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But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. – Hebrews 3:13
Cards for encouragement:
Years ago, before the invention of the telephone, people would write and send letters to one another. Many, though, would still send cards for birthdays, Christmas, get well or just because. Letter writing became nearly extinct, however, after the advent of social media. Cards are sent with less frequency, as well.
While it’s still a nice gesture to send someone a text or post to their Facebook walls to wish someone a happy birthday or let them know you are praying for them, there’s nothing like receiving a greeting card to brighten someone’s day.
A card, particularly a handcrafted card, shows someone that you took the time to select or create something just for them. In fact, when I create a handmade card for someone, I pray for them while I’m creating the card.
When a recipient receives the card, it is a reminder that you care for them. Most people will keep cards for quite some time and look at them again and again. Remembering, each time, the thought behind the card. This is particularly true for handcrafted cards. In my experience, few people throw away hand-created cards. Sending cards for encouragement go a long way in showing someone how both you and God love and care for them.
So, how does sending cards for encouragement help you demonstrate God’s love?
Because encouraging others is so important to God, He doesn’t merely recommend it, but He explicitly commands it (1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11below; Hebrews 3:13 above).
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Sending cards for encouragement gives you the opportunity to share God’s love with the recipient. Your words have the power to build up another person. If they are believers, they will feel blessed by your encouragement. If they are not believers, you are demonstrating God’s love and the opportunity to let that person know of God’s love and saving grace.
Why We Need Encouragement
God commanded that His people encourage one another because He knew that we would need it. Jesus warned that “in the world you will have tribulation…” which He followed with much needed encouragement, “but take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
We live in a fallen, broken world where so much leads us to selfishness and despair. Sin takes away our joy, our bodies fail us, our plans get derailed, our dreams die, our resolves weaken, our perspective dims, we are faced with temptation. We know that we will faced and are promised suffering (1 Peter 4:12), persecution (John 15:20; 2 Timothy 3:12), and trials of all sorts (James 1:2-3).
When encouragement is absent from our lives or the life of a church, people will feel unloved, unimportant, useless, and forgotten. God knows His people are in need of grace-filled reminders, which is why He calls us to encourage each other every day until His Son returns (Hebrews 3:13).
So What Exactly Is Biblical Encouragement?
Biblical encouragement isn’t about complementing someone’s haircut or telling them how good their homemade chocolate chip cookies taste. That kind of encouragement is good, and important, but the encouragement the Scriptures refer to is explicitly Christian encouragement.
Encouragement is shared with the hopes that it will lift someone’s heart toward the Lord (Colossians 4:8). It points out evidences of grace in another’s life to help them see that God is using them. It points us to God’s promises that assure us that all we face is under His control.
Encouragement is an essential way of extending grace to each other.
Happiness comes when we obey God’s commandments. Jesus Christ taught the first and the second commandments. He said, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Then He said, “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37, 39). We obey these commandments by serving others. That means we do or say something kind for them.
Jesus demonstrated how to do this. He lived this way – always putting people first, always encouraging them. Everywhere He went He helped, served and encouraged people. He shared the gospel. He visited and blessed and prayed for and over people who were sick. He was a friend to the friendless and lonely. By serving others, Jesus did what ou Heavenly Father wanted Him to do. In Matthew 25:40, we read “…Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Your thoughtful comments, even if very brief, can mean so much to a person. Just the act of sending cards for encouragement is something that is going above and beyond, and cost us hardly anything. It is the most inexpensive way to send cheer and encouragement to others that need it.
Cards for Encouragement – Ideas for Encouraging Words to Put into a Card or Note
- God is working in ways that we can’t begin to understand or imagine. You can trust in Him and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers this week.
- Praying for you today.
- Praying that God fills your heart with peace and comfort, and give you hope for the future.
- Know that someone is praying for you today and that God will never leave you nor forsake you.
- Sending loving thoughts and prayers to you today.
- I pray that God reassures your heart today. Know that you are loved and that God is near.
- Hang in there during these hard day. God knows all you are going through, and you can know that prayers are going up for you.
- You can count on me to pray for you today. I know God is with you and hears our prayers.
- Know the Lord is always near, and that you are never alone. Praying for you today.
- Even when times are hard, and our days seem dark, God can shine his light into our lives and give us great joy. I am praying this for you today.
- Praying today that you will be filled with the hope of God’s love, joy and peace.
- If you should ever feel alone or afraid, know that God is nearer than you think. Praying for you today.
- God so loved the world, and that includes you! Have a great day today.
- Praying that you will feel the presence of God in a very real way today, and that you will draw strength and hope as you trust Him to be your comfort.
- May God Bless your day today – Praying for you and praying your faith will see you through these tough times.
- You are in my prayers, and I pray that you feel the presence of God’s love, and the joy and hope of His salvation.
- Praying that God’s faithfulness will strengthen your heart and answer your every need in the days to come. God Bless you.
- This little greeting comes your way to bring the warmest of wishes to brighten your day!
- Sending encouraging thoughts to a very special person today – You! Have a great day.
Some Bible verses to consider adding to cards for encouragement.:
- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
- “I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him.” Ephesians 1:19
- “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
- “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” Isaiah 40:31
- “….The Lord will bless His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
- “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
- “…The times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19
- “…His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
- “My soul shall be joyful in the Lord…” Psalm 35:9
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Because of Him,