“My illness didn’t surprise God. These times of tearing down and mourning were purposed. There was a bigger plan. God was giving me a glimpse…There was so much more He wanted to teach me about loving one another.” Pamela Piquette

WE ARE WIRED TO SERVE. While culture and tradition may narrow the framework of options, the Holy Spirit splits it wide open, inspiring creative and accessible opportunities for every single member of the Body of Christ to serve. 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? Here are some ideas and tools to help you take a step of faith:

 

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LOVE ONE ANOTHER

SHARING LIFE, DISCOVERING HOPE

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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 & YA

Teens and young adults, 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.) 

CHILDREN

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.) 

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, even through sustained loss, even in the midst of debilitating pain.

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#PenToPaper

#PenToPaper

#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.

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Prayer Pond

Prayer Pond

You're invited to the Prayer Pond, a place 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.

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.

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Lament - Crying out to God in prayer

LAMENT

Pushing our pain aside, hiding it, or feeling shame because of it, diminishes our human experience. If Jesus wept and cried out in anguish, why do we feel it is somehow faithless to honestly express lament?

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CREATIVE WAYS TO SERVE

Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways more challenging, but not impossible. We invite you to discover creative new ways to love God and love others right where you are, however you are able. CREATIVE WAYS TO SERVE

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Pamela Piquette

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chronic Joy®

Pamela is a leader and a visionary following God's call to inspire those affected by chronic illness to discover hope, find purpose, embrace worth and encounter joy. She believes that every precious life affected by chronic illness is both vital and purposed.

Pamela is the mom of three married children, grandma of two sweet granddaughters and one baby grandson, and a wife of more than 30 years. She is diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, chronic migraines and a host of other chronic conditions.

Pamela enjoys hot tea, reading -- almost always more than one book at a time -- and walking her teddy bear dog, Cocoa.

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This 10-chapter study invites participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.

No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley, or how long the winter, there is hope.

There is always hope.

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FINDING PURPOSE: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness

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What if purpose looks different than we believe?

This 10-chapter study invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose, and instead, to embrace God's - a timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.

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EMBRACING WORTH: Understanding Your Value in a Life with Chronic Illness

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This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do, but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story, for in spite of our circumstances, in the midst of the hard, when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.

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I TAKE YOU IN SICKNESS & IN HEALTH: Marriage with Chronic Illness

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ABIDE SERIES

REJUVENATE, REVTALIZE, REKINDLE AND RECONNECT

This insightful and enriching 10-chapter study, designed just for couples, offers you and your spouse a safe place to grieve, heal, grow, and begin to dream together again – to thrive as one – in sickness and in health.

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Notecards, Postcards & More

Letter-writing is a vital and life-giving ministry not only to those who are hurting, grieving, recovering, homebound, lonely, ill, depressed, or isolated, but to the writer as well.

Encourage and inspire others by putting #PenToPaper with one (or more!) of our creative notecard or postcard collections. How about tucking one of our professionally printed guides in the envelope?

Support the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy with every purchase from the Chronic Joy Store.

We pray, we serve, we create, we give, and God ignites change one precious life at a time.

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