I read her post, the one where she says writing cards changes lives. Is that dramatic, I wonder? To think a card could really do that?
I recall an earlier time, a time when my thought life sped downhill like a runaway train. I looked at friends who seemingly handled everything infinitely better and wondered why I couldn’t measure up as daughter, wife, mama. When the time came for a few of these friends and I to take a trip together, I thought about sitting out. Sure, I needed the rest a girlfriend’s weekend would provide. But with this cyclone of insecurity spinning fast, I didn’t think my confidence could take another hit.
I confessed my fears through tears to Jen, a true blue confidante. I don’t remember one thing she said to me on the phone that day, but I know what she wrote me in a card soon after:
“I want to encourage you to read and memorize a powerful life verse: 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then I want you to do it through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our struggles with whispers from the Accuser are very similar, for me they can stretch into every area of my life. If I do not filter my thoughts through God’s word and take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ, I become quite paralyzed. When I am faithful in this discipline, I see everything much more clearly and I see my value not overly or underly, but reality.”
Not only did she encourage through I’ve-been-there support, but she pointed me to the Void Filler, Cyclone Calmer, and Perspective Giver. With my eyes on Jesus, I see my reality with accuracy. And this message is life changing.
I attended that girlfriend’s weekend and had a gloriously good time.
Sure, I can receive and write this kind of encouragement via emails, facebook messages, or blog posts. And those things are beautiful. But I’ve re-read that taped-up card and other encouraging, special-to-me cards over and over. There’s something about holding life giving words in my hands that moves them into my heart. And if God chose the written word as a means for communicating His love to us, there is power in writing words beyond what we even imagine.
A changed life starts with a defining moment. I wonder how God can use me to be that defining moment to a special person in my circle of influence?
So I return the favor and take a moment to give words wings by sending my Jen a moment of real encouragement in a card. I won’t stress about making the words deep or profound. It’s not how I write, but that I took the time to write in the first place.
It’s not dramatic to believe writing cards changes lives. It’s cathartic to know God uses us to change lives. He uses us to bring moments to life, to give life through encouragement.
Can you recall a moment when someone sent you life giving words through a card? Do you keep them and re-read them like I do? Did one in particular change your life like Jen’s card did for me?
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Kristen Strong, Chasing Blue Skies