Resources, tips, and tools to encourage and inspire everyone affected by chronic illness. More than 100 beautifully designed, FREE printables, and there are always more coming. Step in, check back, download a little hope today.
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Chronic Joy offers 100+ beautifully designed FREE printables. There is something for everyone! From Anxiety resources to Creative Ways to Serve, from Praying the Psalms to Children’s Coloring Pages, from Questions to Connect You as a Couple to 33 Biblical One Anothers. And there are always more coming!
FREE coloring pages for teens, young adults, and adults are available – Contemplative Coloring.
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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.
Annual Report 2020
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.
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.
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 month 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
A beautiful, artisitic form of story-telling 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 in Him. Each of these exercises is designed to help breathe a little easier and lean into 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.
Understanding our God-given purpose is the reason something exists or was created, the reason we act or choose not to act, it encompasses intentions and objectives.
Build An Ebenezer
An Ebenezer is a "stone of help" - a reminder of God's faithfulness.
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 – E
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 Action Steps
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.
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.
F – L
For A Mother's Soul
May God shower His blessings on all mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mother’s in law, and mother-like figures in the world. May He give grace and strength for all your days.
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.
30 Creative Ways
Pause. Seek. Notice.
Allow yourself to be inconvenienced by the will of God. Then take the first intentional step forward and see what He will do.
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.
An ancient practice of slowly, contemplatively reading the words of Scripture.
M – R
The Language of Pain
Sometimes what we experience because of chronic physical or mental illness can not only be difficult to explain, but difficult for those who don’t experience it to understand. Metaphors can be a useful tool.
Ministry of Reconciliation
To reconcile means to bring together—or to heal—that which is broken.
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.
#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!
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?
"Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him." St. Augustine
"Prayer is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us." Henri Nouwen
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, regret the way we handled a situation.
S – Y
#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 those barriers? 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 devotional or journaling exercise with you. Each day, share one image with each other. 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.
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.
You Are So Loved
Do you love yourself like God loves you? Do you live like you’re valuable? And do you live like you’re set free?