Today’s post is below the picture. First, my bride and I would like your help making Christmas gift giving a bit easier.
Gift Idea Exchange:
Every year people lose their minds trying to come up with gift ideas for their spouse. This is a tragedy that should not happen!
In the interest of saving brain cells, my bride and I came up with the idea of creating a “gift idea” exchange.
I am asking for gift ideas for men (what do you want for Christmas?) and Lori will take those ideas to create a gift list for The Generous Wives.
In return, I will create a list of gift ideas for women from what Lori gathers from her generous ladies.
So, if you would, please comment here or hit reply and email with ideas for gifts that you would like to receive. If you have a link to a specific item that would be helpful too, people can find it easier and we will monetize the link if possible.
The lists will be out in a few days, with additions as they come in We need YOUR help to make this happen! BTW, it is my hope that having a good idea what to buy will mean we buy less. I am not morally opposed to Christmas gifts, but going into debt to buy things people do not need does bother me!
I’ve mentioned before that I am a regular blood donor. I would have died shortly after birth if not for a full blood transfusion, so this is personal for me. Someone who never met me saved my life – and he or she will never know they did it. I have likely done the same for someone, and have certainly made many lives better by donating blood.
What would happen if Christians got very serious about donating blood? What if we could honestly say “If you received blood last year, the odds are high the blood came from a devout Christian?” What if blood banks knew the solution to a shortage was to call a half a dozen local churches – and prepare for an onslaught of donors? What if the first things non-Christians thought when they heard the word “Christian” was not “hypocrite” or “gay bashing” – what if their first thought was “Those people who give so much blood”?
I think there is historical precedent for something like this changing how the world thinks about those who follow Jesus. The Roman Empire suffered a number of plagues during the time of the early church. In the first of the big three, one-quarter to one-third the population of the empire died in fifteen years. People fled cities in panic, leaving behind the sick, the dying, and those who could not travel fast enough. The one exception was Christians, many of whom stayed to care not only for their own, but also for any who had need. They searched homes for the living and the dead, burying the latter and taking the former to a place for care. They baked and distributed bread to any who were hungry. They saved many lives, and gave comfort to the dying. Their actions did not go unnoticed by “the pagans”; many accepted Christ, and others stopped seeing the Christians as a problem, but rather as a good thing.
By the way, I mention this now because blood donations fall off between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Step up and fill that gap! To give this a marriage twist, donate as a couple!
Image Credit: © KaiChanVong | flickr.com
Links to blog posts that stood out to me this last week:
The Generous Wife
Hot, Holy and Humorous
Hot, Holy and Humorous: Young Kids Can Kill Your Sex Life…If You Let Them ◄ One to share with your wife.
Joe Beam’s Blog
Is Oral Sex a Sin? ◄ A good answer, and a good resource if you want to study the issue.
Journey to Surrender
Marriage Missions International
Thanksgiving – God’s Goodness ◄ A few days late, but this video is well worth the watch.
One Flesh Marriage
Menopausal Snake Oil? ◄ A good, balanced article on a difficult topic.
The Respected Husband
Are we Responsible for our Spouse’s Happiness? ◄ Yes? No? Maybe?…
Safe at home
From Greed to Gratefulness This Year ◄ A great little rant!
How to Be Romantic without Cards, Flowers, or Chocolates ◄ Here is the heart of what it means to be romantic.