We’re excited to be stepping into audio to make our resources more accessible and inclusive. At a time when our world feels even more isolated and lonely, listening to a real voice read the words of a post might be the only voice someone hears that day. As the posts are recorded, you’ll notice a sound symbol at the top of the page. Just click and you will quickly move to the audio player, then listen! Via social media, you’ll discover a post has audio through the hashtag: #AudioBlog💿.
The Voices of Chronic Joy are a dynamic, compassionate, and caring community of volunteers who felt the gentle nudge of God and stepped in, investing their time and talents in this exciting and deeply needed offering. Whether visually impaired, struggling with exhaustion and fatigue, or simply needing to hear a real voice to break up the quiet of your day, we pray that audio blesses and encourages you. In addition to posts, many of our webpages will also be available as audio in the coming months.
Visit chronic-joy.org today to check out our first several audio posts and check back often to hear what’s new. Then #PassItOn and invite others to listen too.
#PenToPaper is near and dear to Chronic Joy, and a tangible, practical way to encourage one another. From the beginning, we’ve sent postcards and notes of encouragement to our community. Each packet includes an inspiring postcard, helpful guides, encouraging tips, and bland note- or postcards inviting recipients to reach out and #PayItForward with a little #PenToPaper of their own. Mailings are specially designed with our community in mind.
Our Summer 2020 mailing included more than 800 packets for men, women, teens, young adults, and children across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and even one to Finland. Each month, our #PenToPaper grows, and with each mailing, we learn a little bit more.
Did you receive your Summer 2020 #PenToPaper packet? If not, it’s FREE! Sign up today: You Get Mail!
You Get Mail!
Sign-up to receive inspiring, encouraging (Fun! Free!) #PenToPaper snail mail. And don’t forget to include your birthday so we can celebrate you!
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.)
✨ WHEN YOU GIVE…
SPEAK LIFE every month when you give the gift of #PenToPaper, 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 loved.
Receive our special SPEAK LIFE thank you gift, along with a handwritten note expressing our gratitude, a gorgeous set of notecards, and a stylish pen on the one-year anniversary of your donation.
#PenToPaper Note Starters
Would you send a note of encouragement if you just knew what to write? Have you ever wanted to brighten someone’s day, but just didn’t know what to say? We can help! Sometimes all it takes is a few good words to get you started.
Our free printable offers an inspiring collection of short, heartfelt messages to brighten anyone’s day. The perfect compliment to our notecard sets. Looking for a little bit more? Check out our Prayer Printable, a soul-stirring treasury of quotes and Scripture.
SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY
We are blessed to link arms, hearts, and minds with some incredibly talented, Christ-led, mission-hearted people. Together we are better. Together, we can change the world one precious life at a time.
Introducing The Voices of Chronic Joy: Karin, Diana, Sandra, Natalie, Jan, and Megan.
Poet, Author, Poetry Coordinator, and A Voice of Chronic Joy®
Karin is a handmaiden of the Lord; saved by grace; a worshiper; a poet; a broken heart; a lover of words; hungry for truth; amazed by love; on the Potter's wheel His work in progress. After five years in Africa, Karin and her beloved husband of twenty years, Rick, are back in rural Canada where chronic pain drives her to the feet of Jesus. She is powered by prayer, love, and many cups of strong coffee. Author of From Ashes to Glory (A Psalm a Day).
A Voice of Chronic Joy®
Diana is currently a Learning Design Specialist for VIQ Solutions in the Phoenix metropolitan area. She is married 52 years to her husband who is a retired pastor. They have two children, four grandchildren, one great grandchild; a silky Yorkie, Maestro Lord Rockefeller, and a Goldendoodle, Oopsy Daisy, Crazy Daisy Genevieve Gish - each with delightful back-stories! She has been published in career journals and is halfway through writing her first (Erma Bombeck wannabe) book.
Sandra Heska King
Nurse, Writer, Poet, and A Voice of Chronic Joy®
Sandra is a wife of over 48 years, adoptive mom to two, and “nama” to four (almost five.) She has worked in multiple nursing specialties, including family practice, OB/GYN, operating room, and public health. She writes from her home in South Florida where she lives on the edge of the Everglades. She loves to hike and photograph wildlife, and sometimes even kayaks with alligators. She is addicted to books, Häagen-Dazs® Coffee Almond Crunch ice cream bars, and jasmine tea. Sandra posts photos on Instagram, writes sporadically on her blog, and is a contributing writer and social media team manager for Tweetspeak Poetry. Her daughter is diagnosed with Crohn’s and RA.
Writer, Speaker, and A Voice of Chronic Joy®
Natalie is a writer, speaker, and reluctant hiker who’s discovered that finding her way in the woods helps her navigate the landscape of life by faith. She weaves tales from the trail with biblical truths and practical tools to encourage and equip others. A lifelong Iowan with a longstanding fear of cows, she’s survived a snowmobile-windshield-to-nostril standoff with a half-ton bison, a trip into the backcountry with recreationally-unstable fishing guide, and a trek across a clifftop pursued by a bear. Her favorite adventure, though, is doing life with her husband and children, including two daughters with chronic illnesses. She shares about these experiences to inspire others to travel their own terrain by faith.
A Voice of Chronic Joy®
Jan and her husband divide their time between Sterling, Alaska and Sedona, Arizona, where she is a choir director at the Methodist Church, ministering through music, even in retirement.
Jan's love of words fills the spaces in between being a wife, mom, grandmother, and retired music educator. Equipped through years of experience teaching, conducting, and accompanying, Jan's goal is to raise awareness of music-making as avocation, delight, recreation, meditation, and calling.
Music is an avenue of personal and corporate expression, meditation, and worship - a way of opening God's creation to exploration, examination, understanding, wonder, and praise to the Creator, which is fulfillment of man's purpose to glorify God and enjoy Him forever!
Poet, Author, and Poetry Coordinator
Megan is a contributing writer for Wacoan magazine in Waco, Texas, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, and Magnolia Journal. She is also an editor at T.S. Poetry Press and the author of The Joy of Poetry. She lives in the Texas Hill Country, where she writes and edits from home. Links to her work can be found at her website, meganwillome.com and Twitter. Megan's day is incomplete without poetry and tea.