Prayer is the heartbeat of Chronic Joy Ministry.
You are a precious, vital member of the Kingdom of God and of this community. We’re glad you’re here. Grateful for your presence. Blessed to lift you in prayer.
May God bless you and keep you today and always.
“For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18:20
Before you leave today, please #PrayItForward by lifting up one or more of the requests in front of yours. Then be sure to click the “I PRAYED FOR THIS” button to let the requester know you prayed for them.
Thanks to everyone for who prayed for me. It is so encouraging to get a notice in my email indicating someone prayed for me. Blessings to all Chronic Joy prayer warriors. ~ Edna
You are invited to share your prayer requests and praises related to chronic illness to our Prayer Pond using the form below. Once your note is received, we will share it according to your instructions. Feel free visit us often and share updates!
UPDATE on my sister-in-law, Ruth. She went home from the hospital yesterday, so she is doing much better. She still needs to regain strength and continue healing, but we are so thankful she has come this far. Many thanks to you who have prayed and especially thanks to our Lord and Savior.
Received: March 12, 2020
Truly, I have felt your prayers over these past few weeks. Tomorrow, I begin the first of my new RA infusions. This is almost exactly one year after my last RA infusion that failed terribly. Will you pray that my heart will stay trusting the Lord and His great care and that this new medication will be received by my body? Thank you so much.
Received: March 12, 2020
I have a recurrence of cancer and need to make a lot of decisions regarding treatment and other life issues. I have other chronic illnesses, as well. I am also a part-time caregiver for a loved one with dementia. I need God's guidance and peace during this stressful , uncertain time. Thank you.
Received: March 11, 2020
UPDATE on my sister-in-law, Ruth. She is now in a regular room and is better, though still quite weak. She isn't able to eat much yet. But she felt better enough to want to walk a little in the hallway. Please pray for her husband, Gary, as this is taking a toll on him, too. He needs to make sure he also cares for himself to get rest and eat when he needs to. Pray for wisdom for him and for others to chip in and help. We would if we could but we live 10 hrs away from them. Thank you so much for your prayers.
Received: March 7, 2020
LATEST UPDATE ON Ruth, my sister-in-law
Gary, her husband, called this morning and said she was taken off the ventilator yesterday and was able to ingest some broth. But there is a secondary problem which they said is very common when a person has been immobile. She has developed a blood clot in her left ventricle and they are working to clear that now. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts.
Received: March 5, 2020
Update on my sister-in-law, Ruth. She has been stable since late last night. Still on a ventilator. Her husband said she's not any worse this morning but not better either. So I guess she is still stable. Last night the doctor said the next 24 hours would be critical.
Received: March 3, 2020
UPDATE to an earlier request. My sister-in-law, Ruth, is now on a ventilator, because they felt she was too weak to make it through the night without it. Please pray for her and the family. Thank you.
Received: March 2, 2020
My sister-in-law, Ruth, went into the hospital Friday night with pneumonia in both lungs. She is being given oxygen and antibiotics but has seen no improvement. This morning she was moved to the Intensive Care unit. Please pray for healing, for wisdom for the medical team, for comfort and peace for Ruth and her husband, Gary. Thank you so much.
Received: March 2, 2020
I am so thankful that God was with me today as I started back on the road of medication treatments again, after many medication failures. Today it was an infusion for Osteoporosis, and 2 weeks from today I begin RA infusions. Would you pray that I keep allowing the Lord to replace my fear with His courage? Thank you so much!
Received: February 28, 2020
I have a close friend whose 8 year old daughter just relapsed with her second round of aggressive form of cancer. I am asking for many prayers to heal this young girl. I am also asking for prayers of strength, courage, and faith for her and her family during this journey. They have so much fear and my hope is it is replaced with faith.
Received: February 27, 2020
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Would you like to offer a kind word, encouragement, an inspiring quote, or prayer to a fellow chronic illness traveller? On hard days when it seems almost impossible to take one more step, sometimes it soothes the spirit to extend ourselves a bit. Writing a note to a fellow traveller could be just that.
Who do you know that you could bless with a note of encouragement? Ask God who you could send a little #PenToPaper love, then just write from the heart – a scripture verse, an inspiring quote, a prayer, and/or a few few short sentences to brighten someone’s day. If you need a little inspiration to get you started, scroll down to the prayer printables for some great ideas
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FREE PRAYER PRINTABLES
INVITATION TO PRAYER
“Today, see each problem as an invitation to prayer.” John Ortberg
As God invites you into prayer, encourage a dear one with a #PenToPaper note of encouragement. Tuck this FREE Prayer Guide in the envelope.
“… prayer is my place of surrender.” Brenda Bradfort Ottinger
Prayer is… Explore many inspiring quotes about the mystery of prayer. As you pray send a little #PenToPaper prayer to those God puts on your heart. Tuck this FREE Prayer is… printable in the envelope.
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