While we all know that “April showers bring May flowers,” the saying alone doesn’t do much for getting us through the rain- either a rainy day or the thunderstorms of life. With April the rains come whether we like it or not- another true statement to apply to life as well.
There’s no doubt about the fact that I’m a sunshine girl. But life’s crazy hurricanes and tornados have taught me that brilliant rays of hope and light come from within- not without. Recently, this lesson was made a bit more real to me when on a particularly dreary winter day, a package arrived at our family’s doorstep. All of us were curious as to what it might be since no orders had been placed and no one had a birthday coming.
Much to our surprise, a dear friend, who knows our family well, had sent us a “sunshine box.”
What’s a sunshine box?
I hadn’t really heard of one before either, but trust me, this box was golden.
All sorts of little treats and trinkets were contained within its four walls and most of them were bright sunny yellow in color. Yellow nail polish for the girlies…yellow packages of candy… a yellow gift card to an ice cream shop…glitter glue, crayons, and coloring books…yellow gum…a yellow bottle of bubbles.. I’m guessing you get the idea.
Honestly, I cried as I read the bright yellow note. Because I miss my dear friend and her thoughts of our family were vividly evident in each of her gift selections. She even sent us a new recipe for lemon pudding cookies. And it wasn’t so much about the “things” themselves but my tears came from her time and detailed thoughts of encouragement for our family.
So today I’m encouraging you to pause for a few minutes on a rainy day of April and put together your own “sunshine box” of encouragement to give to someone else. And I plan to pay it forward myself.
You can definitely get as creative as you’d like, but to get you started on a few ideas besides the above, what if you packed…
Citrus tea bags.
A yellow air freshener or
A yellow candle.
Although you’re giving the sunshine box away, I’m guessing you too will find yourself with lots of
Sunshine on a cloudy day.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” I Thess. 5:11
If you’d like some other great ideas, check out this free printable! Encouraging verses, a recipe and more!
Rachel Wojnarowski is a wife, mom to 7, blogger and piano teacher. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy caring for their busy family, whose ages span 22 months to 21 years and includes a special needs daughter. Rachel leads community ladies’ Bible studies in central Ohio and serves as an event planner and speaker. In her “free time” she crochets, knits, and sews handmade clothing. Ok, not really. She enjoys running and she’s a tech geek at heart. Reader, writer, speaker and dreamer, you can find Rachel on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and of course, RachelWojo.com