Spring Cards #2

  • March 20, 2013
  • #8058

When Joni’s friend, Bobbie, was diagnosed with breast cancer, Joni knew just what she needed: a note of encouragement. Listen here to learn how you can encourage others, too!

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a good reason for you to write a note.

Welcome to “Joni and Friends,” and I mean that about writing notes — I really do! You know how the proverb goes: words fitly spoken are as apples of gold. And it means so much when you put those words in a thoughtful note of encouragement. I sure know; I am the recipient of many notes — some just a few lines long. Often I have come back from lunch and there, on my desk in front of my computer might be a little sealed note and in it usually a refreshing Scripture to help me get the afternoon into focus.

I love writing notes, too. I make a habit of collecting quotations: some, I pick up on the Internet, some I’ll glean from favorite devotional books, others I’ll cut out of a Christian magazine; it could be a quotation from Amy Carmichael or a Puritan pastor. I put all these quotations in a file so I can have them handy. The other day I read a quotation by Dr. John Piper. He wrote this, “In every circumstance and every situation God is always doing 1,000 more things than we could possibly see or know.” I love that! And I’ve written it in notes to people who need to be reminded of the big picture.

Anyway, because I recognize the encouragement that God gives me through the notes that others send, I'm really big on giving encouragement the same way. I remember when my friend Bobbie developed stage 4 ovarian cancer. I wrote her a brief note the day I found out, then a day or two later, I decided to jot her line again. I know I could have emailed her, but well, there’s something special about going to the mailbox and seeing an envelope with your name handwritten on the front; you break it open, read the heartwarming words, and feel like you’re having a private moment with a good friend. And in a way you are! In fact, I looked on my computer the other day and I was amazed to see that I had written Bobbie 24 notes and in each one, I shared either a different scripture or a different quotation. Sometimes — actually, I often did this — I wrote out the favorite stanza of an old hymn, or I would just write out my prayer for her for the day. I didn’t intend to write her that many notes; it just happened. Funny thing, I heard her tell her husband how much she appreciated receiving those little notes in the mail. It made me feel good!

Well friend, you know people like Bobbie. (By the way, they have downgraded the staging of her cancer; she has completed all her chemotherapy and her prognosis is looking very good, it’s quite amazing). Anyway, you have friends or co-workers or neighbors like her. People who just need to be reminded by way of a note that, yes, in any circumstance or in any situation, God is doing 1,000 more things than we could ever imagine or see or know. Notes with quotations, like, that help others keep the big picture. I’d like to encourage you to jot an uplifting note to someone you know. March honors National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week; just think of all the people you appreciate and how much they’d enjoy hearing from you.

To help you with it, I would like to give you three of my new spring cards and envelopes for free and for you to use in giving those words fitly spoken, like apples of gold. Just visit my radio page today at joniandfriends.org and ask for your spring cards and we will get them in the mail to you right away. Proverbs 12 says that the tongue of the wise brings healing and Proverbs 18 says that the tongue has the power of life. So ask for your free note cards today and give life, healing, and encouragement through your words.

© Joni and Friends 


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