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My birthday is Wednesday, June 8th and I hope you will join me in being a gift to others.  Oh my goodness I have been shopping and planning all day long trying to dream up 66 ways to bless others because I am going to be 66.  My pedometer has 15,000 steps.   I am having a ball dreaming up things to do so I can bless others this year.

Will you join me?  Will you be a gift?  Will you blitz your town with some random acts of kindness?

Give one gift. It can be something as simple as a hug, a smile, or word of encouragement, or a wave to a stranger or something big. Find a stranger and be a friend. Go to a neighbors and share something with them. Allow God to place someone on your heart – your mailman, someone where you shop, a nurse, a neighbor, your child, your spouse, a soldier, a fire man.

Give one gift or even more, and come back here and share. Your stories will be a gift to me on my birthday. If you are on Facebook I have an event page set up if you want to visit there and share with your friends and family.  Let’s change our World.   You can find my Facebook page  here.

My inspiration came from Ann Voskamp when she did this on her birthday and one of my friends Shelly Faust who did this some years back also. I have wanted to do it each year, but have not had the time. Here are the links to Ann’s blog posts. Enjoy reading about her experience, and get some ideas.  There are a whole list of simple things to do, and if you want to get real simple open a door for someone, let them in front of you, take some doughnuts to your office – simple acts of kindness that may bless someone’s heart who so needs it today.…/how-to-have-the-best-birt…/

Some of the things Ann shared that blessed my heart:

Be the G.I.F.T. and Give.It.Forward.Today — and you get the gift of forgetting yourself. Say the day was as ridiculous as, oh, your birthday — and you will forget yourself and forget what day it is and you’ll end up throwing your head back and laughing because when you lose yourself is when find yourself and you can’t believe if it’s ever happened so clearly as this G.I.F.T. Blitz.

G.I.F.T. Blitz your town. And you defeat your own dark. You defeat a bit more of the dark of the whole world.

Be the G.I.F.T. and Give.It.Forward.Today — and you get the gift of forgetting yourself.

“Unless our lives are generous — our faith is starving to death.”

“There’s a turn of the calendar page and what are our lives really about and adding up to and where are the leaves and the fruit and the signs of His life unfurling and ripening in us?”

“Jesus says that to get in on the best life — give the best of your life away”

Love you all!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.




  1. This is an awesome idea. For years I have given my mother a gift on my birthday. Last year, because of our moving, I had to send the gift early. So I wrapped it and put a note on it. “Don’t Open until October 25th”. Oh that became the talk of the day at their home. Grandkids coming by to see if she had opened it. She would call every other day with some reason why she should go ahead and open it. It was like a month of gifts!

    Incidentally, this tradition has been picked up by one of my sons. His biological mother died when he was 9. And he became my son a year later. Every year on the anniversary of her death, I receive flowers from him with a note. “Thanks for being my mom”

    What goes around, comes around.

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  2. What a lovely idea, Debbie! Happy Birthday and may you continue to be a blessing to others. I always gave my mother a gift on my birthday too and she was always surprised and pleased.


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  3. Happy Happy Birthday! Wishing you a year of blessing, joy and sweet surprises! What a wonderful idea you’ve shared – I’m going to be thinking of that when mine rolls around. I especially liked this quote: “Unless our lives are generous — our faith is starving to death.”

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  4. Happy Birthday, Debbie! I have followed Ann but had not heard of this idea of GIFT. And to dream up 66 ways is creative indeed! I’ll be thinking of doing this now for my next birthday. Have a fun-filled giving day!

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    1. Lynn I had a wonderful birthday. Haven’t had a chance to post the wonderful blessings as I cut 2 fingers the night after, but thankfully the stitches came out last night.


  5. Happy Birthday, Debbie! What a wonderful idea!! Giving a GIFT on your birthday; what a blessing! You have encouraged me. Linking up with you at Dance with Jesus.

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  6. First of all Happy Birthday – and 2nd – what a way to have an awesome birthday – you get to give and receive blessings (little gifts) all day long as you encourage others. I am your neighbor today at #CoffeeShopConversations


    1. Hey Debbie good to see you and run into you often. Heading over to visit you. I cut two fingers last week so it has been difficult to be on line.


  7. Love this. Especially in light of recent events in Orlando. The world really can use more expressions of love and generosity. What a great sentiment. Hope you had a wonderful birthday and thank you for gifting us all with this post.


    1. Thank you so much. I am praying about a way to continue this. Not sure how. I know I’ll do a follow up listing all the neat things people did on my Facebook event page, but I am wanting to carry it further, but just don’t know how to do that yet.

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  8. What a wonderful challenge and happy belated birthday! I’m excited about some of the service projects our church is involved with. We hosted a community breakfast this morning before the service. I am so glad you shared this with our readers at the #LMMLinkup.

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    1. Thank you. I love service projects at church. We always have many happening at ours. I especially love the community ones. What a blessing sharing breakfast with yours, Hope it was a huge success.


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