5 Ways to Connect When You Feel Most Disconnected

WAYS TO CONNECT

Those impacted by illness and pain are all too familiar with isolation, loneliness, and feeling forgotten. Chronic grief ebbs and flows, but over time we can begin to live well in the midst of chronic pain, chronic loss, and chronic suffering. We are wired for community, so how do we connect with people when we are homebound? For many of us this question isn’t new. However, because of COVID-19, it has been a shocking, sobering, and a very uncomfortable reality for many people.

Is it possible that those of us living with chronic illness are uniquely prepared for such a time as this – to shepherd and love our community from a distance? (Pamela Piquette)

 

1. YOUR CONNECTION TO CHRONIC JOY MATTERS!

 

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2. WRITE YOUR OWN LAMENT

Lament - Crying out to God in Prayer

Lament

Pushing our pain aside, hiding it, or feeling shame because of it diminishes our human experience. If Jesus wept and cried out in anguish, why do we feel it is somehow faithless to honestly express lament?

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3. WRITE SHORT NOTES

Encourage Friends and Loved Ones

#PenToPaper is a powerful way to encourage one another, offer hope, and let a friend or loved one know they are prayed for, cared about, and loved. Use these short, heartfelt messages as a great place to begin. Click here for your FREE resource.

Looking for eye-catching, faith-based FREE images to encourage friends and loved ones with a beautiful photo in your text, email, or message? Learn More.

How about tucking an encouraging blog post in a card? Print our posts right from your computer! 

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4. CREATIVE WAYS TO #CONNECTBYTEXT

#ConnectByText - Looking for a way to connect with, inspire, encourage, and love on others? Text them! Never underestimate the power of a simple text.

#ConnectByText

Spice up your text life! Infuse someone’s day with encouragement, hope, and kindness. Share a heartfelt prayer, inspiring photo, or favorite Bible verse. Send a virtual smile with a fun fact or silly joke. Never underestimate the power of a simple text.

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5. CONNECT AS A COUPLE

76 Marriage Questions

76 Questions to Connect You as Couple

Maintaining a healthy marriage is a sacrificial pursuit and a life-long journey.

Fulfillment isn’t something that just happens. It requires honesty and intentionality, commitment and compromise, patience and attention, trust and a willingness to forgive. Love that selflessly gives, beautifully multiplies. When we pursue one another, our love for each other deepens and grows.

Grow together as a couple through these 76 questions – conversation starters for a great night in!

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