12 Days of Christmas (2017) – Day 12

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OK, let’s get started with our twelfth day’s guest, Wynter Pitts!

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Giving Good Gifts

I don’t know about you, but I am so happy for the internet. I know it is not a new thing anymore, but around this time of year I develop a brand-new appreciation for it.

I mean seriously. I am literally sitting in my onesie, wearing fluffy red socks and sipping on a hot cup of coffee while being the best mom ever! I am Christmas shopping, of course. I’m checking off lists, asking my friends for opinions and comparing prices… while sitting on my couch!

For an introvert like myself, this is lovely!

However, If I am not careful… this does present a bit of a problem.

Besides the potential of overspending because shopping carts don’t seem as full on a screen, I have to be careful not to mindlessly order things that no one needs, even if they have requested them.

Yes, my girls create their lists but at 13, 11 and 8 (twins) they don’t always have the best judgement. They often times want gifts that add zero value to their lives. The responsibility falls on my husband and I to carefully and wisely select the items that will enter our girls’ world. Obviously, this holds true after Christmas, as well.

My prayer this Christmas and beyond is that I prayerfully and wisely consider the impact of each gift and influence that I allow into each of my daughters’ lives. I want them to have fun and I want them to enjoy, but even more than that I want each present to present a future that keeps first things first. After all, isn’t that how God treats us?

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

May our hearts be set on creating a Christ-centered atmosphere for our children where gift-giving is greater than gift-receiving as we celebrate and receive the greatest gift of all.

Day Twelve Giveaway

For the 12 Days of Christmas series, I am giving away my You’re God’s Girl Coloring BookYou’re God’s Girl Devotional for Tween Girls, and my book co-authored with my husband Jonathan, She is Yours: Trusting God as You Raise the Girl He Gave You.

 10th Annual #12DaysofChristmas Giveaways (2017) at karenehman.com.

Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You, a resource ministry for tween girls and their parents. She is the author of several books, including You’re God’s Girl Devotional and She is Yours: Trusting God As You Raise The Girl He Gave You.

Wynter and her husband Jonathan are raising four daughters (ages 7-13) in Dallas, Texas.  One fun fact, Wynter’s oldest daughter, Alena, starred in the hit film War Room (2015) and together they co-authored the series, Lena in The Spotlight!

Follow Wynter on Facebook, Instagram or her blog!

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  • such a good reminder. Our gifts can be empty or encourage. I was talking to my sister yesterday and we don’t remember any gifts given to us by parents or grandparents. Except, the one on one time we spent with mom or the handmade ornaments from Grandma that still hang on our trees as adults.

  • Jesus is the reason for our season of celebration and hope. May you have a blessed day and the merriest of Christmas’ ever!

  • So true. I know sometimes I have gotten items or given ideas for my girls that I wondered how much the will use. You are so right!!!

    Thanks

  • As parents we always started making our ‘gifts to purchase’ lists for our sons trying to balance ‘need & want’. Interesting to watch them do the same now with their families.

  • I am so glad that when you talked about “giving good gifts,” you weren’t talking about a price! I’ve heard people say before that a “good gift” costs a certain amount, and that has always bothered me. But I love being able to buy my Christmas presents online too! :)

  • You have a beautiful family! I bought She Is Yours for my daughter who is raising 3 beautiful girls. I would love to give these other books to my teen and tween granddaughters. We have 6 granddaughters ranging in age from 14 to a year old, and I know the feeling of wanting to gift them with things that will add value to their liife. Thank you for the chance to win these books. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • I do all my Christmas shopping online too. Having a disability it makes it much easier
    I have to be careful about what I spend too.

  • I love your prayer for the gifts for your children to have purpose! That’s my prayer, too!

    I love your name and I also loved your daughter in War Room! That movie is life-changing!

  • Such great advice, you are SO right, those online carts don’t look full so its easier to spend! I love shopping online too because if the comfort of being in my pajamas while picking out thoughtful gifts for my family. Ahh, the Internet, it’s both good and bad! Lol Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway, I would enjoy the books a ton!!

  • Amen! All my shopping is done, and while that feels good, I must admit that I didn’t quite achieve what I’d set out to do, which was to stay focused on Christ not things. I was generous and thoughtful in my purchases, but I feel like I lost a lot of time…time that would have been better spent playing and making memories with my family, rather than shopping online. Ugh finding the right balance can be so hard.

  • I have found it very convenient to ask my adult children for their Amazon Gift list and purchase their gifts online. I do have a set limit for each one of them so I know exactly when I need to stop. Thanks for reminding us that we need to see beyond the gift to what contributes towards true treasures and our relationship with the LORD.
    God bless you and your family..

  • It’s so important to be mindful of what we focus on this time of year, especially to be an example of a giver for our kids.

  • Yes wise thought…to make sure the gifts we choose are ones that really benefit and aregood for our children. What a neat gift -I have nieces I’d love to share it with!

  • Your books look so interesting. Feel like I need to pick them up. And loved War Room, so i will be looking into that series.

    Thanks for the reminder as the lists get longer, we don’t have to and shouldn’t buy them the world.

  • Though I have young (twin) sons, I have quite a few special girls in my life – nieces and goddaughters that could use these books! With my sons, I am very mindful of what they are given from us and through recommendations to family members. They don’t need more “things”, but the presence of their family!