a word in season

The Verse That Led Me Down This Sacred Path

November 1, 2016

Years ago, while reading from one of my favorite books of the Bible, I came across a beautiful passage by the prophet, Isaiah. The passage struck such a chord in me that continues to ring even today.

“…the Lord awakens me early in the morning to bring a word in season to him who is weary.”  Isaiah 50:4.

These words have become the mantra I whisper while heading down the stairs for my morning coffee.

Writing letters has become a sacred morning routine of mine. A practice I’ve actually scheduled into my phone’s daily calendar so that I don’t forget.

Since the first time that I read Isaiah’s words, I’ve had a sense of promise that God would use my letters to bless others. I know first hand, how much a letter can mean as I share in this very personal story.

So with this in mind, it would go against everything I believe that God has shown me if I didn’t make it a priority in my day.

In my journey to master the art of purposeful, keepsake-worthy letter writing, I have learned to write with intentions of a specific end result. Always striving to touch the heart at a deep level; even in the customary notes of “thanks” or “thinking of you”, or “so sorry for your loss”.

When the opportunity to write a note presents itself, why not take the time to speak genuine encouragement into someone’s life? You have their complete attention for such a brief moment!

I approach every letter recognizing the honor that it is to speak into someone’s life. And because of that mindset, people who receive these letters often share that what I wrote to them was just what they needed to hear at just the right time. I can’t take credit for this.  I make it a practice to pray before I pick up the pen, asking God to direct my words.  And with every word of appreciation I receive, my passion for bringing a word in season is rekindled.

Because my goal is to inspire you to leave your mark on your loved ones’ hearts, the articles found here will reflect all things legacy-related:

  • the letters we write
  • the journals we keep
  • the notes we jot in the margins of our Bibles
  • the messages we leave for strangers
  • and even the scribbles we make in the family cookbook

These are all places that lend themselves to you leaving a portion of your heart on paper.

And when our time here on earth has passed and our loved ones begin sorting through our dusty keepsakes, may they find:

  • words of hope and love
  • musings and insights
  • humor as well as the deep sadnesses that we felt at times
  • personal messages that will ring in their hearts when our voice becomes silent in their ears

My hope is:

  • to birth a desire in you to make your immortality a reality
  • to provide practical tools to help you leave behind the best part of who you are for those in your lineage
  • that I may inspire creativity with fun tutorials of how to make it a good mail day for someone you know
  • to foster in you the desire to build people, instead of castles.  (So many people are chasing after the dream of affluence.  God desires that we chase after the dream of having influence in the lives of those closest to us.)

So, let’s get started!  See you back here soon!

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3 Comments

  • Reply Dee January 26, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Yes totally agree. Of course you may use my words. God bless you.

  • Reply Dee January 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I am a firm believer in writing how you feel about someone and letting them know now. It may be the only chance you have. When I think back on my cancer journey and remember I always think of the cards and letters, prayers from so many people. It is a blessing to remember this love rather than the pain and darkness of the days, wes and months.

    • Reply teresa slankard January 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

      Oh Dee…Your words speak to us who haven’t experienced illness as you have. Thank you for sharing this! I would love to quote you in a future post, if you don’t mind. We need to be reminded that people who are battling illness, loss, or pain, will begin to breath in life-giving oxygen when they can read and reread the grace-filled words of someone who recognized and acknowledged that “yes, you’re sick; and yes, I care and am praying for and thinking of you today.” It isn’t enough to merely think of someone and pray for them in our personal prayer time. Those things are good. But it’s when we wrap our thoughts and prayers in an envelope and send it, that those thoughts and prayers become a gift. A cup of refreshing water. Wouldn’t you agree? Thank you so much for your comment. It validates my intentions in this journey of inspiring others to leave their mark on another life.

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