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Use Your Grace Gifts!

How has God gifted you? Where do you feel His gentle nudge to love one another? His Spirit’s tug to get involved? We are always #BetterTogether. Use your grace gifts! Get involved in Chronic Joy today.

WELCOME! WE’RE SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE!

 

At Chronic Joy, we believe every life is vital, precious, and purposed, created by God‘s hand and for His glory – every single one of us is a treasured masterpiece. Together, we are the Body of Christ on earth.

We also believe that we are always #BetterTogether. Life with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability can be challenging and difficult to navigate. That’s why we are called to live it together.

Use whatever gift you’ve received for the good of one another so that you can show yourselves to be good stewards of God’s grace in all its varieties.
(1 Peter 4:10)

 

Jamie Ivey wrote, “Our gifts are given to us by God in order to serve those around us.”

There is no hierarchy of gifts. Instead, each is a single facet of the infinite grace of God woven into the DNA of His people. Together, we are the Body of Christ. Together, we reflect His glory and grace.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
(Ephesians 2:10)

WHAT ARE YOUR GRACE GIFTS?


How has God gifted you? Where do you feel His gentle nudge to love one another His  Spirit’s little tug to get involved?

  • What’s in your hand? What skills, hobbies, gifts, or abilities do you have or can you already do?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Who can you pray for?
  • Who can you encourage?
  • When have you felt most deeply connected to God?
  • Where did you find your greatest joy as a child?
  • What brings you joy today?
  • When do you sense God’s pleasure?

FREE PRINTABLES

What are Your Grace Gifts?

How has God gifted you? Where do you feel His gentle nudge to love one another or the Spirit's tug to get involved? A grace gift is a beautiful Holy Spirit-inspired act of ministry that works in harmony with the gifts given to the whole Body of Christ.

Creative Ways to Serve

Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging – but not impossibleDiscover creative new ways to love God and others right where you are, however you are able.

Creative Ways to Connect

Looking for creative ways to connect with others as you unpack the Chronic Joy studies? This FREE printable does just that and more!

ENGAGE YOUR GRACE GIFTS

1. INTENTIONAL KINDNESS...

...is love in action. Pass It On today by:

  • speaking an encouraging word
  • offering forgiveness to someone who hurt or wronged you
  • writing a review for your favorite restaurant, small group, or non-profit
  • purchasing our Service in a Box - Touch of Kindness to spread kindness far and wide
2. GENEROSITY...

...is a vibrant expression of Jesus living in and loving through us. Be generous with your:

  • time
  • resources
  • unique skills, hobbies, or gifts
3. YOUR VOICE

Did you know that from the comfort of your own home, you can record audio tracks for Chronic Joy posts or page content?

 

4. #CONNECTBYTEXT

Never underestimate the power of a simple text. In just minutes, you can give the gift of encouragement. Remind someone today that they are cared about, prayed for, and dearly loved.

 

5. PRAYER

The Prayer Pond is our safe harbor and a precious invitation from God. Today, we warmly invite you to spend a few minutes at the Prayer Pond where you can request prayer and also #PrayItForward for another. Our beautiful Make Your Life a Prayer flat cards make it easy to send prayer notes to friends and loved ones.

 

6. WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Brighten someone’s day with a free Chronic Joy Printable (There are more than 100 to choose from!). Grab the link or download, print, and mail a Printable to a friend or loved one.

 

7. A HEART OF COMPASSION

The word compassion literally means to suffer with or to suffer together. Chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability can leave us feeling isolated and alone, but compassion begins In the Midst of Grief. Spend some time with the wonderful resources on this webpage and then check out our free printable: Verses to Comfort & Encourage.

 

8. PRAYER SHAWLS

Do you knit or crochet? Prayer shawls are blessings of community, kindness, comfort, and compassion, stitched with prayer and gifted to those who are struggling with illness, painanxietydepression, loneliness, loss, or grief, as well as those who are hospitalized, recovering from surgery, or facing prolonged treatments. We offer free downloadable patterns for prayer shawls and face cloths.

 

9. COMMUNITY

Community is where we learn to “love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22). What does that look like in everyday life? Start with Radical Community then download our 33 Biblical “One Anothers.”

 

10. WHAT'S IN YOUR POCKET?

When we each give what we have (willing hands, a skill, our hobby, knowledge, our voice, our time, prayer, or financial resources), we are bolder, braver, and stronger together – and together, God multiplies the impact one precious life at a time. How will you give today?

