Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Word of Encouragement

Twice this month I've received an unexpected card in the mail from a friend filled with words of encouragement and hope.  Both lifted my spirits and gave timely courage to keep looking up and pressing on.  The first was from a friend that I correspond with regularly, but the card was filled with words of blessing and friendship.  This same friend has been sending cards daily to a weary, floundering sister in the LORD going through a hard time.  What a wonderful ministry!  Yesterday's card came to my husband and me from a man we went to Bible College with 30 years ago.  He was in our area last winter and stayed with us and we had a blessed time reconnecting.  His encouraging card came unexpectedly and was such a lift to our spirits!! It seemed especially unusual to receive a card like this from a man (it was written by him but signed from both him and his wife).  His card came with this message: 

  Life's Pathway 
 an inspirational Message by Emily Matthews

At times, life's path
seems filled with things
that make the going rough,
And we wish there were
a smoother road,
for we feel we've had enough...
But if we pause a moment 
and remember Who's in charge,
The hills that loom ahead of us
no longer seem so large,
And every rock before us,
when we know we're not alone,
Becomes, not just a stumbling block,
but one more stepping stone.

These words along with his personal words of comfort and blessing were a huge lift to our spirits.  Who in your life might benefit from a card?  In this day of instant messaging and e-mails a card in the mailbox can mean a tremendous amount.