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.
You are invited to share your prayer request and/ or praise 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!
Dear fellow sufferers,
I hardly know where to start writing this, but a bit of my history so you know how to pray. I was born premature at 1 lb, (am 53 now) have rare genetic disorders, rare chronic issues that no doctor has been able to figure out yet, had 35 surgeries, 15 of them on my eyes, in the end I lost the one eye (have prosthesis) the other one, thankfully, is doing good. Have rare pituitary disease, was in a serious accident which left me with even more pain, late stage Lyme disease, fibromyagia, chronic exhaustion, and a host of other chronic disorders. Been married to a wonderful precious husband who has faithfully walked beside me for 30 years, (celebrated 30th last year) for which I am very grateful. We both became Christians after we got married, and he's been an amazing support but he is struggling a lot right now as well. I have seen dozens of doctors over the years, some of whom have given me "temporary relief" but nothing lasts. I'm sure many of you can relate to that. In the past couple months I've had 3 more surgeries back-to-back, and have been very sick. I do love Jesus but I feel weary & forsaken to where I feel God doesn't care anymore either. (which I know in my heart isn't true, but I still feel that way) I used to feel God could use me in the midst of my suffering, and I don't feel that anymore. The physical pain is extremely difficult, but the pain in my heart is even greater by people "in the church", who aren't understanding. (but we are thankful for those who do care) The medical expenses are too great for us anymore, and that is a huge burden. Everything is overwhelming, especially with recovering from the last surgeries, (the last one was 2 weeks ago) and after all those years of chronic pain and exhaustion, I feel everything has come crashing down on me. I feel hopeless, and in despair. Is there someone out there that can pray that I can have hope. I would be so grateful. Thank you very much! Anna
Received: July 18, 2019
This is a praise report for my brother, Don, who was in ICU with unexplained bleeding, diarrhea, nausea, and heart failure. He was finally able to sit up and start eating on his own! They have found a diagnosis of Grave's Disease that was out of control, and he is being treated for that in a Rehab facility now. Praise God for answers! Please continue to pray for his wife, Joyce, who is still in chemo for an aggressive breast cancer.
Received: July 14, 2019
We read in Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none."
O God, please help us and teach us to build a wall of prayer around the world. Are you ready to stand in the gap, where God is the Helper and Teacher?
Please also pray for my family:
1. Stir up the hearts of my family for ministry - for me, my wife Dorothy, our daughter Ann, and our sons Peter and Daniel - "..but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:15
2. Pray for God's will, wisdom, discernment, revelation and recognition for me and my family; I ask God for Edmund’s work situation, God's direction for Edmund, Dorothy, Peter, Daniel and Ann (also God's protection over the company where she works)
3. God's order in my work. I ask God for great wisdom at my work. Blessings and the knowledge of Jesus Christ for my bosses. Thank God for the continuation of my work.
Edmund & Dorothy Krzeminski
Received: July 10, 2019
Update on Carol. She came through her surgery and it went as the doctor planned. She lost 1 liter of blood. Some briefly to her this morning and she is very weak and in a lot of pain. Don’t have anymore details. Thank you for your continued prayers for Carol during this time of healing and recovery.
Received: July 10, 2019
Update on Carol. Carols 4th major back surgery is scheduled for Tuesday July 9th for 6 am CST. Will update when I know more. Carol is so thankful for this group.
Received: July 7, 2019
Would you join with us in prayer this week:
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for telling us that we are Your sheep, and You are the Shepherd. Thank You, Jesus, that You have fulfilled those dear promises in Psalm 23 that many of us grew up repeating:
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
And so Lord would You show us how You are here with us in our darkest days? We confess that sometimes we feel that we are stranded with awful diseases directing our course. Oh, but Thank You, Lord, that YOU are the One asking us to follow You along the right path, even here in the deepest valley. Thank You that You are guiding us to lie down in Your safety, and rest in You. Thank You that You have given us Your protection so that we can offer our fears up to You. We love You, our Sweet Shepherd.
In Your Name, Jesus, we pray,
Received: July 7, 2019
Genetic Testing has recently been advised for my daughter Evelyn. I’m praying that this is in Gods plan as well. Pray if God desires this that insurance and the Doctors along the way will show us grace and mercy.
Also. Thank you for connecting E with a pen pal. It takes her a long time to build trust to open up so I pray those walls will break down sooner and she will know she has another person to share with and trust
Received: July 1, 2019
We invite you to join us as we pray together this week:
Thank You for the honor it is to bring our prayers to you. We come to you today remembering the Words You have given us in Psalm 63:6-7 “On my bed I remember You; I think of You through the watches of the night. Because You are my help, I sing in the shadow of Your wings.” Thank You for the promise that You will be our help, even as we lie awake through those night watches. When our hearts are too burdened to sleep, when the pain jolts us out of sleeping, will You remind us that You hear our cry even then? Help us to lift our prayers to You for our loved ones. We pray for those who might also be lying awake, hurting and not knowing that the Lord of Heaven is concerned for them. Would You stir in their hearts, too? Thank You that we can lift our prayers as singing in the sweet place of the shadow of Your wings.
In the name of Jesus we pray,
Received: June 30, 2019
Thank you all for your prayers for my Sister-in-law who is undergoing chemo for a very aggressive form of breast cancer. She is handling it very well, which is such a miracle, especially at this time, because my brother is now in the hospital. He has heart disease with a heart that functions at only 30% of normal capacity. A few weeks ago he had some hidden internal bleeding, and since then he's had severe vomiting and diarrhea and the Doctors cannot figure out why. Will you pray for Don and Joyce to find answers and the Lord's strength through all of this.
Received: June 30, 2019
Thank you for loving and praying through difficult days of chronic pain. My bronchitis is better but I continue to have much swelling and pain in my Achilles tendonitis.“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
John 15:16 ESV
“God said to Moses, " I am who I am." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel: ' I am has sent me to you.'"”
Exodus 3:14 ESV
In praying God reminds us that HE is the great I AM. I AM WHO I AM and I AM WHAT I AM and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE!
Thy kingdom WILL BE done in earth as it(the will of God) is in heaven. We are blessed to pray IN JESUS NAME
The I AM is in charge—-not me!!!!
Prayer is not an exercise in futility: not if I can truly pray
His will—not mine.
IN JESUS NAME,
From His Heart to mine to yours.
Received: June 26, 2019
#PrayerMonday is an invitation to pray for this ministry, for those affected by chronic physical and/or mental illness, and for each prayer request tossed into our Prayer Pond. We’ve created a Prayer Focus calendar and encourage you to sign-up and commit to praying during a specific hour – to link arms with us in bringing radical hope and compassionate change to the world through the power of prayer.
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.
And it’s simple to do!
Stop by the Prayer Pond and as you read through the requests, when God tugs at your heart, pause and pray, then consider writing a note, card or letter to encourage that person too.
Or let us choose. You write the note of encouragement and we’ll choose the recipient.
Send your card to: Card Ministry, c/o Chronic Joy, 1015 Lemira Circle, Waukesha, WI 53188 and we’ll send it on for you.
Would you like to receive a note of encouragement? We invite you to sign-up, and as our mailbox fills up, we’ll forward a little love to you.
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From time to time our hearts are moved to send old-school notes to those in our community. May we bless you with tangible expressions of love and community? *US residents only.
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Would you like to send a note or letter offering prayer and encouragement? Mail your unsealed cards and letters to us and we will send them on to someone in our community.
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