Write for Us! Chronic Joy® is passionate about story-telling.

WRITE FOR US!

Chronic Joy® is passionate about story-telling.

Are you a writer with a heart for story-telling? Do you see hope in the midst of challenging circumstances? Chronic Joy welcomes guest posts that wrestle with the difficult questions those who are affected by chronic illness experience.

 

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. Psalm 45:1

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Chronic Joy® is a resource ministry for all those affected by chronic illness and mental illness, built on a foundation of hope, purpose, worth, and joy in Jesus Christ. Story and community are as vital to us as air and water, for story is the life and breath of community.

It is how we connect and learn about who we are, why we’re here, and how we belong. Story preserves history and elicits laughter. It plunges us to the depths of ourselves and sets us soaring across the skies. Story is the tale of our lives. And it matters, for story is where hope begins.

Your story matters! And we’d love to help you share it.

 

Chronic Joy® accepts submissions on every aspect of life with chronic illness:

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • Posts should be approximately 500-1000 words in length.
  • Poetry should:
    • Include the “why” behind your poem (ie: What prompted the poem?) in an introductory paragraph.
    • Consider including a question or two at the end to encourage others to write a poem for themselves.
  • Please submit Word documents only.
  • Documents should be grammatically-correct and spell-checked.
  • Please include your headshot (.jpg), brief biography (not to exceed 85 words), and links to your blog, website, books, and/or social media as desired.
  • Complete our short (but necessary) Release Form.
  • When quoting Scripture, please include reference and translation.
  • Posts should be compassionate, understanding, and empathetic.
  • Be honest as you wrestle with hard topics and difficult emotions. Posts don’t need a happy ending, but should always lean towards hope.
  • We accept previously published work, just let us know when and where, and include links if possible.
  • We reserve the right to edit accepted submissions.
  • We do not accept book reviews, but do accept excerpts from your published books.
  • We do not accept submissions about specific medical treatments, medications, healthcare providers, clinics, hospitals, products, services, or apps.
  • We do not offer compensation.
  • If accepted, we will notify you via email.

NEED A TOPIC IDEA? THESE QUESTIONS MIGHT HELP:

  1. In what ways have you experienced God’s grace in illness?
  2. What has been your most significant loss?
  3. What was your life like before illness? How are you different today?
  4. What is most challenging for you because of illness?
  5. How are your relationships (with spouse, parents, children, friends, coworkers) affected by illness?
  6. How have your expectations of yourself or others changed because of illness?
  7. How has your walk with God changed?
  8. How or where have you experienced hope?
  9. What is the most unexpected blessing of illness?
  10. Which of your character qualities have been refined through illness?
  11. What does courage look like to you?
  12. What does strength look like in illness?
  13. What is one thing you wish others understood about illness?
  14. If you could sum up illness in five words, what would they be? And why?
  15. How can you encourage others walking through illness?
  16. How do you handle pain and disappointment?
  17. How has God turned your weaknesses into strengths?
  18. How do you celebrate the little things, the small victories?
Your chronic illness story matters.

Story Matters

Story is the tale of our lives. And it matters. Chronic illness can be isolating and lonely, but sharing our stories can open a door, extending hope, and sometimes sparking a life-giving, life-changing conversation with someone else along the way. We’d love to hear your story.

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Poetry in a life with chronic illness.

Poetry

Ministry of Verse

Poetry invites us to notice and to explore – the symptoms, confusion, loss, grief, and uncertainty of chronic pain and illness; to collect the moments and small victories; and to discover God’s still small voice in brand new ways.

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Allegory

Allegory

Allegory is a beautiful, artistic form of storytelling. Explore the difficult, painful, or vulnerable parts of your story from a safer distance and a different perspective.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Cindee Snider Re

Cindee Snider Re

Author and Co-Founder at Chronic Joy®

Cindee is wife of 29 years to the man she loves most in this world, mama of five, author, photographer, craver of quiet, lover of cotton, denim, Jesus and tea. She and four of her five kids have Ehlers-Danlos, dysautonomia, migraine, and myriad co-existing conditions. “Yet the deeper the valley, the greater becomes our capacity for joy.” She is author of Discovering Hope, Finding Purpose, Embracing Worth, and I Take You in Sickness & in Health.

