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Dawn Camp shares God’s gift of essential oils in her newest releases My Essential Oil Companion and It All Began in a Garden. She is a photographer, essential oil slinger, Mom to eight and Mimi to five. Dawn enjoys movie nights with her husband and steaming cups of Earl Grey.

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  1. My own need for validation and encouragement often eclipses my desire to pass a good word on to others. Today, I will look for ways to bless someone with my words. Thanks so much for reminding me of this:)

    • It takes real humility to admit that. I think there are many, many ladies like that. I try to compliment people often, and they always seem so surprised. That seems sort of sad to me…

      Truth be told, though, I relish receiving compliments as well, but they aren’t often forthcoming. But in complimenting others, I find great joy!

  2. Mr. Harold passed away last week. I’m thankful we took the small amount of time it took to make one moment a bit happier for him or his wife.

  3. Sending cards is one of my favorite things. I realized the power of them after my brother passed a way a few years ago and for several weeks I received them occasionally in the mail. They blessed me so much that I committed to blessing others. For Christmas and birthdays, I ask my family to replenish my card box.

    For lent this year, I didn’t give up anything, instead I asked God each day (almost) who might need some words of blessing and encouragement. I LOVED the names God brought to me!

    • Karen, I asked a couple of friend yesterday if they thought people would think it was funny if I started giving boxed cards as gifts.

  4. Last summer two of my friends were doing short-term missions together. I was much closer to one of the girls, and the other was shocked to see a letter in the mail for her as well. I love sending words of encouragement to people, because it really does build people up and make them want to show the same kindness to others.

  5. I often find that when I feel down or discouraged, if I take a minute to send a note to someone else, it instantly lifts my spirits. Your love language doesn’t need to be Words of Affirmation for an encouraging note to make you day (or week/month/year!). 🙂

  6. Dawn,
    My daughter teases me that the ladies at Hallmark know me by my first name. Before my dad passed away he encouraged me (a writer) to never forget the lost art of letter writing. How right he was. A word or encouragement in note or letter form goes a long way to be a balm to a hurting or struggling soul. Now I’m pleased to say that the ladies at Hallmark know my daughter by her first name lol. Writing notes is a legacy we can leave to our children to further bless others.
    Blessings,
    Bev

  7. I love this!! How sweet your words touched me this morning and how wise you are to encourage your husband to share in this way. I feel the same conviction to share with others. Our words have power to crush or boldly bless.
    Your words blessed many today. Rejoice in that :).

    • I just thought of the exact opposite of this—Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, who studies and practices compliments in advance—and it made me giggle. 🙂

  8. So timely.

    Thanks to your encouragement – I sat down and wrote those two cards I’ve been meaning to send.

    One to a friend who has finally welcomed a baby. It’s been a long, hard journey to motherhood for her.

    The other to a family I don’t know – who is struggling and hurting over their 12 year old boy having a brain tumor.

    Such pain in the world. The least we can do is let the Spirit be a balm through our words. Yes.

    Blessings,
    Kate 🙂

  9. This is such a great reminder. Cards, thoughts, kind words are so uplifting and helpful to others. It is a balm to my soul and to others.

  10. when a dear friend of mine was battling cancer, i felt so helpless as to what to say, even how to pray. and my self-imposed pressure to craft a perfect response sadly stifled me from offering any response at all, at times. God convicted me of that, & i apologized to Him and to her. told her that i didn’t want to over-think my responses any more, but that i wanted to reach out without inhibition and trust Him to love on her through me.

    fast fwd a couple years and i found myself in my own health crisis . . . fully realizing the value of that constant support & encouragement *regardless* of the specific words . . . no, i don’t remember the specific things most people said in their cards & e-mails to me, but i remember that they said them. and how encouraging it was to have them speak love to my soul.

    thanks so much for sharing this tender nudge, dawn.

    blessings,
    tanya

    • Oh Tanya,
      I hear you on this one! I have actually carried a card around in my Bible for over a year because I was so anxious about having gotten the words wrong. That card ended up undelivered, and that woman ended up leaving the church as well (hopefully an unrelated event). It’s so hard to express “weeping with those who weep” in words, but I don’t ever want to fall into the trap of meaningless (and sometimes harmful) Christian cliches. Your comment encourages me to let go of the pressure of getting it “right” and to just step up and love.

  11. Earlier this week I actually took the time to sit down and write cards to two people that had been on my heart for weeks. The first was a very dear friend. The second was a gal that was new to our mommy group and had only come a couple times because her son’s health issues.

    I “sacrificed” 15 minutes of my precious hour break while all 3 kiddos were sleeping to pen two notes of encouragement, telling these sweet women that I was thinking about them and am for them! The very next day (fast postal service around here!) my friend texted me that it was the sweetest card she had ever received, and my new mommy acquaintance emailed me that my card completely blessed and brightened her day.

    I LOVE to encourage my friends. (Let’s face it…I also love to BE encouraged!) But yes, busyness, laziness, or procrastination could have made me put such a simple act of love off for another day…or no day at all. But taking a few moments to bless someone else was in turn a blessing to me as well. Yah, God, for creating us to live in community and lift up one another…when we know someone needs it or “just because.”

  12. I really needed this, thank you. One of my goals for this year was to start sending cards. It’s harder to stick with it and follow through. I have two that have been sitting for weeks, that need to go out. I’ll make a point to get to it, tomorrow. One of which the person doesn’t know me. It’s my friend’s mother-in-laws who is receiving treatment for cancer…her third diagnoses. She is a widow. I just want her to feel less alone, when she gets the card.

  13. I just read the comment about my dear husband..Harold Neal. It has made my day so much easier. I miss him so much and I want to try to help others with the time I have
    left on this earth. Please let me know how I can be a part of your mission…Thanks

    • Miss Linda, I’m so happy to hear this. It means a lot to me that these words would comfort you. We miss Mr. Harold. I’m praying for you.