Recently, I received a handwritten note card from a friend who needed me during her season of suffering. I enjoyed her simple notecard that had nothing more than a picture of the cross imprinted on the front cover, and inside she expressed her heartfelt gratitude.
I also love to receive scribble-crayon thank you notes from children. They are so adorable. I think it is important that we teach children how to send thank you notes. They can be simple – a few words – to more detailed for older children. A handwritten card shows they are taking time to express their appreciation. It teaches children the importance of acknowledging the kind actions of others.
I also love receiving invitations in the mail. They are always fun to open. I enjoy being invited to parties, fundraisers, weddings, and just about any event where I get to eat, drink, and be merry!
As exciting as it may be to find an invitation in the mail, our Lord has extended an invitation to us that is far better.~Lee Ann Mancini, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
As exciting as it may be to find an invitation in the mail, our Lord has extended an invitation to us that is far better. He is waiting for our response, and we would be wise to accept His invitation with a resounding “Yes, Lord!”
The first invitation is to come and rest from our labor. Yes, Lord! I am weary and tired. I need a rest from work, worry, strife, and the many problems that I face in this life.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me [Jesus]. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.~Matthew 11:28-30 TMB
The second invitation is to become one of Jesus’ disciples. Yes, Lord! I want to be your disciple! Who could be better to follow than Jesus Christ? He saved His people so that we could save others. Now, He invites us to become partners with Him in His mission to serve His heavenly Father. How wonderful He is to offer each of us the job title of “Disciple of the Most High God” and to call us to bring the message of salvation to the lost.
Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day, right up to the end of the age.~Matthew 28:19-20 TMB
The third invitation is to become Jesus’ bride and to live with Him for eternity. Yes, Lord! I want to be evenly yoked with You and live with You for all eternity in Your heavenly palace. (See Revelation 19:7-9)
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give Him honor and glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come,and His wife has made herself ready.~Revelation 19:7 NKJV
Although we should eagerly accept the invitations Jesus extends to us, remember there is a second invitation that is open to us, one that we should answer with a resolute “No!” That invitation comes from the devil, who wants us to follow him instead of Jesus. Satan will use all kinds of lies and deceptions to try to convince us that his invitation is more promising than our Lord’s. He will tell us that he is going to throw us a party filled with all the things of the world—the things we can see, hear, and touch. Yet we must remember that his invitation comes at the cost of the heavenly things God has set before us that we cannot see, but we eagerly await in hope.
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.~2 Corinthians 11:3 NKJV
Let us rejoice in the invitation that our Lord has given to us! Unlike satan’s invitation, Jesus’ invitation comes with promises that are true and pure. We will get to celebrate together at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb for all eternity! Now that will be a real party, and our thank you note should go out each and every day in the form of clasped hands and praying hearts!
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Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your day-to-day blessings, and for inviting me to Your heavenly home through Your gift of salvation.
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LEE ANN MANCINI
Lee Ann Mancini received a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Regent University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Trinity International University) in addition to two Master’s degrees from Knox Theological Seminary in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as Christian and Classical Studies.
She is an Award-winning Christian children’s author. She is the author of the Sea Kids book series and the executive producer of the Sea Kids animation series, which can be found on Right Now Media, Pure Flix, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and SeaKidsTV.com. She also hosts a podcast, Raising Christian Kids.
Lee Ann is a Bible study writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
She holds a board position with South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor. She also holds a board position with the Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D. This forum seeks to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida, dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of scripture. Lee Ann speaks to women’s groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented through the types of brides of the Church. She maintains memberships with the Christian Women in Media Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
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Here is a link to free Christian thank you card wording to help those who may find it hard to find the proper words: https://www.heavensinspirations.com/thankyou.html Remember, Psalm 107:1 (NIV) -“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” God Bless You, Lee Ann