Archive for March, 2013

Want a Free Card?

Posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2013 at 1:37 pm

In the spirit of continuous improvement, we are offering a free greeting card to anyone who is willing to complete a very short survey about our website and card offering.

Simply use the Contact Us page on our site to let us know that you are willing to complete our email survey.

The survey contains approximately 10 questions and should take no more than a few minutes to complete.

After we receive your responses, we will mail to you the card you selected.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to help make our site and line of cards even better!

Time to play and have some pun…

Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 1:41 am

After creating a number of cards this year with retro images and colors, we’ve decided to pack up and move to another type of card – one that has a play on words.  Our focus will be on crafting messages with a pun, but we will also use a little alliteration and include idea substitution too.

Story #3 – paragraph 5 (final)

Posted on Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Ah, we’ve come to the last paragraph in this second story about Sheep, and we simply can’t post it here.

However, feel free to buy the card with the final paragraph to see how the exciting story ends.

Or better yet, feel free to buy all three sets (18 cards) to read the three stories from start to finish.

Story #3 – paragraph 4

Posted on Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

When the team met for soccer practice the following day, Sheep began the practice by apologizing to the players and parents who were there. While all were disappointed that Sheep had missed the game because of a video game, they were encouraged by his sincerity, and desire to do what was right.6  They were also surprised at how he acted.  Something seemed different about him – as if a change had taken place in him – but they couldn’t put their hoof on it.

Out of thankfulness for accepting his apology, Sheep took everyone out for ice cream after practice, and while they ate, he entertained them with funny jokes and amazing juggling feats.  When they all left the ice cream shop, Sheep knew he had one more thing to take care of – and he was going to do it right away.

6 Titus 3:14  Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.

Story #3 – paragraph 3

Posted on Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Upon believing the gospel story with all of his heart, Sheep bowed his head, confessed his sins, and surrendered his life to the Lord.  At that moment, the Lord chose to perform a miracle in Sheep’s life –  He removed his guilt, wiped away his sins, and gave him the gift of faith.  Sheep felt like a new person!  It was if he had been lost for so many years, but now was found.5 With joy in his heart and a smile across his face, Sheep was eager to tell others about his experience.  But before he could do this, there were two things Sheep wanted to do first.

5 Luke 15:32  But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.'”

Story #3 – paragraph 2

Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 2:37 am

After playing his video game for several hours, Sheep decided to take a break for lunch. He walked down the hallway where a picture of Sheep and his older brother hung, and entered the kitchen to a burst of sunlight peaking through the windows – it was going to be a nice day after all.3 While opening the refrigerator door, Sheep saw his phone lying on the kitchen counter, and noticed that he had new messages.  As he listened to the first one, Sheep nearly dropped the large plate of chocolate cake he was holding – he had forgotten all about coaching the boys’ soccer game that morning!

Burdened with a heavy weight of guilt, Sheep slowly walked to a nearby park where he could be alone and think. While swinging slowly, Sheep began to ponder his recent behavior, and for the first time in his life realized how self-centered he had become.  Sheep knew of others who had experienced a positive change in their life after hearing and believing the gospel story, but it was a story he had never taken seriously…until now.

3 Luke 15:11-12   11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.  12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

4 Psalm 38:4    4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

Story #3 – paragraph 1

Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 2:10 am

Like a ball of snow rolling down hill, we’re gaining momentum in our writing of short stories that will be included on the back of our greeting cards.  The ink is still dry on story #2, and we’ve already written two paragraphs of story #3.  Our goal is to finish story #3 by next week, and then start on story #4.

Below is our rough draft for the first paragraph of story #3. The image for this card will be several young sheep standing outside in the rain under an umbrella.  For background information, please read story #2, or better yet, read stories 1 and 2 (actually, you can read all of these stories with the exception of the last paragraph in the stories – you’ll need to buy that particular card to read the surprise ending to each story).

