“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 โ€ฆ but definitely not impossible. Galatians 5:13b says, โ€œโ€ฆ serve one another humbly in love.โ€ But how can we do that with chronic illness? Here are some ideas and tools to help you take a step of faith:

 

 

#PenToPaper ๐Ÿ’Œ

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

SHARING LIFE, DISCOVERING HOPE

TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS

CHILDREN - CJ STAR

LOOKING FOR IDEAS

Would you like to putย #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 donโ€™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 โ€“ 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.ย Our Gift of Hope to you!ย LEARN MORE.ย 

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

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. Weโ€™d love to hearย your story.ย LEARN MORE.

Writing Your Own Psalm of Lament

These are uncertain times, filled with rapid change and lots of conflicting emotion – feelings we might not recognize as grief. Yet while these circumstances surprise and sometimes overwhelm us, God has given us a beautiful guidebook – the Psalms – to help us process all we are feeling.ย 

Lament is a vulnerable, authentic, honest expression of pain. It is worship. And it is prayer.

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?

Click here for a FREE resource that provides a framework to help you grieve, ask, trust, and praise in the midst of challenging circumstances.ย 

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

Pamela Piquette

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chronic Joyยฎ

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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