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Chronic Joy offers 150+ beautifully designed FREE printables. There is something for everyone! From Verses to Comfort and Ecnourage to Creative Ways to Serve, from Praying the Psalms to Children’s activity sheets, from 76 Questions to Connect You as a Couple to 33 Biblical One Anothers. And there are always more coming!
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13 Things That Might Resonate
With chronic illness, every day is an adventure! It isn't a life we would have chosen, but it is one we're learning to walk through with courage, tenacity, humor, and grace. We are so much more than our illnesses!
13 Verses to Lean Into
Lean into these verses, write them in a journal, choose one or two to memorize, and then think about who else might need to read them too. The Word of God is alive and powerful, able to bring us comfort in a way that nothing else can.
16 Verses to Ignite Hope
In the middle of prolonged illness it can seem like God doesn't see you. Weakness and stress can make it difficult to hold onto hope. God's strength never falters. Allow these scriptures to sink deep into your heart, igniting hope as He carries you.
17 Verses to Shatter Stigma
Do you struggle to believe that your mental illness is real? Do you feel shame or wonder if others believe it's real? With God, mental illness has no stigma. Scripture is balm for our souls as it speaks directly to our hearts.
30 / 365 Photo Challenge
Photography challenges are a fun, personal challenge, a commitment to pick up your camera, phone, tablet, or Go-Pro, and capture a photo every day for a month or a year.
33 Biblical "One Anothers"
Learn what it means to truly “love one another deeply from the heart.”
50 Prayer Journaling Prompts
Choose a quiet moment, open your journal, and begin with whatever thoughts are on your heart.
52 Questions of Jesus
Of the 307 questions of Jesus recorded in the Bible, 52 are listed here - one for each week of the year.
76 Questions to Connect You as a Couple
Use the questions slowly, one question and one conversation at a time over many months in any order you choose. This is an exploration and an opportunity to grow more deeply in love as you rediscover one another.
A – B
Poetry is an invitation to explore your story in a new way, to write about moments or emotions without specifically naming them, to play with the musicality of words and phrases; to choose words, punctuation, and line breaks carefully. There is no right or wrong way to read or write poetry, just an invitation to begin.
Allegory • Symbolic Storytelling
Allegory is a beautiful, artistic form of storytelling that offers us an opportunity to explore difficult, painful, or vulnerable parts of our stories from a safer distance and a fictional character’s perspective.
When the winds of anxiety begin to blow and the waves roll and the thunder comes, God invites us to lean a little deeper into Him. Each of these exercises is designed to help us breathe a little easier and lean into the arms of God.
Ask Generous Questions
Lean into the living presence of Jesus and cultivate a deeper relationship with one another. When we slow down and really listen to each other, we grow together as the Body of Christ on earth.
YOUR Biblical Purpose
Purpose is the reason something exists or was created. It is the reason we act or choose not to act and encompasses intentions and objectives.
Build a Healthier Marriage
As spouses, how can we pray for one another? Where can we intentionally invest in one another? How can we creatively carve out a little one-on-one time? What could we do together to help us bond and share a little more of our lives with one another?
Build An Ebenezer
Remembering God's Faithfulness
God’s people built Ebenezers, touchstones of help, to anchor them in truth in the midst of frightening, painful, difficult, or challenging circumstances.
Building Your Bucket List
A bucket list is an invitation to dream with God as He encourages you to hope, reminds you of forgotten dreams, inspires your passions, and ignites His purpose for your life.
C – F
Called to Hope
Jesus is the enduring, timeless, and everlasting hope who came to seek, serve, call, forgive, rescue, redeem, and save.
Celebrate Little Things Everyday
Celebrate each small win, every tiny triumph, and every unexpected victory, even if today your milestone is just a pebble.
Looking for a way to connect with, encourage, inspire, and love on others? Text them! Tips for Texting • Keep it short. Don’t expect a response. Write from your heart.
