We are fast approaching the holidays, which means many of us are putting together gift-giving lists. I know I’m looking through the toy catalog that my kids went through and I’m making mental notes of when my husband says he needs or likes something. It is fun giving to others, watching their faces light up upon opening a package. I also enjoy giving to others, to take time to think of others and being a blessing to them. It is easy to get caught up in the hub-bub of the buying frenzy though. Getting the biggest this, spending the most on that. That can take away from the specialness of gift giving. Giving to others doesn’t have to be about that though. I’m going to share with you a free gift to give for others to treasure.
Be sure to print off your free printable for this gift idea at the bottom of the post!
A Free Gift To Give
About 10 years ago I received a gift that I have treasured very much. Oddly I don’t remember who gave it to me but I received it after I moved to a new city and was living all alone. It was a lonely time and I needed a lot of encouragement while I was away from my friends and family. The gift I got was called a treasure box.
Inside the box were strips of paper with encouraging bible scriptures. What made these verses special, besides being God’s word, was that they included my name so it felt like God was speaking directly to me. The translation was changed so that the style was more conversational.
Included was a little note that said:
My Bible to me is a treasure house,
Where I can always find
Whatever I need from day to day
For heart and soul and mind. —Anon.
When you rise or end your day,
When you feel lonely
These verses I pray,
Remind you that you are not alone
You have Jesus to call upon.
He gives you love, hope, and light.
May these verses shine on you so bright.
When I first got my treasure box I pulled out a verse when I woke-up. I read verses like:
Then He takes you in His arms and place His hands on your head and bless you.
It was a great start to my day as it helped me feel like God was close to me and in times of loneliness, I meditated on His word to remind me that He was near. I felt lifted up and able to continue on with my day.
Over the years as trials came I pulled out my treasure box to again be reminded of God’s goodness.
Even in good times I still read over these verses during my personal time with Jesus. The bible is full of gems of truth and when I have questions, need direction, or want to reflect on God’s beauty this treasure box is a good starting point.
For as it says, turning to scripture states:
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.–Proverbs 2: 4-5
When you are in God’s word you will be given great knowledge, wisdom, and hope. Why not share that with others?
For Others To Treasure
At some point, after using my treasure box, I realized my treasure box would be a great gift to give for others to treasure. I first put together another treasure box when my best friend was going through a hard time. I know she still mentions how much those scripture verses helped her in her time of need.
Since then I have made other treasure boxes for ladies at my church. I even made one for my husband. All of the people who received this gift has treasured it.
Who wouldn’t when they read:
Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the
Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
I thought this gift-giving season would be a great time to share this idea with you to give to others, although the treasure box can be given at any time.
Creating A Treasure Box Of Your Own
When it comes to the actual box you can use almost any container. Most times I look at what I’ve had on hand like a little mason jar, cardboard jewelry box or decorative bag. I’ve decorated the boxes with anything like ribbons, twine, or stickers.
The dollar store also has great little vessels in which to keep the verses. You can find things like little vases or ceramic, wood, or cloth boxes.
I kept the verses on a word document and printed it out. Then I would cut each verse into individual strips of paper, folded them in half and tucked them into the container. I included little note describing what the treasure box was for.
Depending on the situation I inserted the person’s name into the verse like my treasure box. Other times, I left out the names, like during a random gift exchange where the recipient was unknown The verses work with or without a name.
You can create your own treasure box to give to someone with the ideas and instructions I provided above. You can print out the printable and use those verses or you can look up other verses.
Whether you use this treasure box idea during the holiday season or when you know a person could benefit from having one, it will be treasured.
As the Bible says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” Matthew 6:21 (that verse is in the printable too!)
Sharing the gift of God’s word truly is a free gift to give for others to treasure.