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Anna works full-time for DaySpring from Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and four kids. Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul, and she shares the good stuff of the regular, encouraging you to see the ordinary glory in your everyday.

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  1. What a wonderful encouragement. I pray God will bless you in proportion to the blessing you
    are to others. Keep the “loving” suggestions coming, please.

  2. I have decided this year to send one card a week. Not for a birthday,get well or anything specific just because. I’m going to keep track so I don’t do a repeat. I’m going to pray about it and see who God lays on my heart that needs a little boost!

    • What a great idea. One of my weaknesses is not keeping in touch.

      I will share a recent experience that you may like to do.

      A few weeks ago, my husband and I received a “thinking of you” card from a church member who had switched congregations a few years back, and we haven’t kept in touch. Inside the card were two tea bags. I thought that was such a sweet idea! It upped the “thoughtfulness” factor exponentially for me. I decided I want to include a tea bag or two any time I send a card (whenever that may be…remember my weakness…I am so bad).

  3. You article encouraged me this morning as we have moved to a new house and I have been praying how to love a neighbor that is difficult to get to know . So God told me to share some Christmas food/ snacks…. In doing this a relationship is developing… and then I read your to our post and I was encouraged this

  4. This is exactly what God prompted me to do yesterday! For someone who is not speaking to me (for loving them as Jesus has led me to) – please pray for me. I love the work God has done in my heart through the toughest experiences of my life. Please also know that your neighbour & you for sharing this post have been used by God today in the most perfect timing to assure me that HE IS STILL HERE & I continue to pray that He will bring the wanderer from Himself, home. Calling tenderly x

  5. I’ve done a couple of things, and am now encouraged to do more. I’ve bought a half a lemon meringue pie, and dropped it off at a friend’s house just because it’s her favorite. She lives alone. I made up 3, 4th of July jars with mints and decorated the jar, and dropped them off. And the last thing I did was drop off 2 packages of sugar free cookies to a widower. As you can see nothing took much time or money.
    (Plus I’ve dropped off several snack bags to a friend quarantined in an assisted living home for months.)

  6. I love, love, love this! And I must try to live this! That will be my 2021 challenge. Bring it on!

  7. I love this! What a great reminder to listen to that little nudge and follow through with with an act of love, even a small one, for my neighbor! Thank you!

  8. I love this so much, Anna! The ministry of snacks. Yes! It’s the little things that become the biggest when we’re reminded that someone cared enough to move from thought to action on our behalf. Hooray for friends and our Lord who always loves us well.

  9. You are indeed blessed to have such a wonderful friend like that. Hold on to her fast and don’t ever let go!

  10. This was so touching. Thank you! I am a pastor with NotesOnLife.org ministry and I am posting this on my Face Book page.

    May God Bless Your “Snack Ministry” and may it touch our hearts to reach out with the love of Christ to bless others at all times throughout the year.

    Please visit our web site and also our television programs at: NotesOnLife.org/TV

  11. Dear Anna, what a beautiful message of love. Our world is upside down indeed. I also have a friend who gifts me and my family with house made food and groceries monthly. I also cook or send groceries to neighbors. It is like you a love language during a time of so much pain and agony. Say a prayer for my friend, Sylvia, who is hospitalized with Covid. Love you,


  12. Thank you for your encouragement. I am one who gives ALOT and sadly many don’t say thanks. I do it for Jesus not Praise but it is discouraging.

  13. Anna,

    Congratulations on your 4th child. Small acts of love & kindness can go a long way. Last year was hard for many of us who work at hospitals. One local church made huge baskets of snacks & goodies for ALL the units (close to 20) in the hospital. I emailed them back to say thank you. They told me that they pray for us at 7am & 7pm each day. It was nice to know that people out there care enough t-o think about us. On the flip side I tend to be like your friend. An RN co-worker was moving to a new house. Another RN & I were going to help her. I wanted to get a house warming gift & knew she probably didn’t have food for us that day. Cooked up a large pot of baked spaghetti & meatballs-she mentioned her fav. We were able to enjoy it that day & she had plenty left over while she finished moving. Also made some blueberry bread for her later in the year as she was dealing with her dad’s cancer diagnosis.

    My pastor’s wife told us that her aging mom decided to move in with them. I made a chicken pot pie & some bread for them to enjoy when they got back. Next month I will cook for my MIL’s birthday. Doing things for people comes naturally for me. Tell me someone is ill or family in hospital & you will most likely get food from me. It is my God given talent. I love encouraging people & helping out any way I can.

    Blessings 🙂