Coping with Grief
14 Ways to Make a Difficult Day Brighter • Grief is a journey requiring steady sips of hope, plates filled with God’s unbroken promises, the comfort of community, replenishing rest, and fresh air and sunshine.
Creative Photo Challenges
Photography challenges are a fun, hope-filled invitation, a commitment to pick up your camera to simply notice, and click.
Creative Ways to Connect
Looking for creative ways to connect with others as you unpack the Chronic Joy studies? This FREE printable does just that and more!
Creative Ways to Serve
Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging – but not impossible. Discover creative new ways to love God and others right where you are, however you are able.
Depression Self-Care Action Plan
Depression can make it difficult to practice and implement healthy self-care. Building an Action Plan gives you quick concrete steps each day.
Chronic Joy® devotionals are an invitation to take one gentle step, to pray in a comforting and familiar or perhaps new-to-you way, or to cry out on behalf of one precious life today … maybe even yours.
Gratefulness is choosing to focus on God rather than our circumstances. Fixing our eyes on Jesus reminds us of His gracious, compassionate love and unending faithfulness.
God created us with a complex range of emotions which can be difficult to identify and explain. The Emotions Wheel is a tool designed to grow our emotional intelligence, thus strengthening our relationship with God as well as our compassion and empathy for others.
For A Mother's Soul
May God shower His blessings on all mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and mother-like figures in the world. May He give grace and strength for all your days.
G – M
Healthy boundaries (an important part of self-care) create an understanding of what we have responsibility for and what is outside of our control. The healthier our boundaries are, the greater our capacity to offer empathy and love to others. We are responsible for what happens inside us and for the ways we act and relate to others.
Eye-Spy • People Watching
Holy Attention draws us into fresh gratitude. When we pay close attention to creation we can experience the awe and wonder of God’s infinite creativity.
Sight & Scroll • Spot 1 • Feast
Begin by choosing something specific – a color, shape, sound, object, or even an idea – and look or listen for it throughout your day. When you find it, take a picture of it, or make note of it.
I Will Give Thanks
Gratitude is a gift given to us by God. At its core, gratitude is about not taking anything for granted. Living a life of gratitude is about learning to draw near to God, being thankful for what we have, for who God is, and for who He created us to be.
He left the 99 to rescue me ... yesterday, today, and always. (Matthew 18:12 paraphrase) Our worth isn't based on who we are or what we can do, but on who God is. We are the work of His hands.
An Infusion of Hope for Caregivers
God knows how overwhelming caregiving can be, how it can throw the whole balance of our lives inside out and upside down. As caregivers we need a steady infusion of hope found in God's word to do the very work he has called us to do.
30 Creative Ways
Pause. Seek. Notice.
Be aware of the people around you. Observe the tender prompting of the Spirit. Be intentionally kind and discover what God will do.
Joy is a Gift
Joy is a perpetual gladness of the heart and a deep sense of gratitude in the soul produced by the Holy Spirit, as he causes us to see the beauty of Christ in His creation, word, and works. Open your heart to these verses and quotes and discover that joy is a gift.
Step in slowly. Sit with God. Allow yourself time and space to feel and experience your pain. When you’re ready, take up your pen, and explore the precious and life-giving gift of lament.
Lectio Divina is the ancient practice of slowly, contemplatively reading the words of Scripture, an invitation to encounter God through His Word, to pay close attention, and to be fully present.
Lessons from Biblical Couples
Marriage is a gift, a holy weaving of two very imperfect people into one through a lifetime of difficult, beautiful, exasperating, and amazing mountain-top moments of God-ordained sanctification.
Living a Life of Celebration
Don’t let the little moments, small blessings, or tiny triumphs slip by unnoticed or unacknowledged. Instead, pause. Give thanks. Join the chorus of creation and share your joy.
Living Brave begins with faith, with living authentically from the inside out. It’s messy and gritty, and reveals how much we really trust God.
Make Your Life a Prayer
Scripture verses and quotes inviting you to step into the compassionate and tender-hearted presence of God.
