Sunday, January 12, 2014

Praying It Forward Basket

I have a sweet basket of Christmas cards and letters sitting on my entry desk. I appreciate each and every person who sent us one. I am most thankful for the time it took to shop, purchase (and/or make) the cards, and write the letters. I cherish the photos that came with them. I am grateful for the money that was spent to mail them to us. And the thought...yes, the fact that each of these people thought of our family this Christmas definitely counts with me.

Our Praying It Forward Basket
Getting Christmas cards in the mail is a highlight of the season for me and I truly enjoy each one as I open them and reconnect with the ones who sent them. I treasure this correspondence more than my senders can possibly know.

So that is one of the reasons I have several boxes of Christmas cards tucked away. I save the pictures and many of the letters and the beautiful cards. They mean something to me.

This year as I focused on Fresh Starts, something from long ago came to mind...
One year when I was in elementary school, I remember Mom saving all of the Christmas cards we had received that year and she placed them in a basket by our kitchen table. Then each evening as we sat down to eat supper together, we pulled a card from the basket and prayed for the family that sent it to us.

It was a small gesture...took a few moments...and who knows what a difference it made? That memory stuck with me...and as I thought about the Fresh Starts I wanted to add to this year, I decided I wanted to do that with the cards we received for Christmas last month.

As you probably know by now, I do love finding good ideas and than adding my own twist to them to fit our family. So in true Rosie style...my twist with this idea is to make it an ongoing "Praying It Forward Basket".

As personal cards, letters, or notes of any kind come into our mailbox this year, we will open them, enjoy them, and then place them in the Praying It Forward Basket. Throughout the year I will take some time to reread each one and then pray for the sender throughout that day.

I may not do it every day, but I will read and pray over every item in that basket sometime in 2014. I might even contact the person or people I am praying for that day and ask if they have any special prayer concerns I could lift up to God for them.

I am excited about this idea because it really is a way to honor the time, effort, and even money that was spent to reach out to our little family. It's a way to love someone back...even if they don't know about it. Which reminds me of one of my favorite verses from 1 John.

My loved ones, let us devote ourselves to loving one another. Love comes straight from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and truly knows God.   ~ 1 John 4:7

So if you send me something in the mail this year...you can expect prayer for you and yours for a whole day in 2014. If you are looking for a Fresh Start to your prayer time or a way to love your friends or relatives this year...maybe you would like to try this idea as well.

It's just a way to love others and Pray it Forward in this new year.

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