But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today.” (Hebrews 3:13)
Even though we may not be able to visit in person because of chronic illness, there are many easy ways to offer a virtual smile, a nugget of hope, and to bless others right where we are. Some in our community regularly message, email, or text encouragement to others. It takes just a minute to send a text, reminding others they are cared about and prayed for. Today, take a minute and #ConnectByText, and send someone a much-needed virtual hug. Brighten someone’s day and lift your spirit too.
TIPS FOR TEXTING THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING
- Keep it short. Those who are hurting can have trouble processing information, but a short message can be easily digested.
- Don’t expect a response. Those who are struggling might not have the energy to respond, but that doesn’t mean your text didn’t mean the world to them.
- Write from your heart. You don’t have to craft the perfect text, just be honest and share a little love.
Visit the #ConnectByText page for great FREE tools and resources.
1. #ConnectByText with Prayer
Sometimes all we need to get us started are a few words. Include these short prayers in a notecard or email, or send them in a message or text to a friend or loved one.
• Thinking of and praying for you today.
• God placed you on my heart today. I’m praying for you.
• God will sustain you. He will not let you be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)
• God began a good work in you and He will complete it. (Philippians 1:6)
• You are so loved!
2. #ConnectByText with Pictures
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Then text, email, or message the image to a friend or loved one, or share it online in your social media feeds.
3. #ConnectByText with Teens and Young Adults
- I love your enthusiasm for life!
- Hang in there! Keep on trusting God. (Isa. 40:29-31)
- You’re one of my favorite people!
- I’m so proud of you!
- I’m so thankful for you!
4. #ConnectByText with Your Spouse
- I’m so grateful I get to do life with you!
- I love you and I’m praying for you right now.
- Thank you for loving me even when I’m not very lovable.
- Your smile brightens my day.
- No matter how you feel about yourself today, I think you’re incredible.
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 June, Samantha, and Sara!
Chronic Joy® Creative Contributor, Artist, Author, and Photographer
June is an artist, photographer, and author of four novels. She is an avid reader and enjoys the research her writing style demands. June lives with her family in the Hill Country of Texas, and relies solely on God for her inspiration, wisdom, and guidance. Check out her beautiful Watercolor Collection notecards.
Chronic Joy® Creative Contributor, Artist, and Author
Samantha is the editor of Calla Press, an online blog featuring children’s writers, illustrators, women’s testimonials, and Christian poetry. The blog is meant to uplift and inspire creatives in the industry and to give glory through our creative passions and gifts. She is the author of All Is Grace: A Memoir of Finding Grace in Marriage through Mental Illness. Check out her whimsical cards.
Author and Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer
Sara is the author of He’s Making Diamonds: A Teen's Thoughts On Faith Through Chronic Illness and the host of the annual Diamonds Conference for chronically ill Christians. She loves to write and have adventures - be it a new board game with her family, trying a weird food, or diving into a fantasy book. Sara is a TCK, a Lymie, and a Young Life Leader. She is also a Chronic Joy Contributing Writer and a #PenToPaper Ambassador.