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4 Steps to Writing the Best Encouragement Note

by Karissa Pitaniello


When reflecting on days spent at camp, plenty of seriously fun things come to mind—theme nights, dance parties, the blob! But something that also brings up memories from camp are encouraging notes from counselors or cabin mates that you might have in a shoebox or hanging on your wall right now! These notes bring back the deep relationships and cherished memories from camp. Who says encouragement notes are just for the summer? We want to encourage you to take a moment today to bless one of your friends, classmates, coworker, or family members by writing them a personalized note! Not sure where to start? Here are our tried and true steps on how to write the best note!

Start with your who!

Take a moment to pray and consider who in your life could be encouraged by a note. Maybe you’ve noticed a friend that’s been working extra hard, a coworker that’s been going through a tough season, or maybe it’s just been a while since you told your dad how much you care about him! 

Pray and seek!

Pray for the person you’re writing to. Ask God for help in encouraging and loving them. Then, open up your Bible and look for passages that could bless them, or specific scripture that makes you think of them. 

Be specific! 

Encourage them by calling out specific, special character qualities you see in them. Not sure where to start? Take a look through some of our CQ words! 

Adventurous, Attentive, Authentic, Bold, Brave, Capable, Clever, Compassionate, Confident, Deep, Dedicated, Dependable, Devoted, Empathetic, Encouraging, Enthusiastic, Faithful, Friendly, Generous, Gentle, Honest, Hopeful, Humble, Imaginative, Intentional, Joyful, Kind, Loyal, Optimistic, Patient, Reliable, Selfless, Steadfast, Supportive, Thoughtful, Trustworthy, Understanding, Uplifting, Wise

Personalize it!

Whether the person you’re writing to loves stickers and glitter, or you know that would really appreciate a Kit-Kat bar glued to their note, personalize it to make them feel even more special. Not every note has to be long and intimate—sometimes the best notes are short, sweet, and thoughtful! 

Ta-da! There you have it! Leave your note somewhere that they will find it or mail it their way. Before you know it, you’ll be an encouragement note writing machine!

Posted Jan 30, 2024

Karissa Pitaniello

Content Coordinator

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