People have many different reasons for doing the things they do. I am no different, I have several reasons why I make cards and I want to share those reasons with you. I would say I love making cards- not to mention buying stuff to make cards, but that is not the first, second or even third reason why I am a card maker.
The first story happened just over 3 years ago. Christmas of 2006 I had a two year old and a 4 month old, free time was not something I saw very often. When the time came to send Christmas cards I thought of taking the easy way and buying cards to send. After some encouragement from my wonderful husband (and even some help!!) I went ahead and made our cards. After sending them on their way I didn't give them another thought until the middle of January when I received a phone call. The lady on the other end was someone I had never met, she asked a couple of questions and then told me the reason for her call. Hubby had a great aunt that he was very fond of, he had not seen her for 2 years and she had passed away. The only way her family had to contact my husband and his family was from the return address on our Christmas card. The lady on the phone told me that in December when Aunt Lovie was on her way out the door to go to the nursing home she grab our card, it was the only one she took with her!! If it had not been for that card my husband would not have had the opportunity to attend her funeral. (God can use even the smallest of things for His purpose.)
My second story involved a lady from church. I had joined a ministry that sent cards to other ladies in the church. I had not met some of the ladies I sent cards to, but after receiving her card one lady found me (with the help of a mutual friend) after our next church service. She told me how much the card had meant to her. She told me in detail about the difficult time her family was going through and when she opened my card she was reminded that God was still in control and loved her. She said that God had given her butterflies as a sign of His love for her, well, the card I sent her used an image of a butterfly. (God uses us to encourage others.)
My third story was this past Thanksgiving. A dear friend asked me to make a card for her to invite her sister to her house for Thanksgiving dinner. The sisters had not seen each other in a long time. The entire time I worked on the card I prayed for the sister to come to dinner and for that sisterhood to be restored. Once again God used that simple card in a way that is far above our ways. The two enjoyed Thanksgiving together!! I am still praying for both of them.
I am so thankful that God has used the talent and desire He has given me for His good!! So, that is why I make cards........