“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:

 

 

#PenToPaper 💌

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

SHARING LIFE, DISCOVERING HOPE

TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

CHILDREN - CJ STAR

LOOKING FOR IDEAS

Would you like to put #PenToPaper to encourage and lift another up, to offer hope and let someone know they are not alone, that are prayed for, cared for, and loved? If writing long-hand is difficult for you, remember that letters don’t need to be long to remind someone they matter. The important thing is to begin, and there is no better place to begin than in prayer. Ask God who needs an encouraging word or a handwritten prayer today. LEARN MORE.

CARD MINISTRY

Would you like to receive a kind word, encouragement, an inspiring quote, or prayer in your mailbox? We invite you to sign-up for our Card Ministry.

KID'S CARD MINISTRY

CJ Star wants kids to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Would your child (13 and under) be blessed to receive fun, encouraging cards in the mail? Sign up today. (It’s safe and secure.)  

GIFT OF HOPE

Hope is possible. Sometimes 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. If you need to know your story matters, that you are not alone, and that someone cares, request your free copy of Discovering Hope today. Our Gift of Hope to you! LEARN MORE. 

PRAYER MINISTRY

Many have told us that due to chronic illness, serving in traditional ways isn’t possible, but that they can pray. Today, we invite you to do just that. #PrayItForward by lifting the requests of others. Then as you rest at the edge of the Prayer Pond, toss in your prayers and praises, and watch them ripple with radical hope and compassionate change throughout our community and far beyond. LEARN MORE.
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STORY MATTERS

Writing the Story of Your Illness We can feel isolated and powerless when living with chronic illness, but what if your story begins to bridge those barriers? What if your story opens the door for someone to connect, to feel less isolated and alone? What if your story offers a glimmer of hope to someone standing at the edge of hopelessness? What if your story starts the conversation? Click here for a great resource to help you write the story of your illness.

LAMENT

Writing Your Own Lament Pushing our pain aside, covering it up, or feeling shame because we feel it, diminishes our human experience. Even Jesus cried out in pain, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46b) If Jesus, God in human flesh, cried out in anguish in the garden of Gethsemane and from the cross, if he wept over Lazarus’ death, why do we feel it is faithless to lament? Why do we fear to embrace what God so clearly expresses in His Word? Illness, pain, and grieving are messy and complicated. Yet God says, “Take heart.” Click here for a resource to help you experience and write your own lament.

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

For Individuals

How does the church care for you?

How has chronic illness affected you? A few minutes of your time can change the way the church ministers to those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness – building community that thrives. Take the SURVEY FOR INDIVIDUALS.

For Churches

How does your church care for those affected by chronic illness?

Does your church effectively serve and include those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness? Do you have 3 minutes? We’d love your help! Include your voice. Take our short SURVEY FOR CHURCH LEADERS.  

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Pamela Piquette

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 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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