#PenToPaper – The Art of Letter Writing: Note Starters for Every Day

PenToPaper-Note Starters for Every Day

#PenToPaper: Note Starters for Every Day

Letter writing is becoming a lost art, a missed opportunity to share compassionate and encouraging words with the people we hold dear. We sometimes feel we have nothing of value to write, especially if we’ve been “sidelined” by pain or illness, had to leave a job we loved, or resigned from ministry work that made our hearts sing.

But what if those positions were the training ground for our next calling? What if letter writing is an invitation from God to share His beauty, truth, and goodness one with one precious person at a time?

Notes and letters don’t have to be long or expansive to be meaningful. Just a few well-chosen words written in love can change the trajectory of someone’s day.

This book is brimming with inspiration and chock-full of note starters: words of compassion, gratitude, celebration, grief, laughter, fun ways to write to a special child in your life, and even note starters for difficult relationships. You’ll turn to this faith-filled and thoughtfully curated resource again and again!

Who will you write to today?

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#PenToPaper Posts

Need a dose of hope? Write a card or short note to someone today! Check out these posts for inspiration.

The Power of Putting Pen to Paper

I relish the gift of finding a personal letter in my mailbox, especially on hard days. Written words have a unique capacity to convey God’s grace (as described in Chronic Joy’s printable resource, #PenToPaper). I vividly recall a particular afternoon when the Lord used a simple note card to bring me much-needed hope.


“God has spoken, so we speak. God has written, so we write not to eclipse God’s words but to ... celebrate them, and offer them to others.” David Mathis

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DISCOVERING HOPE: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

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This 10-chapter study invites participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.

No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley, or how long the winter, there is hope.

There is always hope.


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Finding Purpose

FINDING PURPOSE: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness

What if purpose looks different than we believe?

In this 10-chapter study, author Cindee Snider Re invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose and, instead, embrace God's timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.


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Embracing Worth

EMBRACING WORTH: Understanding Your Value in a Life with Chronic Illness

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This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story. Despite our circumstances, in the midst of the hard when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.


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I TAKE YOU IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH: Marriage with Chronic Illness

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Rejuvenate, revitalize, rekindle, and reconnect with this insightful and enriching 10-chapter study (designed just for couples) that offers you and your spouse a safe place to grieve, heal, grow, dream together, and thrive as one – in sickness and in health.


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Words are powerful and can be a lifeline to get someone through another tough day, a heartbreaking loss, or chronic suffering. So many of us desire to encourage others but don’t know how or what to say, so we don’t do anything. This book is packed full of words and note-starters for all situations and occasions that you can borrow and make your own—so you’ll never be without a word in season again. As you use the practical help found in this book, you will change someone’s life, reminding them that they are seen and not forgotten—and that there is someone who genuinely cares. What a privilege to show Christ’s heart through this simple act of putting #PenToPaper!

Shelly Esser, Editor of Just Between Us

Our mail was full of gorgeous flat cards and precious prayer thoughts! Thank you for sharing the heart of Jesus with us all!


“AMAZING! I received the mail packet and am grateful and inspired by the amazing ways Chronic Joy® reaches out to me! Thank you


I appreciate your ministry a lot. I love how you share things (such as flat and mini cards) to bless others. It’s a joy to focus on others and bless them. Thank you for helping me do that!


I got my #PenToPaper packet earlier this week. It is beautiful and meaningful! Thanks so much, Chronic Joy!


I don’t know of another organization that sends encouraging packets several times a year. They make Chronic Joy so unique.


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