Metaphor • The Language of Pain
Sometimes what we experience because of chronic illness, mental illness, pain, or suffering can not only be difficult to explain but also (for those who don’t experience it) difficult to understand. Metaphor can be a useful tool.
Ministry of Reconciliation
Reconciliation is difficult work. Without sacrificial love, broken relationships cannot heal. Without forgiveness, reconciliation cannot begin. Rebuilding relationships requires mercy and patience, honesty and grace, humility and compassion, prayer and peace.
#PenToPaper is a ministry of the heart: God’s love, poured into us, infuses each word we write to the heart of another. What an encouraging reason to pick up your pen and write!
Sometimes all we need to get us started are a few words. Include these short prayers in a notecard or email, or send them in a message or text to a friend or loved one.
Note Starters for Difficult Relationships
Difficult people are often hurting, overburdened, and under-encouraged, leading to impatience, anxiety, short tempers, loneliness, depression, and emotional isolation. If we’re honest, we are all difficult people sometimes.
Add a Little Laughter Note Starters
Illness and pain can sometimes shroud the gift of glittering laughter, crushing the embers of our joy. Sometimes all it takes is a quirky pun, a groan-worthy Dad joke, or a play on words to spark a grin. Grab a pen, a Chronic Joy flat card, and share a little bit of #PenToPaper laughter with a friend.
Kind Words for Caregivers Note Starters
Caregivers need to be reminded that their sacrifice, endurance, and compassion are noticed, that they are seen, cared about, thought of, and prayed for, that living into this vulnerable calling matters.
7 Ways to Thank Care-Providers
Seven simple ways to thank care-providers and remind them of how very much their care and expertise are needed and appreciated. Say "Thank You," handwrite a card, write a positive review, participate in clinic or hospital surveys and fill out feedback requests, make a donation in your care-provider's name, refer a friend or loved one, pray for your care-providers.
15 Prayers to Share • Note Starters
These prayers are an invitation to settle in with God. Then an opportunity to love one another. Pull out a Chronic Joy flat card, and share a meaningful prayer with a friend of loved one. It's always the right time to #PrayItForward.
Gratitude Note Starters
Gratitude invites us into the wonder and awe of God’s expansive creation. Eager to see and thirsty to notice God’s handiwork. We begin to experience the exquisite joy of the Lord. What a beautiful gift to share God’s joy and our gratitude with friends and loved ones.
Looking for a way to connect with, encourage, inspire, and love on others? Text them! Tips for texting: Keep it short. Don’t expect a response. Write from your heart.
Note Starters to Thank Healthcare and Service Providers
Thanking healthcare and service providers is often a huge encouragement to them. Sometimes a single act of kindness and gratitude makes all the difference in someone else's life.
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N – R
One Minute Prayers for Parents
Just as God breathed life into us (Genesis 2:7), He breathed it into His Word (2 Timothy 3:16). The ancient rhythm of breathing that began in the Garden of Eden is repeated at least a dozen times a minute every day of our lives.
Prayers for the Journey
These short prayers can strengthen, encourage, and inspire you to step into the comforting presence of God, where you are fully known, infinitely cared about, and deeply loved.
Praying & Writing the Psalms
What is your favorite Psalm? Why? When did you choose it? What was happening in your life at the time? Have you ever considered writing your own Psalm?
Poetry as Prayer
Writing our own psalms is about learning to express our emotions in an unedited way, it’s about giving voice to our joy and our pain. Writing haiku teaches us focus on a single moment, awakening us to the wonder of creation all around us.
Prayer of Examen
Beautiful in its simplicity, this ancient prayer of reflection helps refocus our hearts and minds. How often do we come to the end of a day and wonder where the time went or regret the way we handled a situation?
Promise of Abundant Peace
God’s peace is altogether different from the peace of the world, because God’s peace is not a gift, it’s a Person, God’s own Son, Jesus, the Prince of Peace. God’s peace is abundant, unspeakable, generous, plentiful, extravagant, lavish, expansive, affectionate, and never ending.