Paragraph 1

After eating, talking and playing games for several hours, Sheep’s visitors left late in the evening.  As Sheep drifted off to sleep that night, his heart felt strangely warm – it was good to spend time with a godly family and enjoy their company.1

The weather the next morning was cool and rainy, so Sheep decided to sleep in.  When he awoke well past breakfast time, Sheep couldn’t wait to play an expensive video game he had purchased with money gifted to him by his father.2  Within minutes, Sheep became so engrossed in it that he didn’t hear his phone ring several times.  Little did he know, several players on the soccer team he coached had tried to contact him and were waiting for him, as their soccer game was just about ready to begin.

1 Luke 24:32   They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts feel strangely warm as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”

2 Luke 15:13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

 

Are You Above Average?

Posted on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

As of now, the average visitor on our site spends 6.2 minutes and reviews 8.2 pages. This is enough time and page browsing to order one card, maybe more.

Although we commented in a prior post that we don’t want people to spend too long on our site, as we want it to be fast and easy to use (and we know customers are very busy),   we do want people to take advantage of the benefits our site offers – namely, you can order multiple cards to be mailed on multiple dates throughout the year.  By doing this, it might save you time, in the long run, to order six months or twelve months worth of cards in one sitting, as opposed to visiting our site multiple times during the year.

So wherever you are at – home, work, coffee shop, airport – just sit back, relax and sip another cup of that hot coffee while you browse through our selection of more than 270 cards.   Then, order not only one card for one occasion, but multiple cards for multiple occasions throughout the year.  We’ll print and mail each card on the date you select, and then send you an email confirming that your card(s) was mailed.

By ordering more than one card, you will likely spend more time on our site than the average customer, and that will make you, well, above average!

Special Card of the Month for our Customers (who are special too)

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

In January, we started offering our customers a “card of the month special.”  The offer is a short-term, sale price on one of our cards.

We plan to continue to offer our customers (who are special too) a monthly special.

If you’ve not purchased a card from us, but have visited our blog, feel free to send us your email address (via our contact page) and we would be glad to include you in our monthly specials.

 

 

Gospel Story

Posted on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Although we don’t plan to incorporate this particular story into any of our cards, it is one that we intend to give to a dear relative, who is nearing the end of his life.  We hope you enjoy reading this gospel story.

One day, many years ago, two boys were born to a young married couple who lived on a farm.  The boys were Jack and John; they were twins.

When Jack and John were young, they looked alike, dressed alike, and played well together, though Jack was outgoing, and John was shy.

Upon graduating from high school, Jack and John attended the same college, pursued the same degree, and even roomed together.  However, it was during college when Jack and John became very different.  

Jack continued to live each day by doing things that pleased him; it was a self-centered life.  John, on the other hand, began to live each day with a focus on someone else. 

You see, John had met a Bible counselor on campus, who introduced him to something called “the gospel,” and hearing the gospel message changed John’s life.

 John learned that sin, which is disobeying God and His commands, prevents people from living the way God intends them to live.  It also prevents people from going to heaven when they die. 

But John also learned the good news that a person’s sins can be forgiven, and that a person can go to heaven – if he surrenders his life to God’s Son, Jesus.  Why Jesus?  For He is the only one with the power and authority to forgive someone’s sins. 

Upon hearing and believing the gospel message, John realized that he had sinned against God, and that he could not make it to heaven by trying to live a good life.  John became sorry for his sins, asked Jesus to forgive him, and committed to live the rest of his life for Him.

Over the years, Jack got married, had children, and lived a comfortable life.  John also got married, had children, and lived a fulfilling life, as he grew in his relationship with the Lord.

When the time came for each to die, they found themselves in the same hospital, and in the same room.  Jack was scared about dying, as he didn’t know if he would go to heaven or not.  He thought he might, as he had really tried to live a good life, but the thought of possibly not making it really bothered him.  John was a little uneasy about dying, but he had confidence that he would make it to heaven and be with Jesus, as John had developed a relationship with Jesus over time. 

Sensing Jack’s concern, John decided to tell Jack the gospel message.  Jack believed the message, asked Jesus for forgiveness, and for the first time in his life, had a sense of peace.

The next thing Jack and John knew, they were both in the presence of the Lord, and had more joy than they thought was humanly possible.

The end.