GOD’S INVITATION TO CELEBRATE
God breathed life into Chronic Joy in 2016, though He had been working in our lives for many years, preparing us for such a time as this. What an exceptional invitation to celebrate! What if we paused to consider all the lives that have been touched by His kindness for those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability? That’s you, which is truly a cause for great celebration!
God has invited His people into celebration since He first breathed life into them in the Garden of Eden. For six days, God created. On the seventh, before sin had even entered the world, God rested, celebrating the work of creation and calling it good.
How often do we celebrate the breath in our lungs, the shaggy bark of a birch tree, God’s Word in a language we can read and understand, and the gift of a caring friend, neighbor, or loved one? How often do we miss God’s small blessings, tiny triumphs, or quiet miracles? Today, what if we paused at a window, waiting without agenda to notice God’s fingerprints just beyond the glass?
What if we sat outside and listened to the birds calling, or people passing, or children laughing? What would happen if we entered each new day in anticipation of celebration? We might just find ourselves standing on holy ground.
In the words of Katherine Wolf, “Celebration can be an act of worship and an act of hope and perhaps, in a way, an act of joyful rebellion against fear.” Richard J. Foster, in Celebration of Discipline, culminates the book with a chapter on celebration. “Celebration is the heart of the way to Christ.”
At Chronic Joy, we’re celebrating the addition of new office equipment. It might sound a bit odd to celebrate a paper folding machine, but we’ve been folding the guides that are included in every mailing by hand. In the last mailing alone, there were about 3500 pieces. So, we are excited by the generosity of our donors, a folding machine, and the ability to send out even more #PenToPaper packets.
JOIN US IN THE CELEBRATION
We hope that Chronic Joy has been a gift to you. Would you bless one, two, or three other people by introducing us to them with a note of encouragement, an invitation for You Get Mail, a link to a favorite post or printable, or information on a helpful resource? It’s easy to do! Visit our Friend-Raising page for everything you need to become a Chronic Joy Ambassador of Kindness. You will be making a difference one precious life at a time.
Celebrate Little Things Everyday
Celebrate each small win, every tiny triumph, and every unexpected victory, even if today your milestone is just a pebble.
Living a Life of Celebration
Don’t let the little moments, small blessings, or tiny triumphs slip by unnoticed or unacknowledged. Instead, pause. Give thanks. Join the chorus of creation and share your joy.
Sing! Dance! Praise! Celebrate!
Celebration is an essential expression of the character of God, a reflection of our Creator God in His creation. Give thanks. Make merry. Rejoice. Worship.
Celebration Note Starters
It is only fitting then that we should celebrate with one another – to see the little moments and the significant accomplishments, acknowledge the hard work done, rejoice in another year lived, or just be thankful for the presence of someone in our lives.
Celebrating CJ Star
Did you know that CJ Star was the very first member of the Sonshine Squad? Over the years, CJ Star has gathered a whole squad of fun-loving, Jesus-led friends into the Sonshine Squad.
Celebrate with the Sonshine Squad
The Sonshine Squad is getting ready for a celebration. It’s a day to celebrate all the wonderful things God is doing. Why? Because YOU are a precious child of God. God knows you. God loves you. He calls us each by name — and that is worth celebrating every, single day!