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A Religious Thank You Card is One of the Many Ways to Say Thanks

Bless you for your thoughtfulness

Bless you for your thoughtfulness

It is important to cultivate a heart of thankfulness. God has done everything for us and He deserves our thanks.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34
I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7:17

But the Bible not only instructs us to thank God, in it we are encouraged to give thanks to and for one another as well.

I always thank God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. 1 Corinthians 1:4
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. Ephesians 1:16

You can thank someone for a large number of different reasons (and this list could go on for a long time):

  • For their support
  • For their service
  • For their example
  • For their inspiration
  • For their help
  • For their gift

Best of all, you can say thanks in many creative ways. Here are a few:

1. Invite Them to Dinner and Make a Toast
Want a new way to say thank you to someone? Invite them over for supper and at the beginning of the meal offer a toast to them. Gratitude expressed in front of others is powerful. Your toast can be written ahead of time or given extemporaneously – either way, it will bless.

2. Make it Fun and Make it Rhyme
Whether your aim for a Shakespearean sonnet or a modern rap, put your thanks into rhyming verse and it will never be forgotten. Roses are red, violets are blue, this is my way to say thanks to you! We know you can do better.

3. Bottle it Up
Put something delicious in a decorative jar (hot cocoa mix, rice pilaf mix, flavored coffee beans) and then make a fancy label with the word THANKS front and center.

4. Personalized Bag
Similar to the jar idea, a gift bag can also express your thanks. Tuck in something special (not necessarily costly) underneath folds of colorful tissue paper. Put a bold monogram on the bag along with a tag saying Thank You.

5. Send a Religious Thank You Card
Nothing says thank you quite like saying thank you….in so many words. Choose a religious thank you card that suits your personality – serious, whimsical or straightforward – and then compose a note telling them how grateful you are to them and, more importantly, why. Specific thanks will encourage the person tremendously. If you are thanking someone for a gift, take a selfie with the present and include the photo in your card.

At The Printery House we have a wide selection of cards from which to choose. Whichever kind of religious thank you card you seek, we are sure to have one to suit. We encourage you to thank the people in your life in all kinds of ways including sending them a handwritten card!

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A Christian Birthday Card Folder and Other Ways to Make Childhood Birthdays Memorable

Birthdays Are a Blessing of Time

Birthdays Are a Blessing of Time

Childhood birthdays are fun for everyone. Children anticipate the day that they are the center of attention all year long. You want to make that day the very best it can be…and the most memorable. Kids may remember the year they got a bike but, for the most part, the gifts are lost in the mists of memory. It’s the traditions and special trappings of birthdays which live long in a child’s bank of memories.

To help you make your child’s birthday truly memorable, we’ve put together a list of fun ideas we’ve come across. Find at least one that you can try this year.

1. The Sneak Approach
While your little one is sleeping, creep into their room and fill it with balloons. A bumper crop of balloons when they awaken just screams HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hanging colorful streamers in the doorway is also lots of fun.

2. Make it Last All Day
Don’t wait until dinner time to have a family party – start at breakfast. You could bring your child breakfast in bed for their birthday or take them out for a special morning meal. Make sure the family table is decorated first thing in the morning, complete with balloons, streamers, confetti, party hats and noisemakers. Birthdays are an all-day affair. Set out baby photos as part of your celebration.

3. Make Your Own Birthday Parade
If you write “honk, it’s my child’s ___th birthday” on your car windows you can get perfect strangers to join in your all-day birthday celebration. This is like having your very own birthday parade wherever you go that day.

4. Answering the Phone at Birthday Party Central
All day long answer phone calls with something like “This is _____’s birthday, his mother speaking”. Your child will get the message that they are a person of special honor.

5. Make a Book of Coupons
Give the gift that keeps on giving – gift your child a homemade coupon book. Your coupon book could include things like:

  • Eat dessert first
  • No veggie night
  • Stay up 15 extra minutes
  • Choose the dinner menu
  • Chocolate milk at every meal for the day
  • Choose the family activity
  1. Send a Christian birthday card – load the mailbox
    Kids love to get mail. Make sure you send your child a birthday card. You might hold onto cards that arrive early and then load the mailbox on that special day. It’s okay to decorate the mailbox too.

6. A Christian Birthday Card Folder
When your child receives a Christian birthday card what do you do with it? Let those cards stay out where your child can see them for a week after their birthday, then put them in a special folder to be brought out year after year. The birthday card folder can join baby pictures on the birthday meal table. Seeing them year after year will impress them in your child’s memory. They will always recall that they had birthday greetings from loved ones far and near.

If it’s your child’s birthday, or the birthday of another child in your life, make sure you send a card worth saving. Send a Christian birthday card that references faith in God as the giver of all good things – including your special young person. Check out our selection of birthday cards at The Printery House.

