Discover creative ways to encourage others …
doing beautiful works as expressions of love.
(Hebrews 10:24 TPT)
THE REMARKABLE KINDNESS OF GOD
This, in the words of Alexander MacClaren, is your invitation “to cultivate the buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God,” and to Pass It On to the precious souls in your own little corner of this hungry and thirsty world.
We are wired for community, called to love one another deeply from the heart, invited to meet with God in prayer for each other, and inspired by the Spirit to be intentionally kind, becoming a conduit of Jesus’ love to every life we touch as we journey Home.
We’ve collected 24 creative ways to pass on the remarkable, joy-filled, always-right-on-time, crowded kindness of God to one another. And it all begins with prayer.
A Short Prayer
Lord, thank You for Your unending and compassionate kindness. How I long to pass Your kindness on to others—both those I know and those I don’t—who are hungry and thirsty for Your tender loving-kindness. Please make me a blessing and use me as a conduit that blesses others.
24 CREATIVE WAYS TO PASS IT ON:
1. INTENTIONAL KINDNESS...
...is love in action. Pass It On today by:
- Speaking an encouraging word
- Offering forgiveness to someone who hurt or wronged you
- Writing a review for your favorite restaurant, small group, or non-profit
2. GENEROSITY ...
...is a vibrant expression of Jesus living in and loving through us. Be generous with:
- your time
- your resources
- your unique skills, hobbies, or gifts
3. YOUR VOICE
Did you know that from the comfort of your own home, you can record audio tracks for Chronic Joy posts and page content?
Never underestimate the power of a simple text. In just minutes, you can give the gift of encouragement. Remind someone today that they are cared about, prayed for, and dearly loved.
The Prayer Pond is our safe harbor and a precious invitation from God. Today, we warmly invite you to spend a few minutes at the Prayer Pond where you can request prayer and also #PrayItForward for another.
6. WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
Brighten someone’s day with a free Chronic Joy Printable. More than 100 to choose from! Grab the link or download, print, and mail a Printable to a friend or loved one.
7. A HEART OF COMPASSION
The word compassion literally means to suffer with or to suffer together. Chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability can leave us feeling isolated and alone, but compassion begins In the Midst of Grief. Spend some time with the wonderful resources on this webpage and then check out our free printable, Verses to Comfort & Encourage.
Do you knit or crochet? Prayer shawls are blessings of community, kindness, comfort, and compassion, stitched with prayer and gifted to those who are struggling with illness, pain, anxiety, depression, loneliness, loss, or grief, as well as those who are hospitalized, recovering from surgery, or facing prolonged treatments. We offer free downloadable patterns for prayer shawls and face cloths.
Community is where we learn to “love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22 NIV). What does that look like in everyday life? Start with Radical Community then download our 33 Biblical “One Anothers.”
When we each give what we have – willing hands, a skill, hobby, or knowledge, our voice, our time, prayer, or financial resources, together we are bolder, braver, and stronger, and together, God multiplies the impact one precious life at a time. How will you give today?
Becoming an accountability partner is a powerful Kingdom-building and community-cultivating gift. Step beyond the familiar framework with #StepRepPray and Megan Willome’s post, Workout Buddy and Prayer Partner.
13. ASK GENEROUS QUESTIONS
Asking generous questions takes courage, curiosity, and a gentle tenderness, but it also connects us in transformational ways. Need a little inspiration? We’ve got several free printables: Questions of Jesus, 76 Questions for Couples, and Ask Generous Questions.
14. OFFER A SMILE
15. DONATE A BOOK
16. WRITE A REVIEW
Write a review for your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, small business, Etsy shop, book, blog, podcast, radio show, or non-profit (like Chronic Joy).
17. SOCIAL MEDIA
Share your favorite Chronic Joy posts and spread a little compassion, hope, and joy on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Pinterest. Know someone who’s in need of a little encouragement? Tag them!
18. SHARE YOUR STORY
If you’ve ever thought about sharing your story, we’d love to help. Story Matters is filled with thoughtful questions and helpful tips to get you started. And if you need a little more inspiration, check out Build An Ebenezer.
19. LEAVE A THANK YOU NOTE
Thank your mail carrier, garbage collectors, health care professionals, or neighbors. Looking for a little gratitude kickstart? Download Discovering Gratitude.
20. INVITE A FRIEND...
...to be your Gratitude Buddy.
Author Kara Tippetts wrote, “Gratitude protects our hearts in the midst of suffering.” Link arms with a friend and text, message, or email each other one (or more) things you’re grateful each day. Need a little inspiration? Start with A Grateful Heart and 10,000 Reasons.
Dust off your grace gifts and let us know what you love to do and how you’d like to be involved – one time or on-going – from the comfort of your own home. Not sure how to get involved? Connect with Us! Tell us what you love to do, and we’ll brainstorm with you!
Host an in-person or virtual gathering of friends, neighbors, co-workers, your sport’s team, or small group, and:
- #StepRepPray – Run, walk, climb, bike, dance, swim, jump rope, or hula hoop in someone’s honor or for someone who can’t and let them know.
- Write #PenToPaper notes for those who need a little encouragement in your community or for the growing Chronic Joy community.
- Knit or crochet prayer shawls, face cloths, or bookmarks for our Kindness Boxes.
- Help Us Build Kindness Boxes – Invite participants to donate lotions, chocolates, candles, notepads, pens, and other small items to add to our Kindness Boxes
- Donate $6 – One fun-filled envelope for one precious Little
- Donate $12 – Exciting and engaging activity sheets
- Donate $50 – Shareable stickers for our Littles and their friends
24. PASS IT ON
- Do you know of a great book, blog, podcast? Let us know!
- Do you the parents or grandparents of a child, tween, or teen diagnosed with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability? Let them know about our #PenToPaper program. (Sign-up for You Get Mail! Safe, secure, and free for all participants!)
YOU are our why, the reason we do what we do. We are always #BetterTogether!
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. (Colossians 1:3)
In kindness [God] takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. (Romans 2:4 MSG)
You Get Mail!
Sign up to receive free, professionally designed and printed, old school, #PenToPaper snail mail throughout the year. When you include your birthdate, we’ll send a special mailing to celebrate you! Safe & Secure. Sign-Ups for: Adults, Teens & YA, Children & Tweens.
Ask Generous Questions
Lean into the living presence of Jesus and cultivate a deeper relationship with one another. When we slow down and really listen to each other, we grow together as the Body of Christ on earth.
Sponsor A Little Sonshine!
Join Chronic Joy in sending packets of pint-sized fun to kids around the world affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability. CJ Star and his winsome Sonshine Squad encourage our Littles to be brave and kind, to have fun, keep praying, and try something new.
⭐️ Donate $6 – One fun-filled envelope for one precious Little
⭐️ Donate $12 – Exciting and engaging activity sheets
⭐️ Donate $50 – Shareable stickers for our Littles and their friends