Chronic Joy®

Making a difference one precious life at a time.

Chronic Joy is a global resource ministry dedicated to compassionately serving all those affected by chronic conditions such as chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability by providing accessible, easy-to-use, faith-based educational tools and resources.

CHRONIC ILLNESS

Join fellow travelers affected by chronic conditions on this journey through loss and grieflaughter and hope. No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, or how long the winter, there is hope. There is always hope.

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CAREGIVING

A caregiver’s role can be both rewarding and exhausting, difficult and joy-filled, meaningful and frustrating, isolating and inspiring. Step into hope, find purpose, embrace worth, and encounter God’s joy.

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MENTAL ILLNESS

Stigma, isolation, loneliness, and shame often follow a diagnosis of mental illness, but not here. Chronic Joy offers resources steeped in love and grounded in faith. Mental illness is a brave journey.

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CHILDREN

A chronically ill child affects each family, and every family member, differently, often impacting a child’s development, behavior, self-awareness, independence, daily routines, recreational activities, and education. Yet illness can also be a catalyst to building lifelong compassion, resiliency, and faith.

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PARENTING

The keys to parenting when chronic illness is a member of the family are prayer; humor; flexibility; acknowledging loss, fear, and other uncomfortable emotions; embracing each member’s God-given worth; and loving one another deeply from the heart.

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Chronic Conditions: Chronic Illness, Mental Illness, Chronic Pain & Disability

Chronic Joy Teens

TEENS

The teen 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.

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MARRIAGE

Navigating marriage with chronic illness can be dark and lonely It can also be an opportunity to learn patience, forgiveness, tenderness, humility, and sacrifice – gifts of a love forged by fire, a love to celebrate and savor.

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Chronic Joy® Access • Opening Doors. Removing Barriers.

CHRONIC JOY ACCESS

OPENING DOORS. REMOVING BARRIERS. Accessibility is an invitation to broaden our perspectives, choosing the simple kindness of including one another, opening doors, and removing barriers.

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Living with Chronic Illness

LEADERS

Many feel a deep sense of isolation and loneliness. We at Chronic Joy are here to equip leaders to foster relationships, build community, and guide small groups for those affected by chronic illnessmental illness, chronic pain, and disability.

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From the Blog

"Seek to sense the sacred in the everyday. Notice God's Presence. Pay attention to His holy whispers." (Joy Lenton, adapted)
Awareness: The Gentle Art of Noticing the Sacred in our Midst

Awareness: The Gentle Art of Noticing the Sacred in our Midst

I have a goal of seeking to sense the sacred in the everyday, then write about my experiences (which are often expressed as poetry). This poem arose from a desire to listen better and sense God’s presence more deeply. It also stemmed from a reflective look at times when noticing has paid dividends for me in terms of heightened awareness of the sacred in my midst.

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"Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine." Luke 22:42
Surrendered to God’s Anything

Surrendered to God’s Anything

There are times we pray safe and there are times we pray dangerous. In the moment of surrender, we declare “Lord, let Your will, not mine be done. Glorify Yourself in my life. Whatever it is you want from me, I’ll do anything.” The anything He chose for me was to walk through a medical condition I didn't expect.

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"I began writing a list of Bible verses about trusting God, adding quotations and encouragements from firends so I could remember his goodness in one of the hardest seasons of my life. As difficult as those days were, the promises of God's word fed and sustained me." Karie Faris
Comfort for Hurting Moms

Comfort for Hurting Moms

Our God sees, hears, and keeps his promises. He is the great “I am”—our self-existent, unchanging, creating, and sustaining Lord. And he is gloriously good—full of mercy, grace, love, faithfulness, and forgiveness. God’s character, including these and many more attributes described in his word, offers great comfort to hurting moms. How can this be?

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