CREATIVE WAYS TO LOVE
Creative expressions of love invite us to join with the Father’s heart, spurring us on to do good deeds. But how do we begin when everything seems like a mountain we can’t quite climb? And what happens when we think we aren’t creative or when we just don’t have much energy?
We simply take a step. Just one.
Five years ago, when God breathed life into Chronic Joy, we began with a single step of faith, and step-by-step, we continued to follow as God led. While there is still a mountain to climb, Chronic Joy has grown into a global resource ministry dedicated to compassionately serving all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.
From the beginning, we have pursued and facilitated creative ways for each of us to love and serve one another, to be the Body of Christ here on earth.
Creative Ways to Get Started:
Wander through our Printables page, where you’ll find more than 70 FREE guides on all sorts of things from how to start an illness ministry to anxiety exercises to guides for teens, children, and young adults to depression action steps, and so many more! Download or print out the guides and send them to someone who needs a little encouragement or to be reminded that they are seen, thought of, prayed for, and cared about.
Stroll through our blog posts. More than 200 include audio recordings, so you can listen to real voices reading compelling stories. Then take a minute and introduce those you love to Chronic Joy by sharing a post you particularly enjoyed with someone who might be feeling anxious, isolated, or lonely.
Spend an afternoon scrolling through the 1000’s of beautiful FREE, faith-based images. As the inspirational quotes nourish your soul, download the photos that speak to your heart then text, email, or message an image to a friend, neighbor, or loved one, and share the blessing.
#PenToPaper is one of our absolute favorites. Sending old-fashioned, snail-mail always brightens someone’s day. And we’ve made it easy! Service in a Box provides everything you need to creatively love one another. Build your own box or choose from one of our pre-made options.
Resources, tips, and tools to encourage and inspire everyone affected by chronic illness. More than 70 beautifully-designed, FREE printables, and there are always more coming. Stop by and download a little hope today. And be sure to check back often to see what's new!
SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY
We are blessed to link arms, hearts, and minds with some incredibly talented, Christ-led, mission-hearted people. We are always #BetterTogether. Introducing our newest volunteers: Diana and Rebecca. Diana is passionate about prayer and enjoys crochet, stitching her prayers into prayers shawls and blankets for our community. Rebecca is a busy mom who loves to read aloud, pouring her passion into audio recordings as our newest Voice of Chronic Joy.
A Voice of Chronic Joy®
Rebecca is a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mama of one. She enjoys gardening, cooking, hand-lettering, coffee, and spending times with friends. God has brought Rebecca and her husband through some very scary health issues, where they've experienced the grace of God ever stronger in their lives.
Chronic Joy® Creative - Prayer Shawls
Diana is a follower of Jesus, wife of 50-years to Richard, mom of three grown kids, MIL of three amazing bonus kids, and Nana of eight, who fill her days with delight. She has been a stay-at-home mom, a small business owner, and a seminary student in mid-life, answering a call to ministry while there. After 17 years, she retired, and is now a certified spiritual director.
Diana is continually surprised by grace, challenged by the Mystery, warmed by the Spirit, and grateful for the gifts of life, both the beautiful and the difficult. Connect with her at DianaTrautwein.com.