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!
This is an update on Carol. She is thankful for all of the prayers and asks that you continue to remember her in the days ahead as she now as a date for the surgery which is July 9th. She also needs to remain calm as this is her 4th major back surgery. The plan is that she will be in the ICU for several days following the surgery and then to a regular room in the hospital. From there she will be going to a facility for physical therapy.
Received: June 26, 2019
My mother in law is 88. She is suffering from dementia and is losing ground quickly. She lives in assisted living but as it progresses she won’t be able to stay there. Pray for wisdom and unity for her children as decisions are made. Thank you.
Received: June 24, 2019
We invite you to join us in prayer this week:
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for the gift of Your coming to us. We are forever grateful that You chose to leave Heaven so that we can be joined with You. On our lowest and hardest days here, we ask You to remind us that You are preparing a place to be with You there. We are covered in the hope of Your appearing. But Lord, we acknowledge that these moments of pain and weakness sometimes feel too heavy to carry. We see so many hurting, and we are bowed down for them also. We ask You to lift our burdens, to bring relief, and to meet each one of our cares with Your deep compassion. Will You fill our hearts with Your glorious hope and peace today?
In Your precious name we pray,
Received: June 23, 2019
Please join my husband and me in praying for God's guidance [and the courage needed] to make difficult decisions regarding the future of his family owned business. Retirement is just around the corner, but the family members [he and his brother] are not in agreement regarding what that should look like. My husband and I both have severe chronic pain and the added stress is making it worse.Thank you for taking the time to pray for us. Our prayers for each other are like treasures overflowing from a heart in tune with Christ Jesus our Lord.
Received: June 22, 2019
My husband has genetic chronic pancreatitus. He was asked to resign (about a year ago) from the church he had been pastor at for 10 years. We had to find a home, a job and heal emotionally. He has had really bad days but was finally able to get a plexus block that helped him to be able to work as a substitute teacher for income. It is very hard to get disability for pancreatitus and after a good stretch of about 3 months...his block is starting to wear off. Please pray. He loves ministry and misses it. He feels like a failure.
Received: June 18, 2019
First of all, I love this idea, and I am excited to pray for as many people as I can.
My prayer request-
I have been struggling with a variety of chronic health issues for years now. It’s both physical and mental. It’s really wearing me down this year. I live with my parents still, and I want so badly to get out on my own. But honestly I just ask for prayer for God to guide me and help me on this journey, for a sense of purpose, and for His protection. I desire to be free of pain, for the fatigue and pain to not be so debilitating, to be able to do things I love again and to have strong lasting relationships with people. I have more desires, but ultimately, I want Gods will & I want to feel His presence and I just want to believe that my life matters & is significant in some way. That is my overall prayer but right now, my main prayer is to be able to either get rid of this pain I am having everywhere or learn how to cope with it, and for guidance to know what I should do & strength to do it.
Additionally, my liver & gallbladder are currently struggling very much- I need to detox so please pray that goes well and doesn’t cause unbearable side effects. My gut & kidneys are also not doing well- so basically need healing for my whole body. I still want Gods will, but that is a more specific prayer request.
Also please pray for my parents- my illness affects them as well.
Thank you for praying and thank you for letting me pray for others.
Received: June 17, 2019
Please pray for wisdom in our finances. Thank you!
Received: June 17, 2019
Would you pray with us as we lift our requests this week:
Dear Heavenly Father,
During this week where we have honored our earthly Fathers, would You accept our honor and praise for YOU, our most loving Father of all? Thank You for creating breath within us. Thank You for giving life and purpose from the moment we were conceived in our mother's womb. Help us to remember that Your purposes, and the strength to walk in those purposes, have never wavered, even if chronic pain and illness seem to have sidelined us. Help us to fix our gaze upon You, and let You show us the purpose for this day, this moment. Help us to hold onto Your strength and rest in the love that You shower upon us. We are filled with praise for You, Abba Father.
In the Name of Your son, Jesus, we pray,
Received: June 16, 2019
I am struggling to cope with the recent death of my baby brother who took his own life 2 weeks ago. I have very little family support as my family has been very toxic. They have been estranged from me for many years and being forced to see them recently created more trauma. I am still dealing with my chronic illness and severe menopause symptoms including severe anxiety and depression. I cannot drive at times to get the things I need so life has been very hard.
Received: June 16, 2019
Hello Friends. This is for my dear friend Carol. She is 76, lives alone and is going through some difficult days. Father's Day will be 3 years that her son passed away suddenly. She struggles with that. She has had 3 back surgeries and 5 knee surgeries. She is meeting with an orthopedic surgeon on June 24th to schedule her 4th back surgery. All the rods and pins in her back are loose and she is in intense pain constantly. She is barely able to walk. She feels very alone and I told her about the wonderful prayer group and she asked that you would include her at this time. This back surgery will require breaking her back. It is possibly a 2 day surgery with 8 to 10 hours each surgery. A long recovery. Thank you for this group of prayer warriors because I myself feel the prayers and am encouraged by knowing that someone prays and cares. Love.
Received: June 15, 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.
SEND A CARD
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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