Monday, November 19, 2012

{Hope for the Home}: Hearts of Kindness

I am delighted to be back here and share a topic and program close to my heart. Thanks, Erin!

Raise your hand if you want your children to be GENEROUS?
Raise your hand if you want your children to SERVE others?
Raise your hand if you want your children to think of OTHERS before themselves?
Raise your hand if you want your kids to focus on GIVING vs GETTING during Christmas?

Oh… I can see that is everybody!

I was having a moment of disgust last Christmas (you can read the entire soapbox, rant here). I was over the consumption, the busyness and every bit of junk that was driving my kids and our family away from the message of Christmas Day. The fact that the greatest gift to earth was born on Christmas Day.

I wanted my kids to FEEL and EXPERIENCE the goodness of serving others. I was told they were too young for many ministries in town. What? My kids are too young to serve others? No way! So, I started a program called Light ‘Em Up - a simple and free way for families to light up their communities one heart at a time. And thousands joined me!

It has been so moving to watch little ones understand their lives can be used by God to serve and give. They can influence others and simply light up their hearts through generosity and service.

From simple acts of “thank you” ….

to a surprise thank you for the garbage collector…

to feeding someone that is hungry.

Don’t forget to see the Mom Pledge that basically removes the guilt – you are a great mom and good enough if you do 1 idea, 10 or zilcho! ;)

Here is where my tension is this morning and I would love for us to wrestle with this thought today.


I love this idea at the Holidays and it really does work. It’s contagious and my kids get into it. However, I don’t want this to be a one-month, holiday program.

I want these virtues sinking deep into their hearts and I believe this is a great start. I believe I need to model “putting others first” for them all year long. I believe we need to keep looking for opportunities to love and serve others. I want them to naturally notice the lonely or sad friend in a room. I want them to feel the nudge to stop when they see a person in distress or be the first to run over to a fallen friend. This doesn’t happen over night. I believe it happens when parents model this and through conversations all year long.

Light ‘Em Up is a terrific start. Let’s go light up some hearts this Christmas with our precious kiddos and show them the heart of Jesus!

If you’d like to share the program or pass the word along to friends, 
 Here is the best link. It’s a great way to gather other moms in your area for a common mission and see what you can do together!

Go here for more ways to make God apart of your everyday life and home! 

About the Author: Courtney DeFeo is the fun mom who believes our kids can light up the world. She is the author of popular mom blog, which seeks to “empower moms and change little lives through innovation in the home.” She is also the creator of ABC Scripture Cards and My Lil Money Jars through Lil Light O’ Mine. She is passionately pouring out her gifts of creativity and innovation on moms all over the country. Courtney has learned the art of using her talents wisely to help and serve others through 14 years in marketing at industry-leading PR firm Ketchum and Chick-fil-A, Inc. She is the proud wife of a servant-spirited dad and is mom to two skipping girls, ages 3 and 5.

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Kerry @ Made For Real said...

Thank you for this. I'll be reading through this many times over! Good stuff :)

Courtney DeFeo said...

Thank you Kerry! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Angela said...

Thanks for these ideas! I have to remember to do things like this more.

Tulip TrueAim said...

Love this! We are always looking for ways to inspire giving hearts. I would love for you to link this up at the November Family Challenge

Worthy of the Prize said...

Glad you liked it!!! :)

Worthy of the Prize said...

Glad you liked it!!! :)

Worthy of the Prize said...

Glad you liked it!!! Will try to remember to link it up! :)

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