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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Using the Weak

We made our 4th (can you believe it?) annual trip to the NICU to bring the babies and their families a Christmas gift.  This year there was a whopping 16 babies so my work was cut out for me.  This is probably the thing that I get most excited about at Christmas time.  It's great shopping for our families, but I love being able to give gifts to these precious families who have no idea it's coming.  And since we are celebrating Jesus's birthday, it's only fitting that we give Him a gift.  It says in Matthew 25:34-40 that when we clothe, feed, and care for the least of his brothers, we do it for Him.  I hope that it is something that Hannah, Kate, and Reagan use to remember that Christmas is really about Jesus. 

This year, each family received a stocking decorated with foam craft stickers, some preemie clothing, a letter from us, a New Testament, a Babies R Us gift card,a little Christmas ornament, and a NICU support group flyer.  Yes, you heard me right.  I am starting a NICU support group!  The butterflies are turning in my stomach as I type.  The idea was planted in my mind many months ago and I feel like God has been cultivating that seed.  Through much watering by the Holy Spirit, I am taking the final steps of obedience.  I have no idea what to expect, but I just know that the need is there and people need to hear the hope of Jesus Christ!  Our first meeting will be in a couple of weeks so I have a lot to get done.

 I also did not want to leave out the wonderful NICU staff who graciously cares for these precious babies.  I made a gift card wreath.  Each card had $5 and they got to pick from Dunkin Donuts, Publix, or Chick-fil-a.  It's not much, but hopefully they know how much they are appreciated!

P.S. Thank you so much to those who generously supported me in this giving.  I won't name them publicly, but we received a very generous donation a couple of months ago and someone else who faithfully gives clothing every month!  Although, George and I set aside money every month so that we can do this, your generosity has blessed us and more importantly is blessing others who receive these gifts.

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