Will You Give This Christmas Away?

“…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Acts 20:35

Christmas is in the air! Well, it is for those of us preparing for Operation Christmas Child anyway. If you’ve never participated in this terrific project, this year is your year. Operation Christmas Child provides you and your family with a terrific opportunity to remember that it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive as you prepare a simple shoebox full of gifts that a child on the other side of the world will never forget.

Matthew West and Amy Grant team up in this video to encourage us to “Give This Christmas Away.” I love watching the video footage of children receiving their shoeboxes. If you take part in OCC, you could be the reason for one of these precious smiles! 

National Collection Week is coming soon–November 15-22. Please plan on being a part of blessing needy children around the world this Christmas.

You can learn how to pack an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox and print out instructions and labels HERE.

Find the nearest Shoebox Drop-Off Location in your area HEREor you can send your shoebox year-round to Samaritan’s Purse headquarters:

Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan’s Purse
P.O. Box 3000
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

Photo: Samaritan’s Purse

You Were Meant to Be

“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none…”

Psalm 139:16

Brand new song and video from Steven Curtis Chapman for the latest Veggie Tales movie It’s a Meaningful Life. Beautiful music and message…

Check out Steven and Mary Beth Chapman’s orphan care and adoption ministry: Show Hope.

“Meant to Be”

Long Before You Drew Your First Breath
A Dream Was Coming True
God Wanted to Give a Gift to the World 
So He Wrapped It Up in You

Every Step That You’ve Taken
Every Move That You Make
Is Part Of His Plan

You Were Meant to Be Touching
The Lives That You Touch
And Meant to Be Here 
Making This World So Much More
Than It Would Be without You In It

You Were Meant to Be Bringing
The Gifts That You Bring
And Singing The Songs 
You’ve Been Given to Sing

You Are Perfectly, Wonderfully,
Beautifully Meant to Be
You Were Meant to Be

Long Before You Took Your First Fall
And Stumbled to the Ground
God Started Telling the Story of You
To the Angels Gathered Around

Every Failure and Victory
And Everything in between
It’s All in His Hands

You Were Meant to Be…

For Every Breath that You’re Taking
And Every Move that You Make
It’s a Meaninful Life You’ve Been Given
So Live It Well

You Were Meant to Be…


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Photo: Billy Alexander

The Real Beauty of Rhubarb

What do rhubarb and real beauty have in common? Little girls will find out in Big Idea’s Sweetpea Beauty, the latest addition to the Veggie Tales series. In a day when young girls are regularly bombarded with false concepts regarding their value and beauty, Veggie Tales’ “Lesson about True Beauty” presents a much-needed countercultural message in a fun and memorable format.  

Nichole Nordeman lends her vocal talent to this veggie fairy tale with a song about the source of true beauty, “Beautiful for Me.” Although this movie may have been made for little girls, I don’t suppose we as women will ever outgrow our need to remember this message.

Big Idea has also created “Sweetpea Beauty’s True Beauty Guide” which encourages young ladies to become girls after God’s own heart. Download it for free HERE.

Photo: Penny Mathews

Video: Crossway