Isabella’s “Little Card” Giveaway!

If you’ve read many of Isabella’s stories, you’ve probably noticed how often she wrote about a character’s life being changed by a Bible verse written on a little card.

Often, one character would give the card to another for encouragement or to serve as a reminder of God’s love and promises to protect and guide those who follow Him.

More often than not, those “little bits of cardboard” had a big impact on characters who faced challenges or were going through difficult times.

Photo of card with Bible verse: "I will give you peace, at all times and in every situation." 2 Thessalonians 3:16

In real life, Isabella also handed out small cards on which she wrote a meaningful Bible verse chosen especially for the recipient. Here’s one of her handwritten cards:

Small card written in ink by Isabella Alden reads: "Either for or against Christ, every life must be, whether we will it, or not." Four Girls at Chautauqua. Yours truly. Isabella M. Alden. Pansy.

The Giveaway!

You can follow Isabella’s example! We’re giving away sets of “little cards” to four U.S. readers of Isabella’s blog!

Photo of small box labeled "bloom Prayer Cards." The end of the box slides open like a drawer, where you can see a portion of a card inside.

Each card set holds 30 cards. On the front is a beautifully illustrated Bible verse of promise, much like the ones Teenie Burnside might have created in Isabella’s short story “The Little Card.”

Photo of a woman holding three sample cards, one of which reads "I am full of mercy and grace, and I will overflow with love for you." Psalms 103:8.

The back of each card is blank, so you can add your own personalized message of love or encouragement for the recipient, just as Isabella did.

To enter the drawing, just leave a comment below no later than midnight (EDT) on Sunday, May 24. (Unfortunately, we can only mail card sets to readers who live in the United States.)

We’ll announce the four winners on Tuesday, May 25. Good luck!

If you haven’t yet read “The Little Card,” you can read it for free! Just click here to go to and choose the reading option you like best:

  • You can read the story on your computer, phone, iPad, Kindle or other electronic device. Just choose the your preferred reading format.
  • Or you can choose the “My Computer” option to read a PDF version, which you can also print and share with friends.

20 thoughts on “Isabella’s “Little Card” Giveaway!

  1. Oh, these cards look so lovely! I would enjoy having a set so I could share them with others.
    And thank you for the story.

  2. What a precious and timeless idea! There is power in the Word! OH to be used by Him in such a sweet way!

  3. What a great idea. In our current times of not gathering together, encouraging others with one of these cards is perfect. We are so electronic these days that sending cards, notes and letters of encouragement is a lost art. I “discovered” Isabella Alden by listening to Christian Classics on BBN radio. Have listened to several of her books and have been reading them myself now. Thank you for this ministry. Her books have a timeless message.

  4. LIke Marie B, I too, learned of Isabella Alden on BBN radio. It is amazing how relevant her stories are to our lives today! I am continually inspired to greater faith and greater service by the examples of her characters. I was excited to find your website just recently and I thank you for sharing more of Isabella Alden!

  5. I love this idea! How nice to be able to bring back one of Isabella’s actions. The cards look beautiful and it would be nice to share something positive with someone.

  6. This is a lovely idea! Would you consider it ok to share among VBS students? I do hope a set might be available to purchase if not part of your winning four.

    1. Anne, you are very welcome to share the post, and thank you for asking! When I announce the winners next week, I’ll include a link for those who wish to purchase card sets. -Jenny

  7. Thank you for this opportunity!
    Please enter my name in the drawing.
    Thank you so much,
    Beth Mattingly

  8. I only just discovered this site and the works of Isabella. She looks, physically, amazingly like my maternal grandmother. I love the idea of the little cards, and these are beautifully rendered.

  9. I’m looking forward to reading “The Little Card.” I love this idea! It is so easy to hand a “little card” to someone. Even if I don’t win the card set, I am going to begin writing out my own favorite verses on decorated cards and hand them out to family, friends and anyone I meet. God says in Isaiah 55 that when His Word goes out, it will not return void! In this way, I hope to bless many.
    (Isaiah 55:11, NKJV) “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

  10. Oh – thank you for this! they are lovely! I’ve read Isabella’s books and thought often of the little cards, but just have not put thought to action. I have an old “daily” scripture card box which contains little cards with scripture on one side and a thought, poem, or hymn on the other – sort of along the same lines (but they were TINY pasteboards). Please add my name to the drawing, as I would love some. Thank you – Donna

  11. To encourage and uplift one another is a desirable Christian trait and Isabella Alden certainly possessed that gift. We too should reach out to others. Thank you for encouraging us!

  12. What an inspiring story. It’s just right for what people are experiencing in our current times. This is something that should be done to encourage others and point them to the only One who can help them.

  13. These cards are a gentle and pretty way to witness to others. Sometimes people are reluctant to to talk about God, but are secretly longing to know more. What a perfect way to encourage them!

  14. I am in the process of sharing this story with my teenage granddaughters and having them to make their own cards to be a witness and encouragement in a weary world.

  15. I just listened to the chapter in which John receives a card from a Christian lady.. in A New Graft on the Family Tree, narrated by Lynn Brooks at BBN’s Christian Classics program!
    What a great idea you guys had!
    I wish we could make more of her books available in my native country Brazil! Hope I can be able to translate more of her work into Portuguese 🙂

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