What does having the gift of giving mean to you?
Having the gift of giving is special. Jesus left an example for us so that we would follow in His footsteps, did He not? He is our model for giving, as He gave Himself as a ransom for our sins. Romans 12:6-8 says this: "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." My heart is for the needy. And when I say needy, I don’t mean homeless or unequipped… I mean for the people who long to be accepted. Since The Lord has laid that on my heart, I believe that it is my calling to make those people feel loved. The way that I PERSONALLY feel most loved is by receiving gifts. It shows that someone cares so much about you that they took time out of their day to show you just that. Whether it be a family member struggling to pay the utility bill or a friend who can’t afford gas money to go visit their family… I want to be there for them and be a light to them. The gift of giving is so much more than a love language, it is how I view the world. Do you remember those WWJD bracelets that you wore when you were little? That, to me, is a constant reminder of how I should live. When I see a homeless man outside of the grocery store, I think “What Would Jesus Do?” Jesus would give and give and give. Because I want to live my life just like Him, I give. I give because He gave. He gave me my life, and for that I owe it all to Him.
When did you realize that gift giving was a love language for you?
Goodness, I knew at a very young age that gift gifting was my love language. Every Christmas Eve my dad used to take my shopping so that I could get presents for my mom and brothers. I used to LOVE that. I would get up really early, sit in my inflatable blue chair (were those not the best?!), and wait for my dad to tell me it was time to go. My dad is the WORST shopper and would probably rather watch re-runs of The Brady Bunch than walk around the mall for 3 hours. But he knew how important it was for me to take my time to buy the most special gift for each family member. There’s just something about watching someone open a gift and seeing their reaction to how much thought you put into it! There was a time when I had no money, no job, and no idea how to give gifts… it was called elementary school. Sure, my parents would “give me money” to buy gifts for birthdays or Christmas, but what about when I wanted to give gifts just because?! That is when I learned that I was a giver. Because EVERY DAY I wanted to give gifts, and trust me, every day my parents did not want to give me money! I would draw pictures, write letters, take stuff out of the pantry to give my classmates (sorry mom & dad, that is where all of the Granola Bars went)… there was no stopping this giver! Ever since then, my love for gift-giving has only grown. I no longer take the Granola Bars out of my parent’s pantry but instead I use what the Lord has blessed me with to satisfy the needs of others.
What was the best gift you’ve been given? Why?
I will never forget this glorious day!!! My husband and I had been married for 8 months. Spencer is a sales representative with a rather large territory so he travels quite often. Just like any girl, I would get super lonely when he would go on his business trips. I would drop subtle hints about getting a puppy so that I would have some company when he was gone. Well, you know how boys are. They don’t even know the definition of “subtle hints.” I’m talking CLUELESS. I could’ve straight up said “I WANT A DOG” and he wouldn’t think twice about actually getting one, ha! But after sending him hundreds of snapshots of my friend’s new litter of Labrador Retrievers, he FINALLY got the hint! We picked her up on December 9, 2013. She was so perfect and little and cuddly… did I mention she was perfect?! We named our chocolate lab Sadie and she is my absolute everything. She sleeps in the bed with me each night, loves when I buy outfits for her, and takes up about 99% of my photo storage on my phone. Ooops. I even have thought about getting her a phone so I can text her while I’m at work, but then my husband said that’s taking it a little far. Ugh, he will never understand. She has by far been the best gift that I have ever been given because she has taught me so much! Potty training was iffy and getting her to not eat the couch was impossible, but she has honestly changed my life for the better. My husband knew that this would be a tribulation for me (I’m not the most patient person when it comes to training puppies), but he also knew that he was speaking my love language by buying Sadie. Now we’re the 3 best friends that anyone could have!
What has been one of your favorite gifts to give? Why?
My parents got married at a young age with barely ANY money. You know how it is… they met, fell in love, and decided that all they needed was each other. But because they were so young without a care in the world, they couldn’t afford a huge Tiffany engagement ring. Growing up, I couldn’t help but notice how much my parents sacrificed for us to have everything in the world. My parents instilled independence and responsibility in me at a very young age, so I have held a full-time job ever since I was 17 years old. When I graduated college, I had enough money saved to buy my mom something very unexpected but well-deserved… a new ring set. It was 2 diamond-filled bands that complimented her engagement ring so beautifully. I will never forget the moment that I gave it to her. I am one of those girls who gets SO giddy and can’t keep anything from my mom. Right after I made that big purchase at Zales, I drove straight to her office and told her that I had a surprise for her! Knowing my mom, she probably thought I was bringing her Tropical Smoothie but that was definitely not the case. I made this big speech about how much I appreciated how she always put my needs ahead of hers and that she deserved more than I could ever give her. When I gave her that ring it was almost as emotional as McDreamy leaving Grey’s Anatomy. She cried, I cried, we both cried (go figure). This has by far been my favorite gift that I have given because my mom wears it every day, and it is a constant reminder of how much I love and appreciate her.
My prayer is that The Lord will continue to provide me with a generous heart. I get so much joy out of giving to others, and I pray that the Lord will bless my in a way that I am able to continue doing that.
Wholesale Account Manager