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I wanted to send you a letter of encouragement, as I was thinking about you today. Life is really hard for you right now, but I don’t want you to lose hope. My sweet friend, as you read my letter of encouragement may you feel strengthened and comforted.
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My years as a single mom were so hard. I remember each day being a struggle. Some days I just tried to make it to bedtime. As we talked last week, I could hear in your voice that same struggle. But don’t give up. You are going to make it through this troubling time you are in right now. And there are so many wonderful days ahead for you! Please believe that!
I want you to know how proud I am of you! You have continued to take care of yourself and your obligations even as you are struggling. You have not given up or just laid down hoping someone else will rescue you.
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But you have been strong and avoided those pitfalls. I remember, last year, when you did try to hide from your pain by choosing destructive actions. But now, you have asked for help and support and are choosing something better for yourself.
Becoming healthier is a process. So stop and take a look at how far you have come. The road is long, but you have journeyed over so many mountains. Rejoice in your victories! I couldn’t be prouder of you!!
Did you receive the books I sent? I know, I know. I’m always sending books:) Books are such a great joy to me so in this letter of encouragement I want to give you some tools that might help you. The little devotional Joy for the Journey: A Woman’s Book of Promiseshas been such a comfort to me. I love how it is split into categories so if you need a word on a specific topic you can turn right to it.
Have you read the other book I sent,In the Meantime by Iyanla Vanzant? Ms. Vanzant does such a wonderful job of gently prodding her reader onto something better. I love how she encourages one to start living right now. As I read her book, I realized that I still needed to grow a little. I kinda laughed to myself how I was still living in “the basement” (you’ll have to read the book:) in some areas of my life!
Do try to take care of yourself. Remember that you are so important to me, so make sure to be kind to yourself. I believe that you will come through this season in your life stronger and all will be able to see how beautiful you are inside and out.
I am praying that you will find joy even in the middle of these heartbreaking times.
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Words of encouragement to write in a card, note, or letter. that these examples spurred on some encouraging words or phrases of your own.
My sister thinks I’m nuts. My friends think I’m developing an addiction. Truth be told, I just love writing letters to the kids I sponsor!
I find writing letters easy and fun, yet I’ve spoken to many sponsors who find it difficult. Fancy templates and ease of attaching photos are great, as are ideas about what to send with your letters. Compassion even has a Pinterest board to collect ideas. But all of this doesn’t help if you struggle with finding words and putting them together.
For sponsors who know the importance of letters but aren’t good with words, encouragement to write can bring on the guilt. Feel guilty no more; here is a solution for you!
Below are a few sample letters I’ve written for you to COPY, (yes, you’re allowed to be a copycat), and simply change the details, like names, to customize to your life.
If you also find letter writing a breeze, write a sample letter in the comments below, and between us there should be plenty of samples for others to choose from.
Thank you for all your letters and drawings. I hope you and your family are well. I am well.
I have your picture on my desk at work. You are very handsome.
I have 2 cats. Seth is a black and white boy cat and Phoebe is a striped girl cat. Do you have any pets?
Love from Gail
(photo of cats could be attached)
Dear handsome Ruan,
Thank you for your letters. I enjoy hearing from you.
I pray for you and your family often. I hope you are all well.
I work for Compassion Australia. I work in an office as a Project Manager. What would you like to do for work when you grow up?
Please pray for me that I will do my best at work.
Love and hugs from Gail
To my beautiful Maria,
Thank you for your letters. I really like your drawings, particularly the princess one.
I have been reading in my Bible about Esther. She was a very brave queen who stood up for God. Have you learned about Esther?
I pray that God will help you be brave when you need to.
With love and hugs, Gail
(you may want to send an Esther coloring in sheet or book)
To my very clever Carlos,
Thank you for your letters and your prayers. I feel very special knowing that you pray for me. I pray for you too.
I am so proud of how well you are doing at school. I am well. It is summer here and very hot.
We live near the beach and go there on hot days to play in the cool water. Do you live near the beach or a lake?
Love and prayers from Gail
In my experience I’ve found that the first couple of letters to a child are fairly easy as you cover the basic facts: name, age, family introductions, what you do for work, favorites, pets. But after you’ve told them all that, what do you write next? Here are some samples for that as well.
Hello my Manuel
G’day from Australia! I pray that you and your family are well. Thank you for your drawings and letters. You are very good at drawing!
I have been studying the life of Joseph in the Bible. He is one of my favorites because even though his life had some very horrible times, like being a slave and being in prison unfairly, he still trusted in God and believed that God would bring his dreams to pass. My favorite memory verse about Joseph is Genesis 50: 20 where Joseph says: “You meant to harm me, but God meant it for good.”
I hope you like the postcard of the wombat I am sending you. Wombats are the size of a jelly bean when they are born but grow to 1 metre long. They live in burrows in the ground and come out at night or on cloudy days to find grass and roots to eat. We rarely see wombats in the city, but country people see them sometimes. I have seen some at the zoo.
With lots of love to my precious Manuel! Gail
(postcard or picture of wombat attached)
Hello my very special Kirubel
I am very proud of you for doing so well in your school work. I pray that God will help you in your studies. Please pray for me to do well at my university studies too.
With this letter I am sending you a photo of my brother Paul and my mom and dad. This photo was taken when my brother Paul graduated from college. He got his diploma in outdoor recreation. Paul doesn’t like doing school work very much, so this was a big challenge for him. We were so proud of him for finishing his course.
Do you like school? What is your favorite subject? My favorite subject was history, and I didn’t really like math.
Please tell your family I love them and pray for them.
I love you heaps! Gail
(photo of graduation attached)
Please share this with all your sponsor friends and let’s see more children receiving letters!
