Blessing Bags...

Thursday, November 17, 2016


I am always looking for opportunities to show our kids tangibly how we can be the hands and feet of Christ.  It seems every time we head to swimming lessons, there is nearly always a homeless person begging at a busy highway off-ramp.  I would drive right past and felt a tug in my heart but one day my kids even noticed which prompted me to serve.  Kids have a way of nudging me!


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I had heard about blessing bags from someone else and thought it was a great idea to stow in our car and have at ready for when we encountered someone in need.  It's also a great activity and simple gesture for kids of all ages to get involved in.





We try to include a note and pray over the bag.  At the end of the day, we want them to know its not about us but about Jesus which compels us to share.


You can be as creative as you want with what you place in the bags.  I will share some ideas of what we have included.

You will need ziploc bags and then fill with items like these:
  • Protein bars
  • Personal size trail mix
  • granola bars
  • beef jerky sticks
  • nut mixes
  • Cracker packs (PB crackers, Cheese crackers)
  • Single serving packs of goldfish, cheese its
  • fruit leathers
  • chocolate bar (if its winter)
  • small bag of pretzels
  • bottle of water
  • tissues
  • mints
  • Bible
  • A gospel tract 
  • Feminine pads
  • travel size toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Print out of Romans road
  • Personal note (we do not sign our name)

Tract Ideas...

This is just a list of what we have included, the sky is the limit.  I have shopped at Aldi and Dollar Tree for the bulk of the items.  Dollar Tree offers $1 bibles in their book section.  When we included the bible, we marked the Romans road and John 3:16 and wrote the personal note in the bible.




We have assembled bags twice now.  We made them as part of our annual community group Christmas party with the kids and I also invited my ladies bible study over for a girls night and assembled them.

I have to admit, I had the first 2 bags in our car for over 8 months before actually working through my fear to hand it through the window.  I was careful and was slowly driving when I handed it to the person but I started to weep after, it was such a simple gesture and it took me so long to obey.  The crazy part of the story is that it took 8 months to offer the first bag and there was another homeless woman on the way home so we distributed the 2nd bag much faster.

Remember to be safe and pray for God to give you an opportunity.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a homeless person but maybe a young mom looking weary in a parking lot.  God will prompt you, but we have to be prepared so we can act.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace 
{1 Peter 4:10 ESV}


How do you serve with your children? 

I am always looking for ideas so please share in the comments!
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