Christmas is all about Jesus, but sometimes we get caught up in the lights and trees and presents for others and lists for ourselves. Jesus gets placed to the side and we remember Him on Sunday morning for an hour in church. And then life goes on and it is busy, busy, busy.
So this year I was challenged to really do something special for Jesus. Something that would help our family look outside our own little world and give to our Savior this year for Christmas.
I brought this challenge that had grown in my heart to my family. The kids embraced the idea whole heartedly. They wanted to find a gift to give to Jesus. I suggested that they raise money to buy an animal for a family through a program that World Vision offers. I knew that my kids could make a difference, but had no idea what an impact they could have. My 5 and 7 year old little girls wanted to raise $200 to buy a sheep and a goat. I tried to talk them out of it. That was a lot of money for two little ones to raise. But they were determined and Daddy and I supported them $100. I wanted them to see what God could do through them when they gave their all to Him.
So the girls made brownies. Lot and lots of brownies. The girls made these treats all by themselves (with lots of supervision) and they loved every minute of it.
Of course they had to taste test the batter.
Measuring out the ingredients.
The girls also made cinnamon ornaments to sell. Our home smelled like cinnamon for many days. They had fun mixing up the dough, rolling it out and cutting out the ornaments.
Last week, they raised $200. I told the girls that we could be done selling things since they made enough for their gift for Jesus. Hannah looked up at me and asked if they could keep going. Then they could give Jesus another present for His birthday. What could I say, but YES!!! I was so proud of them for working so hard to make a difference. They ended up raising $240 in just over three weeks. I was blown away by what two determined little girls ended up doing. I love that God can take the least of these to make a difference in a few families lives. Today we were able to buy a goat, a sheep, a family mosquito net, vegetable seeds and medicine for families through World Vision. Every one that bought a brownie or an ornament, thank-you so much!!!