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VOLUNTEER WITH US! • PRACTICAL TOOLS

WHAT ARE YOUR GRACE GIFTS?

Illness and pain can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging, but not impossible. We invite you to dust off your grace gifts, take a fortifying sip of courage, and link arms with us in the mission and ministry of Chronic Joy®. Make a difference, one precious life at a time.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER • CREATIVE WAYS TO SERVE

 

A new command I give you:
Love one another. As I have loved you,
so you must love one another.

(John 13:34)

We serve one another in love every time we speak a word of encouragement, listen to a hurting heart, lend a helping hand, or compassionately meet a need. Each time we give of our wisdom, time, resources, and experience, we love one another as Jesus loves us.

Service is rooted in our love for God. Jesus pours out for us so that we can pour out for others. With chronic illness, serving in traditional ways can be difficult, but we were created by the One who spoke the universe into being – out of nothing – and nothing about our God is “in the box.” He loves and meets us in radically creative ways every single day.

 

SERVING FROM A HEART OF LOVE

It isn’t how well we serve that’s important, but why. When we serve from a heart of love for Jesus, it is His love that moves our hands and gentles our hearts, speaks with kindness and compassion, and patiently engages with tenderhearted mercy.

Today, we invite you to “step out of the boat” of traditional service and listen for God’s still small Voice inviting you to serve one another in His way, out of His abundance, and for His delight and pleasure.

Serving reflects God’s love and points people to Jesus.

HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER

“Serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13b) How can we do that with chronic illness?

“There is nothing small in the service of God.” (Francis de Sales) From an earthly perspective, small things like:

  • a cup of cold water given “to the least of these” refreshes Jesus Himself
  • a simple lunch of bread and fish offered in childlike faith fed more than 5000
  • faith as small as a mustard seed has the amazing power to move mountains

While we may no longer be able to serve in traditional or culturally familiar ways, today we invite you to discover creative new ways to love God and love others right where you are, however you are able.

Learn more about how you can serve today.

The door is open, Friend, and you are most warmly invited! We were created for community, and we are always #BetterTogether!

What happens when the Holy Spirit fills our hearts with God’s love? We serve Him by serving others! Kerry Shook

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!

Service in a Box • Simply and creatively serve. Everything you need in one box!

Service in a Box

Simply and Creatively Serve.  Everything You Need in One Box!

Has chronic illness made serving in traditional or familiar ways difficult? Why not try Service in a Box? It's everything you need to creatively love and serve others, delivered right to your door.

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Creative Ways to Serve

Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging – but not impossibleDiscover creative new ways to love God and others right where you are, however you are able.

Blog Posts

Love Without Labels

To love without labels we must take the time to talk to others and ask questions. Search for that deep treasure within the one who is hurting and longing for a touch of kindness and fellowship.

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"To love without labels we must take the time to talk to others and ask questions. Search for that deep treasure within the one who is hurting and longing for a touch of kindness and fellowship." MaryAnne Constantine

Tiny Raindrops

I love to serve and be available for God, but over the past few years, there have been some necessary changes due to my illnesses. It frustrates me that what I am now able to offer seems like just a tiny raindrop. But I’ve come to see that our tiny raindrops of service can be like a crashing waterfall to God.

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"I’ve come to see that our tiny raindrops of service can be like a crashing waterfall to God." Kara Plett

Crochet with a Purpose

I call my hobby “crocheting with a purpose” because when I crochet something as a gift, I pray for the recipient. With every stitch, I pray. 

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"When I give my small gift, which has been crocheted with the love of Jesus and covered in prayer, I feel that God has worked through me for His purpose in my life...." MaryAnne Constantine

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