ENCOURAGING CARDS - Sending a card is quick and easy. I received many cards in the mail, and it brought great encouragement to know someone was thinking of me and praying for me. Some cards had inspirational verses or poems in them, and some were humorous or light-hearted. They all have a special place in my heart.
NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT - If you don't send a card, at least consider sending a note in an e-mail, a text message, or on Facebook. These are not always as personal as a card in the mail, but can still bring encouragement when its needed.
MEALS - I wrote a post awhile back about BLESSING OTHERS THROUGH MEAL MINISTRIES. Meals of any kind (homemade and hot, frozen, or gift cards to local fast-food restaurants) were a great help to me and my family when I wasn't feeling well.
FLOWERS - Several times, I received some pretty flowers or a nice green plant to help bring some color and cheer to the room. Flowers are always a nice way to say you care.
CHILDCARE - I could not have made it without the support of friends and family who took care of the kids on treatment days or during doctor's appointments.
REMEMBERING THE KIDS - A friend sent the kids a box of DVD's and activity books especially for them, to help keep them occupied on days when I was laying on the couch. It was so sweet of her to think of them, and made them feel special too.
THINKING OF YOU GIFTS - These can be anything, but here are some of the things that were a blessing to me:
1. Reading material - Magazines, Devotional books, and other books that brought encouragement.
2. Cozy blankets, afghans, or quilts - I received several, and most of them were homemade, but a store-bought one is nice too.
3. Slippers/slipper socks to keep my feet warm.
4. Scarves and hats to keep my head covered after losing my hair.
5. Crossword puzzle books
6. DVD's of good movies or TV shows to watch.
7. Cookies and/or other snacks. I loved getting things like muffins, quick breads, and oatmeal cookies that could be eaten for a quick breakfast or for snacks.
PERSONAL CONTACT - As long as I wasn't feeling too sick, a visit from a friend was a nice change of pace. Even just stopping by for a 10-minute chat helped to lighten my mood.
PRAYER - If you can't do any of the above, you CAN commit to praying for someone. I had several who said they were praying for me and my family daily. I know these prayers helped to get us through the difficult days.
Isaiah 35:3 - Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.