Thursday, February 6, 2014

God's Gifts.... Operation Christmas Child Style

Below I have pasted some of a blog post that brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart, and I just had to share with you!! As those of you who follow my blog know, I love to share stories about how God is working in the shoeboxes and I encourage you to pray as you pack a box.... well this post deals with this far more eloquently than I ever have. May you be blessed. And please read the whole thing at

Every year, I find myself worrying about coming up with unique Christmas shoebox ideas when I start filling my boxes. I want to be sure that the box I pack has exactly what it needs in it for the child who will receive it.

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NLT)

My greatest desire is to fill a box packed with things that the child really needs and wants. And there is no reason for me to worry about it or stress over it at all, because our God is a big God! He not only makes sure that each box gets to the child He intends to receive it, but He also will guide you as you are packing the box. He will make sure you know what He wants you to put in it.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights… (James 1:17 NIV)

 I want to encourage you to pray as you fill your box, and trust His Holy Spirit to speak to you. Maybe He will place a burden on your heart for a unique gift that He wants you to include in your shoebox. I think that’s okay, and I think you should trust Him. No matter how unorthodox it may be, trust that the Lord wants that item in the box, and trust that He will get it to the right person.

The five stories below prove that He knows what these children need, and He knows how to deliver each box to the one He intends it to receive it.

Hot Wheels. A Brazilian boy arrived at the distribution asking for a box with a Hot Wheels car in it. The volunteers explained that they didn’t know what would be in his box. They gave him a box to open, and when he did, more than half of the box was filled with Hot Wheels! 

And the post doesn't end there!!! Continue reading at her blog... and then, if you desire, go to the Impact Stories tab above and read MORE about how God is working through OCC shoeboxes!

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