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

“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 their’s 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

Discover Creative New Ways to Serve

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 brand new SERVE page (under the GIVE tab) 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!

Card Ministry

Would you like to offer a kind word, encouragement, an inspiring quote, or prayer to a fellow chronic illness traveller? On hard days when it seems almost impossible to take one more step, sometimes it soothes the spirit to extend ourselves a bit. Writing a note to a fellow traveller could be just that.

And it’s simple to do!

Stop by the Prayer Pond and as you read through the requests, when God tugs at your heart, pause and pray, then consider writing a note, card or letter to encourage that person too.

Who do you know that you could bless with a note of encouragement? Ask God who you could send a little #PenToPaper love, then just write from the heart – a scripture verse, an inspiring quote, a prayer, and/or a few few short sentences to brighten someone’s day.

Would you like to receive a note of encouragement? We invite you to sign-up, so encouraging and inspiring #PenToPaper snail mail and other fun printed materials can find their way to your mailbox. 



Sign-up to receive special mailings from us. You are our community and we would love to bless you with beautiful images, encouragement for your day, and the opportunity to inspire others. (Limited international delivery.)


Teens and 20-somethings would you be blessed to receive cards in the mail? Encouraging and inspiring #PenToPaper snail mail and other fun printed materials can find their way to your mailbox. Sign-up today!  (It’s safe and secure.) 


CJ Star wants kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Would your child be blessed to receive cards in the mail? SIGN UP today. (It’s safe and secure.)



When you visit the Chronic Joy Prayer Pond, you can share your prayer requests and shouts of praise. #PrayItForward began in  response to a clear theme from those of you who took our SURVEY. You told us how much you want to pray for others and that you can lift up requests day or night, and now you can!

#PrayerMonday warmly invites you to pray for this ministry, for those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness, and for each request tossed into our Prayer Pond. Whether request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy, each prayer ripples far beyond this day and the boundaries of our world. LEARN MORE.


#PenToPaper is a powerful way to encourage one another and build each other up, to deepen community, extend hope, and remind someone that they are not alone. Chronic Joy Ministry provides beautiful note paper and cards to encourage both sender and receiver. LEARN MORE.



Is there a great book, a go-to website, or a thought-provoking podcast that encourages you in your walk with chronic illness? Would you love to share that resource to ease another’s journey? Through Chronic Joy’s Pass It On program you can! We will review submissions and as accepted, add them to our website. Pass It On opens the door to community, making everyone’s journey a little easier knowing others have gone before us, blazing the trail and sharing what’s been learned. LEARN MORE.


Chronic illness can be isolating and lonely, but sharing our stories – where we’ve seen God and tasted hope, how we’ve experienced peace in the midst of pain and strength on the overwhelming days, where we’ve learned to lean deep and how we’ve grown in faith – those moments bridge barriers and offer hope to those standing at the edge of hopelessness. Stories of Hope can be the start of life-giving, life-changing conversations. We’d love to hear your story. LEARN MORE.  

We invite you to take a brief SURVEY (less than 3 minutes) offering you a unique and creative way to begin to share your story.


Our DID YOU KNOW? program offers printable Fact Sheets to create awareness, increase knowledge, and support education in a quick and easy format to share with friends, family, churches, small groups, co-workers, and neighbors. LEARN MORE.


Are you a Little Free Librarian? Chronic Joy provides FREE copies of Discovering Hope to Little Free Library owners across the United States with a label on the inside cover stating: “Yours to Keep.” When you notice your library’s copy of Discovering Hope has found a new home, we invite you to contact us for another copy. LEARN MORE.

Looking for a good book to inspire you, to encourage a friend or loved one, or to include in your Little Lending Library? Books We Love is treasure trove of great titles! LEARN MORE.

Lead photo by Rene Asmussen from Pexels

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