I’m one of those women who love Amazon Prime.  There – I admitted it!  (Only because my husband isn’t on this page to read it).  I might have a little problem.  I don’t know what it is about free two-day shipping – it gets me every time!

Last Christmas we had family living with us, so the number of packages delivered to our door virtually doubled.  Besides a wave here and there, we don’t know our mail carrier well.  However, we wanted to make sure he did not get annoyed at how many times he had to get out of his vehicle to bring some big box of something we probably didn’t need in the first place to our front door.

We decided to do one of those goodie baskets. We made a fancy sign with a cute little poem about how thankful we were for anyone that delivered boxes to our door and mail to our mailbox.  We filled it with all sorts of treats we tried to keep ourselves from eating and left it out by the front door.  Then we waited.  Well, let me be honest, I waited.  I may have been a little bit of a stalker.  When the big trucks would drive up to our house I would watch, out of sight, as they carried my treasure of the day to the front door.  I wasn’t interested in what they were bringing near as much as I wanted to see if they read the sign and took a treat.

I’m almost embarrassed to say how excited I got when the first UPS carrier grabbed a package of chips and a water bottle.  After that, I was obsessed.  I couldn’t wait to set it out every morning, and then bring it in at night to refill what had been taken.  Every time I noticed something gone or watched one of the carriers grab a snack as I stood in my little hiding place, I got this thrill because I felt like I had, hopefully, just made someone’s day a little bit brighter.

As simple as this might seem, it reminded me of the scripture in Matthew that says, “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).  If I can get so excited about giving a little box of candy to a stranger, I don’t even see face to face, how much more excited do I think my God gets when He gives me a good gift?  He created me.  He loves me.  I’m not just a random stranger; He knows me better than I know myself.  His care and love for me cannot compare to anything I know here on Earth.

He has the gift of peace when all around us there is fear and anxiety.  He has the gift of healing when there is so much worry about sickness and disease.  His gift of mercy is new every morning, just waiting for us to pick up.  His gift of love is always reaching for us even if we feel exempt from it.  He has gifts for us.  What is it you need from Him?  What is it you need to pick up that He has left for you?

He has gifts for us. What is it you need from Him? What is it you need to pick up that He has left for you?

Heather Dean

I put the basket out again this year.  I wrote a new poem and bought some new goodies.  I still hide and watch when I see someone come to the door.  I still get way too excited when I see them take something and walk away smiling.

This year has heightened my awareness of the good gifts my Father has given me.  My prayer for you is that if you haven’t already accepted the gifts He has for you, if there are some unclaimed gifts in that basket of your life . . . know He is watching and waiting to see you take possession of His destiny for you – using His gifts to build His Kingdom as only you can.  So, take the time and explore what He has for you!  He’s waiting . . .


I was born and raised in Louisiana – by a mother from California and a father from New York with roots in Texas. I met and married a man from Arkansas – who, like my father, had family roots in Texas. We live in Arkansas, where we are raising our beautiful and extraordinary daughter, Ava, and a sheepadoodle named Piper. My husband and I are privileged to serve Calvary Tabernacle UPC in Bentonville, Arkansas as Pastor. We started out as Youth Pastor, then Associate Pastor, then, in 2016 became Pastor when Chantry’s parents promoted to Bishop of our congregation. We have an incredible team working with us to reach our community and our world. The gifts of God in my life make my “thankful” list long. After several years teaching elementary school, I removed that hat and became full-time in my roles as wife, mother, and Pastor’s wife...and more recently, writer. I’m still in the process of discovering the gifts He has for me!

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