 

Erin Burkhardt

Erin Burkhardt

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Erin is a grateful follower of Jesus, navigating the different stages of life through the eyes of severe chronic illness. She has a passion for empowering others by encouraging them to trust God in even the most difficult of circumstances. Erin and her husband, along with their two young boys live purposely and passionately to be the hands and feet of Jesus as local missionaries in a low income and high crime neighborhood. Her other passions include freelance writing, loom knitting, and fishing.

Barbara Coleman

Barbara Coleman

Artist and Writer

Barbara lives in Maryland and has been in ministry with her husband, Mike, for almost 50 years. In the past, she has led Bible Studies and spoken at Women's Retreats. Barbara has three grown sons and 10 grandchildren. She is a retired floral designer and now spends her time painting. Most importantly she has a devoted husband who supports her and always encourages her to remember the wisdom of her precious Lord.

Shelly Esser

Shelly Esser

Editor of Just Between Us magazine

Shelly has been the editor of Just Between Us for 30 years. Additionally, she has been involved with leading and nurturing women since college. She and her husband have four adult daughters and two sons-in-law, and live in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. 

Karin Fendick

Karin Fendick

Chronic Joy® Poetry Coordinator & Writer

Karin is a handmaiden of the Lord; saved by grace; a worshiper; a poet; a broken heart; a lover of words; hungry for truth; amazed by love; on the Potter's wheel His work in progress. After five years in Africa, Karin and her beloved husband of twenty years, Rick, are back in rural Canada where chronic pain drives her to the feet of Jesus. She is powered by prayer, love, and many cups of strong coffee. Author of From Ashes to Glory (A Psalm a Day).

Bettie Gilbert

Bettie Gilbert

Board Member and Prayer Coordinator

You can find Bettie blogging from her home in a small town in southeast Wisconsin - at bettiegsraseasons.com, walking forward with Jesus, in the middle of her own pain and weaknesses from multiple chronic illnesses. The beauty of nature is a joy that calls to Bettie, as do her family and nine young grandchildren. She and her husband have been married for over 40 years and take great joy in their weekend coffee breaks together.

Adriana Hayes

Adriana Hayes

Professor, Writer, and Speaker

Adriana is a freelance illustrator, professor, writer, and speaker who finds joy in helping others discover how God can bring “chronic hope” into their lives. She lives in Milwaukee, Wis., with her husband, Chris, and daughter, Promise. You can reach Adriana at Chronichopeblog.wordpress.com or madebyadri.com. Photo courtesy of Robyn Vining Photography.

Becky Hill

Becky Hill

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Becky lives in Leicester, UK and is a wife to Matt, mum to two girls, and a pursuer of Christ. Becky and Matt love the local church and have been involved in pastoral ministry for many years. In January, 2015, Becky fell from a step ladder causing a debilitating cerebrospinal fluid leak and chronic arachnoiditis which means over the years she has had to spend much of her time in bed. She also lives with severe daily neurological pain. Becky loves words and writes to connect, encourage, share her journey, and inspire others facing suffering, chronic illness and pain.

Joy Lenton

Joy Lenton

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer and Poet

Joy is a wife, mother, grandma to one beautiful boy, M.E and chronic illness sufferer who spends many days in her PJs penning poetry and prose at poetryjoy.com. She is the author of Seeking Solace: Discovering Grace in Life’s Hard Places and Embracing Hope: Soul Food to Help Chase Away the Blue, and a contributor to Mosaic of Grace: God’s Beautiful Reshaping of Our Broken Lives by James Prescott and Taking off The Mask: Daring to Be The Person God Created You to Be by Claire Musters.

Emily J. Maurits

Emily J. Maurits

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

After working for several years in the public health sector, Emily is now studying theology. She believes we are all called to love suffering people, because that's what Jesus did. She is passionate about equipping and encouraging others to do just that, and founded www.calledtowatch.com for the family and friends of those with chronic illnesses. As well as uncovering God's presence in the chaos of life, she enjoys reading, running, and writing, with her memoir coming out next year.

