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Sending an Inspirational Greeting Card Can Help When You are Struggling With Loneliness

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Be Still and Know That I Am God

Social commentators talk about the modern phenomenon of urban isolation. This is what occurs when you put 8 or 9 million people close together in a bustling metropolis and they still feel alone. People in suburbia can feel lonely too. There’s a growing tendency in neighborhoods to never see beyond the neighbor’s garage door. The neighborhood as a social community has disappeared in many places.

God Made Humans Relational Beings
God made people for relationship. Humans have a desire for companionship and interaction. So when people feel alone, or perceive themselves as lonely, they quite naturally feel sad. God did not intend for His children to be all alone in the world. Psalm 68:6 says God sets the lonely in families.

Anyone Can Feel Lonely
Sometimes God, in His providence, calls a person to singleness or to remain childless. Even when a person does marry and have a family, that estate doesn’t last forever. Children grow and leave the home. Spouses die. Research shows that feeling lonely can even be somewhat genetic. There are many reasons why a person might feel lonely.

What to do When You Feel Lonely
It’s easy in that situation to withdraw and nurse the sadness. It’s easy to feel invisible. But one of the best things to do when you feel lonely is to reach out to someone else. Proverbs 18:24 says A man that has friends must show himself friendly. God doesn’t promise that everyone you say hello to will say hello back, but He does say that when you reach out to others it can help to bring people into your life to help you feel encouraged. You can start by sending someone words of encouragement in an inspirational greeting card.

Pick a Person, Any Person
Go to the priest or pastor and ask if he knows of anyone in the congregation who could use some cheering up. Send them an inspirational greeting card and let them know you were thinking of them. Are there people from your church in the nursing home? The hospital? Recovering from illness? Send them a card.

Moms trying to juggle a job and a family could use some encouragement. Parents of teens would love to hear something nice about their child or the way you saw them interact with their child at church. Husbands rarely receive praise for their faithful love and service. Everyone on the church staff would be lifted by a card from you. Pick a person, any person and send them an inspirational greeting card.  Make it a habit and you may find that it is an open door that lets you out of your lonely room.

There are many kinds of Christian cards you can send to cheer the heart of another person. Check out the variety of cards for sale at The Printery House , for instance. When you feel trapped in loneliness, it can be hard to get motivated. Sending a card is a small step, but it can lead you into the world of connectedness God intended you to inhabit.

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Send Christian Greeting Cards to Match Your Favorite Christian Songs

Christian Cards 2If you find yourself humming along – or singing out loud – to popular Christian music, you’re not alone. It’s a fast-growing category on radio and on downloadable music, with more stores and businesses playing it as well. For many, there’s just something uplifting and encouraging about so many contemporary Christian songs, in comparison to many types of other music.

This month, think about passing on some of that encouragement to a friend or family member with Christian greeting cards that echo that same uplifting sentiment. Like popular Christian music, today’s religious greeting cards are bright, bold and inspiring – especially when they’ve got a story, like those made by the monks and artists at The Printery House at Conception Abbey.

Here are some examples of the beautiful and unique cards that can align with messages from your favorite sing-along Christian songs:

1. “This is Amazing Grace,” by Phil Wickham. This song is one of the top on the Christian billboard charts for its message, including “This is amazing grace, this is unfailing love, that you would take my place.” If you have a friend who needs reminded of God’s Grace, try a card from the encouragement and prayer section of The Printery House’s online catalog. Some have bold photos and bright watercolor designs that are sure to encourage the recipient to stop and think about how His love surrounds us.

2. Send a card that reflects the popular Big Daddy Weave song “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” when you want to congratulate someone on a job well done when it comes to a faith milestone. Try a card that is bold in its faith statement, acknowledging that they’ve made a firm decision and you’re proud of them. You might also send a card to honor a priest’s service or even a dedicated Sunday School teacher.

3. Don’t forget to send a card when someone you care about is going through a tough time, and you just need them to know it’s OK to feel sad, worried or unclear. Remind them that God can handle it if they’ll talk to Him in prayer. One song that reflects this feeling is captured in the popular song by The Afters, “Broken Hallelujah.” A card that may help someone know you’re there for them might be the unique bird on a tree card from The Printery House that says “sometimes all we can do is pray..”

