Every time you smile at someone.

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~ Mother Teresa



Our hearts are wired to serve. We were created for community – to love God and one another.


Perhaps we view serving as big acts, significant time commitments, or specific gifts and talents. When we add chronic illness, serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways can become challenging … but definitely not impossible.

Galatians 5:13b says, “… serve one another humbly in love.” But how can we do that with chronic illness?

Francis de Sales reminds us that, “There is nothing small in the service of God.”

And Mother Teresa wrote, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love…” Small acts are never small when they are acts of love.


Small actions of love are the very definition of humbly serving one another.  


On hard days, the simple act of smiling might require our brave intentionality, but it is a gift to the one who receives it. That one small act carries love that can change the trajectory of someone’s day, brightening both theirs and yours!


From an earthly perspective, small things like:

  • a cup of cold water given “to the least of these” refreshes Jesus Himself
  • one simple lunch of bread and fish offered in childlike faith fed the 5000
  • faith as small as a mustard seed has the amazing power to move mountains




While you may no longer be able to serve in traditional or culturally familiar ways due to chronic illness, discover creative new ways to love God and love others right where you are, however you are able. Chronic Joy’s SERVE page is filled with innovative options and easy to implement ideas to inspire and encourage you.

We’d love to include your ideas on that page too! Share them in the comments, then check the SERVE page for new additions.

The door is open, Friends, and you are warmly invited!

We were created for community. We are always #BetterTogether!

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You Get Mail!


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.)

You Get Mail - Keep Being Brave - Teen & YA


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.)


Kids Get Mail!


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.) 


Prayer Pond • Your Safe Harbor for Prayer.

Prayer Pond

You're invited to the Prayer Pond, your safe harbor for prayer, where you can share your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise. Whether a request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy, each prayer ripples with radical hope and compassionate change.




#PenToPaper is a powerful, yet easy way to encourage one another and build each other up. Foster community, offer hope, let someone know they are not alone and that they are prayed for, cared about, and genuinely loved. We provide a beautiful starter set of stationery to encourage both sender and receiver.


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


Cultivate. Strengthen. Build.
It’s all about relationship.

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®. And the best part? You only need a few good friends to start!


Your chronic illness story matters.

Story Matters

Story is the tale of our lives. And it matters. Chronic illness can be isolating and lonely, but sharing our stories can open a door, extending hope, and sometimes sparking a life-giving, life-changing conversation with someone else along the way. We’d love to hear your story.


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


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.


Let's Pray!

Let's Pray

Prayer is a precious invitation from God. Let’s Pray! Often, we over-think prayer, complicating it by seeking the right words, the right time or place, or the perfect formula, so afraid of getting it wrong that we fail to pray at all.


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!

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