HOW TO BLESS OTHERSEverything tends to get hectic around the Holidays. There are so many things to do in preparation for Christmas that our plates get filled to overflowing. There is decorating to do, Christmas presents to buy and wrap, and meals to plan and food to buy. It is so easy to get wrapped up in all of the plans that we can quickly lose perspective of our daily blessings and forget about others who might not be as blessed.

This morning when I woke up I opened my eyes and was blessed to see the sunlight streaming through the curtains. I stretched my arms up over my head and took a deep breath and thought about how lucky I was. A good friend of mines husband has recently undergone a major operation. He had double lung replacement, and they are in the process of weaning him off of the machines. As I gulp that beautiful air into my lungs I never even think to stop and thank the Lord for this ability, but I instead take it for granted.

Some of the things that I take for granted is that I have a roof over my head. I am sure that all of you reading this also have that luxury. Your home might be paid for, or it might be rented. Your home can be large, or it can be small. One thing that I am pretty sure of is that they all have electricity and running water. You stay toasty warm; you can have lights on command, cook your meals indoors, drink water from your faucet, take a bath, and use the restroom easily and in comfort. However, some people do not have these luxuries.

If you get a cold or feel bad, then you go to the doctor. We get prescribed medicine and can run to our local pharmacy and pick the prescription up in a matter of minutes. Some people do not have medical care nearby no the means to go to the doctor.

I am sure that all of us have more than enough food to eat. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be purchased at our nearest store. Plus, most of us have freezers where we can freeze meat to keep for use at a later date. Our refrigerators are full to bursting, and we don’t have to worry about the food spoiling since the temperatures stay at the perfect temperature. I know that I am guilty of buying more than we can eat and then throwing away food that some people would love to be able to have.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

I am also so very thankful that I have Jesus in my life. I am grateful for His Grace and His sacrifice of His Son for the forgiveness of our sins. There are areas on Earth that have never been introduced to our wonderful Savior.

John 1:16

16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

Now, the issue is, what can we do to help others who are less fortunate? I know there a lot of charities that try to correct these problems, so today, I am asking for your help. I try to do giveaways pretty often on the blog, so this month I am instead going to take that money and give it to a couple of charities. I am blessed and I want to use some of my monetary blessings to help others.

Please comment your favorite charity, and I will choose from this list. Share this blog with others so that we can have a lot of charities to pick from. Plus, others might be inclined to donate to some of these also.

Have A Blessed Day!

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35 Comments

  1. A thought provoking read – you are quite right just being alive is something we or I take for granted. However, I do think how lucky I am when we hear/read about the sick and homeless and I like many try to make donations which may help. So yes, to have our health, a little money in our pockets and a warm and cosy home we are very lucky.

  2. This is such an awesome post! Totally agree with you. My son and I went on a mission trip with our church to Mexico, where we built a house for a family in 2 days. The family worked alongside us and was THRILLED to have a house with a cement floor, windows, electricity, a roof and a locking front door, even though they still had no running water. You wouldn’t believe what most of the poor families live in: it’s usually a variation of pallets covered by a tarp, with no electricity or running water. Our team was so blessed by the gratitude this family showed for what we did for them, and it made a profound difference in our lives, as we realized just how blessed WE were to have all the things you mentioned in your post. Check out https://www.ywamsandiegobaja.org/homesofhope. It’s a wonderful organization!!! Blessings on you, Tania, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!! <3

  3. Prior to reading your post today, I stood on my deck (doggy duty!) in the cold and thanked God for everything you just listed. My charity of choice is Samaritan’s Purse. 100% of the proceeds are used to feed, cloth, treat and spread the gospel around he world. Americans, rich and poor, have a plethora of resources; millions in other countries around the globe live in true poverty.
    Thank you for being kind hearted and generous.

  4. Wonderful message Tania. Recently we had some repair work done and the water was shut off for several hours. I can’t tell you how many times I reached for that faucet only to be reminded there was no water. I thought of how blessed I am to have this basic necessity at my finger tips when so many living in other parts of the world don’t. I hope I never take for granted how blessed I am to live in this country.
    Samaritan’s Purse is one of our favorite global charities, Salvation Army local and most recently the Paradise fire victims which is not too far from where we live.
    Have a blessed day!

  5. Wonderful idea! Tom Coughlin Jay Fund is a wonderful organization that helps families to “BETHERE” for their child while going through cancer treatment. My own son is a cancer survivor and I try to give back as much as possible to other families going through the same thing we did!

  6. We often donate to MCC (Mennonite Central Committee). They are excellent stewards of the money they get.

  7. Save The Mothers.
    I was blessed to travel to Africa and see the work of this organization firsthand. Did you know there are mothers dying in childbirth daily that add up to 2 jumbo jets crashing every day? Simple hiccups in the western world become roadblocks to women in 3rd and 4th world countries. Save the Mothers raises awareness and has established a university program to educate local professionals on how to turn the tides. (That’s the short version, lol)

  8. St.Jude Children’s Hospital does amazing things for babies and children worldwide.

  9. Susan Moore Reply

    Two of my favorite charities our Compassion International and the Hope effect both help the children. I feel if we don’t help the children we can’t save the world.

  10. Such a good post. I think it is very important to select charities who are good stewards of their gift. Salvation Army is very good at this and so helpful to those in need.

  11. Yes, yes, yes! Great words Tania, that we have all thought but you are blessed to share the Good News with all of us. I love the local food bank in any community, they are always in need of money or food donations

  12. Thank you for this thoughtful message, Tania. I know that God has truly blessed my family and I thank him for those blessings every day. I have two favorite charities: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital because of the research they do to find a cure for cancer and the FREE treatment they do for children afflicted with cancer. Also the CJD Foundation which does amazing work to help the families of people who are diagnosed with this fatal disease. My brother died of CJD without them, our family would have been lost during his journey through this disease.

