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Old 02-22-2013, 01:30 PM   #1
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About a year ago, I felt God telling me to send my handmade cards with handwritten messages to our church's shut-ins. So I listened to Him. I write to all of them faithfully each month. Every single one has either called me or written to me to tell me how much they love getting my cards. Our pastor has even come up to me to remark on it. I feel so blessed, I can't even describe it. And in typical God fashion, He has blessed me with even more stamping time to do more of this kind of ministry. It's like a never-ending cycle....I find that the more I listen to Him, the more I receive back (far more than I ever dream of!). I just had to share this as I have read threads on here of people not appreciating handmade items.
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Precious story, Praise Him! I love to hear how He works through us His people
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Awesome. Glad that you take the time to do this.
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Thank you for sharing your story. What a blessing!
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That is awesome. I am sure they love your cards. God Bless You!
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Thanks for sharing! This is one of the best posts that I have read in awhile. You are doing what I hope to someday. I can imagine that your cards are very much appreciated and looked forward to. God bless you!
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It's a perfect story! So glad you are fulfilling this need! Makes us happy too!
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Such a sweet story!
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What a blessing. I am so glad you shared your story. Hopefully it will encourage all of us to listen to the urgings of the Holy Spirit.
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Thanks for sharing this!
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This is why I stamp too! Had a call yesterday from someone who had just received a card from me. God is awesome and I appreciate the "job" he's given me to do! Thanks for sharing!
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That is awesome. What a blessing God has made you to those shut-ins.
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Such a great ministry. As a pastor's wife I can assure you that you have done what every pastor loves-you thought of a possibility and made it happen on your own. You are a blessing to your pastor and your church as well as to each individual that you are encouraging.
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It's such a wonderful reminder to dig out some of those cards I make and actually SEND them! Thank you - and thank you for your special ministry.
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About a year ago, I felt God telling me to send my handmade cards with handwritten messages to our church's shut-ins. So I listened to Him. I write to all of them faithfully each month. Every single one has either called me or written to me to tell me how much they love getting my cards. Our pastor has even come up to me to remark on it. I feel so blessed, I can't even describe it. And in typical God fashion, He has blessed me with even more stamping time to do more of this kind of ministry. It's like a never-ending cycle....I find that the more I listen to Him, the more I receive back (far more than I ever dream of!). I just had to share this as I have read threads on here of people not appreciating handmade items.
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Thank you for your wonderful testimony!
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That's a great story. Thanks for sharing and reminding us to take time to serve.
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Thanks for sharing that great story. What a blessing you are.
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What a blessing.

When my sister was fighting cancer, two sisters both in their mid 80's sent her a card every week with handwritten messages. She treasured those cards and when she lost her battle they sent a card to the whole family. They blessed my life and I have never even met them. Sending cards is a powerful thing and I for one will continue to surprise people with cards as often as I can.
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About a year ago, I felt God telling me to send my handmade cards with handwritten messages to our church's shut-ins. So I listened to Him. I write to all of them faithfully each month. Every single one has either called me or written to me to tell me how much they love getting my cards. Our pastor has even come up to me to remark on it. I feel so blessed, I can't even describe it. And in typical God fashion, He has blessed me with even more stamping time to do more of this kind of ministry. It's like a never-ending cycle....I find that the more I listen to Him, the more I receive back (far more than I ever dream of!). I just had to share this as I have read threads on here of people not appreciating handmade items.
I started sending Christmas cards to church members whom I hadn't seen for awhile in 2010. Then I began my card ministry with Valentine's to homebound and care facility members that was 3 years ago. I still send to them 28 of them monthly. Also birthday, get well, birthday and anniversary.
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I did at one time entertain the thought of giving the church sympathy cards for those who lose family members. I thought of it, you are actually DOING IT! Great job, and keep listening to that still small voice!
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Wonderful--thank you for sharing!
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My sil and I make holiday cards that our ladies group signs and sends out to our shut-ins at church. We have had family members drop us a note and thank us. I know they are appreciated and I have fun making them! I send them to my 85+ year old aunts and uncles. They rave about them! I say everyone, young or old likes getting some 'fun' mail. And we love making them, so let's share the love!
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Having read this thread with interest may I ask what a 'shut-in' is?
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A shut in is anybody who can't get to church for whatever reason. Usually elderly or ill in some way.

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It is wonderful to hear your story. I am at the same crossroad in my life. My only hold up is myself. I just didn't' think people would really care or appreciate that. I have given me the boost of no more worrying about others that I really needed. I will be ending my hair business on 15 March....but I now have a plan....Thanks so much.
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Thanks for sharing your story!! What a blessing you are to so many people!! Keep doing what you're doing...whatsoever you do to the least of His people...
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Wow! Thank you so much for responding to what I wrote. I was so incredibly touched to read everyone's comments. My purpose in sharing was to let other crafters know there are people who really really love getting handmade items, so keep creating and keep sending! You spread joy!
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So wonderful! What a blessing you are to those who receive your cards
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