When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! Matthew 2:10

When they saw the star, they were ecstatic with joy.  Matthew 2:10 ISV

JOY • PAST

 

January 1, 2021, will mark five years since God breathed life into Chronic Joy®. One of our first steps was to meet with our senior pastor, who offered a listening ear and some sage advice, which included a simple, but profound three-step plan for stepping into ministry:

  1. Start small.
  2. Start with what you have.
  3. Start now.

While he spoke wisdom, it also became a significant challenge. We had accepted a call to minister to a huge and completely underserved mission field.

In just 106 short days, we were holding our Letter of Determination. Chronic Joy® had become an official non-profit! By July, our board had held its inaugural meeting with seven seasoned and very wise board members, who all caught the vision of becoming a global resource ministry. Who knew that following God’s call would bring such ecstatic joy!?

JOY • PRESENT 

 

2020 has been a particularly challenging year. So many precious people are experiencing overwhelming isolation and loneliness. Yet for Chronic Joy®, it’s been a year of recognizing God’s faithful preparation to be stewards of His joy in the messy midst of global suffering. This year’s highlights include:

#PENTOPAPER – 4000 STAMPS AND COUNTING – JOY IN A LETTER

This year, we found our rhythm with #PenToPaper mailings. Four mailings steeped in prayer, filled with beautiful postcards, bookmarks and hope-filled guides, and the opportunity for each recipient to send a little #PenToPaper encouragement of their own to friends and loved ones. Four mailings to almost 1,000 precious people – children, teens, young adults, and men and women across the US and around the world – equals 4000 envelopes of love, hope, and you guessed it….joy!

FREE PRINTABLES

In addition to our #PenToPaper mailings, we continue to develop useful tools, resources, and hope-filled, printable guides. Today, there are dozens of at-your-finger-tip, print-from-home “How-To” guides for everything from writing your own #PenToPaper notes, to creatively expressing your story, to leaning into prayer, to living well in the midst of anxiety, depression, chronic illness— and so many more.

AUDIO – THE VOICES OF CHRONIC JO

Mid-year, Chronic Joy® stepped into audio to make our resources even more accessible and inclusive. With our world feeling more isolated and lonelier than ever, a real person reading a post or webpage might be the only voice someone hears that day. Regardless of imperfections, it’s hearts that make these recordings real, extending hope one precious life at a time.

Our Voices of Chronic Joy® are a wonderful team of volunteers who selflessly give of their time, hearts, and voices to record posts for authors who are either unable or who would prefer not to record their own words. They are a blessing to our community and a joy to us!

Click on an image to learn more.

 

 

We pray that each time you see a star, you are filled with the ecstatic joy of the Lord!

SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY

We are blessed to link arms, hearts, and minds with some incredibly talented, Christ-led, and mission-hearted people. We are always #BetterTogether. Introducing our newest volunteer:  Gayl Wright –  Content Coordinator.

Lead image courtesy of Emerson Mertens.

Gayl Wright

Gayl Wright

Chronic Joy® Content Coordinator and Prayer Team

Gayl lives in a log home on a hill in Sunset, SC. She and her husband, Steve, raised 7 kids and have 14 grandkids. Some have chronic illnesses and one son is with Jesus. She was a church pianist for many years, and she also homeschooled her kids. Gayl loves to crochet, compose poems, write, art journal and spend time in nature. She is a seeker of truth, looking for beauty in ordinary things. Her desire in life is to glorify God and encourage others. Check out her blog Words, Photos and Art.

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