Last week for #trashouttuesday I introduced a little experiment: spend the month of August focused on trashing out SELF and thinking more of OTHERS!
Are you joining me?
This book inspired me to try small things in my life that God can use to encourage others and myself along the way. It’s called Twirl by Patsy Clairmont. If you missed last week’s post, >you can read more about the book and the Week 1 Challenge here.<
Week 2 Challenge: Grab Your Pen
“Did you know a ballpoint pen can write approximately forty-five thousand words before it runs dry? But it needs help to accomplish its potential. In this techno-world we live in, the pen seems almost passe. It’s not that we never need it, but we need it far less than we once did. I don’t know about you, but I receive very few handwritten letters anymore. It’s all e-mails, texts, tweets, Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, and phone messages. I confess I love the convenience they afford and the time they save. Yet when the rare handwritten envelope does show up in my fistful of junk mail, it is with great interest that I peruse it. I check to see if I recognize the person’s handwriting, because there’s something so personal about our script: the tilt of our t’s, the loop of our y’s, the flying dots on our i’s and the size of our letters, for instance.” [Twirl, pgs 59-60]
Let’s all grab our pens and create handwritten notes of gratitude this week!
I really wish that I could share the ENTIRE chapter with you because it is FULL of great nuggets of wisdom about how writing notes and expressing gratitude is so healthy for us to practice.
Patsy goes on to say this:
“Do you express your gratitude readily? It’s so healthy. I read somewhere that you cannot be afraid and grateful at the same time. You can be one or the other. That’s great news because it means the next time we are fearful we can use gratitude to obliterate scary feelings and thoughts. That’s huge.” [Twirl, pgs 62-63]
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Here’s what I’m doing for this week’s challenge: I’m gathering a handful of blank note cards to draft before next Tuesday rolls around. My goal is to send 7 cards – one each day for the next week. I’m thinking of sitting them on my nightstand to make sure I complete one each night before I go to bed.
My 7 cards will go to:
– my husband (1)
– one for each of my daughters to give them when they are grown up (2)
– our 2 new employees on our team at work (2)
– my mom and sister (2)
How about you? Who can you send a handwritten note to this week? Who would be blessed to have your handwriting in his or her mailbox? Grab your pen…AND DO IT!
I’d love to know if you’re joining with us via the comments below – maybe even share who you plan to send your notes to. Your input could inspire another reader to join in!
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