Here we are in the month of December.  Where did the time go?  As we look back at 2016, it is a good time to reflect spiritually on not only what we accomplished in 2016, but what we want to accomplish in 2017.  Something that we all can consider is stepping up our game on our spiritual disciples.  How was your prayer life, how often did you serve someone in need, how often and how much did you give of your resources, and how often did you drop a coin in your blessing box?  Stepping up my own personal disciplines is something I plan to do. I encourage all Disciple Women in Virginia to join me in examining what change you might feel called to do as we welcome in the new year. Daily dropping of coins is high on my list.

“For 60 years, the women of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have had a special way to express their gratitude to God for the blessings they have received – the Blessing Box. The Blessing Box was created in 1953, the result of a dream of the women who founded Christian Women’s Fellowship. Jessie Trout, who was CWF’s co-founder and first executive secretary, developed the idea as an over – and – above way to help fund the wider mission of the church. Since that time, Blessing Boxes have been kept in the homes and offices of women across the church to enable them to express their gratitude for everyday blessings by giving to others. In 2013, the Blessing Bag was introduced as part of this practice. For those who participate, it is a spiritual discipline even more than a financial one. It helps keep a focus on gratitude to God and on the responsibility to share blessings with others. The amount put in may be a dime, a quarter or more. The amount is not nearly as important as the discipline of regularly remembering God’s goodness through the acts of dropping in coins and praying prayers of thanksgiving. “
Kansas Disciple Women publishes a blessing box calendar to help remind women to use their blessing box on a daily basis. Please follow the link to find the January 2017 calendar.  If you or someone you know might be interested in designing a blessing box calendar for the Disciple Women in Virginia, please contact Donna at 540-392-1312.

Advent and Christmas greetings to all of you.  May God richly bless you in your journey, and in your generous giving, now and in the new year!

Donna Webster, Director, Disciple Women of Virginia

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