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Devotional Stories for Times of Trouble

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Life has always been filled with trials, including illness, job loss, grief, addictions, and much more. God never promised that our earthly lives would be without difficulties, but he assured us that he will always be with us to share our burdens. We are looking for true stories that show God's presence during a time of trouble in your life. Our hope is that your personal story will inspire, comfort and encourage others who are also going through difficult times, regardless of their circumstance.

Please share your true stories written in the first person of no more than 500 words, along with an applicable Bible verse (from the NIV version of the Bible) and a 2-3 sentence prayer. If you have already submitted a story to the Devotional Stories for Times of Trouble database, please do not submit it again as we have received it.

Stories should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major publications.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:

Cancer or other health issues
Death of a loved one
Job loss or economic issues
Divorce or separation
Crisis of faith
Disappointment or unfulfilled dreams
Depression or mental illness
Miscarriage or loss of a child
Bad days or bad luck
Troubled childhood
Tragedy of any kind
... and any other stories you would like to share

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $100 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story, as well as the right to resell it.

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.


Amy Stockwell Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and three sons. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing from Queens University, she writes about art and artist profiles for Charleston Magazine, The City Paper, Charleston Art Mag, and Art Papers. Amy also writes about living with chronic illness, and is finishing a book about women with diabetes for Demos Health. When she needs to get out of her own head, she teaches college students how to write the 5 paragraph essay. You can read more of her writing at her website.

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