Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Blessing Bags [A Project]

I grew up a country girl and now I'm just a small town girl (let me re-phrase...a country girl living in a small town!) but every once in awhile I make the drive to the city for some shopping. There's a particular shopping spot I love and almost every time on the corner of the stoplight entrance stands a man or woman holding a cardboard sign.

You've seen them. The poor. The homeless. And perhaps, according to some people, the good actors.

But every time it tugs at my heart. The thought of standing there for hours on end with a small sign that tells the world you need help. And to have so many cars just pass on by as they spend countless amounts of money in the stores.

"And the king will say to them in reply...For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome." (Matthew 25:42-43)

I've bought sandwiches and come back to deliver them. I've given money. I've said a silent prayer. And I've passed by doing nothing.

We don't know their stories. We don't know if they'll use money to buy alcohol. But we do know there's an opportunity in front of us to be Jesus to someone...to see Jesus in someone.

So when I saw this project on Pinterest, I thought it was a fabulous idea! I still want to challenge myself to give when it hurts and to make the personal connection with people in need, but these practical little Blessing Bags are so neat. I made three to keep in my car and would like to add a Subway gift card to each one.

Check them out and let me know what you think:


  1. Love this idea - to put the materials in their hands right away, knowing what your money goes toward, and saving them a step of having to go to the store.

  2. Aw, this is beautiful! There are so many people in these circumstances around my hometown, and I've been wanting to do something like this. As soon as finances allow! Thanks for the reminder to see Jesus in them, and not make assumptions, because that's all too easy to do when you see SO many of them all the time.

  3. Ok THIS is a neat idea!! Love it! Thank you so much for sharing - I'm going to have to make a few to keep in my car as well. Love the note that goes along with it. What an awesome way to show God's love to a hurting soul!

  4. Baaahhhhh! THIS IS AMAZING! :) Oh my gosh. I love it. I might steal it. And even suggest it as something to do with the youth group! :) Thank you so much for sharing, Laura!