“The, question, therefore, is not ‘How can we make community?’ but ‘How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?'” Henri J.M. Nouwen

GIVING HEARTS • MAKING A DIFFERENCE

God has guided Chronic Joy every step of the way as we have grown through the years! It is my privilege to share a snapshot of the 10 vital programs that serve our growing community.

Henri Nouwen’s words are a great place to begin: “However, community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another. Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own. The question, therefore, is not ‘How can we make community?’ but, ‘How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?'”

Making a difference one precious life at a time.

Our Programs

We offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability. 

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GET INVOLVED

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.

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You Get Mail!

You Get Mail!

Sign up to receive free, professionally designed and printed, old-school, #PenToPaper snail mail throughout the year. When you include your birthdate, we’ll send a special mailing to celebrate you! Safe & Secure. Sign-Ups for: Adults, Teens & YA, Children & Tweens.

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Chronic Joy® Access Opening doors. Removing barriers.

Chronic Joy® Access

Opening Doors. Removing Barriers. Accessibility is an invitation to broaden our perspectives, choosing the simple kindness of including one another, opening doors, and removing barriers.

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Serve one another humbly in love.

Serve

Our hearts are wired to serve, because we were created for communityChronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging, but not impossible. Discover creative new ways to love God and others right where you are, however you are able.

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#StepRepPray

#STEPREPPRAY

#StepRepPray is an invitation to meet with God in movement – always at the pace of grace. With each step or every rep, seek God’s guidance, worship and praise Him, thank Him for the gift of movement, and lift your heart in prayer for others.

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

PASS IT ON → KINDNESS

Making the Journey Easier for All of Us

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

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Self-Care • Kindness Multiplied

SELF-CARE

Kindness Multiplied

When we are kind and generous with ourselves, we can pour kindness and love overflowing into others. Take time and take care of you, because you are God’s beloved.

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Creative Sparks • Be Brave. Be Curious. Create!

Creative Sparks

BE BRAVE. BE CURIOUS. CREATE! Though few of us would call ourselves creative, that amazing grace-gift is woven straight into our DNA. As we engage with God, He ignites our curiosity, waking us to wonder and the joy of possibility.

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Radical Community

Radical Community

Radical community is rooted in love, nourished in prayer, and strengthened in courageous vulnerability as we listen, engage, forgive, learn, grow, serve, and extend compassion to all.

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Let's Pray!

Let's Pray

Prayer is a precious invitation to simply be with Jesus.

Slow down. Breathe deep and draw near to God, experiencing His Presence in abundant, exceptional, and wildly generous ways. 

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Gift of Hope

Gift of Hope

Hope is possibleSometimes we just need to know that someone cares, that our stories matter, that hope is possible – even in a life with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability, even through sustained loss, even in the midst of debilitating pain.

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