Be a Model of Gratitude and Generosity

Do you model gratitude and generosity to your children? It's not easy with the heavy demands of life at this time of the year. The busyness, colder weather, and darker days can bring stress, anxiety, and depression. How can we effectively model gratitude in the midst of all the craziness of the season? 

Be Grateful in All Things

There are 2 secrets for me to stay positive and joyful during this season.

  1. I must focus on practicing the discipline of "being thankful" and not just on Thanksgiving Day.
  2. I need to avoid getting caught up in the commercial side of the holiday season and focus more on being generous. Christmas is a season for giving, but it often seems to be more about buying, shopping, and "getting."
There's a lot of pressure to do just the opposite. It's easy to grumble and complain about the traffic and the lines at the stores. It's easy to be depressed when it gets dark so early. A friend recently reminded me how fortunate we are on the East Coast to experience the seasons. I was focusing more on how sad it is that the darkness now descends so early in the day. I was missing the glorious colors of autumn.

I spend a lot of time on social media, so I see a lot of great DEALS. I can easily get caught up in all the hype. Thanksgiving is now followed by the craziness of "Black Friday." People line up in the middle of the night to get in on all the deals. And now, that is followed up with Cyber Monday where we see the endless online deals. And then the madness continues all the way through early January. 

Giving Tuesday

Just 4 years ago, an organization came to life with a mission to celebrate and support giving and philanthropy. Giving Tuesday is now celebrated on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving every year. It's intended to kick off the year-end giving season.  There are some great ideas and resources for practicing generosity on the Giving Tuesday Website.

I love this idea. It's is a great way to help us all focus on "giving" during this important season. It also draws our hearts and minds to being thankful because giving comes out of a grateful heart. In reality, December has always been a time when people consider year-end giving. Now the goal is to amplify and encourage any act of kindness as well as the donation of time, resources, and more.

Start by taking some time to reflect on the people and ministries that have shaped and influenced your life. Maybe they've met a need in your life. The organizations and ministries that I support are those that have touched and continue to touch my life or the life of those I love. 

Have you been ministered to by the Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller or the tools from the National Center for Biblical Parenting (NCBP)? 

We would be honored if you would add NCBP to your giving list. You can make a donation on Giving Tuesday or anytime in December. For any donation of $50.00 or more in December we'll be generous right back to you with one full Biblical Parenting University (BPU) course valued at $100. BPU 101 includes 4 hours of on-demand video material that will give you a new vision and tools for parenting your children. This is our way of giving to you and your family. If you already have this material, you can give the discount code to one friend and they can learn about heart-based parenting.

Click Here to Donate Now

We've ministered to thousands of parents in the past year, but there are millions more that need vision, tools and hope. We're grateful for parents who love and invest in their children. We want to make the job a little easier. Will you help us spread the word? It all starts with Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2015!


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Milan Tomic

Hi. I’m Designer of Blog Magic. I’m CEO/Founder of ThemeXpose. I’m Creative Art Director, Web Designer, UI/UX Designer, Interaction Designer, Industrial Designer, Web Developer, Business Enthusiast, StartUp Enthusiast, Speaker, Writer and Photographer. Inspired to make things looks better.

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