I know what I want to say but don’t know how to say it

I once knew a guy who told me his wife wanted him to share with her his deepest feelings.  His response was, “when I know what they are you’ll be the first to know.” 

I heard of another guy whose wife was complaining that he didn’t tell her he loved her.  His response was, “I told you 35 years ago when we got married!” 

For some reason, guys, in particular, have difficulty sharing their feelings toward someone.  Additionally, they have difficulty connecting their feelings with words.  For this reason, when it comes to expressing themselves, they become tongue-tied. 

When it comes to expressing pride in the accomplishment of a friend or family member, saying thank you to someone who has done something for them, telling a spouse how much you care, or delivering a sentiment of sympathy or compassion to someone who is going through difficulty, many if not most of us know what we want to say but don’t know how to say it.

To go even further, if we are Christians and want to connect our faith with words that build up, encourage, and support someone we are at a loss: what words can we use that will convey what’s on our heart, but also the heart of God?

To express our sentiments, we go to the local drug store or superstore to get an appropriate card.  What we find are the “same old-same old” cards that are frothy but somehow empty.  Or, we pick up a “Thank You” card and stare at the blank inside and thrash around in our minds to come up with the appropriate words. 

Dissatisfied with what I’ve found, for twenty-plus years I have been creating greeting cards for my family.  Poems that capture the moment and are personal and meaningful to them.  They have encouraged me to “go public” with my poems and so now, for the first time, I am making available Personally Crafted Greeting Cards, from a Christian’s heart, designed for the special people in your life, for their special occasions.

You can find them here: https://johnelzinga.com/personally-crafted-greeting-cards/

Give the gift of words that capture the heart of the people you care about the most.

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