Wednesday, October 26, 2011

delightful letters

I love fall, I love all the blessings it brings, the deep reds, burnt oranges and bright yellows that light up the landscape this time of year.  I love the smell of the crisp cool air and dried leaves, there is just something about fall that feels clean as I draw a deep breath into my chest and let it fill my lungs. 

The window in my home office sits half open and I can hear the leaves crunching underfoot of the passerby’s, a cup of spiced cocoa sits next to me at my desk, steam rising through whip cream that is sprinkled with some nutmeg and cinnamon sticks resting against the edge of the mug. 
Wrapped in my black and pink checkerboard flannel jammies and fuzzy slippers I take in the sweet fragrance of apple cinnamon, vanilla and evergreen candles that are burning throughout the house. 

I love the feel of soft sweaters and fluffy blankets against my skin. I love the way the cool air kisses my cheeks and leaves them glowing in a rosy shade of pink, I love fall and the blessings of its beauty that dance before my eyes, even when the wind is bearing down and the cold wetness of rain is beating against my face, I still love fall there is just something warm and cozy and joyful and all together delightful about it.
It was a whisper on my heart, "this is how I delight in you and so much more."

“Even when my attitude is more cold wet and rainy than beautifully lit colors?”
Yes, even then.

Tears brimmed my eyes and at that very moment the only thing I could think to do is stand tall on my knees in worship and praise Him.   
The ushers made their way up and down the rows, and Pastor Guy stood on the stage asking everyone to take a dollar from the tubs that were being passed around, at first I thought it was a joke and we were getting monopoly money, nope the money was real, each person that attended church that weekend was given a dollar.  This may not seem like a big deal, I mean really what can you do with a dollar?  The money did not come from the tithes and offerings, it came from the pastor’s personal stash, and while I do not know the exact head count  I think it is safe to reason a guess that there are a few thousand people in and out of that church on any given weekend. 

So what can you do with a dollar?  Well you can buy two stamps  as Pastor Guy suggested and you can write two letters, not type them but get out a pen and piece of paper and handwrite a letter and put in the mailbox.  So that is what was on my to do list this week, write two letters.  Then my journey group leader called me the other night, someone, anonymously wants to give me their dollar and I am now writing four letters. 
Will you write a letter with me?  You don’t have to write four, it doesn’t have to be a three page case for Christ to an unbeliever, it could be anyone maybe you know just one person that is in a really tough spot and needs to hear that Jesus delights in them, you could even get your kids involved and have them write something in colorful crayons or markers or draw a picture, just think of what a hoot it would be to be the recipient of that letter.

Will you write at least one letter to uplift someone, let them know that they are loved and Jesus delights in them?

Linking up with Tracy for Winsome Wednesday


  1. What an awesome idea, Kandi! We all need to know that someone cares about us. And through us, God can reveal just how much He loves that person. I'm going to send a letter tomorrow. :) Many blessings!

  2. What a wonderful way to reach out to someone in need Kandi! Sometimes, God uses little moments like that to remind us that He truly desires us to act as His Hands, Feet and in this case... Pen!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  3. A handwritten letter...what a heartfelt way to touch a weary heart with words of encouragement and the love of Jesus. I love the idea of a letter because again and again, the words are there to be read over and over, and the gift of caring and love can keep on giving long after it's first been received.


  4. Hi Kandi - when I read your post I was quite challenged by it. I used to be a letter writer of note as a teen but not really since 'growing up'. I must look into doing something like that here. You really have set my mind ticking!! Thank you, sweet friend for linking up with me at winsome wednesday. I appreciate it.
    God bless

  5. Fall is my favorite time of year, too!

    I used to be such a dedicated letter writer, but it seems that the world of electronics have taken over and now everything is an email message! It certainly isn't the same as the joy you get when you open the mailbox and receive a letter. :)

    Thanks for this encouragement to send someone some joy (the old fashioned way!)

    Blessings and hugs!

  6. Great song!!Great encouragement Kandi! My mom still writes me letters:) I forgot when I did that last!