"... because of his glory and excellence,  he has given us great and precious promises." 2 Peter 1:4 NLT

Anxious fear brings depression, but a life-giving word of encouragement can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.
Proverbs 12:25 TPT

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION HELPFUL TOOLS 

 

Did you know that Chronic Joy® has developed and curated a wide-range of tools and resources to equip and inspire you to live well and thrive in the midst of anxiety and depression?

Anxiety and depression are part of being human in a fallen and broken world. Rhett Smith, a licensed therapist with a Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy and a Master in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, writes, “Part of being human is that we get anxious. No human can opt out of experiencing anxiety. It visits all of us at varying times in our lives, and to varying degrees.”

Too often, we also feel shame for experiencing these very human emotions. But “[t]here is righteous anxiety,” writes Jon Bloom, “like Jesus’ in Gethsemane Matthew 26:38-39, Paul’s for the churches 2 Corinthians 11:28, and parents’ godly concerns over the spiritually dangerous influences their children will face in the world … The Bible gives us warrant to feel anxious concern … What keeps these anxieties from turning sinful is when we, like Jesus and Paul, translate our fear-fueled concerns into prayer requests, weaving them with thanksgiving for graces we’ve received from God and all the promises he’s made to us 2 Peter 1:4, and give them over to God.”

 

ANXIETY CAN MOVE US TO BE MORE LIKE CHRIST

 

Bloom continues, “Instead of adding shame to already challenging emotions, we begin to ask, ‘What are you up to, God? What is it You are wanting to teach me? Where are you in my anxiety and depression?’”

Because if these are God-given, Biblically-experienced, human emotions like anger or joy or excitement, doesn’t that mean they ultimately have a distinct purpose in our lives?

Josh Weidmann writes, “… our anxiety can actually move us to be more like Christ—growing us in dependence on God and helping us relinquish our will and yield to his … God is not the author of anxiety, but he is sovereign over it. If my stress and fear push me closer to Christ, I’ll relish the fact that God loves me enough to use my anxiety to draw me closer to him.”

 

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION QUESTIONS

 

What if the question is: Who do we trust?

What if anxiety and depression are the very things that draw us into closer relationship with God and greater dependence on Him? And what if anxiety and depression are what actually cultivate a deep and abiding trust God?

Is it possible that God is drawing us back to Himself through our anxiety and depression?

While there are no easy answers to these questions, Chronic Joy’s practical, easy-to-use, faith-based resources are a life-giving first step. May they encourage you as you continue your journey seeking to thrive in the midst of anxiety and depression.

Chronic Joy® Anxiety

Anxiety

Seeking prayer, peace, and presence for this moment. 

When we are afraid, anxious, or overwhelmed, the most significant thing we can do is lean into the One who knows us completely and loves us best – the God of all comfort.

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Depression • Longing for light in the darkness.

Depression

Longing for light in the darkness. 

Depression isn’t a surprise to God and doesn’t disqualify us from making an impact for the Kingdom. Hold onto hope. God is here.

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Hold Onto Possibility Everyday - Ask. Listen. Love. Prevent Suicide One Precious Life at a Time.

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Hold Onto Possibility Everyday

Are you thinking about ending your life? Reach out for support. Are you concerned about a friend or loved one ending his or her life? Ask. Listen. Love.

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Chronic Joy® Awareness •Did You Know?

Awareness

Our ongoing DID YOU KNOW? Awareness campaign  is an invitation to begin a conversation, to discover radical community, to encourage and build one another up. And to THRIVE in a life with chronic illness.

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Prayer Pond • Your Safe Harbor for Prayer.

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.

REQUEST PRAYER

Awareness Facts

Prevalence, Statistics, and Helpful Information

Chronic illness, mental illness, and caring for a loved one with illness impacts every aspect of life – faith, families, finances, friendships, education, hobbies, employment and marriage.

FACTS & PREVALENCE

THRIVING TOGETHER • SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY

 

We are blessed to link arms, hearts, and minds with some incredibly talented, Christ-led, and mission-hearted people. We are always #BetterTogether. Re-introducing one of our first Chronic Joy Contributing Writers, Dr. Terry Powell. Terry began sharing posts long before we even had contributing writers.

Terry’s life-long struggle with depression, and his expertise in both teaching and writing about faith and depression opened a door to partnering on the new depression page content. He was so enthusiastic and committed to the project that he sent 26 pages of material. So, not only did we add a depression page, but we added to our Awareness page and added a comprehensive Facts page. Terry also inspired us to step out in faith and develop our Suicide Prevention page.

Dr. Terry Powell

Dr. Terry Powell

Author and Professor

Terry is Faculty Emeritus at Columbia International University, and now Adjunct Professor in Church Ministries. Married 50 years, he has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Terry writes about faith and depression at Penetrating the Darkness. His latest book, Oh God, I’m Dying! How God Redeems Pain for Our Good and for His Glory tells of God's sustaining grace in the life of co-author, Dr. Mark Smith, who is an effective Christian university president despite suffering daily pain from a near-fatal accident.

ACTIVATING THE WHOLE YOU!

Special thanks to one of Chronic Joy’s Ministry Partners, Thrivent, and for support from Thrivent Action Team service projects for our give-away. Their generosity made the print materials for our #StepRepPray binders possible!

CONGRATULATIONS to our winners: Laura, Clairissa, Sheryl, Terri, Lynn, Kathy, Ann, Sharon, Linda, Jamie, Patricia, Michelle, Marlene, Dee, and Cornelis from New Zealand. Each received a StepRepPray activity binder filled with inspiring prayer guides and 26 activity log sheets. If you missed the drawing, but are inspired to begin stepping into movement of body and spirit, stop by our store to purchase your binder.

 

 

Activating the Whole You! Giveaway
Activating the Whole You Giveaway
Chronic Joy® Anxiety • May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. (Thessalonians 3:16)

Anxiety

Seeking prayer, peace, and rest for this moment.

 

When we have anxiety, fear, or feel overwhelmed, the most significant thing we can do is lean into the One who knows us completely and loves us best – the God of all comfort.

 

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