Here’s something fun and practical that I’ve been wanting to share with you for a few weeks now! Some people call these ‘Happy Boxes’, others call them, ‘Blessing Boxes’. It doesn’t matter what you call them, they are just a wonderful way of keeping in touch with people, blessing them and bringing some love, light, joy and truth into their lives!
Here’s what I do. I take a good sized box and fill it up with some small gifts that will bring a huge smile to the person who’s going to receive the it. So, I always start with some home baking. Chocolate-chip cookies are easy to make, and everyone loves them. Then I add a few things that are just for the person they are going to. Nephews and nieces always get some activity sheets, some coloring-in books and some pens. Then I add some stickers, some small toys and a something fun like a badge or something sparkly.
The key is to make it fun, make it surprising and make it personal. An adult might like a book, along with their cookies. Grandchildren might prefer some candy. Then you have to get to work decorating the box. This is huge fun, and makes it such a treat for the person who receives it. I draw pictures, add personal messages and some encouraging words from the Bible.
Of course, I could just go to an online store and click “send”, and they’d get a gift – but it would come in a boring cardboard sleeve, like a million other gifts. But a blessing box is totally unique and makes people’s faces light up with a huge smile when the delivery arrives at the door. Most people get more joy from a personal gift than from an expensive one!
I started doing this when we were in lockdown in the global pandemic. I have many friends and family members that I couldn’t visit, and couldn’t share cookies and scriptures with in person! So I started making Blessing Boxes and sending them out. People’s reactions have been amazing too. They are not expecting anything, it’s just an ordinary day – and the door bell rings, and there is the postman with a brightly colored box bursting with joy (and cookies!).
So, make a Blessing Box today, and surprise someone and bring them joy.
Angela Courte MacKenzie is a broadcaster, pianist, vocalist, and worship leader. Her music has traveled all over the world through her Facebook live events and The Power of Praise program as a witness to the glory of God. Angela holds a B.A. degree in music/vocal performance from the University of Central Florida, and a M.A. in apologetics from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
Her desire is to awaken hearts to Christ through music, Bible Teachings, blogs, one 2 one chats, the gifts of laughter and simply life in “real time.”
To find out more about Angela visit www.angela.org. To hear her music and other offerings visit her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/angelacourtemackenzieofficial.