I have been blessed in sweet little ways so many times. Too many, actually to list here. But I’ll share a few.
One day at church, I found a $100 in my Bible that I later found out a good friend had snuck in there during worship. They knew we were having tight times and wanted to secretly bless us.
When I was younger, my Aunt Nancy heard about a bedding set I really loved. I’m not sure how she heard about it, but she did. One day, a big box arrived from UPS and it was addressed to me! I was so excited to find the bedding I’d been dreaming about inside. It had green and white leaves with pink flowers on one side and pink and white stripes on the other. To this day, I still get excited when UPS drives by.
Another day, I was sitting home and the doorbell rang. When I went to answer it, an envelope was taped to the door. Inside were a $100 and a note to buy my husband a birthday gift. I had shared that week at Bible study that his birthday was coming up and I was getting ideas for something to make him because we had no money. I have to admit, after this I stopped sharing when we were low on funds because I didn’t want people thinking I was asking for a gift! But the gesture was so incredibly kind I still cry to think of it.
More times than I can count, my mom has stopped by with bags of groceries for us. She comes by it naturally. When I was about five, my grandparents were babysitting us. My mom was a newly single working mom and they brought bags and bags of groceries and filled her cupboards and fridge when she was gone. I can still remember peeking in those brown paper bags and being so excited to pull out boxes of cereal. Man… that gets me every time.
A friend of mine who had the same surgery I had came by the day before my surgery and gave me a little pillow to put over my incision and some awesomely warm socks. I still use the pillow in the car for the seatbelt to go over and every time I look at it, I am reminded of her thoughtfulness.
Once, my stepmom bought me a big old pack of undies and the story is too embarrassing to share, but it was so simple and so sweet.
I always aspired to be the type of person who could do things like this, but after I stopped working, it seemed like we could no longer afford it.
Yes, there are so many free ways to bless someone and brighten their day, and money really has nothing to do with it at all. Sometimes, though, you really just want to get something you see that reminds you of someone and you know will make them smile and feel special.
Sometimes I have too many sweet ideas and my husband has to bring me back down to earth and our one-income situation down here.
So, I’ve found a simple, husband-approved way to afford little blessings like this without busting my budget and doing every little thing that pops into my head.
The (little) Big Idea
It says “Blessings” on the top right corner and I put a few dollars in it each time we get paid. Nothing major, but a little here and a little there adds up. That envelope does a couple things:
It gives me permission to act on some of my spontaneous ideas.
It keeps me grounded. When it is empty, if I want to bless someone I find a nice, free way to do it.
It reminds me. Sometimes, even I with the too-may-ideas syndrome, forget. I’ll get so busy with our schedule, our issues, our wants and needs, that I am blind to little things around us. Seeing the envelope in my wallet will remind me to look beyond ourselves.
Do you have a plan for little blessings?