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.
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
#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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