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Dear: Making Sure They Know

Christmas lights and ornaments

By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—DEAR. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!


Why is it easier, during the Christmas season, to make sure those I hold most dear to my heart know they have claimed that place?

I buy gifts for them, take time to write personal messages in cards and letters. I look for opportunities to bless them in special ways.

I am purposeful.

Why not be purposeful during the rest of the year? Purposeful in dropping a line via email, or even on social media, to say, “Hey, I was thinking about you today.”?

Why not leave a note in my kids’ lunch box for them to discover sometime during their day? Reminders of my love for them, of what they mean to me?

It’s fine to take time during Christmas to make sure my dear ones know how I feel about them.

Grateful card

Wouldn’t it mean even more to them if on say, June 12, I sent them a note in the mail, of all things? Just to tell them, “I’m thinking about you? You matter to me.”?

I love receiving notes like this. They take me out of the normal of my day and leave me feeling special.

I want those I call dear to know by my actions that they are important to me. I may not have the money to buy them expensive gifts, but I have heartfelt words to share.

I can be intentional in letting them know they matter. To me. To others.

Sometimes it’s in that extra thought that a life is changed, that someone knows they are significant on this big blue earth filled with masses of people.

Even more, what if I was able to share with people just how dear they are to God? The Creator of these masses of people. And how amazing is it that we as individuals are dear to God—each one of us? I can’t quite fathom it.

Mary Manger copy

I guess I’ll have to focus on the way He showed us this: through the birth of his Son. Jesus. Amazing taking on the flesh of humble.

What better way for us to know just how dear we are to our heavenly Father?

What about you? How do you show people they matter to you? What’s one way someone has shown that you are dear to them? 

Visit Kate Motaung’s site for her Five Minute Friday: Dear post and a giveaway she’s doing until midnight tonight.

12 thoughts on “Dear: Making Sure They Know”

  1. Thank you for this challenging reminder. Let’s set in our hearts to send a note of encouragement or visit a friend we haven’t seen for a while whenever we can, no matter what day is on the calendar. -Visiting from Five Minute Friday


  2. It’s the perfect time of the year to give love, grace, truth… a glimpse of our Savior. Thank you for this beautifully written and encouraging reminder. I’m always glad I stopped by to read your words. Happy Friday!


    1. Karen, I always appreciate your thoughts when you stop by! Yes, giving grace, love and truth–perfect gifts for this season and throughout the year. Have a wonderful weekend!


  3. Such a great reminder to do this throughout the year. Something as simple as a note can turn a day around. I know I’ve received such encouragement just exactly when I needed it very much.


    1. I agree Lisa. The power of affirming words reaches into places we never realize. Ministering to hearts, encouraging others, uplifting them. I’ve received them too, when I least expected it and most needed it. 🙂 Have a great weekend!


  4. Love your post – as always (you’re a ‘highlight’ stop on my way through the FMF entries!!)….love your idea of being more purposeful about showing love all throughout the year….hope you’re having a lovely weekend! Enjoy! [My son seems to have calmed down somewhat in the last week or so – I think it’s all the Christmas activities! – hopefully yours are in a better place too!]


    1. I always appreciate your comments, and your kind words are such an encouragement! I’m working on being purposeful, though it’s hard on the busiest of days, isn’t it? I’m glad your son is calming down. We’ve had a better week too. Such is the life of a mama! Have a wonderful week!


  5. Jeanne, we’ve been thinking the same thing! I feel a little idea growing inside of me, to write a thank you note to various people every day for a year. (This is actually the first time I’ve verbalized it, thanks to your post.) I’m so scared to actually do it but at the same time I think “Maybe this is God nudging me to step outside myself the rest of the year.”

    I’m not sure if it will actually happen, but you’re right. We would do well to pay special attention to those around us throughout the year not just at Christmas.


    1. Wow, Asheritah, what a great idea. I can only imagine the unseen blessings that your notes will be to the people who receive them, if you do this. I try to thank people verbally, but taking the extra step and sharing something written? That’s intentional.

      I hope your eyes are open every day to ways you can love on your people. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by!


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