Notes of Encouragement – Tips and Tricks

a couple of years ago

“Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things!” We relate to Fraulein Maria because… Let’s be honest, we love surprises in the mail. The Bible reminds us that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35).  Even if you cannot go visit someone, writing old-fashioned notes of encouragement can be just as sweet to the soul. More than a quickly drafted text message, a handwritten card tells someone that you care enough to send the very best. (Did you catch that reference? No, Hallmark is not a sponsor.)

How Do I Write Notes of Encouragement?

I’m so glad you asked! Many times we quit before we start because of writer’s block. Here are a few tips to help your creative juices flow. Sometimes we just need a little kick start to get us going. Before long, writing notes of encouragement will seem like second nature!

⇒ Be Sincere

The worst thing you can do when writing a note of encouragement is to be fake. In order to be an encouragement, you need to sincerely mean what you say. (Philippians 1:10) Hypocrisy is easy to see through. So put yourself in their shoes – and if you don’t know what it’s like, then don’t say you do. Choose something else to say.

For example, “God understands” instead of “I totally understand what you’re going through.” Another thing, DON’T say “praying for you” if you have no intention of doing so. Be genuine and it will show in your words.

⇒ Keep It Upbeat

Notes of encouragement are meant to be that –  ENCOURAGING! Don’t kick ’em while they’re down. Your words can be like a cup of cool water (Proverbs 25:25). You may be the instrument God uses to bring light into someone’s day. Try to include an uplifting Scripture verse, a line of cheerful Christian lyrics, or a funny story. While it’s okay to mention their situation (if sick or in a hospital, etc.), try focusing more on what God is doing. Let the Lord use your note to bring them beyond their current circumstances and into hopefulness!

⇒ Make It About Them, Not You

Oh, this is a hard one. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m really good at making things all about me. (See how many times I just did it?) Sometimes, it’s best to draft the note first or write in pencil. This way, you can literally count how many times you use the words “I, me, or my.” Be prepared to be shocked at how easy it is to focus on yourself. Writing to make another person feel special takes practice. The task of seeing someone else’s worth is worth the effort. “Bear ye one another’s burdens…” (Galatians 6:2)

⇒ Get Creative

Just a trip to your local card aisle will show you the endless options of adorable cards. You really don’t have to spend a fortune, though. It’s more about the words inside, but who doesn’t like cute, little envelope? And no one is going to fault you for slipping a chocolate bar inside either. Get creative! Mail it to their house; slip it in their purse; hide it in their choir folder – let it be fun for them to find! Make it your mission to add enjoyment and encouragement to someone’s day.

Hannah Schmutzler

About the Author

Hannah Schmutzler

Hannah and her husband Cameron are currently on deputation, raising support so they can begin full-time missionary work in Mongolia. She juggles the demands of traveling with those of a toddler and keeps a sweet spirit through it all. Hannah has authored two books in addition to her writing for the Submissive Spirit. She also blesses us with her beautiful voice.

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