I Got a Thank You Card In The Mail!

Thank You Card

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.”

Luke 17:15-16 NIV

There’s not a lot of mail we like to open.  Usually I get excited when I see an “It’s a GOOD mail day!” sticker on my #EllensPicks packages, but this week I was thrilled when I saw a small handwritten notecard addressed to little ole me.  I got a Thank You card in the mail!

Opening a handwritten note from Patty Scott; a blogger at Hearts Homeward made my day!  This sweet girl from California that I met online through blogging helped me with some ideas I was working on for online Bible study courses so, I sent her a copy of my books.  The first time she got my package it was torn and empty {Insert a big sigh}.  Patty let me know what happened and thanked me for trying. Well…I wasn’t going to let the postal service block my gratitude, so I sent her another package covered in shipping tape!  Patty was writing this card to: thank me for the books, tell me how she was looking forward to ‘diving in’ and then wrote a prayer of blessing over my life…how encouraging is that!

SHARING THE GRATITUDE

You might think this is a common occurrence for me?  I’ve given away a ton of books, many have expressed their appreciation, but few have gone so far as to send me a thank you card in the mail.

Although I didn’t do anything of similar magnitude, this reminded me of Jesus and the 10 lepers.  These guys went to Jesus and asked for a healing. Life was tough for them with such a severe skin disease.  They couldn’t work or even live in town.  When they received their healings it says that only one came back and thanked Jesus.

Luke 17:15-16

This lack of gratitude really didn’t sit well with Jesus and he responded saying, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”1 The writer of Hebrews reminds people that we need to show gratitude towards God by saying, “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful.”

So here’s my challenge to you this week…get busy writing so someone will be able to say,

I Got a Thank You Card In The Mail!

Prayer

Father…my heart is full of gratitude for all You’ve done.  Forgive me for the times I didn’t let You or the others in my life know how much I appreciate them and all they do.  Fill my heart with gratitude and let it spill out in words of blessing and encouragement today.  In Jesus Name…Amen

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 Drawing From The Well

  1. Luke 17:11-19 NIV

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Comments(18)

  1. Lisa notes says

    I love getting good mail like that too! But you’re right that it’s rare to get a hand-written note any more. I do appreciate encouragement however I can get it, but it is still meaningful to know someone took the time to write it out by hand, get a stamp, walk to their mailbox, etc. That’s a lot of work these days. 🙂

    • Sherry Stahl says

      It’s so true Lisa 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  2. Anna Smit says

    Such a beautiful story. I have received notes like that too and sent them too. Words of blessing are powerful, aren’t they?! Thank you for the encouragement to send off more.

    As I read your blog post though I thought of how God is asking me to thank Him by choosing to confess and repent of my sins openly. I did that today, filled with thankfulness for His deep mercy and the power of His restoration. He cares about the tiniest hurt committed and doesn’t want to leave it as is. Praise Him!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Anna,
      I’m so glad to hear that you were open to what God was speaking to you today. Continue to keep that sensitivity to the Holy Spirit…it’s a game-changer 🙂
      Much love,
      ~Sherry Stahl
      xoxo

  3. Michele Morin says

    I was a militant mum when it came to my kids writing thank you notes, and so I had to set the example myself. I love how a thank you note closes the circle of blessing!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Michele,
      I love how you word things 🙂 Praying you have a blessed and awesome week!
      Much love,
      ~Sherry Stahl
      xoxo

  4. Lori says

    Hi Sherry,
    Thank you for this! I am a card sender!! It’s heartwarming to know how much that card you received meant to you! Thanks for sharing that. I send a ton of cards each month. In fact, this month I wanted to know just how many I send in a month so I’m keeping a log. So far it equals out to being at least one a day! I LOVE sending cards!!! I decorate them with lots of color! I also use stickers, stamps, and fancy postal stamps…. and did I say lots of color?!! Anyway, this post really spoke to my heart! Thank you, thank you!!
    Love ~ Lori

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Lori,
      You would be an awesome friend to have. Honestly that’s a real ministry. Keep on blessing others and I pray it flows right back to you! Proverbs 11:25
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  5. Sarah says

    Thank you notes seem to be a lost art, but my family writes them and so does my sister’s. It isn’t completely dead!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Sarah,
      So good to hear! Keep it going.
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  6. Diana says

    I miss getting handwritten notes and cards. But it gave me an idea to have a love diary for Jesus and to write a note to someone who was kind .

    Blessings

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Diana,
      Ohhhhhh I love those ideas!!!! A love diary for Jesus. So awesome!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  7. Joanne Viola says

    It is amazing how a small note or card can speak volumes. Thank you for sharing this post and reminding us to send a note today!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Joanne,
      Glad you were inspired 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  8. Kristi Woods says

    Thete’s nothing quite like a hand written letter waiting in the mailbox. I love the story and will be searching for ways to thank both the Lord and others this week. Blessings to you! #chasingcommunity

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Kristi,
      I hope your week of thankfulness filled up your heart too!
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

  9. Brenda says

    Awe, what a kind gesture of Patty. Love that. I often forget that “snail mail” is even an option these days. :\ But, you’re so right, it does feel great to receive tangible words of encouragement. I think I’ll join you in sending out a thank-you! Thanks for the reminder, friend. xoxo

    • Sherry Stahl says

      You’re very welcome Brenda 🙂
      ~Sherry
      xoxo

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