Tween-Chronic-lers of Joy


Laugh. Learn. Create. And shine the light of Jesus. 

Grab your friends and your siblings and laugh, learn, play, create, and get to know Jesus a whole lot better together. Explore new things. Discover fascinating activities. And learn to live your very best life as you grow together in the love, truth, and grace of Jesus.

All of you who fear God, come and listen. I will tell you what he has done for me. Psalm 66:16 ICB


A chronic-ler is someone who shares his or her story. We can all be chronic-lers by sharing our stories and our experiences with others, writing our stories down, drawing them, painting them, singing them, or making music to chronicle all Jesus has done and is doing in our lives. Whatever we do — listening, being kind, dancing, sports, cooking, serving — everything we do is a chance to share our story. Every story is important. Every story matters. Your story matters.



Sometimes chronic illness makes us feel like we have nothing to give. Yet Jesus tells us a different story. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells us we have most to give when we are at our weakest and most unwell. For when we are weak, we are also most blessed, a word that means to bow before God and also to be filled with joy.

Chronic Joy is a safe place to laugh, learn, play, create, and get to know Jesus better together.


Did you know that Jesus created you to shine a unique piece of His heart into the world? No one else can share His love in exactly the way you can. You are chosen to be His chronic-ler of joy right where He’s placed you.

But how do you do that? How do you tell your stories and shine Jesus’ love into the world? By getting to know Jesus and discovering who He has created you to be.

Discovering all sorts of ways you can become Jesus’ extra-special Chronic-ler of Joy.


Be curious. Be brave. Be willing. Be you!

  • Ask Jesus questions — You can ask Him absolutely anything, always.
  • Pray — You don’t need any special words to pray. Just talk to Jesus like you’d talk to your friends.
  • When you don’t know what to do, just say, “Jesus, I don’t know what to do, please show me!”
  • Dance and sing when you’re happy.
  • It’s OK to cry when you’re sad.
  • Share your story with someone you trust — an aunt or uncle, a grandparent, or a good friend.
  • Draw, paint, bake, build and create with Jesus.
  • Laugh even when doesn’t make sense!

Tweens Meet CJ Star & Sonshine Squad

CJ & the Sonshine Squad

Meet CJ Star & the Sonshine Squad

Fendi Fox
Calliope Cat
Percy Puppy
Gilead Gecko
Liana Llama
Sammy Seal
Henry Hedgehog
Sachi Snail

Kids Get Mail!

Tweens Get Mail!

CJ Star and the Sonshine Squad want Tweens to know just how much they are loved by Jesus. Bright, engaging characters bring laughter, whimsy, and sunshine to an even difficult day. Parents, SIGN-UP your child (and their siblings) today. It’s safe and secure.


Free Printables

Be Brave! Be Different! Be You!

Be Brave! Be Different! Be You!

Being brave doesn’t mean won’t be afraid or that we’ll never feel alone or misunderstood. We can be brave, because with Jesus we never are alone.

Creative Christmas Activities

Creative Christmas Activities

Did you know the word angel means messenger? The angel Gabriel brought special messages to Mary and Joseph and the angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

Bite-Sized Kindness

Jesus is the best at being kind. And He loves it when we're kind. How could you share the kindness of Jesus today? How does it make you feel to be kind? How does it make those around you feel when you are kind?

Emotions Wheel and Guide • Tweens

Emotions Wheel for Tweens

As tweens learn to identify and label their emotions, they not only grow in emotional intelligence, but also take an important step in learning to identify the feelings of others, which forms the foundations of empathy and compassion.

Color Your Own - Full Page

Fun-Sized Photography

Kid-friendly photography challenges are fun, and they're an easy way to express you creativity.

Go on a photo walk or scavenger hunt, notice shadows and light, pick a color look for it everywhere, or click one picture everyday for a week or even a whole month!

Pint-Sized Prayer Prompts

Pint-Sized Prayer Prompts

The Bible says, "Never stop praying." 1 Thessalonians 5:17 CEV  That means you can pray about anything and everything, everywhere you are, and at any tim eof day, because Jesus is always with you.

Use these prompts to help you talk to Jesus. You can choose a different prompt every day.

Photography Challenges

Get creative with a photography challenge! Just pick up your camera, notice, and click. Take a series of selfies, go for a photowalk, choose a single color to capture, or look for an interesting still-life shot. Be curious and create!

Wonder Walk • A Trail Guide for Tweens

Wonder Walks • A Trail Guide for Tweens

God created so many astonishing things and He invites us to discover His amazing creativity in everything He created. Wonder Walks: A Trail Guide is filled with fun questions and a great 7 Days of Creation Scavenger Hunt. Look! Learn! Wonder!

Your Story Matters

We each have a story to tell. You have a story to tell and your story matters. There are many creative ways to tell your story. You can write it, draw it, sing it, paint it, dance it, act it, or build it. Every story is unique. And every story matters. 

I was so incredibly touched when my daughter opened her #PenToPaper gift and handwritten encouragement card from Chronic Joy. When they said they wanted to encourage young adults living with chronic illness, I was super impressed … and so grateful when they included my daughter. Young women and men need to hear others care about them as they navigate the very disheartening struggles of chronic illness. My daughter just loved this and felt “seen” and cared about as soon as she opened it to her surprise. ❤️❤️ Heather M.

Prayer for Tweens and Parents

Prayer Pond • Your Safe Harbor for Prayer.

Chronic illness is hard, and finding and being a part of a community when your tween is living with chronic illness, mental illness, chronic pain, and/or disability can be even more challenging.

We invite you to the Prayer Pond, your safe harbor, where you can share a prayer request, praise, lament, suffering, loss, hope, grief, or joy. Each prayer ripples far beyond today and the boundaries of this hurting world.
Often we hear, “Prayer is the least I can do,” yet really, prayer is the most we can do … always and every time. 


Check out our PARENTING page for additional resources.

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