Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.
1 Peter 3:3-5a (NIV)
I sent cards to four beautiful women today. I used to be very good at sending cards and writing letters. In fact, I have a fountain pen collection as affirmation that I love to write, but enough about me. (I have some great pens…)
I was inspired by to return to a really good habit-written correspondence. In exchange for a blog reviewing DaySpring products, I received a collection of encouragement cards. What follows are my personal opinions. It was nice to have the opportunity to review the materials, and a joy to share them with people I love. I hope a)somebody feels moved to let someone special know the wonderful blessing they've been, and b) DaySpring finds my feedback useful.
When the cards arrived, just the box alone made me smile. It also made me consider the joy that recipients might experience upon opening up and reading their cards…
My four beautiful women inspire me; encourage me; challenge me to be better, and I loved letting them know.
collection, from the Holley Gerth
Hope & Encouragement Assortment, led me to each of the women I
selected. One of my girlfriends is
really going through something, and continually reaches out to me, confident
that I have the resources, or the answers.
I seldom do, but I know how to pray.
I know the encouragement that I have received, and the value of a
sincere word, so I challenge myself to meet her need, as best I can, with what
I may have available. Her card had a
tiara and sparkles, a reminder from her and Our Father that, as I mentioned to
her yesterday when we spoke, that it was really going to be alright.
My second card, for mommy, opened with “If we could have coffee today, I’d sit across the table from you and say…” It spoke to my missing her, it spoke to my pride in the way she is primary caregiver to her 93 year-old mother , to how much I miss her, to how much we appreciate percolating a pot of coffee (she still has the pot I remember from my childhood AND it still works), sitting and savoring, sharing everything and nothing and just being together. We talk a lot, sometimes more than once a day, but I am certain she will savor this card, probably cry, and likely show me where it sits on her desk or her dresser when we are together again. The interior message got me…“So until we’re together again I’m sending these words (and prayers) to hug your heart in my place.” All I needed to do was sign it.
My BFF, who just celebrated a birthday, got the one that says “You’re simply wonderful.” I’ve learned that there is never a reason not to tell someone how much they’re valued; how much they mean to you. For her birthday this year, I wrote her a blog; it made us both cry. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to say what I feel and mean what I say. She wondered into my life and made it better. I found a card that said, “thanks for begin who you are…doing what you do…being a blessing wherever you go.”
Finally, my “Gayle” got the Thank You card. She thinks she’s depends upon me…ha! “I’ve been thinking about you, right there in the middle of the ordinary…” She and I generally usually catch up while dropping kids off in the morning; one of us routine;y talking the other off the ledge (it’s not always me…).She is quietly awesome…and I found the perfect excuse to remind her.
I do wish that DaySpring’s product lines were more diverse. There wasn’t anyone who looked like me, or any of my recipients, in any available collection. Neither the Peanuts nor the So True collections really spoke to me, so I was left to choose what I found least unappealing (I liked the collection I received, I just wish there'd been broader options). We live in a diverse world, and I feel better when the products I select validate my presence…when I see myself.
At any rate, I’m glad I took a chance, and spent a moment reminding four very special, very beautiful women in my life that they are just that….special and beautiful. In a world where there is no lack of ordinary and ugly things, I find just another reminder that God is good.