God has blessed me so much. And while I truly don't deserve it, I'm so glad He has.
So as my Big 4.0 drew closer, I decided to make it bigger than me.
I can't change the world, but I can be a little ray of sunshine in someone's day if I choose.
So, 40 days before my 40th, I began those little acts of sunshine.
My kids helped on a few of these and we enjoyed seeking out small ways to bless people.
I had a moment during the Christmas season when I realized that God has blessed me so much, and while I love giving gifts, and buying for others, and thinking of them. And buying something to make their heart smile...I just don't "need" one.single.thing.
God has blessed me so much. And I truly don't deserve it, but I'm so glad He has :)
So as my Big 40 grew closer, I wanted to make it bigger than me.
I can't change the world. But I can be a little ray of sunshine, if I choose.
So, 40 days before my birthday, I began little fun things to make each day brighter for someone else. Be it directly, or indirectly.
I loved it. My kids were in on a few of these. What a blessing.
I'm so thankful to be 40!
40-We have a new neighbor. So I took a fun little gift for her and her son.
39-We brought Nana a piece of homemade pound cake. Because we knew she would love it.
38-I went to Pell City Coffee Company. And before I left, I pre-paid for the next person's coffee.
37-I left a fun treat on the porch for our Mail Carrier. She's always so great.
36-I delivered a few homemade crafts to a few teachers. A gift for them. Not their students.
35-I stopped at a gas station near my house, and put quarters in the newspaper stands. Not a big deal. But I bet the sweet little man appreciated it when he came bright and early to get his paper.
34-A small donation to St Jude for a little boy raising money. So sweet! I hope he met his goal!
33-went on a date with #Charming and we left our young waitress a better than expected tip.
32-Spotted a set of parents --of twins-at target. We left a $20 in the door. "parenting is hard. You're doing a great job!"
31-stopped in for 2 seconds and left a cupcake for a friend :)
30-I had a stash photo paper, so I donated it to a local elementary School teacher.
29-Spent the day helping a friend pack for an upcoming move
28-Gave a fun sign to a friend for their "man cave". We really don't need it, but it's a perfect fit for them.
27-Took a large bag of items to the thrift store
26-Sent Kara Tippett's book to a friend for her bday. Little did I know her dad would pass away just before she received it. #blessing
25-Mailed a random card to a long-distance friend
24-Donated some of my clothes to a local women's clothing closet.
23-I found $5 in my jeans pocket. So I taped it to the pump. It's jut much, but every little bit helps.
22-I left a fun tip for our hairstylist, and one of her workers gads it to her AFTER we left!
21-While we were in Walt Disney World, we left change in the pressed penny machines, so the next little pirate or princess can have their choice!
20-Took dinner to Nana while she's caring for Pop in the hospital. She's been wanting to try Chicken salad Chick. So I picked it up for her!
19-Another large donation of items to the thrift store
18-Delivered "dinner in a jar" for a sweet friend about to have a new baby girl!
17- Asked my boys to cut the grass of a Single-Mom neighbor. They did it while she was at work.
16-Called to check on a friend. Real life talk. Not text. Not social media.
15 As a family, we volunteered at the Open Hands Overflowing Hearts 5k.
14 A dear friend called, needing a friend. So I put all distractions away and we counseled.
13 Helped friend get her house ready for a party
12--Listed eBay items for friends to make some quick cash.
11-Put $1 in the Coke machine at the hospital for the next person.
10-as we were passing by the veteran's home, we noticed an elderly man crossing the street. We called the home, and they got him back safely.
9-called 911 for a man on the side of the road. I didn't feel comfortable stopping but I did call for help.
8-mailed a fun prize to a friend graduating from college soon!
7-let my mom borrow my silhouette. And she's been making fun gifts for friends like crazy.
6 prayed for, and encouraged a friend while their child was in the hospital.
5- invited a friend to church with us. And they came. So glad.
4- cleaned out some scrapbook items and gave them to a friend.
3-helped an older lady get her groceries from her cart, to the conveyor belt. I didn't want to offend her, but when I offered, she gladly accepted assistance.
2--paid the tab for the car behind me at Chick-fil-A
1-sent my mom flowers, thanking her for my 40 years :)
I hesitated about posting, for fear it would be viewed as a brag.
But God knows my heart.
It was a challenge to get outside of myself. Daily. And deliberately think of others.
But I'm so glad I did.
40 is off to a great start. I pray I can make much of Jesus in the next 40!