A few years ago my daughter Meg really wanted to go somewhere in the world over Christmas and build an orphanage, or a water system, or a schoolhouse.  But it wasn’t a year where we could afford something like that.  Loving that her heart felt that pull and not wanting to ignore her prompting to give in a way that required sacrifice and love, I asked her what she thought about doing something for someone in need right here.

In Utah.

In our community.

No one was building an orphanage, or a water system, and the schools that were currently being built hadn’t asked for her assistance, but there were places she could give…time she could sacrifice…love she could offer.

So we started trying to think of some of the simple ways we could give right here.  The conversation went something like this…

“I want to take donuts to the fire station.”

“We should put a happy note on someone’s car.”

“Can we give an anonymous gift to someone in need?  Because a boy in my class is in need of a new pair of shoes.”

“Ya, I saw that boy…he really does need a new pair of shoes.”

“Should we seek an errand from the Lord?”

“Give a compliment.”

It wasn’t long before we had 24 days worth of giving our hearts written down on a piece of paper…

…one act of service for every day through December 24.

It was an amazing experience that year.  In fact, we loved this project so much we have done it again and again!!  And we want you to join us.

We are putting the 24 Days of Giving on Instagram.  Each day we will post a new invitation.  It will pop up first thing in the morning.  If you want to join that day’s challenge we are going to invite you to “click to commit.”  Fun!  Once you have double clicked the challenge for that day you have 24 hours to follow through.

Each day’s invitation will be simple ––not meant to overwhelm.  We don’t want to add more to an already crowded holiday…and sometimes the most simple of gifts can be the means of lifting a heart, bringing a smile, filling a soul with joy.

Perhaps you would like to join us?

Follow us on Instagram:  @multiplygoodness

And maybe you could pass this post along to anyone you think would want to join us in Multiplying Goodness through the whole month of December.

Let the 24 Days of Giving begin!


Emily Freeman
Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Peter Potential: Discover the Life you Were Meant to Live; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and Written On Our Hearts. There is nothing Emily enjoys more for breakfast than a bowl of coconut ice cream, strawberries, and toasted coconut. Other favorites include parades, vacations, firework displays, and going for a long walk with a good friend. Emily and her husband, Greg, live in Lehi, Utah, with their four children, whom she adores.
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