Friday, March 4, 2011

Words to Live By

A couple of months ago, Coloradolady gave out a challenge. The challenge was to write letters! Now I know writing letters does not sound like very much of a challenge, but when you take into account that letter writing has basically gone out of vogue, it puts things into a new light. As Suzanne mentions on her blog, a 12 month commitment to anything nowadays is a challenge in itself.

Here are her words -

"FIRST, FIFTH, FOREVER That translates to The FIRST of the month, the FIFTH day, and a FOREVER stamp being used, or changing someone's life in an instant or forever, just by a little time and a card.

Letter writing is a dying thing, in our busy worlds we live in, we don't take the time for such things anymore. Is there someone who you have never told how much they meant to you? What about someone who goes out of their way to make you smile, is there a lonely relative who would love to receive a special greeting? I am sure you could think of a few to send."

For the first two months, I sent cards with a personal note to special people who have had an impact on my life. It only took a few minutes, one stamp, and I hope that it encouraged their heart. We all need encouragement from time to time.

So how about you? Can you take a few minutes today, and send a personal note, add a stamp and mail it to someone who has invested in you? Can you think of a friend, relative, a Senior citizen or even just someone you respect? On the 5th you can link up with Coloradolady for First, Fifth, Forever. This month I am writing to a lady who has just gone through her 46th surgery. I've never met her except online, but she has been an encouragement to me, and I think she could use some cheering during her recovery.

I'm linking up with Spiritual Sundays. I can't think of a better way to honor the Lord, then to share a few moments of your time and let someone know how they have blessed your life.

"A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing." Proverbe 17:22


Renee said...

I used to write several letters a week and since getting a laptop I have slacked off on this so much. Good idea! So many would love to have a letter arrive in their mail boxes.

Sherry Southard said...

I like to write letters and still do now and then, but I also like to receive letters. They are a lot of fun and makes me feel accepted. Great idea.

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do. This is not one of the better things that I do. When I do send a note it makes me feel good to be able to put a smile on someones face.

Nikki (Sarah) said...

letter haven't done that in so long. But it is nice to open the mail and a personalized letter not just a bill falls out. great idea.

Julia said...

Linked up and writing notes, letters, and sending cards! Such a simple thing to do, but so appreciated!

MTJ said...

Hi Happy Cottage Quilter,

My professional career was defined not only by my knowledge of computer technology, but its use as well. I've used email, and instant messaging so long that I cannot remember the last time I wrote a letter. I did correspond with a relative who was diagnosed with lung cancer (during the mid 90's), but since her death I haven't written another letter.

I applaud you and others who have chosen to continue this form of communication.

Blessings and peace.


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love to send and receive cards and notes so this is a great thing to do!!

LV said...

Enjoyed your post on the card sending. I love sending and receiving them. I usually send someone if just thinking of them each month.

Charlotte said...

What a wonderful thing to do. Thank you for sharing this encouraging post. I know how encouraging a letter, note or card can be. Thank you for caring enough to send the very best. No, it doesn't have to be Hallmark. It just needs to be from the heart.

Mary Lou's Studios said...

Lovely blog!

Janet Benlien Reeves said...

Intriguing idea. Thank you for sharing! Happy Sunday.

Val said...

I love this. I actually was doing that own my on (thought of it myself) and started the new year out right. I had planned to do 52 letters but slowly but surely life took over. So I am gonna pick this up once a month. I think this is more doable. I love challenges. it really motivates me.

MrBibleHead said...

Wonderful challenge and so encouraging. God bless.

Pamela said...

Magic in the mailbox. I still write a few but not near as many as I used to because of email, facebook,etc. I accept the challenge!

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. ~Phyllis Theroux

Musings of A Minister said...

I love hand written notes and letters. Occasionally I do send a note of encouragement but not nearly often enough. This is a good, encouraging post. Thank you for the reminder.