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Welcome to the Chronic Joy Ministry, where you are invited to share your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise related to depression, bipolar, postpartum, and other mood disorders. At Chronic Joy, we’re passionate about prayer. Whether a request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy, each prayer ripples far beyond this day and the boundaries of our world.
 
How often we hear, “Prayer is the least I can do,” for chronic pain, when in reality prayer is the most we can do. As we connect with our Heavenly Father and with one another in prayer, our serving hearts both grow and thrive.
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About Depression

Depression affects over 18 million adults in the United States every year, and it is the leading cause of disability for ages 15-44. Depression is the primary reason for suicide, accounting for one death approximately every 12 minutesAn estimated one-third of people with chronic illness experience symptoms of depression

The umbrella of depression includes Major Depressive Disorder, related mood disorders, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorder, and suicide. Additionally, the persistent feelings of sadness and loss associated with major depression can lead to other behavioral and physical symptoms.

It is commonly treated with medication, therapy, or a combination of the two.

About Chronic Joy

OUR MISSION STATEMENT:

Thrive in a life with chronic illness.

OUR INVITATION:

All those who are affected by chronic physical and mental illness are invited to experience radical hope and compassionate change as you are equipped through community and education rooted in Jesus Christ.

A Prayer for Depression

I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2

Dear Lord,

Oh, there are times when we feel so trapped in the mud and mire, moments when it seems we can do nothing but wait. Help us Lord, to see that Your are the One who is turned toward us and listening for our deepest heart’s cry. Even when we cannot utter a sound, You are planning the way to lift us out of the pit of depression. Help us to see that You are the rock, and You will set us firmly right there in Your Presence. Help us to hold onto You when there seems to be no place to stand. Thank You for Your own Words for us.

In the name of Your Son, Jesus, we pray,

Amen.

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DISCOVERING HOPE: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness

Cindee Snider Re

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

Cindee Snider Re

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

Cindee Snider Re

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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Hope Prevails: Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression

Michelle Bengston

Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion, blending her training and faith, to offer readers a hope grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is an approach that offers the hope of release, not just the management of symptoms. For those who struggle with depression and those who want to help them, discover hope for the future.

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When the Darkness Will Not Lift: Doing What We Can While We Wait for God–and Joy

John Piper

Even the most faithful, focused Christians can encounter periods of depression and spiritual darkness when joy seems to stay just out of reach. It can happen because of distressing circumstances, hereditary or other physical causes. John Piper aims to give some comfort and guidance to those experiencing spiritual darkness. Readers will gain insight into the physical side of depression and spiritual darkness and what it means to wait on the Lord in a time of darkness.

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Bright Days Dark Nights With Charles Spurgeon: In Triumph Over Emotional Pain

Elizabeth Ruth Skoglund

Millions read the words of the great nineteenth-century preacher Charles Spurgeon without knowing that his ministry succeeded during seasons of overwhelming emotional pain and deep depression this great man of God encountered. Spurgeon confronted emotional problems with an acceptance based on physical, emotional, and spiritual causes and cures.

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