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Children with Chronic Illness

Be Honest. Be Silly. Be Brave. Be Kind.

Jesus loves you exactly as you are! He loves you when you’re honest and when you’re kind, when you’re sad and when you’re tired, and even when you’re angry. Jesus loves you exactly as you are because He made YOU exactly as you are, and He never, ever makes a mistake.

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Sometimes we all just need a hug. Today, we’re sending you a great big hug from CJ Star and the Sonshine Squad and a reminder that YOU ARE AMAZING!

Be Kind

Jesus wants us to be kind – to care about, share with, and help others and to forgive those who are unkind to us. Being kind means learning to love others like Jesus loves us. Jesus’ life overflowed with kindness. He wants us to be kind with our words, our actions, and our attitudes. But that’s not always easy, and sometimes it’s harder with those we love best (our parents, friends, and siblings) than it is with our teachers, grandparents, and parents.

Love is always patient. Love is always kind. (1 Corinthians 13:4)

Be Brave

What does it mean to be brave?

It means that no matter what we feel or what we’re facing, or how impossible things seem, we do not need to feel afraid. We are not alone. God is with us wherever we go, whatever we do, and however we feel. God tells us more than 100 times in His Word that we do not need to feel afraid because He sees us, He knows exactly what we’re going through, and He loves us more than we will ever know.

Turn to me and help me. I am lonely and hurting. Take away the troubles of my heart. Set me free from my great pain. Look at how I’m hurting! See how much I suffer! (Psalm 25:16-19)

Prayer is Talking with Jesus

We can pray all the time – when we’re playing or going to school, when we’re in the car or at the doctor’s office, when we’re in the hospital or when we’re at home. We can pray about anything and everything because Jesus is always with us.

Never stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)


Dear God, thank You for being with me always, wherever I am. Thank You for reminding me over and over in Your Word that I do not need to be afraid because You are bigger than my fears. Thank You for always seeing me, caring about me, and loving me, no matter what. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Kids, Meet CJ Star & Sonshine Squad

CJ & the Sonshine Squad

Meet CJ Star & the Sonshine Squad

Fendi Fox
Calliope Cat
Percy Puppy
Gilead Gecko
Liana Llama
Sammy Seal
Henry Hedgehog
Sachi Snail

Kids Get Mail!

Kids Get Mail!

CJ Star and the Sonshine Squad want children (ages 3-11) to know how much they are loved by Jesus. Engaging characters bring laughter, delight, and sunshine to even difficult days. Parents, SIGN UP your child (and their siblings). (Sign-ups are free, safe, secure, and never shared.) 

Parent must be a subscriber. Confirm your sign-up, and reply to the follow-up email within 24 hours. (Limited international delivery – US, UK & CA).


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Featured Free Printables

I was so incredibly touched when my daughter opened her #PenToPaper gift and handwritten encouragement card from Chronic Joy. When they said they wanted to encourage young adults living with chronic illness, I was super impressed … and so grateful when they included my daughter. Young women and men need to hear others care about them as they navigate the very disheartening struggles of chronic illness. My daughter just loved this and felt “seen” and cared about as soon as she opened it to her surprise. ❤️❤️ Heather M.

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Even More

Books We Love • Children

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang

Megan A Schartner

It can be difficult to explain symptoms to others, but Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang can help. Come meet the gang – and better understand what life is like with an invisible illness causing chronic pain and fatigue.

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How Can I Help? God's Calling for Kids - Mini Book

How Can I Help? God's Calling for Kids

Mary Moerbe

God sends people to help in little ways and big ways. He calls all of us to love and to serve others, to help however we can no matter how old or young we are. A child’s call to love and serve is the same as an adult’s.

Children learn that God provides for their needs (sometimes through others he places in their life), he works through them to help others, and he has a plan for their life no matter what.

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Supercharged Superhero

Supercharged Superhero

Gemma Everson

A moving and true story about one little girl and her super-energetic, superhero dad whose battery suddenly and unexplainably goes flat and will not fully recharge. This rhyming story shares their journey through the little girl’s eyes as she comes to terms with her father’s condition.

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Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself

Squirmy Wormy: How I Learned to Help Myself

Lynda Farrington Wilson

Squirmy Wormy is a wonderful little children’s book about a boy named Tyler, who has autism and SPD. Together with Tyler, the reader learns about SPD and what easy therapies Tyler can do by himself to feel better. For instance: “I feel like running really fast, run run run! Maybe I just need a s-q-u-e-e-z-e between the couch cushions like a hot dog. Whew! I feel better.” Kids can help themselves through daily life like no one has before with some great everyday tips and techniques.

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Discovering Hope • Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams

For at least two hours, the Boy loved him, and then Aunts and Uncles came to dinner, and there was a great rustling of tissue paper and unwrapping of parcels, and in the excitement of looking at all the new presents, the Velveteen Rabbit was forgotten.

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The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day

Dayna Abraham

Do kids’ behaviors leave you confused and frustrated? Discover the power of using science and child development to see him/her for the Superkid s/he already is. Bridge the gap between kids and the adults who love them by empowering kids to be their own problem solvers. Abraham’s guide helps adults understand what kids need to succeed.

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David Humpherys

A book for kids with a scar on their chest from open-heart surgery to repair a CHD. Used by families, schools, and hospitals, Zip-line whimsically explains the answer to the question, “How did that line get there?” The story centers around a little girl and her bunny rabbit explaining to the reader how she got the scar on her chest and how she isn’t any different than anyone else.

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Parenting with Chronic Illness: Raising Children When You're Sick

Parenting with Chronic Illness

Raising Children When You’re Sick

Parenting with chronic illness brings countless challenges, but there is abounding peace and overflowing grace surrounding every limitation, learning to lean on Jesus step by step.


Parenting a Child with Chronic Illness

Parenting a Child with Chronic Illness

A Blessing in Disguise! Parenting a child with chronic illness requires more strength, resolve, perseverance, and courage than we likely ever dreamed possible. Yet, it also blesses us with the gifts of compassion, perspective, presence, and profound love as we are daily drawn closer to Christ.


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