The greatest commandment is to love others. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what this looks like in daily life. Sure, I love my husband and children and try to show them that love, but how do I truly love others outside of my home?
In fact, not long ago, during a time that I was praying about this, I wrote a blog post “19 Simple Ways to Love Others as Christ Loves Us“. I was getting in the habit of calling a friend or family member each week and sending “thinking of you” and “praying for you” texts. (If you know me, getting on the phone, was a huge step out of my comfort zone. I’m on the phone all day for work and the last thing I feel like doing when I’m not working is talking on the phone.) I was just trying to live the greatest commandment and bless others in tiny ways.
It was about that time that I came across The Hope Deck. Clearly, it was divine intervention.
It’s funny how it happened, really. Jen, the creator of The Hope Deck and I had been in contact earlier in the year and promised to reconnect when life slowed down (yeah, right – like that’s going to happen!). I had no idea about The Hope Deck when we first connected, in fact, we were talking about something entirely different.
As I’m writing the post about loving others as Christ loves us, I received an email from her sharing an upcoming promotion for The Hope Deck. I was intrigued and checked it out online.
Immediately, I was enamored with them! The Hope Deck is a set of gorgeous cards with scripture and incredible artwork on the front. They are created in a postcard format, with the backside lined – perfect for jotting a note to someone special.
My mind started to whirl and I began thinking of fun ways to use the cards to bless others.
Ok, I’m getting ahead of myself.
Let me tell you a bit more about The Hope Deck.
How The Hope Deck Came to Be
Jen Gordon, the designer of the The Hope Deck, shares that The Hope Deck actually began not as the ‘Hope Deck’, but as a thank you gift she “designed for precious friends who walked alongside me and my girls during a time of deep suffering.” She created these cards to give to those that held her up during a difficult time. These friends loved the gorgeous cards Jen created and encouraged her sell them.
More About The Cards
The cards in The Hope Deck are 6″ x 4″ and come packaged in an adorable little canvas bag. The cards, themselves, are printed on high quality, matte stock.
Each package includes 30 cards – each with a unique verse and artwork.
So, back to my mind whirling about how I can use these beautiful cards with Bible verses.
At first, I started thinking about who I could send a card to which led to ways to bless strangers or acquaintances.
That led to ways to use The Hope Deck as an encouraging gift.
I came up with so many ideas that I wanted to share with you if you are looking for ways to bless others in small, but meaningful ways.
How to Use The Cards
- Give or send one card each day for 30 days
Write a note of encouragement and let the person know you are praying for them (then, of course, actually pray for them!). You can mail them, drop them off in a neighbors mailbox, hand them to members of your small group or people at church who may be going through a difficult time.
- Tuck one in your husband or child’s lunch bag
How fun would that be for them to open up their lunch and find an encouraging scripture and note from you? It may even lead to a conversation with a co-worker or classmate about Jesus!
- Leave one card from The Hope Deck each day on the bathroom mirror (or nightstand, kitchen table, etc.) for a loved one to find
- Display in your home or office for daily encouragement
I’m nearly done with my first pack of The Hope Deck, already! I wrote a personal note on the back of each card and gave to the members of my small group on Easter morning. The absolutely loved them and wanted to know where they could get them, too!
The Hope Deck Gift Ideas
The Hope Deck makes an amazing gift, too. You can purchase The Hope Deck Bundle which includes a display box and a pen with Matthew 19:26 engraved on it. Everything your special friend would need to bless or thank others.
Give them to friends and family to:
- display in their home
- bless others going through a rough time
- use for personal reflection and prayer
Aren’t they gorgeous?? What other ideas do you have to use for The Hope Deck? How could you bless others with them? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.
Because of Him,