Thoughts on giving......

We started a new college-aged life group this year after taking a couple years off while Nick was sick, so we decided to bring back our traditional Christmas gift exchange where everyone brought something that they didn't want anymore to "give away" as a gift.

home party 028 It was so funny to watch the kids open their presents!  I'm sure Matt is loving his new silk house plant!

home party 029   And this basket will look so lovely in Megan's dorm room, won't it??home party 035

CJ is probably sipping his tea from India every morning before school.

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Justin was so excited to get a jar of peanut butter!home party 037

Derek..what a combo.  The Case for Faith and a Hannah Montana short story!!home party 041

Heath has been looking and looking for a pop can holder just like this!!  Yeah!home party 030

Olivia was happy to find a stuffed animal in this blow dryer box!!!

But this little exchange below was my absolute favorite.

Notice Heath's face (the guy in blue) as Sarah opens her gift.  He has secretly wrapped his roommate's (sitting at the other end of the couch looking shocked) favorite cologne to give away!

home party 046 Heath is trying to look like he's not even aware that it's anything strange.  Sarah is in on the joke and is trying to act so excited to have this great new cologne.  Austin is totally in disbelief that Heath could be giving away something that isn't even his!home party 043

  Just look at this face!!!  home party 044       By now, it is absolutely hysterical as Heath continues to stay calm and Austin sits in disbelief that his favorite cologne is in the hands of someone else.  And Tyler (in the middle) knows what is going on and is trying not to laugh but struggling to hold it in!!!  Austin still can't believe what's happening.  And finally Heath fesses up..and gives Sarah something different from his pocket and returns the cologne to Austin!home party 045 We laughed so hard.

As I think about this whole evening and the spirit of Christmas, I can't help but think about what it means to "give our lives" to God.

Are we giving parts of life that don't really matter to us anymore...used up parts of us that we won't really miss? 

Are we giving things that don't even cause us to feel as if we have sacrificed anything at all?

Or are we giving Him our all?

This Christmas exchange was just for fun.

Our life with God is serious business.

When we stand before Him one day, which we all will, how will we feel?

Like we gave Him our everything?

Hebrew 13:15-16

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

What am I sacrificing today in order to please Him?

 



5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear Tammy,

every perfect & good gift comes from up above from the Father, He makes everything beautiful in its time, for I know all things work together for the good in every area of our lives, Father knows best, as we wait on Him may our patience have is the perfect work that we would be lacking nothing in Christ, if a butterfly comes out of his cacoon before time it is not strong enough & does not servive, but in its time it is strong thriving & Beautiful. The LORDs timing is all good & right on time.
Love you , Tammy

Jam 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Ecc 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time.


Message for MARTHA from Violeta -Romania ,
Tammy was able to send money to us with WESTERN UNION . Please contact my sweet Tammy and she will let you know much more about that !
Thank you for you heart Marta and GOD bless you !

Anonymous VIOLETA -Romania- said...

Other way to arrange help for the poors from here in Romania is my mail

tibivio72@yahoo.com

and adress ;
SALCA -VIOLETA -FLORICICA
STR;LOTUS NR:11 BL; F9 SC; DET; 3 AP 74
LOCALITATEA ;TURDA
JUDETUL;CLUJ

- ROMANIA-

Blogger Bonita said...

What fun! I love seeing kids have a great time.

Blogger Tammy Nischan said...

Violeta!

I'm so thankful the Western Union worked out!

If anyone wants to help, simply go to your Western Union station and they will explain how to get a transaction number.....from there it is very simple. You just need to get in touch with Violeta so she will know the portal number they give you in order to pick up the donation at her station in Romania!

It really was amazing!!

The boxes of clothes should arrive in the next few days!!!!

Much love,
Tammy

Blogger Cheri said...

Looks like you all had a fun night. I can't help but notice how quickly Olivia is changing. My daughter is that age as well and seems as if it happened overnight...here was this young woman. So sad sometimes how quickly life goes by. I pray I will start to cherish every minute.

Hugs

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