Speak life and spark hope with #PenToPaper notes.

“Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.” Lord Byron

 

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.

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Don’t you love getting real mail?  #PenToPaper 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.

“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 NOTE

  1. Let someone know you are praying for them
  2. Share a personal memory to remind a friend or loved one of brighter times
  3. 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! I know 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.

Speak Life & Spark Hope

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.

Speak Life

Just a few short words can speak life to someone having a tough time. Put #PenToPaper and brighten someone’s day!

Speak Encouragement

Even a short #PenToPaper note – just a few thoughtful words – can speak life to someone who needs to know that they are not alone.

FREE PRINTABLE STATIONERY

Teen/YA Stationery

Small acts of kindness make a powerful impact.

NOTE STARTERS 

Need help getting started? Sometimes all we need is an idea or few words. Include these short prayers in a notecard to a friend or loved one. #SpeakLife #SparkHope

#ConnectByText Starters

YOU ARE SO LOVED

Check out this FREE printable of encouraging truths. Does a word stand out to you? Include it in your note and let someone know why you chose it. It might be just what they need to hear.

You Are So Loved
Teens & YA

The young adult years are filled with change. Chronic illness complicates all of it – independence, education, employment, social activities, dating, and relationships with family and friends. But it can also cultivate both strength and resilience as we learn to navigate pain, loss, suffering, and adversity, discovering what really matters. LEARN MORE.

#PenToPaper
#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. We provide a beautiful starter set of stationery to encourage both sender and receiver. LEARN MORE.

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, Emerson, and Dana!

Elyse Ogbourne

Elyse Ogbourne

Chronic Joy® Creative Contributor

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.

Emerson Mertens

Emerson Mertens

Chronic Joy® Creative Contributor

Emerson is a graphic designer, photographer, and artist with over twenty years of experience in the arts. She began her artistic training in classical ballet and the performing arts, which led to a career as a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer. Emerson is inspired by her life-long love of the arts to create unique digital media and photo art, and she combines her years of experience with the skills gained from her college studies. She now works with HeatherMertens.org building websites and creating graphic media and digital art for clients. In 2019, Emerson graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion: Biblical and Theological Studies with an emphasis in Photography and Graphic Design.
Dana Beth Stenholtz

Dana Beth Stenholtz

Chronic Joy® #PenToPaper Ambassador

Dana is a freelance writer and poet. She lives with Bipolar and Fibromyalgia, and believes firmly in the promise of Jeremiah 29:11, which states, “’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.’” By sending hand-written notes to friends and neighbors, Dana hopes to encourage people to find joy in the midst of whatever struggles they find themselves. She stands firm on the motto that we are not alone, knowing that can make all the difference.

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