SO I'll probably trudge on back to World Market and pick up another packet...
The last few years have been full of letters that had agendas, hurtful accusations, slander and malice. At first it made me cringe away from the written word. However after a lot of prayer I felt inspired and convicted to do the opposite: pour out encouragement and love through the written word and in a tangible, cheerful note.
I felt a little weird at first so talked to my husband about it. A lot of the friends I write are busy housewives with babies or have very busy careers and don't have much time to write back. Yet I keep writing. Was I wasting my time I asked? My husband smiled and took my hand. No one dislikes getting an encouraging card in the mail was his response. Sending cards isn't bringing an unreached tribe in the Amazon basin to the Lord, but it is still a ministry. Its encouragement, which is a ministry.
So sending valentines to my single friends who have careers (or busy housewife friends who can't find sitters for the romantic holiday to spend time with their husbands) is my little way of reaching out to fellow believers and blessing them. How has God convicted you to bless others in a small but real way today?