Heather MacLaren Johnson

Heather MacLaren Johnson

Psy.D. and Author

Heather and her husband, Todd, are parents of three adult children adopted from Russia with multiple, invisible, permanent special needs. They live on 44 rural acres in Wisconsin. Heather's greatest desire is to help other chronic emotional sufferers understand that no matter how wounded, we are all passionately loved by God. She blogs at True Life with God and the author of Grace, Truth & Time: Facilitating Small Groups that Thrive.

Elyse Ogbourne

Elyse Ogbourne

Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Elyse is a college student with a fondness for the outdoors. After a simple slip on the ice left her with a chronic pain syndrome, she began to see how God really does work all things for good. Armed with Biblical truth and her TENS unit, Elyse uses her experiences to encourage young adults with the message that they can thrive in the face of difficult circumstances.

Pamela Piquette

Pamela Piquette

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chronic Joy®

Pamela is a leader and a visionary following God's call to inspire those affected by chronic illness, who believes that every precious life affected by chronic illness is both vital and purposed.

Pamela is the mom of three married children, grandma of three, and wife of more than 30 years. She is diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, chronic migraines, and a host of other chronic conditions. She enjoys hot tea, reading and walking her teddy bear dog, Cocoa.

Dr. Terry Powell

Dr. Terry Powell

Author and Professor

Terry is Faculty Emeritus at Columbia International University, and now Adjunct Professor in Church Ministries. Married 50 years, he has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Terry writes about faith and depression at Penetrating the Darkness. His latest book, Oh God, I’m Dying! How God Redeems Pain for Our Good and for His Glory tells of God's sustaining grace in the life of co-author, Dr. Mark Smith, an effective Christian university president despite suffering daily pain from a near-fatal accident.

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Vaneetha Rendall Risner

Author

Vaneetha writes and speaks about meeting God in suffering. She is the author of The Scars That Have Shaped Me: How God Meets Us in Suffering and her memoir, Walking Through Fire. You can find her writing at Desiring God and Vaneetha.com. Vaneetha lives in North Carolina with her husband Joel. She has two daughters, Katie and Kristi. Watch Choosing Joy in Suffering from Diamonds 2019.

Esther Smith

Esther Smith

Author and Licensed Counselor

Esther is a licensed biblical counselor, who writes about her experience with chronic pain. She uses her website, Life in Slow Motion, to encourage people facing physical and mental illness challenges. She is the author of Chronic Illness: Walking by Faith, But God, Wouldn’t I Be More Useful to You If I Were Healthy?, and When Chronic Pain and Illness Take Everything Away. Esther lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, Ian, and their dogs, Bella and Bug.

Megan Willome

Megan Willome

Chronic Joy® Poetry Coordinator

Megan is a contributing writer for Wacoan magazine in Waco, Texas, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, and Magnolia Journal. She is also an editor at T.S. Poetry Press and the author of The Joy of PoetryShe lives in the Texas Hill Country, where she writes and edits from home. Links to her work can be found at her website, meganwillome.com and Twitter. Megan's day is incomplete without poetry and tea.

S.G. Willoughby

S.G. Willoughby

Author and Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer

Sara is the author of He’s Making Diamonds: A Teen's Thoughts On Faith Through Chronic Illness and host of the annual Diamonds Conference for chronically ill Christians. She loves to write and adventure - be it a new board game with her family, trying a weird food, or diving into a fantasy book. Sara is a TCK, a Lymie, a Young Life Leader, a Chronic Joy Contributing Writer, and a #PenToPaper Ambassador.

 

Gayl Wright

Gayl Wright

Chronic Joy® Content Coordinator, Editor & Writer

Gayl lives in a log home partly surrounded by woods in Sunset, South Carolina. Married 46 years with 7 children and 14 grandchildren, she's a seeker of truth who looks for beauty in ordinary things. Gayl loves crocheting, writing, composing poems, art journaling and spending time in nature. She is well acquainted with chronic illness, as several family members have various health issues. After losing parents and a son, she is also familiar with grief. Gayl wants her life to encourage others and glorify God.

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