 

11. FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness,” writes Pastor Laurie Brenner, “is an essential ingredient for joy.” Not sure how to strengthen your forgiveness muscle? Our Ministry of Reconciliation printable is a great first step! If there are difficult relationships for which you are struggling to find words, our free printable provides an easy step in.

 

12. ACCOUNTABILITY

Becoming an accountability partner is a powerful Kingdom-building and community-cultivating gift. Step beyond the familiar framework with #StepRepPray and Megan Willome’s post, Workout Buddy and Prayer Partner.

 

13. ASK GENEROUS QUESTIONS

Asking generous questions takes courage, curiosity, and gentle tenderness, but it also connects us in transformational ways. Need a little inspiration? We’ve got several free printables:  Questions of Jesus, 76 Questions for Couples, and Ask Generous Questions.

 

14. OFFER A SMILE

“Small actions of love are the very definition of humbly serving one another,” writes Pamela Piquette in Love in Action. There’s no better place to begin!

 

15. DONATE A BOOK

Do you know someone who would be blessed by Discovering Hope, the first book of Chronic Joy Publishing? Through Gift of Hope, they can receive it as our gift, completely free of charge.

 

16. WRITE A REVIEW

Write a review for your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, small business, Etsy shop, book, blog, podcast, radio show, or non-profit (like Chronic Joy).

 

17. SOCIAL MEDIA

Share your favorite Chronic Joy posts and spread a little compassion, hope, and joy on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Pinterest. Know someone who’s in need of a little encouragement? Tag them!

 

18. SHARE YOUR STORY

If you’ve ever thought about sharing your story, we’d love to help. Story Matters is filled with thoughtful questions and helpful tips to get you started – and if you need a little more inspiration, check out Build An Ebenezer.

 

19. LEAVE A THANK YOU NOTE

Thank your mail carrier, garbage collectors, health care professionals, or neighbors. Looking for a little gratitude kickstart? Download Discovering Gratitude. Our Appreciation flat cards are an easy way to express your gratitude.

 

20. INVITE A FRIEND...

...to be your Gratitude Buddy.

Author Kara Tippetts wrote, “Gratitude protects our hearts in the midst of suffering.” Link arms with a friend and text, message, or email each other one thing (or more!) you’re grateful for each day. Need a little inspiration? Start with A Grateful Heart and 10,000 Reasons.

 

21. VOLUNTEER

Dust off your grace gifts and let us know what you love to do and how you’d like to be involved – one-time or ongoing – from the comfort of your own home. Not sure how to get involved? Connect with Us! Tell us what you love to do, and we’ll brainstorm with you!

22. FRIEND-RAISING

Host an in-person or virtual gathering of friends, neighbors, co-workers, your sports team, or small group, and:

  • #StepRepPray – Run, walk, climb, bike, dance, swim, jump rope, or hula hoop in someone’s honor or for someone who can’t – then let them know.
  • Write #PenToPaper notes for those who need a little encouragement in your community or for the growing Chronic Joy community.
  • Knit or crochet prayer shawls, face cloths, or bookmarks for our Kindness Boxes.
  • Help us build Kindness Boxes. Invite participants to donate lotions, chocolates, candles, notepads, pens, and other small items to add to our Kindness Boxes

 

 23. CELEBRATE...

...our children

Donate:

  • $6 – one fun-filled envelope for one precious Little
  • $12 – exciting  and engaging activity sheets
  • $50 – shareable stickers for our Littles and their friends

 

24. PASS IT ON

YOU are our why, the reason we do what we do. We are always #BetterTogether!

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. (Colossians 1:3)

In kindness [God] takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. (Romans 2:4)

 

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Promise of Abundant Peace

Peace, it seems, arrives on the heels of gratitude. When we thank God for who He is, what He’s done, and all He’s given us, the floodgates of peace swing wide as God's peace rushes over us, filling each crack and crevice, mending every broken piece, and smoothing over the missing shards.

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Promise of Abundant Peace

Let’s Celebrate

Together, we are learning to live a life of celebration amid this unexpected journey through chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.

