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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

When...when this post has everything to do with encouragement and nothing to do with the snow! ;)

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I could stand in a snow-globe world forever and feel bliss!

I want to share a few verses with you from Proverbs 3:27-28.  I know I've talked about these verses before - but they bless me so much, everytime I read them,  Therefore, I feel the need to share them with you again and again.
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to act.
 Do not say to your neighbor,
    “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—
    when you already have it with you.

I recently came across this interesting challenge (whether you're a gift-giver or not - it's for all of us) in a small circular that comes through our doors every other month or so.  I thought it would be fitting to share with you, for today.


1. The Gift of Listening...
But you must REALLY listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening.

2. The Gift of Affection...
Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the pack and holds hands.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for your family and friends.

3. The Gift of Laughter...
Clip cartoons.  Share articles and funny stories.  Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

4. The Gift of a Written Note...
It can be simple "Thanks for your help" note, or a full sonnet.  A brief, hand-written note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5. The Gift of a Compliment...
A simple and sincere compliment can make someone's day.  "You look great in red."  "You did a super job!" "That was a wonderful meal."

6, The Gift of a Favor...
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7. The Gift of Solitude...
There are times when we want nothing better to than to be left alone.  Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition...
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You!

All that to say - look at what came in the mailbox the other day!!!

It made our whole family - jump with joy!!  So happy and so proud of our son!

You talk about feeling encouraged?  This surely did it.

Because let me tell you - this was surely one unexpected way of getting a message across... 
in my son's world!  Mail for him?  From his teacher? 
Out of the Blue?
I kinda think it'll stick...

** Linking today's post with Finding the Grace Within | tuesday @ ten :: when


  1. Blessings come at the right time!
    This gave me a warm and happy smile up my fave. What a sweet teacher.

  2. Way to go Caleb, and Way to go to his teacher.. Kids need encouragement at school, too often does my Kylie tell me how negative the teachers are to some kids.. I loved the list of kindness also... Will borrow if ok... Thanks Bevy..YOU are an INSPIRATION... Thank you

  3. Lovely photos ! Good going Caleb and thanks to your teacher for sending such a wonderful encouraging note ! Have a great week !

  4. Dear Caleb, great photo's a blessing to me.


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