Promises for Parents
Parenting is hard work and parenting children with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, or disability adds unique and sometimes difficult challenges. But what we do every day matters, for it is eternally significant.
S – Y
Self-Care • Body & Community
Practicing physical self-care is showing your body simple kindness, generously giving it what it needs, and doing things that help you live well. Community is rooted in love, nourished in prayer, and strengthened in courageous vulnerability as we extend and receive love, kindness, and compassion.
Self-Care for your Emotions & Mind
Exercise your brain, keep your mind sharp, redirect your thoughts, and focus on what is positive and true with these ideas. Emotional self-care helps us to identify what we’re feeling and how to express it in healthy ways.
Self-Care for your Soul
Spend a little time getting to know God better — who He is, what He’s like, how He feels about us, and how He acts toward His creation. Pray through these verses, asking God where to grow from here.
What kind of leader am I? Am I drawn by God's call to serve the precious people He has placed right in front of me? Do I celebrate, encourage, and listen to others?
Sing! Dance! Praise! Celebrate!
Celebration is an essential expression of the character of God, a reflection of our Creator God in His creation. Give thanks. Make merry. Rejoice. Worship.
Small Group Roles
This downloadable PDF provides helpful tips for organizing your small group and defining group roles.
With your doctor’s guidance, and a little creativity, exercising with chronic illness is not just possible, but can be rewarding. Meet with God in movement — always at the pace of grace.
#StepRepPray Log Sheet
With your doctor’s guidance, and a little creativity, exercising with chronic illness is not just possible, but can be rewarding. Log your steps, reps, and prayers.
Stewardship of Courage
The stewardship of courage begins with a deep faith in God, accessed by prayer, and lived out in patient waiting and hopeful trust.
Creatively Express Your Story
We can feel isolated and powerless when living with chronic illness, but what if your story begins to bridge the gaps? What if your story offers a glimmer of hope to someone standing at the edge of hopelessness?
Suffering & Joy
Invite a friend or family member to do a 16-Day Suffering & Joy discussion. Or use each quote as a journaling prompt. Each day, read the quote. Talk about it. Think about it. Write about it. Pray about it.
Verses to Comfort and Encourage
The most significant thing we can do when we’re lonely, anxious, afraid, or overwhelmed is to turn to the One who knows us and loves us completely – the God of all comfort.
What are Your Grace Gifts?
How has God gifted you? Where do you feel His gentle nudge to love one another or the Spirit's tug to get involved? A grace gift is a beautiful Holy Spirit-inspired act of ministry that works in harmony with the gifts given to the whole Body of Christ.
Wonder Walks • A Prayer Guide
Wonder Walks are an invitation to savor God’s holy fingerprint in every atom of creation, to engage our senses and cultivate curiosity, to listen for His still small voice, and to delight in His extraordinary creativity.
Wonder Walks • Trail Signs
Wonder nourishes our souls, inviting us to feast on the inexplicable mystery of the Holy, witnessing God's fingerprint in every atom of creation.
Words are Powerful
Ask your spouse which of these phrases is meaningful to him/her or if there are other phrases he/she would like to hear. Both you and your spouse could highlight phrases on either side to help you remember what is powerful to your spouse.
You Are So Loved
Do you love yourself like God loves you? Do you live like you’re valuable? Do you live like you’re set free?
ABOUT CHRONIC JOY
Chronic Joy® Statement of Faith
We believe in salvation by grace, a free gift from God, given to all who believe in His Son Jesus Christ and accept Him as Lord and Savior.
Chronic Joy's mission field is tremendous - more than half the world’s population - yet our ministry focus is always one precious life at a time.
We offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.
Who We Are & What We Do
Chronic Joy is a global resource ministry dedicated to compassionately serving all those affected by chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and disability.
At its core, friend-raising is all about relationship and it begins with story – our why - why we give, serve, pray, and invest in the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy.
Build an Illness Ministry
This practical guide walks you through the first steps toward building a chronic illness small group.