10 Ways to Enjoy World Kindness Day

November 13, 2019 is World Kindness Day

I will be just returning from the Holy Land on this sweet day in November. As I think ahead to this post, knowing I will have the dust of sacred footsteps in my suitcase; I can’t imagine a more precious act of kindness than what our Lord did for us.

In honor of His sacrifice, I have a challenge for those who practice random acts of kindness. Christians are known as the bride of Christ, as someday we will join the marriage supper of the Lamb. So as part of that bride, I challenge each of you to do something special this week for a bride you do not know.

Here’s an example:

This Chapel of Love story will melt your heart. These nurses organized the sweetest wedding. I wish I could have attended just to see everyone’s face.

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Weddings are the happiest time of our life and the most stressful. My precious daughter walks the aisle in January 2020 and I can’t imagine adding the heartbreak of this story, or any like it, to the planning of the big day. However, as this bride said, “But God!” HE IS BIGGER!

While I’m not suggesting you go to the extreme of what these nurses did (but hey, it would be awesome) here are a few suggestions to make the day of a random bride or someone in her party a little better. You’ll feel pretty good afterward, too.

Random Acts of Kindness for the Bridal Party

  1. Contact a wedding venue and ask if there is something simple a bride wanted but couldn’t afford and offer to pay for it anonymously.
  2. Search for local engagement announcements and send a gift, signing the card as a raktivist. (Random Act of Kindness Activist)
  3. Ask your favorite hair stylist if she/he can recommend a bride for a free hair appointment.woman with scarf
  4. Give a manicure or pedicure to the mother of the bride. (This is not a hint! 😉 )
  5. Prepare a meal for a family who is a week away from the wedding.
  6. Purchase pocket squares or handkerchiefs for the groomsmen of a wedding being held at your church.
  7. Leave a basket of flip flops or slippers for bridesmaids on the day of the wedding.
  8. If you know a hostess giving a shower for the bride or groom, offer to help clean up after the shower.
  9. Offer a floral arrangement to the mother of the groom for the rehearsal dinner.Floral random act of kindness
  10. Drop off a few packs of thank-you cards on the bride-to-be’s porch.

These are just a few examples. I’m sure you have even more great ideas for World Kindness Day. If someone has recently been kind to you, please share in the comments below. And, if you have ideas to share with others for more random acts of kindness this week, please share them on my Facebook page.

Praying someone shows you extreme kindness today.

Day 11: Starting Over with a New Christmas Plan

31 Days of Starting OverA friend on Facebook wrote a few weeks ago that it is only 13 1/2 weeks til Christmas.  I commented, “Stop it!!!”  I love Christmas, but I don’t enjoy the frantic, scurry, hurry, panic of trying to get it all done. As soon as I read her post I felt the acid rising in my stomach.  So, I thought, what can I do now to prepare?  The following is the list I came up with to get ahead of the game so I can truly enjoy the season.

Ours is a traditional tree, filled with homemade gifts and souvenir ornaments from all of our trips.
Ours is a traditional tree, filled with homemade gifts and souvenir ornaments from all of our trips.
  1. Make a list of all people you are purchasing for this year.  You can do this on paper of course, but a great app I use now is Evernote.  That way I have my list with me all the time.
  2. Prepare your Christmas budget.  Always allow for more people than are on your list.  You may make a new friend!
  3. Decide on service gifts and buy multiples.  For instance, if you purchase for your hairdresser, nail tech, doorman, dog groomer, caregivers, house/pet/baby sitters, purchase several gift cards at one time, like iTunes, Starbucks, or a restaurant.
  4. Purchase multiple hostess gifts to have on hand for parties.  You can gift wrap them now in a solid color paper in case you don’t use them.  You will then have a “gift shelf” in a closet for those last minute birthday/anniversary/graduation gifts.  In order to remember what is in each gift, place a sticker on the bottom with a number or letter written on it.  Keep a list of your gifts with your chosen coding system on the shelf.  You can remove the sticker before adding your ribbon.
  5. Address your Christmas Cards if you purchased them after Christmas last year.
  6. Decide on a few appetizer menus you’ll keep on hand for taking to get- togethers and buy any staples you can keep on hand now.
  7. If, like our family, you have special candy-making days, put that on the calendar and share with family so no other activities get in the way of that family time.  Every year, we make chocolate and peanut butter fudge and divinity.
  8. Plan any special gatherings in your home now and send out a “save-the-date,” early to friends and family.
  9. Plan your menu for your special gathering.
  10. Stock your pantry, liquor cabinet and wine frig – if your parties include adult beverages.

A few ideas for hostess gifts:

  • Candle with snuffer or wick trimmer.
  • Anything in blue and white.  Blue and white vases, cup and saucer with specialty tea bags, boxes, etc.  A little blue and white goes with every decor.
  • Candy dish with candies.
  • Guest towel with pretty soaps.
  • Specialty olive oil and vinegars.
  • Antique watering can with small plant. (Purchase plant day before party.)
  • Book with bookends (I have a book that I love giving as gifts – One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voscamp) Keep your eyes open for bookends throughout the year for great deals.  There are some now on One Kings Lane.

It is now only 10 1/2 weeks until Christmas.  I may wear mouse ears on vacation, but there will be no scurrying by this shopper this year!