As you think about the type of Christian greeting cards that would make a difference as you share your faith, don’t forget to include an occasional gift or trinket to serve as a reminder. Several wall crosses are available from online Christian stores, including new designs with contemporary looks that seem to shout out the message of God’s peace and mercy.

Today, browse The Printery House online for great religious cards and gifts that put you in the mood to hum your favorite song.

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How to Honor a Hero with a Thank You Note this Christmas Season

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Going to the mailbox is so exciting at Christmas time. You are never quite sure who you will be hearing from at this time of year. You may get a card from a current neighbor or one from a friend from years ago. You’re sure to get one from your insurance agent. It’s the one time during the year that greeting cards outnumber the stack of catalogs and bills.

But for some Americans there are no anticipatory walks to the mailbox. For some, the Christmas season is a time to feel far from home. Our military men and women deployed around the globe will be spending this season in a strange country away from the people they love and the country they serve.

Wouldn’t it be great if all service members in uniform received cards full of Christmas love and brotherly encouragement? Wouldn’t you like to share some of your Christmas joy with a soldier? You can. The American Red Cross launched a program starting in 2006 called Holiday Mail for Heroes with that very idea in mind. Since that time, the Red Cross has helped to put over 6 million Christmas cards into the hands of men and women in uniform.

By helping to staff hospitals here at home and near the places of conflict, the Red Cross meets the real needs of real heroes on a daily basis. And at Christmastime they make it easy for you and me to do the same. This year’s Christmas card campaign is called Give Something That Means Something.

What means something to a soldier serving abroad is a word of thanks during an especially difficult time. Your Thank You card disguised as a Christmas card could help make the difference to a lonely soldier.

Here are some suggestions from the Red Cross:

1. Address your card to a “service member”

2. Write a personal note inside and be sure to sign your name.

3. If you write out several cards, don’t put them into individual envelopes. Instead, place the stack of cards without envelopes into a single, oversized envelope.

4. Stay away from glitter.

5. Do not include care packages, gifts or money with the cards.

6. Get your friends to send some cards too.
When you’re ready to send your card(s) send them in a flat rate box to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
PO Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

And if you’re looking for Christmas cards that celebrate the real meaning of Christmas, check out The Printery House where the monks of Conception Abbey offer a wide selection of Christmas cards where Jesus and His coming stay front and center.

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Send an Inspirational Card to Encourage Someone During a Difficult Time

 

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Encouragement and Praying For You Cards

That first contact with someone who has experienced a family tragedy can be difficult especially when you run into him or her unexpectedly and you don’t have the right words to say. It’s totally natural because you don’t want to say the wrong thing. In many cases, you don’t have a clue what the right things to say might be.

Think about the times in your life when you have lost someone you care about or maybe just went through a personal crisis and were feeling distraught. You wanted comfort from your friends and instead were met with silence because they didn’t know what to say. What words of comfort did you want to hear?

Some of the most difficult times in a person’s life is when they experience the death of a loved one. The bereaved struggle with depression, guilt, anger and a variety of emotions that are difficult to live with. The bereaved often feel isolated and alone. It’s important for those who count themselves as friends of the bereaved to reach out in any way they can.

Having the courage to reach out is difficult, but it can be as simple as dropping a note in the mailbox. A note, even from a stranger, can plant a seed of hope in an otherwise bottomless pit of despair. An inspirational card can be the catalyst for a turning point where grief is replaced with hope.

An inspirational card might contain one sentence, but a powerful one that says you’re thinking about that person or that you are happy that person is a part of your life. A note that tells them you’re there to listen is also a powerful message – sitting in silence and listening to what the bereaved have to say is something that psychologists say is an important step in helping someone who is going through a tough time.

An inspirational card is something that can be sent over the long haul as a person goes through the grieving cycle and needs the continued support of friends. You don’t have to come up with just the right words, the card conveys that you care, that you are thinking about them and that you are lifting them up in prayers.

The Printery House offers cards and gifts for every occasion, including for someone who is grieving. The company offers sympathy and condolences that focus on God’s peace in difficult times. The monks and employees of Conception Abbey produce beautifully crafted cards featuring contemporary religious art that will bring a message of cheer to someone who is hurting.

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