Hope and Encouragement


This post isn’t food related, but if I was able to send a cake or cupcakes successfully with the card this post is about, I certainly would have!

I took part in a giveaway hosted by (in)courage, a division of Dayspring cards meant to serve as means of spreading hope and encouragement to the special women in our lives. I read a post on the (in)courage website offering a package of 10 hope and encouragement cards for simply agreeing to send a card and blog about the recipient or the situation. Easy enough! I love Dayspring cards, so this was a no brainer. I love sending unexpected cards in this day of e-everything!

I received the cards the other day, and I love them all! The graphics are colorful, the wording is sweet and compassionate, and the most of the cards are 3 dimensional- with textures, cutouts, or both! I can’t wait to use them all up.

The recipient I chose for the card to blog about, Debbie, has been a part of my life since I was in 7 years old. She came into my life as my piano teacher of 13 years, but over time we became friends, and now we are more like family. I was a shy, somewhat withdrawn child, and related better to adults than to kids my own age, and Debbie recognized something in me that I didn’t see in myself until much later in life. As far as Hope and Encouragement go, Debbie has always been one of the people I’ll call or email  if I feel like I need to be uplifted.

We’re separated by distance now, but Debbie is always in my heart and on my mind. When I was home for a visit in June, she gently reminded me that not everyone uses social networking sites as much as I do.  I’ve always loved the process of finding *just* the right card, and sending it as an unexpected surprise. When I saw this card, I thought of Debbie, and the promise I made to be better about staying in touch!

“Once in a while, a friend comes a long who changes things. She makes your heart more thankful, your laughter a little easier, and your life that much sweeter.”
“There’s a joy in friendship only God can give- and you’ve shown me how wonderful that can be.”

So, Debbie, if you happen to read this, I hope you how much I love you, and how important you’ve been to me for such a long time now. I also hope this card brightened your day, and lets you know that even though you don’t use Facebook, you’re still on my mind! I am always looking forward to my next visit home- and our next girls night out!

Thank you, (in)courage, for the opportunity to use your cards to express my gratitude for such wonderful friendship and for the opportunity to share this story!

I’m going to use this as an opportunity to host my first giveaway!

I recieved 10 cards, and want to share 5 with you to thank you for reading my blog. All you need to do to enter is leave me a comment telling me who you’d send a card of Hope and Encouragement to and why.

Entries must be recieved by midnight, EST, Monday, September 13. I’ll use Random.org to determine a winner, and will post the results on Tuesday. Please be sure to leave your name and email address- I’ll email the winner on Tuesday, and if I don’t recieve a response by Friday I’ll pick a new winner.

Good Luck!


3 responses »

  1. Hi Beth! Just popped in from (in)courage. I too got the set of encouraging cards (so no need to enter me in the giveaway either…thank you though!), and I love them too! I just wanted to say how EXTREMELY THOUGHTFUL it is of you to share your cards! What a wonderful and kind heart you have!!! Blessings! :0)

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