    Thank you for what you do, Tania. I’m grateful for you.

  13. Great blog this morning. My 2 favorite charities are local in my community. KOTR(Kids on the Rise) which is a mentoring program for underprivileged children. I am a mentor with this program and my “child” who I got in kindergarten is a Senior in HS and graduating this year. My other is FOCCAS which is a pet saving group. We are trying to raise funds to build a new animal shelter and it is under construction with the Open House just held recently.

  14. Dana Buckingham Reply

    Yes, I agree with Compassion International and also World Vision. We sponsor a child through World Vision. Thank you, Tania!

  15. Wounded warrior and any Veteran-related charities. These men and women served our country and deserve a helping hand when needed.

  16. Oh yes, we have so much to be thankful for! There are three charities that I give to without fail. They are St. Jude’s, the Salvation Army, and Ronald McDonald house. I give to others too, but these are the ones that I make sure get donations. The Salvation Army helped my dad so much while he was fighting in WWII. While other organizations wouldn’t get near the fighting frontlines, the Salvation Army came there and brought them coffee, cigarettes, candy, and most of all FAITH. St. Jude’s help the most innocent of all, children. What a blessing to parents of children with cancer to have this place where they do not get a bill and know their child is receiving the best care. I personally take the food and money donations to the local Ronald McDonald House. It is so amazing how families are cared for there. And when you have families that will walk up to you and thank you for helping make it possible for them to have a place to stay while their child is hospitalized, you absolutely know you are delivering a blessing from God to them. There are so many charities that do great work. Just make sure to research them and find out how much of the donations go to actual help and not administrative fees. Charities that pay outrageous salaries and overhead do not put the people in need first. Thank you, Tania, for being an inspiration and sharing your faith. Merry Christmas!!!

  17. Charlcy L. Green Reply

    Yes we are so rich and privileged compared to most countries! Our friends struggles make us very thankful for our health, eyesight, hearing, families and homes! I appreciate your Sunday posts so much! You are Courageous! My fav charity would be Samaritans Purse!

  18. Wounded Warriors and St Jude’s Hospital are 2 I think are important.

  19. Good morning, Beautiful Girl, Merry Christmas! We ❤️ To support The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries and Under The Bridge. WE also support our Church Charities as I’m you do as well.

    Isn’t it wonderful that we can? Yes, we’re blessed! I’m blessed by your blog! You give joy to all of your readers! 🌹

  20. I remind myself often to be thankful for the little things that I take for granted. Good article!

  21. My two personal charities are St. Jude and as a two time cancer survivor, Memorial Sloan Kettering. The care I got while I was there was amazing and I made a promise to God that if I beat the cancer I would donate whenever I could.

  22. Hi Tania, an organization that is very near and dear to my heart is the N.Georgia Mountain Crisis Network. It is a shelter for battered women and their children. At the moment there are 7 children and 4 moms in the shelter. I currently serve on the board of directors and after Christmas (in my free time) I will be helping in the house…even if it’s sweeping floors. Years ago my two young children and I lived in a shelter for a short time. Had it not been for the services provided(counseling, positive influences and domestic violence advocates), I may not have ever been able to leave my previous marriage and seek a better life for my children. It’s important to show the children and especially the mothers that there is a better life out there. I absolutely know this, and when I left that place 30 years ago, I made a pact with myself that I would someday help other women and see that they know this too. After the children and I left, we discovered just how happy we could be. I met my now husband, he adopted them and we will be celebrating our 28th anniversary in May. We have “adopted” two of the children for Christmas, and will see that all of them have a special Christmas. But, their needs go beyond one day out of the year. I would appreciate it if you would consider this very special organization. 🙂

  23. Beautiful comments! I too take for granted all the necessities of life. The best gift we have been given is hearing that Jesus died on the cross to save us. If we believed in him we will have everlasting life! Thanks for your posts.

  24. Julia Purtill Reply

    What an excellent reminder to count our blessings and to remember the less fortunate in our world. I try to always have a few dollars handy for the Salvation Army bell ringers this time of year. Also my grocery store has an option of contributing to them on the screen when checking out. Thank you for a reality check today and for sharing part of your life with us every day.

  25. Cindy Mitchell Reply

    My favorite charity happens to be where I work: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington, KY. We serve the 50 eastern counties of the state which are among the poorest areas of the United States, known as Appalachia. We assist hundreds of people each year with emergency rent and utility assistance, affordable mental health counseling, free counseling for those experiencing unexpected pregnancies, an affordable, supportive adoption program and a financial literacy program. We are small and are trying to grow our ability to reach out to more people in need. Thank you for this post today; we can use these reminders about helping those less fortunate than us. http://www.catholiccharitieslexington.org

  26. Debra Olvey Reply

    I agree with the others who recommended Samaritan’s Purse. They do incredible work in Christ’s name. A charity that is very close to my heart is one that is local to me. A friend of mine runs an animal rescue for special needs animals. She takes animals that others would give up on and gives them the medical care, food, and love they need and deserve. Please take a look at the Saving Huey Foundation and read her story

  27. You have such a servant’s heart Tania! We like to donate to Samaritan’s Purse because we feel like they are good stewards of the money they receive. Another great charity is One Purse, located in Orlando, Florida. All of their funds go to victims of sex trafficking. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family, sweet Tania!

  28. Great post! St Jude’s. My heart goes out to those poor little ones suffering.

  29. Nancy W Johnson Reply

    I applaud you, thinking of others who are in need. One of the charities I support is Samaritan’s Purse. They help people all over the world in time of crisis.

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