While recovering from major surgery, I received many get well cards. They were encouragements from friends. They were tangible items of love. The senders showed their willingness to stay in touch. The cards were also items to hold while praying for the sender as I was confined to bed rest.

These paper items are trophies that line my office shelves as friends standing beside me. The cards show partnerships, friendships and sisters in Christ showing support and care.

As speakers, we too need to send cards of encouragement to event planners and women ministry leaders after partnering with them in producing a successful event. These cards are treasured gifts that show appreciation. They also give a boost of energy to the drained event partner you worked along side. The small card with your hand written note proves that they did a worthy job. The message makes for a reminder that you are a team player worth calling back for their next event.

The morning that I knew that I was to be released from the hospital, I wrote a thank you note to my care team. My suitcase and my briefcase always hold a thank you card or two so that I can leave a message of appreciation for any situation.

Do you have a stash of thank you cards in easy reach as a way of giving a visual gift of encouragement?

 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.   ~  1 Thessalonians 5:11

Encourage on!