Opening God’s Gifts

28 Nov

Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect gift. Other times, we really should try harder. After being away on business for a week before the Christmas Holiday, Barry thought it would be nice to bring his wife a gift. “How about some perfume?” he asked the cosmetics woman at the Department Store. So, she showed him a bottle of $50 perfume.

“That’s a bit much,” Barry said. The woman then returned with a smaller bottle costing $30.

Barry complained, “That’s still a lot of money.” Growing disgusted, the woman brought out her smallest little bottle of $15 perfume.

Barry grew even more restless and replied, “No no… What I mean is I’d like to see something really cheap!”

So the clerk handed him a mirror! (1)

A gift doesn’t have to be expensive to be special. It’s the heart that counts. But one of the fun aspects of Christmas giving is finding secret places to hide gifts until it’s time to place them under the tree. It’s especially tough if you’re the kind of woman who buys gifts in August or earlier!

I (Dawn) read about some great “secret places” to hide gifts from “snoops” ~

  • Hide small gifts in socks in your underwear drawer.
  • Hide gifts under the sink where cleaning supplies are stored, or in empty detergent and fabric softener boxes.. (Kids aren’t likely to get anywhere near anything to do with cleaning!)
  • If your kids don’t do laundry, hide larger gifts inside the dryer a few days before Christmas… or in a large dirty clothes hamper.
  • Consider the garage, storage shed, or pool house (who has a pool house?) as long as floors and walls are not damp.
  • The back of the Master Bathroom vanity is a good place, again, if it is free of moisture.
  • Use plain brown paper or fabric remnants, and hide gifts in plain sight! (For example, wrap a book and place in a bookcase.) Not quite as obvious as the bear shown here!
  • The trunk of the car is a terrific hiding place, unless your kids are likely to open your trunk (groceries, ball games, etc.).
  • If you have a “messy,” consider hiding a gift in your child’s room ~ perhaps in a children’s pile of laundry under the bed!
  • Larger or special gifts can be stored at a neighbor’s house, at the grandparents’ house, or even at your workplace.
  • I’ve hidden gifts in suitcases, which we always had a lot of in our family.

Of course, this will all be defeated if you have a clever child with access to the Internet. WikiHow has an article titled “How to Find Christmas Presents That Your Parents Have Hidden”!

Shaking the Christmas GiftMy friend Theresa Keener, co-publisher of Christian Examiner, uses clever tags ~ a different theme each year ~ to keep gifts “secret” from her four children, three girls and a boy.

“We used reindeer names, Disney names, cartoon characters, etc., ” Theresa said. “The object was to make snoopers less likely to guess their gifts; but it was especially for the gift wrapping time. That was a family event with White Christmas as the movie.

“We would all wrap our gifts and the gifts for friends during the movie. No one would even know they were wrapping their own gifts,” she said. “There was the occasional mishap when Shawn [the Keener’s son] opened Tiffany’s underwear, and she opened his video game.” LOL!

God has many gifts for His children. Some are the spiritual gifts that come from the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12). Then there are some “hidden gifts” that we won’t see until we get to heaven, but the Bible is packed with gifts and blessings for believers right now. One passage in particular, Ephesians 1:3-14, is a powerful list of what we have in Christ ~ gifts that are “in plain sight” for those who will believe (v. 13).

This “doxology,” which begins with “Praise be” to God and ends with “to the praise of his glory,” lists the following spiritual blessings:  We are chosen, adopted as sons, destined to eternal life, freely given grace, redeemed, forgiven, given spiritual wisdom and insight, made a part of God’s plan to exalt Christ, made fit to praise God and glorify Him, sealed with the Holy Spirit, and given an eternal inheritance.

We “open” these gifts as we recognize who we are in Christ and then live in accordance to the truth of who we are and what we have in Him. In Christ, we have a new identity, absolute security, and God-given dignity and purpose.

God gives us these blessings because it pleases Him to bless us as part of His perfect plan. We don’t deserve these gifts; they are offered because of God’s grace toward us. But He also gives so that we will know His character ~ so that we will love, praise, and worship Him.

So Friend, claim your spiritual blessings! Open your gifts from God!

(1) adapted,  http://www.cleanjoke.com/humor/Cheap-Christmas-Gift.html

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2 Responses to “Opening God’s Gifts”

  1. Lynn Mosher December 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Love, love, love this! Gotta save that joke! I remember when I was young finding the Christmas gifts in my mother’s cabinet in her closet. She tied the tightest ribbons ever. Really difficult to get them off and unwrap the gift to see what was inside! {{wink,wink}} Putting the ribbon and wrapping back properly was probably very obvious to the mother of a young one who never said a word! So glad I don’t have to “put back” the gifts of God! Thanks for a great post!

  2. Dawn Wilson December 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    HAHAHA, Lynn… what a great story. I can just imagine your mom finding those re-wrapped gifts! Enjoy your Christmas, Girlfriend!

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