Karen Ehman inspired me with her idea of sending off encouraging cards during the 40 days of Lent. While meeting with my Growth Group, we were asked what (if anything) we do during Lent and I explained where the idea came from and my commitment during Lent.
I thought I'd tell you about my Lenten experience of sending 40 cards in 40 days.
There were a couple of encores (2 people received 2 separate cards).
Some people expressed their thanks and their words were basically, 'Wow. Perfect timing. I needed to hear encouraging words today.'
The glory goes to God and His perfect timing.
I didn't hear from others and that was fine too because I took on this commitment to serve others, not to receive praise from them.
This experience started out easy. God providing me with a name/situation, writing the card, mailing it. Easy.
Half way through Lent (around Day 20) was more of a challenge. Who to send a card to? I talked to Wonderful Husband about hitting a wall (or was it a speed bump?) and a couple days later at my Growth Group meeting, two of the group asked how it was going. I laughed and said, "Funny you should ask since it's becoming more challenging as the days continue forward." They offered me words of encouragement that were deeply appreciated.
Wonderful Husband walked the cards to the mailbox every morning before picking up the newspaper. He was an integral part of this experience and he received a card expressing my appreciation for his support, love, and care for me for....oh so many years.
I had a large supply of DaySpring cards on hand, plenty of postage stamps, and the cards sent included: prayers, encouragement, birthday, and sympathy cards. I sent cards to family, friends and a first year college student. It was a commitment of my time, focusing on others, and the experience blessed me tremendously!
I will continue this Lenten tradition next year.
And all the glory goes to God!
#705 - 720 on my list of One Thousand Gifts. I'm thankful for:
705. Karen Ehman for sharing her idea
706. sending cards during Lent. It was easy, and challenging, and a blessing.
707. God who deepened my faith through Lent this year
708. our son, the Teacher visiting during his spring break
709. the safety of my Texas family during the tornadoes this past week
710. following a car with a license plate frame that said, "The lower the latitude, The better the attitude." (It made my "southern heart" smile:)
711. receiving a text that our granddaughter cut her first tooth
712. cotton socks on my cold feet
713. a surprise gift from Charlotte hand-delivered to me at work, the book: Selections from One Thousand Gifts: Finding Joy in What Really Matters by Ann Voskamp
714. pear trees in full bloom
715. shopping with Young Sweetie and Youngest Sweetie. These two enjoy shopping.
716. Holy Week and reading scripture each day
717. the 8:00 a.m. Easter service at church
718. pineapple stuffing, the perfect complement to ham. I love taking a side dish to family events!
719. Youngest Sweetie's first Easter egg hunt
|Youngest Sweetie is not a big fan of grass,|
and received help from her mama and uncle.
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is risen indeed!
This post is linked to A Holy Experience: Multitudes on Mondays, One Thousand Gifts.
What are you thankful for this week?