Thank you notes


It is truly a lost art. Thank you notes are a thing of the past for most people. Not our family. My kids still write thank you cards for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts and other gifts or kind gestures through the year. I do the same. I recently had my 50th birthday. I shared on this blog how amazing that day was for me. I personally hand wrote over 40 thank you cards. Some I hand delivered (to save postage) and the rest I put on a stamp and sent it via snail mail.

Think of the last thank you note you received via snail mail. How did it make you feel? How did you react when you saw a personalized card addressed to you? Did you save the card? Did it remind you to send a card or two of your own?

I receive so few thank you cards these days. It breaks my heart. The ones I do get, I often save. Usually for the pretty stationary. Sometimes I save the card for the heartfelt sentiment inside. I even show them to my kids to bring home the point that they aren’t the only ones who write thank you cards.

As I was pondering our lack of thank you cards on earth, I realized how much God loves to receive our thanks. He deserve a huge thank you card.

Psalm 136:1 NIV says

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever.

The entire Psalm is a giant thank you card. I think we need to give God a few more thank you cards. For being a writer, I am not a journaler. If you like to journal, use that to actually write out your gratefulness. I often pray my thanks to God. I recently got a true gift from Him and I keep thanking Him in prayer. I also thanked Him by telling others what He did for me. I am giving Him glory and praise. I thank Him by remembering what He has done and trusting Him in the future.

Praise and glory
and wisdom and thanks and honor
and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever.
Amen!” ~ Revelation 7:12 NIV

Let’s give God a thank you card today. Maybe write a card to someone on earth too. Just a simple, “Hello, thanks for being my friend.” It’ll make her day.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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