Life as a young adult with chronic illness can be lonely. Physical and mental limitations lead to lost friendships. Preparing for a career when you don’t know what your body can handle is overwhelming. #PenToPaper notes help young adults move from isolation to community by sending cards and packets filled with hope and encouragement.
Don’t you love getting real mail? YOU GET MAIL! speaks life to young adults by offering hope and inspiration. Encouraging #PenToPaper snail mail and other fun printed materials can find their way to your mailbox. Sign-up today! (It’s safe and secure.) And, as an added bonus, #PenToPaper provides a break from digital communication, which can be so draining—especially during a flareup.
You Get Mail!
Sign up to receive free, professionally designed and printed, old school, #PenToPaper snail mail throughout the year. When you include your birthdate, we’ll send a special mailing to celebrate you! Safe & Secure. Sign-Ups for: Adults, Teens & YA, Children & Tweens.
Sometimes all we need to get us started are a few words. Include these short prayers in a notecard or email, or send them in a message or text to a friend or loved one.
#PenToPaper is a powerful, yet easy way to encourage one another and build each other up. Foster community, offer hope, let someone know they are not alone and that they are prayed for, cared about, and genuinely loved. Discover ideas to get you started, note starters - a few words to help you begin, and free, printable stationery.
As someone with chronic illness, I am very encouraged by the mailings from Chronic Joy. The information included in each mailing is always helpful and inspirational, and I love receiving the beautiful note cards on which I can write a special message of encouragement and pass on to others. The Chronic Joy team does an amazing job of connecting faith and Scripture with great resources that will bless all who receive these wonderful #PenToPaper gifts. Emerson M.
#PenToPaper not only encourages young adults with chronic illness, it also provides the inspiration to write letters to classmates, friends, and loved ones to remind them that they are not alone. Do you know someone who is struggling with chronic illness, work, or family? You have the love and compassion to speak life and encourage them. Even a short note — just a few thoughtful words — can speak hope to someone who needs to be reminded that they are not alone.
IDEAS FOR WRITING YOUR OWN #PenToPaper NOTES
- Let someone know you are praying for them
- Share a personal memory to remind a friend or loved one of brighter times
- Include a Bible verse that has brought you hope on your own journey
Here’s an example of a six sentence note to get you started:
Dear Friend, Congratulations on surviving your freshman year of college! Surely, the last several months have been frustrating as you’ve waited for a surgery that has been pushed back. I’m praying for you as you move back home and prepare for surgery. I know it hasn’t been easy, but you’ve faced your disappointment this semester with a smile. Even in times of isolation, you are not alone. God is with you—and so am I. Hugs!
Letter writing is such an easy, but powerful way to communicate love and encouragement to those who need it. I invite my generation of chronic illness warriors to risk reaching beyond their comfort zone to bless those around them. Sara W.
Are you ready to speak life and spark hope with a #PenToPaper note? Check out these great ideas and FREE resources to help you get started.
You Are Not Alone
You are God’s beloved in whom He takes great delight. Encourage a friend or loved one today with God’s truth in a #PenToPaper note.
Just a few short words can speak life to someone having a tough time. Put #PenToPaper and brighten someone’s day!
Even a short #PenToPaper note – just a few thoughtful words – can speak life to someone who needs to know that they are not alone.
Young Adults & Chronic Illness
Rooted in hope. Created to thrive. Chronic illness, mental illness, and chronic pain can make our young adult years feel scary and overwhelming, like we are drowning in details. But what if illness is also an extraordinary opportunity to grow firmly rooted in hope, discovering God’s truth that we were uniquely created to thrive!
SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY
We are blessed to link arms, hearts, and minds with some incredibly talented, Christ-led, mission-hearted people. Together we are better. Together, we can change the world one precious life at a time.
Introducing Elyse and Dana!
Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer
Elyse is a college student with a fondness for the outdoors. After a simple slip on the ice left her with a chronic pain syndrome, she began to see how God really does work all things for good. Armed with Biblical truth and her TENS unit, Elyse uses her experiences to encourage young adults with the message that they can thrive in the face of difficult circumstances.
Dana Beth Stenholtz
Writer & #PenToPaper Ambassador
Dana is a freelance writer and poet. She lives with bipolar disorder and fibromyalgia, and believes firmly in the promise of Jeremiah 29:11: “’I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’” Dana's mission, whether through writing a blog or sending a letter, is to remind people we are not alone. She knows first-hand that this knowledge can make all the difference.