The Best E-Mail I’ve Ever Received


Do you get E-mail?

No, not the kind of e-mail you get on the computer.  Not electronic mail.

Encouraging Mail.

Snail mail is what some call it these days.

I have been getting cards in the mail daily, and let me tell you it makes my day.  It is encouraging.  I open each and every card with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude.  It is really hard to describe.

The photo above is just the top of the pile.  I have saved all of them.  I will wrap a ribbon around them, and keep them for who knows how long.

I look at all the cards, and I think of the time that it took to sit down, write a little something, address the envelope, place a stamp on it, and finally mail it.   Then I think about the other day when I sat down to write thank you cards; it really didn’t take that long.  Let’s think about this.  There are 1440 minutes in a day.  Let’s subtract 480 minutes for sleeping, because they say we need that much.  Then we can subtract another 480 for those that work, and we are left with 480 minutes in the day.  Writing a card would take 10 minutes out of your day, maybe.

The Bible tells us to encourage one another.  Look it up.

Hebrews 3:13

Isaiah 1:17

Acts 15:32

Romans 12:8

Ephesians 6:22

1 Thessalonians 4:18

1 Thessalonians 5:11,14

2 Thessalonians 2:17

I could sit here and type out all of the scriptures for you, but I would much rather you pick up your Bible and thumb through the pages to find them yourselves.  Not because I don’t want to type them out, but because I want to encourage you to read your Bible.

How would you feel about receiving some E-Mail, Encouraging Mail that is?  I have this thought swirling around in my brain.  If you would like to receive an encouraging card or letter occasionally let me know.  Send me a good ol’ email (electronic mail), and I will make it happen.   I will respond to each of your emails with the details of the E-Mail idea.

But for now, go out and encourage someone.  It doesn’t have to be by mailing them a card; there are many ways to encourage others.

How do you encourage others?

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  • Reply Jackie June 16, 2011 at 10:03 am

    A couple times a year, I sit down and send people I care about cards with a handwritten note. It is never the same person each time, but different friends. I love the immediate gratification of email, but getting a card or letter in the mail has a special appeal. I know people keep them (or I am going to tell myself that). They are special and we should tell those in our life that they are special to us….no “special” reason needed.

  • Reply Jan June 16, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Julie! I love this idea!! And I love mail…snail mail! I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to go to the mailbox and there be nothing there. Thank goodness that rarely happens. One of my spiritual gifts is generosity. I LOVE to give gifts way more than receive..although that is very nice, too! I rarely visit my friends or family without a gift in hand…usually something small and practical – homemade is even better. I would love to join whatever you have in mind!

  • Reply Jan June 16, 2011 at 11:34 am

    By the way, hope you enjoyed the Tetons…. giggle giggle snort! That word, Tetons, always reminds me of boobs! Hey, there’s a good name for them! LOL!

  • Reply Stacie June 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This is a wonderful post. I often try to write a personal note in every Christmas card I send, but your post reminds me that I should take on this task more than once a year. Afterall, a little bit of time out of my day to brighten the day of another is totally worth it. One encouraging and uplifting comment could change one’s life. Thanks!

  • Reply Betty G June 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Julie, this is a wonderful idea. EVERYONE needs encouragement. I have sent “encouragement” emails for years. I find that I get almost more out of them than the recipients. I was going through a very discouraging stage in life and NEEDED encouragement, so I decided to send encouragment and maybe it would rub off on me, too. 🙂 It did perk up my life and I was thrilled. I get very little response to the encouragement, but that’s OK. Maybe I’ll find out the impact in Heaven!

  • Reply BethZimmerman June 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Awesome post, Julie! I try to be encouraging in my comments and at least hopeful in my writing! 🙂

  • Reply norma in alabama June 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Count me in. My discouragement comes in the form of a mom with alzheimer’s – mine. Hers is slowly developing which is a blessing but it does keep me somewhat confined. I’m still praying for you and for my young friend Leigh who is about 2 weeks behind you and doing well so far. Loved your pictures from your trip, it’s one I would love to do.

  • Reply Swampwitch June 16, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Oh . . . you know how I love sending cards AND receiving them ! When I saw your stack, my first thought was, h-m-m-m, I have a card that looks like the one on the left. Then I realized why that card looked so familiar ! Duh ! Sending personal cards the snail mail way is becoming a lost art. This is a wonderful idea and you motivated me, so I got busy today and mailed out several. XXXOOO

  • Reply Karen J Moseley August 4, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Julie ~ It’s been over a year since you did this post, but it really touched me. I know that you are friends with Ree and that you likely read her blog. In June 2012, she did a Dear PW post. I asked a question, she chose it and I became “Sad” aka Sad in Southern Minnesota. During my birthday week, I received around 90 cards/letters/small gifts from her readers. I had to take my time, reading each one and savoring the kind thoughts and words of love. All of that, to say that I know the healing power of words.
    I have also journeyed through breast cancer (6 times) and had many surgeries and treatments before finally being forced to undergo radical mastectomies, including removal of some ribs and part of my sternum. Now I have cancer on my brain stem, amongst other places. Each day I wake in the morning and go to bed at night, giving Thanks to the One who walks me through it all! My prayers will be with you, Julie. Hugs from MN. ~ Jo

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