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.
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!
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 be kind with our words, our actions, and our attitudes. But that’s not always easy, and sometimes its 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)
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 are not alone. God is with us wherever we go, whatever we do, and however we feel. More than 100 times in His Word, God tells us 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 do that 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.
Kids Meet CJ Star & Sonshine Squad
Meet CJ Star & the Sonshine Squad
Kids Get Mail!
CJ Star and the Sonshine Squad want kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Bright, engaging characters bring laughter, whimsy, and a bright spot of sunshine to even difficult days. Parents, SIGN-UP your child (and their siblings) today. It’s safe and secure.
Featured Free Printables
ABC Bible Verses
ABC Bible Verses are a fun way to hide God’s Word in your heart every day. Make a Bible verse puzzle, build a Bible verse book, or practice your verse one minute at a time. Learn! Grow! Have fun!
Be Brave! Be Different! Be You!
Being brave doesn’t mean won’t be afraid or that we’ll never feel alone or misunderstood. We can be brave, because with Jesus we never are alone.
The Emotions Wheel is designed to help kids recognize and name the emotions they experience. As their emotional vocabulary grows, so does their ability to effectively communicate what and how they feel.
Your Story Matters
Stories are vital to us as people: who we are as individuals and who we are as a community. We each have a story to tell. YOU have a story to tell, and there are many creative ways to tell it and maybe even to share it with others.
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.
How Can I Help? God's Calling for Kids
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.
Toby loves his big sister Clemmie. She always looks after him and he looks after her—no matter what. Toby knows his sister is very brave, but when she has to go to the hospital again, they both have to help each other face their fears. Together, they still find ways to have fun and make the hospital a much better place. Their uplifting story will be loved by parents and children alike who find themselves in a similar situation.
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 he 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.
The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day: Awesome Games and Crafts to Master Your Moods, Boost Focus, Hack Mealtimes and Help Grownups Understand Why You Do the Things You Do
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 really need to succeed.
A book for kids that have 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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