Perfect Idea to Be a Blessing: Do MORE with Mondays

12:07 PMHeather

Ever since my kids were little, I've sent them off to school or a play date with a directive--"Be a blessing!"  I just want to reinforce what I teach them about how their actions and words are either a blessing or a burden.  I want to remind them that when they leave my side and go out in the world, they should consider how to be a blessing to those around them.  

So although I've been featuring various ministries and organizations here on my Monday blog post, I stray from the norm slightly today.  Today, I want to give you a MUST DO idea so that you can be a blessing.  This a practical way to do MORE with your Mondays. 

I was reminded of this idea on Friday night when my college roommates and neighbors were gathered for our 20 year reunion.  We were throwing out all sorts of "remember when?!" memories, and then our friend Michelle's name was brought up.  Michelle was a homeless lady that our neighbor Amy befriended.  She came to our little apartment complex often, asking for money for diapers or baby formula.  We would chat with her and Amy would often give her rides.  Our memory of Michelle led to a discussion about what to do when you see a homeless person out in public.  How do we teach our children to respond?

Here's a suggestion.

I saw this on Pinterest.  In fact, it was one of the first pins I ever pinned on Pinterest!  I keep telling myself I gotta do this!  Now that I've declared my intent on the world wide web, I'm held accountable to you all.  So, by next Monday, I'll have finally DONE this.

Blessing bags.  


The idea is simple.  Put THESE bags together.   With your kids.  And keep them in your car.  Then, the next time you have that awkward moment at the red light when you are trying to avoid eye contact with the homeless man or woman holding the sign--you have a plan of action.  

You grab a bag, roll down the window, and give a blessing.  You can show Jesus' love--no matter what the recipient does with the gift.

It's a no brainer.  Such an easy way to make a difference.  

Here's a list of suggested supplies for your bags:
 Gallon size Ziplock bags
chap stick
packages of tissues
toothbrush and toothpaste
comb
soap
wash cloth
trail mix
granola bars
crackers
pack of gum
band aids
mouthwash
coins or couple of dollars
hand wipes
warm pair of socks
maybe a Starbucks or McDonald's gift card
handwritten note of encouragement
maybe an inexpensive pocket Bible 

I just love this idea.  I love this practical way to teach your kids to reach out to those in need. I love this way to not just say--"Be a blessing!"  But to actually be one.

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