Thrive in life with chronic illness. – 2020 and Beyond

As we enter this new decade and a new season at Chronic Joy®, we knew that God was prompting us to clarify our mission statement: Thrive in a life with chronic illness. But what does it mean to thrive, especially when chronic illness is a constant companion? According to the dictionary thrive means:

1to grow vigorously FLOURISH
2to gain in wealth or possessions PROSPER
3to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances 

 
While these definitions get us thinking, too often we consider more, bigger, better to describe what it means to thrive. However, we are learning that thriving in a life with chronic illness is about less, smaller, best. Consider a Biblical perspective based simply on love.

 
 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)

 

This verse has been guiding us for some time. While chronic illness can make it challenging to love and serve others, we are learning that in order to truly thrive, we are invited to love and care for others in spite of or because of the impact of chronic illness on our lives.

One of the great joys we have is highlighting when those in our community are loving others because of chronic illness’ impact in their lives.

 

💎Announcing Diamonds 2020

 

Diamonds 2020 is a totally FREE, online conference for those affected by chronic illness. This is the second year for the conference and our young friend, Sara Willoughby, sensed God’s call last year to take a step of faith and host Diamonds 2019, where she had over 300 sign-up. Each session was recorded and 23,000 viewers have been blessed to know that they are not alone living with the challenges of chronic illness.

This year’s theme is Fighting Together and is all about relationships in the midst of chronic illness.  There are 16 different speakers including: Esther Smith, Joni Eareckson Tada, and our own Pamela Piquette. The conference is January 23-25. Pamela will be sharing on Thursday, Love One Another – A  Step of Faith.

Registration is open and you are invited! Also consider who you might invite to sit in the comfort of their own home and pajamas to attend this one-of-a-kind conference just for those affected by chronic illness.

 

❤️Love One Another – Marriages

February 14 is just around the corner and while culture might be thinking about candy and flowers, we are thinking about love and marriage. Marriage even under the best of circumstances can be challenging, but add in chronic illness as an unwanted third wheel and sometimes the challenges seem overwhelming. Check out these resources. 

I Take You in Sickness & in Health: Marriage with Chronic Illness

REJUVENATE, REVITALIZE, REKINDLE AND RECONNECT
  • Has chronic illness entered your marriage like a third person?
  • Has communication become stressful, unsettling, or difficult?
  • Are differences defining your relationship?
  • Has bitterness crept in with the shadows?
  • Are financial difficulties causing conflict?
  • Has your sex life changed or even disappeared?
  • Do you know how deeply loved you are by God?

This insightful and enriching 10-chapter study, designed just for couples, offers you and your spouse a safe place to grieve, heal, grow, and begin to dream together again – to thrive as one – in sickness and in health. LEARN MORE. 

76 QUESTIONS TO RECONNECT YOU AS A COUPLE

Maintaining a healthy marriage is a sacrificial pursuit and a life-long journey.

Fulfillment isn’t something that just happens. It requires honesty and intentionality, commitment and compromise, patience and attention, trust and a willingness to forgive. Love that gives, multiplies. When we pursue one another, love deepens and grows. 

Click here for this free printable guide.

💌#PenToPaper

Small actions of love make a big difference in God’s economy.

Consider a little #PenToPaper love in the next few weeks. Send old-school handwritten notes to encourage and inspire others. This small act can change the trajectory of another person’s day. While life-giving to the receiver, letter writing is also life-nourishing to the writer.

❤️Heart Notecards

These notecards are the perfect way to give a little #PenToPaper love to someone special in your life. Write a love note to your spouse, keep in touch with loved ones, or let someone know you’re praying for them. Visit our store.

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