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Welcome to the Chronic Joy Ministry, where you are invited to share your prayer requests, updates, and shouts of praise related to Diabetes. At Chronic Joy, we’re passionate about prayer. Whether a request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy, each prayer ripples far beyond this day and the boundaries of our world.
How often we hear, “Prayer is the least I can do,” for chronic pain, when in reality prayer is the most we can do. As we connect with our Heavenly Father and with one another in prayer, our serving hearts both grow and thrive.
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About Diabetes

Diabetes can strike anyone, from any walk of life. And it does – in numbers that are dramatically increasing. Today, more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. Worldwide, more than 422 million people have diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious condition that causes higher than normal blood sugar levels. Diabetes occurs when your body cannot make or effectively use its own insulin, a hormone made by special cells in the pancreas called islets. Insulin serves as a “key” to open your cells, to allow the sugar (glucose) from the food you eat to enter. Then, your body uses that glucose for energy.

But with diabetes, several major things can go wrong to cause diabetes. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common forms of the disease, but there are also other kinds.

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A Prayer for Diabetes

My back is filled with searing pain;
there is no health in my body.
I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.

Lord, do not forsake me;
do not be far from me, my God. Psalm 38:7-8, 21

Dear Lord,

Thank You for giving us prayers from Your own Word to lift before You. We confess that sometimes we feel utterly consumed and crushed by diabetes. Our whole body groans in anguish. But Lord, we lift our cry along with the Psalmist, and ask you to be near to us. Thank You for directing us to give our requests to You, our true rescuer. Thank you for being so near to us and understanding our every word. Thank You that we can call you our God.

In Your great name, we pray,


Posts About Diabetes

When the Needy One is You

By not being honest with others about our suffering, we deny them opportunity to minister to us. ~ Shelly Esser[/caption]   I buried my head into my father’s shoulder, sobbing out my fears and exhaustion after finding out my husband had collapsed and was...

By not being hones with others about our suffering, we deny them opportunity to minister to us.

The Heart of the Matter

Dear Other People - Even though there's a lot of hoopla about which chronic ailment titles are best, and worst, I don't care how you refer to me. And my disease. A person with diabetes. A diabetic. For me, it's a big ole nothing-burger. Really. Because what it all...

Living with Diabetes

Recommended Resources

DISCOVERING HOPE: Beginning the Journey Toward Hope in Chronic Illness


This 10-chapter study invites participants to experience radical hope and compassionate change in a life with chronic illness.

No matter how dark the days, how wild the storm, how deep the valley, or how long the winter, there is hope.

There is always hope.

FINDING PURPOSE: Rediscovering Meaning in a Life with Chronic Illness


What if purpose looks different than we believe?

This 10-chapter study invites participants to release cultural and traditional definitions of purpose, and instead, to embrace God’s – a timeless definition rooted in His Word and as refreshing as a gentle spring rain.

EMBRACING WORTH: Understanding Your Value in a Life with Chronic Illness


This 10-chapter study powerfully reminds us that our value isn’t found in what we can or cannot do, but in Christ alone. Regardless of what we’ve lost through chronic illness, this isn’t the end of our story, for in spite of our circumstances, in the midst of the hard, when we’re not sure we can take even one more breath, God is still good.

Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness

Maureen Pratt

Using a combination of Bible passages, her own observations and insights, and prayer, Pratt provides help on issues that include dealing with isolation, coping with medical expenses, and learning to say no. Written with unstinting honesty and humor, Peace in the Storm will help readers identify their own spiritual and physical needs.

But God, Wouldn’t I Be More Useful to You If I Were Healthy? (Chronic Pain and the Christian Life)

Esther Smith

When it comes to chronic pain and illness, perhaps no questions cause more confusion than the ones that arise when you are pulled out of a thriving life of work that benefits the world, only to spend your hours, days, and weeks languishing in bed. It just doesn’t make sense. Why, God? Why would you take away my thriving career when it took me years to get to this point?

I Still Dream Big: Stories of Teens Living with Chronic Illness

Penny B. Wolf

Kelly was a seventeen-year-old star of her high school basketball team . . . Gevon was a twelve-year-old who played linebacker for his middle school football team . . . Crystle was a nineteen-year-old college student with big plans for the future . . . One day you’re hanging out with friends at the mall, playing basketball at school, dreaming about your latest crush, and the next you’re in the hospital hooked up to tubes and wondering whether or not you’ll ever feel normal again. Getting sick was never part of the plan. Lupus. Diabetes. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Crohn’s. Multiple Sclerosis. No matter what the diagnosis, teens with chronic illnesses share one thing in common: their lives have been changed forever by illness. Seventeen young adults share their personal stories in I Still Dream Big. Their tenacity and spirit are an inspiration to us all.

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