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Christian Gift Stores Help You With the Tools to Teach Your Child a Habit of Personal Devotions

Not by Bread Alone (2012)

Not by Bread Alone (2012)

Most of human behavior is learned through mimicry. Language is acquired as babies imitate the sounds they hear around them. Children learn to say “please” and “thank you” as they observe parents using them. If you want your children to get to know God through personal study and meditation – you can show them how it’s done and they will learn from watching you.

Here are some ways to help you, the parent, teach and train your child(ren) in this lifelong discipline. Christian gift stores can help you provide the tools that you could use to help in the process.

1. Example, Example, Example
The power of personal example is hard to overstate. Your children can learn best by seeing you reading your Bible and spending time alone in prayer. For many Christians down through the centuries, the best time for an unbreakable appointment with God has been in the early morning. That is not a command from God, however. If it is easier for you to be faithful at night, then go with what works best. The important thing is to carve out time for your devotions on a regular basis.

2. Show Them How, Then Turn Them Free
At first, it may help a child to join you for your devotional time. This will probably mean cutting your own time down to suit their shorter attention span. Look in Christian gift stores for a child’s devotional bible that they can quietly read to themselves in the room with you. Many of these bibles have questions for thought included.

3. Family Bible Reading
Family devotions can also serve as a springboard into personal devotions. This means more than simply reading a bible passage. It means talking about it and putting yourself (or them) in the position of the hearer or the speaker. It also involves asking one another what the passage teaches us about God or what it says about how we should live. This kind of thoughtful reading habit will serve your child well in personal times of bible reading.

4. Prayer as Devotion
Teaching your child to pray for themselves is an ongoing process. Early on, you can pray for your child at the table, at bedtime and through the day. However, it’s a good idea to let them speak prayers as an act of devotion as soon as possible. Check out the tools to help with this at Christian gift stores. Bedtime prayer dice or table prayer dice can be fun ways for young children to read prayers. Later on, invite children to learn to speak to God about what they read in the bible. Your model of simple prayers based on what you’ve read in the Bible will help him see how to start conversation with the invisible God.

As your child grows, bible study materials and devotional materials from Christian gift stores can also be added in. You make time to teach your children how to tie their shoes, make their bed and cut their food. You teach them how to say “please” and “thank you”. Teaching them to spend time alone with God is so important. Visit The Printery House to find more tools to help you. We offer a wide range of personal devotion tools to help your child develop a special quiet time habit.

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Look for Ways of Blessing a Marriage – Your Own or Someone Else’s

Catholic Wedding Edition Bible

Catholic Wedding Edition Bible

The Bible is God’s preserved and perfect Word for mankind. It teaches truth for all of life; how to be young, how to be old, how to parent, how to work, how to treat others and how to be married. In fact, the Bible holds up marriage as a picture of Christ and the church. It is, indeed, an honorable estate. While every Christian will not marry, a large majority will. And when they do, the church should look for ways to help, bless and encourage so that the union truly does reflect the relationship Jesus has with His body.

Here are a few things you can do to bless a marriage:

1. Frame and Display the Wedding Certificate
This promise that was made before a group of witnesses was made not only to one another, but to God. Celebrate the three-way contract by keeping its record in plain sight. Framing the marriage certificate and placing it in a beautiful frame makes a great wedding gift or a pledge to one another that this is a serious and permanent commitment.

2. Prominently Display Verses That Encourage Marriage
Blessing a marriage can be as simple as reminding one another how God views marriage and what He calls you to in marriage. Framed verses like the following work well:

1 Corinthians 13…Love is patient, love is kind….

Mark 10:9 What God has joined together let no one separate

1 Peter 4:8 Love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins

Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient bearing with one another in love

3.
Hang a Wedding Wall Cross
Look at the Christian bookstore for a wedding wall cross. These crosses come in many different variations and can unite the bond of marriage with the love of Christ in a clear and visual way.

4. Buy a Wedding Edition Bible
Want a great reminder to spend time together reading God’s Word and look there for His guidance in marriage? Purchase (or give as a gift) a wedding edition Bible as a beautiful reminder of God’s blessing for a marriage.

5. Formal House or Marriage Blessings
Blessing a marriage can be beautifully demonstrated by posting the words to a home or marriage blessing. Consider these words from an Irish wedding blessing:

May your mornings bring joy and your evenings bring peace
May your troubles grow few as your blessings increase
…May your hands be forever clasped in friendship
and your hearts joined forever in love…

It’s become customary to provide paper and pens during the reception so that wedding guests can give marriage advice. That is a great idea. But, it’s the day-in, day-out challenges that take a toll on marriage. The best way of blessing a marriage is to look for ways that keep the powerful Words of God at the forefront of every day. For any of these gift ideas and more, check out The Printery House online. We offer many ways you give can a gift to bless and encourage those who are married.

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