And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world! John 16:33 TPT
GOD IS WITH US THROUGH TROUBLES AND SORROW
“In this world you will have trouble,” we read in John 16:33, and don’t we know it! In this year of pandemic, political upheaval, and climate changes, we have been surrounded by trouble — and that doesn’t even begin to address any personal “trouble” we might be experiencing. BUT — and this is HUGE — there is more to John 16:33: “But take heart! I have overcome the world!”
This month’s newsletter is filled with helps, suggestions, and ideas that can aid us in taking heart. In this world, we will experience pain, loss, separation, and death. But a better day is coming, a day when death and brokenness no longer have sway. That is our bright hope as we experience grief, sorrow, pain, and loss on this long and winding journey.
GOD IS WITH US – A STRONG COMFORT
A strong undergirding comfort throughout this newsletter is that God is with us (2 Chronicles 13:12; Matthew 1:23). He is with us in every tear, with us in our anger and denial, with us in our sadness, with us when we are beyond words, with us in every moment of our grief.
Sometimes we experience so many emotions right on top of each other that it’s hard to pinpoint how we really feel. The Emotions Wheel helps us to recognize and give attention to our emotions. Our emotions were given to us by God for a reason. When we remember that God is with us, we can bring Him into the picture. We can ask Him to help us work through the emotions we are currently feeling.
Everyone experiences grief in some way or another, whether in chronic illness, financial struggles, pain, the loss of a loved one — the list goes on. But there is light and help along the way. Our Grief Page helps us to see that grief is a journey, and it is important to recognize and express our grief. Find resources there to help you on your journey and discover that there is always hope. God is with us even in our deepest grief.
As you read through these new tools and resources, look for evidence that God is with us — and rejoice with us in this amazing truth.
How do you really feel?
When we give ourselves permission to ask the question "How do I really feel?", we may notice the emotional nuances of feeling bad, afraid, angry, disgusted, sad, happy, and surprised.
In the Midst of Grief
Mourning Our Losses
Grief is no stranger to those of us affected by chronic illness, pain, and suffering. While there are no rules for grieving chronic loss, there is a road map and there are fellow travelers ahead of and behind us on the journey. Grief often precedes growth.
#PENTOPAPER • YOU GET MAIL!
Our #PenToPaper mailings are sent each quarter to inspire those in our community. If you’ve been blessed by these, we’d love to know. Is there someone you can invite to sign-up for these encouraging packets? Kindness → Pass It On!
In this age of technology where you can send a text to someone instantly, it’s easy to forget about the art of writing letters. But who doesn’t enjoy getting mail? It doesn’t take long to write a short note of encouragement and include a scripture. God is with us as we share with one another.
When we feel lonely or forgotten, it makes a world of difference to have meaningful mail arrive in your mailbox. Can you think of someone who would love a letter or note from you? Chronic Joy has beautiful flat cards to make it easy for you. Check out the varieties in our store.
#PENTOPAPER FOR ALL AGES
We would love to bless you with inspiring images, encouraging words, and an opportunity to share a little #PenToPaper love with others. Sign up today to receive your own beautifully-designed, free snail mail packets. (*Limited international delivery.)
TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS
Teens, we invite you to sign up for #PenToPaper packets designed especially for you. Fun, edgy, and transformational snail mail will wing its way to your mailbox several times a year. Sign up today, and invite a friend! (Safe and secure.)
CJ Star and the Sonshine Squad want kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Bright, engaging characters bring laughter, delight, and sunshine to an even difficult day. Parents SIGN UP your child (and their siblings) today. (Safe and secure.)
SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY
We are so blessed to link arms, hearts, and minds with some incredibly talented, Christ-led, mission-hearted people. Introducing our newest partners and volunteers!
Holly linked arms to design the powerful, Keep Being Brave images for our #PenToPaper mailing. Now available in our store.
Chronic Joy® Creative Contributor
Holly is an an artist and writer in Seattle, WA. She is mom to two amazing girls, Maya and Sage, and sweet Golden Retriever, Duncan. A Physical Therapist by education, she and her husband own a physical therapy private practice. When she’s not creating art, Holly loves running, yoga, reading and studying the Bible.