Last week, I got to attend a women’s one-night conference at our church. It was so fun to hear the testimonies of God’s faithfulness and gather together with a thousand or two of my best girlfriends in His Name.
One of my favorite parts of the evening was the request to bring along a toiletries or household goods donation to benefit a local organization that ministers to moms:
“Steadfast House provides women a fresh start and a place to heal surrounded and supported by Christian love, trust, education, and companionship. Our mission is to provide stability to homeless women and moms with children…”
Cool! I’m in.
And while receiving a donation is nice, I am hoping that receiving a gift delivers to the recipient not only a few toiletries, but encouragement, hope, and love also.
I headed to the dollar store and chose two baskets: one a deep burgundy woven basket and the other a bright aqua plastic basket. For the burgundy basket. I chose fall-colored toiletry items, and for the aqua one, I chose bright pink and aqua pieces. For gift baskets, I love to choose a theme (if possible) and a color scheme. For these, the “theme” was toiletries, and the colors were either fall foliage colors or pink & aqua.
To “wrap” the baskets, I put a couple of sheets of tissue paper in the bottom of each basket, added the contents, then added a couple more sheets sticking out of the top.
I added a bit of ribbon and a piece of cardstock for the gift tag. Although ideally I would have typed out these gift tags, time ran short. *sigh* But–oh–don’t you love this verse?!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
I just love that God loves us and plans for us hope and a future. What better word for someone who might have been bruised and battered in this life?
I prayed over each basket, asking God would deliver it to the hands of a mom who would feel blessed and sense His love in her life. I prayed for hope. I prayed for healing, I prayed for the recipient moms’ futures.
In short, I prayed the basket would not just speak to her needs, but to her heart.
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