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"Celebration can be an act of worship and an act of hope and perhaps, in a way, an act of joyful rebellion against fear." Katherine Wolf

Love Without Labels

To love without labels we must take the time to talk to others and ask questions. Search for that deep treasure within the one who is hurting and longing for a touch of kindness and fellowship.

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"To love without labels we must take the time to talk to others and ask questions. Search for that deep treasure within the one who is hurting and longing for a touch of kindness and fellowship." MaryAnne Constantine

BOOKMARK IT!

Order a supply of Chronic Joy’s bookmarks and:

  • Tuck them into Little Free Library books in your town or neighborhood
  • Slip them into library books ready to be returned
  • Include them in #PenToPaper notes, cards, or letters
  • Use them as decorative gift toppers
  • Gift them to each member of your book club in honor of World Read Aloud Day (February 3), International Book Giving Day (February 14), or International Literacy Day (September 8)
  • Give them to your small group
  • Surprise your neighbors or co-workers with bookmarks on World Kindness Day (November 13)
  • Include them in retreat or conference swag bags
  • Give them as thoughtful momentos to your church members for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day
  • Use them as decorative place setting gifts at your next holiday gathering

SOCIAL MEDIA

Want to make a difference on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Pinterest? Do you have a half-an-hour a week? Get Involved! #PassItOn! Share a few of your favorite Chronic Joy posts each week and make a difference for those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.

SPONSOR A LITTLE SONSHINE!

Sponsor a year of encouraging and engaging #PenToPaper mailings for a child, tween, or teen affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability, and infuse a bright ray hope and dark and difficult days. 

START A SMALL GROUP

So many in the chronic illness community feel a deep sense of isolation and loneliness. We’re here to equip leaders to foster relationships, build community, and guide small groups for those impacted by chronic illness. LEARN MORE.

GENEROSITY

When you pray, serve, create, or give to Chronic Joy, you speak hope and life to hearts around the world affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability. LEARN MORE.

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TESTIMONIALS

Chronic Joy® Testimonials

Your words can be a lifeline of hope for all of us on this challenging journey through chronic illness. Has Chronic Joy® made a difference? Let us know! And extend a lifeline to someone today. LEARN MORE.

FRIEND-RAISING

Chronic Joy® Friend-Raising • Cultivate. Strengthen. Build. It’s all about relationships.

 

Cultivate. Strengthen. Build. It’s all about relationships. Friend-Raising starts with story – with our why – why we give, serve, pray, and invest our time, talents, and resources in the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy®. The best part? – you only need a few good friends to start! LEARN MORE.

SERVICE IN A BOX

Service in a Box • Simply and creatively serve. Everything you need in one box!

Simply and creatively serve. Everything you need in one box! When chronic illness makes serving in traditional or familiar ways difficult, Service in a Box is everything you need to simply and creatively serve one another in love in new ways. LEARN MORE.

#PENTOPAPER

#PenToPaper

#PenToPaper is a heartfelt ministry of time.  A gift of hope and encouragement, and a reminder to someone that they are thought of, cared about, and prayed for. LEARN MORE.

PRAYER SHAWLS

Prayer Shawls • Kindness with Every Stitch

Kindness with Every Stitch • Prayer shawls are blessings of community, kindness, comfort, and compassion, stitched with prayer and gifted to those who are struggling with illness, pain, anxiety, depression, loneliness, loss, or grief – a gift to the maker and the receiver. LEARN MORE.

VOICES OF CHRONIC JOY®

Voice of Chronic Joy®

 

 

 

The Voices of Chronic Joy are a caring and compassionate team of volunteers dedicated to recording website content and guest posts to enrich the lives of those we serve. LEARN MORE.

PRAYER MINISTRY

Prayer Pond

 

Your Safe Harbor for Prayer.  Share prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise. It’s safe, secure, and always without judgment. LEARN MORE.

VOLUNTEER WITH US!

Volunteer With Chronic Joy!

What are your grace gifts? You’re invited to dust off your grace gifts, take a fortifying sip of courage, and link arms with us in the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy®. Make a difference, one precious life at a time. LEARN MORE.

PASS IT ON

Kindness → Pass It On! Making the Journey Easier for One Another

Making the journey easier for one another. PASS IT ON! is an invitation to pass on the love and kindness of God – making the journey easier for all of us. Write  #PenToPaper notes. Share books, blogs, and websites. Knit prayer shawls. Welcome others into the Chronic Joy community. LEARN MORE.

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