FIVE CHRISTMAS GIFTS THAT COST NO MONEY
No money to buy gifts this Christmas?
Here’s five gifts you can give that will cost you nothing but a little time, energy and love.
1) A Listening Ear
When is the last time that someone listened to you, I mean really listened to you with their undivided attention? No interruptions, no distractions, no butting in, no giving unsolicited opinions, just fully engaged listening.
How did you feel?
Was it a blessing to know that someone cared enough to really listen to you?
Was your heart filled with gratitude and your spirit lighter?
I am pretty certain your responses were positive to all the above.
Having received the gift of a listening ear, is there a person you know of who needs and would appreciate a similar experience?
Give someone the gift of a listening ear this Christmas.
2) An Encouraging Word
Have you ever been in position where you were dealing with a troubling situation and someone gave you an encouraging word that immediately lifted your spirits and gave you hope?
Did you almost feel as if God Himself was speaking to you through that person?
What a gift!
Proverbs 15:23 – “A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment–oh how good it is!” (Amplified Bible)
Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken and in due season is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Amplified Bible)
Proverbs 12:25 – “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.” (Amplified Bible)
Give someone the gift of an encouraging word this Christmas.
3) A Hug
When is the last time you received a loving, old-fashioned, non-sexual genuine hug?
Think about it for a moment?
Did it warm your heart and make your day?
Also think about the times when you thought to yourself or said to someone, “I need a hug”.
An affectionate hug does wonders for a person. If you Google the health benefits of hugging, you will find that hugs lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve overall mood…….wow, what benefits for a gift that costs no money!
Because we live in an age of heightened sexuality, if you plan to give the gift of a hug, depending on the situation and the person that you plan to hug, perhaps a side hug done by putting one arm around their waist or shoulders, and not both arms around them face-to-face may be more appropriate; allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this regard.
I once saw an anonymous quote that read, “A hug is a universal medicine, it is how we handshake from the heart.” – Anonymous
Give someone the gift of a hug this Christmas.
4) A Smile
If you research the benefits of smiling, you will find that smiling is a free “wonder drug”.
Among other things, smiling boosts the immune system, increases positive mood, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin, enhances people’s perception of you, lifts the face and makes you look younger and the list goes on.
Because smiling is contagious, when you give the gift of a smile and experience these benefits, the person that you smile at is likely to return a smile and experience them too…….how cool is that?
Give someone the gift of a smile this Christmas.
5) A Helping Hand
There is nothing like receiving unexpected help when needed.
This season, keep your eyes open for situations where you can pitch in and give a helping hand. Perhaps you can offer to help someone paint, bake, decorate their yard, babysit their kids, complete some errands, clean their car, lift a heavy item, understand a scripture, pray about an issue, the possibilities are endless.
Give someone the gift of a helping hand this Christmas.
Who says that you need money to give a gift?
No matter your financial situation, be encouraged to give a gift to someone this Christmas.
For God so loved the world that He gave.
Let’s follow our Father’s example and be givers too.
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