12th Day of Christmas Giveaways with Nicki Koziarz
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Welcome to the 12th Day of Christmas Giveaways!!!
Today my friend Nicki Koziarz is here to share “5 Things We Can Always Give For Free.” She will be offering one reader a $50 donation to Proverbs 31 ministries in your name as well as a $25 gift certificate to the Proverbs 31 ministries store.
To join in on the fun and be entered to win the various prizes, simply leave a comment on the post answering the question of the day. ALSO—one grand prize will be given to one person who comments on all 12 days.
The Grand Prize is a $50 gift certificate to Proverbs 31 Ministries store and a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!!!
Now, here is Nicki for today’s post…
5 Things We Can Always Give For Free
It happened again this morning.
An email from an organization I adore sent me a request to help fund a year-end campaign. With an ache in my heart, I looked at our budget, our bank account and realized we weren’t going to be able to give to them. We had already committed giving to several places and there just wasn’t anything left.
So, I pressed delete on that email and tried to move on with my day.
But something still aches and so, I’m asking God to show me …
What does one do when our bank accounts don’t match our hearts?
I think there’s always something we can do. Generosity goes beyond the checkbook.
So, here are five things God showed me I can always give for free to a ministry or organization I love.
And I don’t just mean a “Help them Jesus,” prayer … I mean setting aside a few minutes to really hit our knees on their behalf. Ask God to give you a verse to pray over their work and then, send it to them to tell them what you are praying for!
2. Online support.
One of the biggest needs of most organizations past funding is getting the word out about their cause. It costs ZERO dollars to send out a Tweet, or to post something on Facebook/Instagram. Also, a great way to spread the word is tag your friends in THEIR posts on social media.
3. Words of encouragement.
If a ministry/organization has blessed you, even in the smallest way, tell them! Most websites have a place where you can send an email or throw them a shout-out on social media. No one can hear too much the good they are doing in the world.
4. Involvement all year long.
I know Christmas and Year-End is when we give the most, but a lot of organizations are looking for partnerships all year long. Maybe you could volunteer at an event they are hosting, or bring the staff lunch or some homemade goodies one day. There are also many volunteer roles they are looking to fill beyond the holidays. Ask them what you can do to help.
Do you know someone who would be a good fit for them? Maybe they have a job opening or volunteer role they are looking to fill. Most of the time the listings are posted on their websites. Hop on their site and just see if you have a connection to offer them.
So, instead of clicking the delete button this year, I’m going to pick one of these five things I can do. It’s helping me match my actions with my desire to give.
Today, I’m giving away something a little different.
Karen Ehman and I both serve at Proverbs 31 Ministries where we are incredibly passionate about eradicating Biblical poverty. We know that the Word of God is the most important thing our world needs. And every dime at Proverbs is used to move towards that effort.
So, I’ll be giving away a $50 donation on YOUR behalf to Proverbs 31 Ministries and Karen is giving away a $25 gift certificate to purchase anything from the Proverbs 31 Ministries bookstore.
To enter, leave a comment sharing which of these giving tips was your favorite! Also, do you have other ideas on how you can give for free? Leave those as well. You never know who you’ll inspire!
Thanks for hanging out with me today! Merry Christmas!!!
The words of encouragement have helped me often. And I even find those to send to me friends needing encouragement.
I like the thought of “partnering” during other times of the year!
Thank you for sharing these awesome tips for when my budget doesn’t match my heart. They are all great ideas, but my favorite is to pray. That is such an easy thing to do and imagine the miracles that could happen!
My favorite way of giving is my time. I help others wrap their gifts. I helped a friend who has been working 6 days a week wrap. I also volunteer at our school all year. I love the kids smile when I help them.
Prayers!! Organizations we care about need this in abundance!! Being intentional about it is what I intend to do! Thank you for the great ideas!
I always feel so bad that we can’t give like we want to. There’s so much need and so little resources. I like the praying the specific verse. As part of a local mission I know it would thrill my heart to know people were praying specifically.
My favorite is prayer and encouragement.
I would like to try a little bit of them all…but if I had to choose one it would be prayer. We do help out with blue Santa for the children….
Your suggestions are challenging to me and very practical. Thanks so much for sharing. There are SO many great organizations to help!
I am so encouraged everyday by your ministry. When I open your daily encouragement it is what I need to hear.
I really like the idea of praying for them and letting them know what you’re praying for. So often I have wondered what if just one more person prayed, would it have made a difference?
I also love the idea of participating all year round. Help for the holidays is nice, but it’s also redundant. If that’s all you do each year, that’s all that will be expected. Being there for a business, non-profit organization or even just a person year round makes a difference, not just for the organization but for you as well.
I love all of these ideas. I especially love the idea of truly praying for a ministry, praying a verse over them and letting them know so the can be encouraged by prayer.
Getting involved all year long is something we try to do. There are missionaries we support monthly, but over time I’m learning it’s not just about sending them money and praying for them. Sometimes we need to check in with them, asking how they’re doing, what specifics they need prayer for and if there’s any practical needs they have, and just encourage them in their ministry.
My favorite is prayers.I really like the idea to ask God to give you a verse to pray over their work and then, send it to them to tell them what you are praying for.Thanks for these amazing giveaways!
I enjoyed all of them! I think I am going to try to really pray for the ministries and to send them encouraging words.
They are all good, but number 1 ifs probably my favorite, thank you so much!
I really believe that all of your suggestions are of utmost importance and will always be important but if I have to choose one of the five, I guess that I would choose to be involved with the organization or persons who need help all year long. I will also always be praying and asking God to be present in everything I do. Thank you so very much for all of you and your organization do for others in God’s name!
My favorite is sharing the info. I find many times I share something via Facebook with someone in mind and others are blessed by it. I love connecting! I deliver mail and someone stopped and told me Thank you for what you do. Not one of my customers on my route, just a random person I thought that was very nice and it’s free! One thing I do is to go out of my way to call/email a great review of a worker in fast food or retail this time of year because they are often over worked.
I like the idea of taking the time to send an encouaging word. Ministry workers get their share of complaints. A word of encouagement goes a long way.
Words of encouragement is my favorite. Prayer is the easiest for me; but actually telling these people or organizations how they put skin on Jesus for me is SO important!
Connections. There is nothing as important than community!
I love the idea of online support. What a great use of social media.
I like the idea of prayer. One my goals is to be more intentional about prayer and it is always something I can improve on.
Encouragement, everyone needs this.
I love words of encouragement so it can been seen and shared!
Involvement all year long!!!