About this time last year, I was trying to think of a word that I wanted to define 2013. I couldn’t come up with a word I was entirely happy with but after writing that I wanted to “love more, believe more, write more, thank more and give more,” a few very perceptive friends suggested that maybe my word for 2013 should be “more.”
In hindsight, “more” was a great word to define the year! More was accomplished with the help of more people than I ever could have imagined. More supplies passed through our home than I would have thought possible. More doors opened than I was ready for, but I decided to walk through them anyway. I don’t know if I wrote ‘more’ like I had hoped, but for the first time, something of mine was published in a book! That definitely felt like abundance!
Before I leave 2013 behind, here are just two examples of what was accomplished in December as many joined together in great group efforts.
Earlier in December, a friend posted that she was baking cookies to contribute to another woman’s goal of 510 dozen. I told her that I would bake a few dozen as well. This is what the sight we delivered them to looked like…
We heard later that week, that she had surpassed her goal of 510 dozen cookies to send to our soldiers in Afghanistan. She had received more than expected!
It’s amazing what can happen when we all do our part.
On December 14 we had a special time for some local families. It started out with one idea and snowballed into more – a fun morning creating Christmas memories! There were people who donated money for gifts, people who donated gifts, others who shopped for gifts, other people who wrapped gifts, people who bought hams, one person who was willing to dress up as Santa and yet another as Mrs. Claus. Two men brought horses. One person made coffee, one made hot chocolate, one made cinnamon rolls, one supplied the music and still others came to visit with and give to the families who attended.
We planned, gathered, contributed, shopped and wrapped… all so we could give!
We gave time and smiles and hugs and friendship.
What I loved about the morning? It was not an “event.”
Once again, it was community coming together to be with one another. We all just wanted to make sure others knew that we cared if they have gifts for their kids and photos of their time together. We wanted to do what we could to help and encourage and put smiles on faces and restore a bit of hope to hearts.
As we close out 2013, I am humbled and blessed to be a part of a ‘crew’ that has gathered together to do what they can when they can. It truly is amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit. That being noted, I will say this, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think… to Him be the glory!”
I am once again, pondering what I want my word for 2014 to be. I will talk more about that in my next post. Until then, Happy New Year!