YOU’RE INVITED TO STEP IN
Today, we invite you to step in, slip off your shoes, and stay awhile. Read. Explore. Discover.
Chronic Joy isn’t a place of quick fixes or savvy advice. We don’t offer pat answers or simple solutions. Instead, we invite you into community as together we learn, share, wrestle, pray, and lean into the precious truths of Scripture.
We’re so glad you’re here. Welcome!
Friend, you are worth being understood, but I want to share a challenge with you today. Everyone who misunderstands us is worth being loved.
Journaling can be an aid to self-care. Unload your worries with no limitations or structure. Get started with journaling!
If you feel jealous, be honest with yourself about that. Start there. Jealous feelings only hurt you, so letting go of them will serve you well. Ponder the following suggestions as you consider how to let go of jealousy.
Books We Love • Chronic Illness
Cindee Snider Re
This 10-chapter study invites participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.
No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley, or how long the winter, there is hope.
There is always hope.
Cindee Snider Re
What if purpose looks different than we believe?
This 10-chapter study invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose and, instead, to embrace God's – a timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.
EMBRACING WORTH: Understanding Your Value in a Life with Chronic Illness (Book 3)
Cindee Snider Re
This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story. Despite our circumstances, in the midst of the hard when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.
Cindee Snider Re
Rejuvenate, revitalize, rekindle, and reconnect with this insightful and enriching 10-chapter study (designed just for couples) that offers you and your spouse a safe place to grieve, heal, grow, and begin to dream together again – to thrive as one – in sickness and in health.
Suffering need not be a dark experience. While illness brings time to think, the natural tendency of our thoughts may not be comforting. Sickness may end activities we once enjoyed and might make us dependent upon others. Feelings of pain, uselessness, or anxiety about the future may be very real. This book offers comfort for just those times.
Mary C. Earle
For centuries, Christians have turned to the Benedictine practice of Lectio Divina (sacred reading) to pray the Scripture and deepen their experience of God’s presence in their lives. In this gentle book, Mary Earle (who has suffered from serious illness of her own) explores how this ancient practice can be used to “read the text of our illnesses,” and, in doing so, discover God’s presence and guidance even amid pain and suffering.
Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack
Weakness does not disqualify us from inclusion in the kingdom of God. Instead, it is our very invitation to enter. Anyone who has struggled with feeling inadequate, disillu-sioned, or just too broken can find hope. This message is an antidote to despair, helping readers reclaim how God is good, even when life is anything but.
Hurting Yet Whole: Reconciling Body and Spirit in Chronic Pain and Illness
Incurable Faith: 120 Devotions of Lasting Hope for Lingering Health Issues
Discover the riches of abundant life that pain and illness can never take away! The 120 devotionals are grouped in varying lengths, so you can engage with shorter passages on days when concentration is difficult. Each devotion offers a Scripture verse, prayer, suggested worship song, and takeaway to keep your mind anchored in truth.
Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness
Using a combination of Bible passages, her own observations and insights, and prayer, Pratt provides help on issues that include dealing with isolation, coping with medical expenses, and learning to say "No." Written with unstinting honesty and humor, Peace in the Storm will help readers identify their own spiritual and physical needs.
Craig K. Svensson
How do you live well when the physical foundation of your life is crumbling? This is the challenge for millions who live with diseases for which there is no cure. These incurable ailments produce a life of constant pain, fatigue, numbness, dizziness, and other debilitating symptoms that create chronic suffering. Can you thrive in life while experiencing the suffering persistent sickness provokes? Drawing on his expertise as a pharmacist-scientist as well as a fellow sufferer of several incurable diseases, Svensson helps to steer readers through the twists and turns of life with chronic illness.
Life can be tough. Stress, disappointment, heartache, and hurt are all part of the human condition. While pain is unavoidable, misery is optional! No matter what your circumstances, you can choose to be joyful. In Hansel's powerful account of God’s working in one man’s physical and emotional suffering, he and we discover the real meaning of joy.
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What if illness – the stripping away of our health, our dreams, our understanding of who we are and what our future holds – is really a gift?
God has graciously sewn laughter into our days, bright moments tucked among the shadows of illness and pain…
SHARING LIFE, DISCOVERING HOPE AND A FEW FUNNY MOMENTS
CHALLENGES AND JOYS OF LIVING WITH CHRONIC ILLNESS
Love One Another – A Step of Faith
Bring your nothing. God wants to take our nothing and make it into something beautiful for His Kingdom. Let’s “…serve one another humbly in love.” (35 minute message followed by Q&A)
6 STRUGGLES WE FACE IN SUFFERING AND HOW THE GOSPEL SPEAKS TO THEM
Sarah Walton and Kristen Wetherell
“Loneliness strips away the external comfort found in those around me, driving me to find comfort in Christ alone.” Click here to watch and glean Gospel comfort.
YOUR LABOR IS NOT IN VAIN
“Any activity, no matter how small, that fills your day that you do with a reliance on God and for the glory of God is the work of the Lord.” Click here to watch Esther.