If you’re not already in a loving relationship with a child in our holistic child development program through sponsorship, consider sponsoring a child today. Your financial support and encouragement through letter-writing can make an eternal difference for a child living under the weight of extreme poverty.
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Letters of encouragement are unusual in that they can be either business or personal correspondence. It depends on to whom you are writing the letter and the purpose for which the encouragement is intended.
For example, often we will have to write a letter of encouragement to a business colleague who is going through a temporary situation of some difficulty. Maybe the person was laid off due to company staff cutbacks or faces a personal challenge such as alcohol abuse or drugs. In such a case, we may wish to send a card, along with a letter of encouragement, to buoy the person’s spirits. To let them know others are thinking of them and keeping them in their prayers.
Letters of encouragement are often most effective if handwritten. This shows a more personal nature between friends, even if those friends were at one time nothing more business colleagues.
A letter of encouragement should be kept informal and it should not shy away from using such terms as, “you are in my prayers,” or, “you have many people here at the company who think highly of you and who are pulling for you in this time of particular challenge in your life.”
Often a card, whether to a business colleague or a friend, will accompany a letter of encouragement. The message of encouragement will be contained within the card. The card itself will often use muted colors and high quality paper stock. The message may be printed in a script designed to look like handwriting or, better still, will actually be handwritten into the card by the sender.
Various resources exist that can help you write such letters of encouragement. Whether they are handwritten or done on a computer, they should always be proofread carefully. If you have difficulty composing such messages of encouragement, there are many sources available that can be used for ideas both in electronic form and through printed reference materials - of course, WhiteSmoke can help you check grammar and improve your writing style.
Writing a sincere message of encouragement to either a business colleague or a friend should not be anything you need to dread. Anyone can do it. For those who are faced with special challenges in this regard such as difficulty with the English language, there are many resources available to help make the task easier.
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If you find yourself reading this right now,
I want to remind you to look up. Look up when you feel consumed. Look up when you’re just not sure what tomorrow will look like. Look up and wonder. Look up and gaze. Look up and think. Look up and admire. I’m writing this as a reminder to stay in bed all day if that’s what you need. A reminder to cry if you need to cry. Laugh when you feel like laughing. Laugh so hard it hurts. Laugh for all the times you felt like you couldn’t.
You see, mental illness lives. Anxiety lives. OCD lives. Addiction lives. Depression lives. Imagine millions of people around the universe waking up with the same dark, aching places you promised you’d never talk about. I’ve noticed how quick we are, as human beings, to push aside the most meaningful parts of our lives. So what if we created this discussion? This discussion based on real feelings. Real illness. Real people.
Let’s not push aside the things that need to be talked about. Let’s bring mental illness to the light. The worst thing we can do is ignore it. It exists and it easily consumes. So if you’re struggling right now, let someone help. Let someone in. Set up a counseling appointment. Go to therapy. Asking for help does not show weakness. When saying yes to counseling feels like a failure, please remember that you are more. You are more than the pain you feel. Recognize that your feelings are valid, but know that they do not have to control you. Getting help should be a celebration, and it should never be quiet.
You don’t know me. I don’t know you. But I can promise, it gets better. With everything that is chaotic and real in this life we’re living, I promise you…it gets better.
I really don’t know much. But I’ve come to believe a few things that I hold dearly to my heart. People make up this world. Race aside, gender aside, politics aside, opinions aside, we are called to love. We need one another and that’s okay. People need love. The overwhelming kind. The bending over backwards kind. The calling just to hear someone’s voice at 3a.m. kind. The vulnerable kind. It’s letting someone in when you thought you never could. It’s opening up in ways you swore to yourself you never would. It’s confusing and it’s never easy, but we need it.
This is me, a perfectly imperfect stranger, encouraging you to hold on. Writing because smiling all the time is exhausting. Writing because it’s okay to not be okay. Writing from me to you. Writing because it’s time. Time to be human. Time to accept that people need other people. Cry together, laugh together, value simplicity, discuss dreams and ambitions. Time to get in the car and drive for hours without a destination, with our favorite songs on repeat.
Drink so much coffee and do so much of whatever triggers your soul’s revival. Tell someone your biggest fears. Tell someone your biggest dreams. The ones that scare you. Paint, sing, dance, scream, run, read, write, immerse yourself in whatever lights even the smallest flame.
To anyone struggling right now, please hold on to hope. Please know it’s okay to talk about how you’re feeling. To the discouraged and disheartened, all you need to do is breathe. You are enough. I am too. Join me in speaking up about depression. Speaking up about addiction. Speaking up about coping mechanisms. Let’s get this conversation started.
Together, we can encourage one another. Let’s be cliché, and chase dreams, and have hope. So much hope. Jamie Tworkowski challenges us with, “Maybe wonder feeds hope and hope feeds wonder.”
So here’s to wondering. Here’s to feeling the fireworks. Here’s to second chances and putting life on pause. Here’s to dreaming of things that seem so impossible. Here’s to coffee at midnight and passion so wild it becomes terrifying. To new beginnings and holding on to life. Here’s to the nights I wasn’t sure I’d make it through. To the parts of ourselves we never showcase. To the hunger to love and be loved. To the awkward conversations. To the scars and the constant desire for a better tomorrow. To every time that you feel too much, remember that hope is real. Love is real. Remember that you need road trips, sunsets, coffee shops, and other people. Don’t forget to look up. And please remember that soft hope lingers. Here’s to one day at a time.
The girl forever waiting to feel the fireworks.
This piece originally appeared in The Voice, the student newspaper of Vanguard University.
About the Author
Hey, my name is Melissa Amarante. I am a sophomore and an English major at Vanguard University. I love yoga, running, and sunsets. Because who doesn’t love a good sunset am I right?
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