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Dear Ladies, Greetings!
I’d like to tell you about a project that I am working on and nearing completion. Since I was a very little girl, I have always been a note writer. As with anything we do over a period of years we develop a personal style, but also our skills develop.
In most letters and cards, I include a Bible verse or a quotation that reinforces or adds something meaningful to the communication I have sent. It is usually related to the occasion or to the sentiments that I have written in the note. One day it occurred to me that I should be collecting these in a notebook. Some of them were thoughts or verses that I did not want to forget. Having them in one place saved a great deal of time and made strengthening a personal note much easier and quicker. There were times that I spent 15 minutes, as long as 30 minutes looking for just the right thought or verse to enrich my own words.
When I take the time to send a card or note, I want it to be a blessing or encouragement to the recipient. Sometimes that encouragement may mean a good laugh, so I frequently include funny quotations. Often, I think, “How do people come up with such things?” You know what I mean, a short, funny quote can brighten our day. It can also remind us of the person that shared it. Generally, I begin with a Scripture verse and put a quotation at the bottom of the page. (My style)
A few friends knew that I had accumulated files of gathered quotes and verses for special occasions. They expressed an interest in owning a copy of this collection too. This compilation is coming to fruition and by the grace of God, will be released within several months.
To give you some idea of what will be in this book, I am sharing the chapter about Valentine’s Day.
The book will include chapters about birthdays, graduations, Christmas and Easter. Patriotic holidays, new babies and New Year’s. There will be sections to help you add encouragement to get well cards and sympathy cards. There will be chapters with verses and quotations meant to encourage anyone in need.
If you have any specific thoughts or comments, I would be sincerely thankful for them. One of my heart’s desires is that we can lighten the loads that others carry and that we can show some of the very best attributes of God on this earth. Let it begin with me.
I have sent the third lesson on our study of Proverbs to Nancy, who is teaching it in India and I will be posting it here in a day or so. Because Valentine’s Day is upon us, I wanted to share this chapter and hope that it would inspire you to spread a lot of love around this month.
Throw it out there. You won’t hit everybody every time, but if you keep at it you will encourage a great number of people beyond what you thought possible and surely more, than if never trying.
With love and affection,
A day of love. Loving someone, loving people any day of the year is a beautiful thing, because love is of God. (1 John 4:7) I love this holiday and I always have because it is a perfect opportunity to sprinkle love everywhere. Let me give you a fresh perspective, with a little guidance included. Don’t limit Valentine’s Day to celebrating with your lover, your spouse. It is when we set unrealistic expectations that we are met with disappointment and in the case of Valentine’s Day, loneliness. Celebrate with abandon! Buy a couple of boxes of Valentine cards and send them out, or just hand them out, perhaps one to each person in your church or everyone in your workplace. Put a couple of Valentine candies in each one. You know, those little hearts with messages on them. We used to put them in our cards when we were children. (Not to ruin a fun thing, but do read what is on the candies first.)
Because I mail a lot of notes and cards, I may use a Valentine’s Day card to write a thank you note in February. Here’s another idea: go into any store that sells Valentine’s Day cards and party supplies. Look for little packets of cardboard, glitter covered hearts. Put a couple or three and everybody’s correspondence that month. You can also purchase heart-shaped confetti that would do the trick, but a word of caution here: children will love this, but think about who is going to clean it up and move forward from there.
Send these surprise greetings to a slew of people and it will make their day. Put your mark on it; make it your own. When dealing with matters of the heart, we must be wise. If you think enclosing a couple of hearts into a card might be perceived as meaning something that it does not, just skip on that one. Let it pass. There are enough places to spread love and joy without allowing an awkward situation to occur. Remember that the reason we reach out to people is to encourage and not to confuse them. When we reach out, we want to do so with care and compassion, and not with ulterior motives.
I think Peter may say it best. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 1Peter1: 22.
We love him, because he first loved us. 1John 4:19
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1John 4:7
… but love covers all sins. Proverbs 10:12b
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Song of Solomon 1:2
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians5:22,23
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 1John4:7
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1Corinthians13:13
Suggestions of the poets:
Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it in his barn boots. Origins given credit to a farmer’s wife in Indiana.
Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! Thomas Hood
Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. Robert Browning
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles Schultz
You can’t blame gravity for falling in love. Albert Einstein
You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss
Life is the flower for which love is the honey. Victor Hugo
I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. Origin unknown
Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever. Origin unknown
The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of. Blaise Pascal
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep burning, unquenchable. Henry Ward Beecher
Love is friendship that has caught fire. Ann Landers
If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you. Winnie the Pooh
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo