaken. This can be a time in which our faith is given a chance to rise. The Lord may see it fit to keep us on our knees. So, on our knees we will stay and praise the Lord!
We all then got to exchange gifts. This wasn't just any ordinary gift exchange. We all brought a small gift that either represented ourself or something we enjoy. The most entertaining part, in my opinion, was hearing the stories that went along with the gifts. From jalepeno jelly and homemade gifts to coffee mugs and gift cards. Everything had a personal touch.
Tanya A. then read us one of her new favorite Christmas books, Humphrey's First Christmas by Carol Heyer. A great read for children reminding them of the selflessness we should be practicing this season. Tanya also shared some ideas on how your family could practice focusing outward instead of inward by performing random acts of kindness. These random acts make us actively seek ways to bless others instead of only thinking of our personal desires.
For some reason, this concept is super tough for young children to wrap there minds around!!! She brought some cards and many "random acts of kindness" ideas to make this concept easier for us to put into practice. Tiffany emailed the files out to everyone last week.