Special Occasion

Spotlight: Diamonds Conference 2021

About Diamonds 2021

What is Diamonds 2021?

Diamonds is an annual online conference for chronically ill Christians. Millions of chronically ill people battle impossible trials every single day. But so many of them feel so alone. The speakers of Diamonds 2021 want them to know they aren’t — not by a long shot. The theme for Diamonds 2021 is Purpose in Affliction — all about our identity and worth in God, and how our illness can strengthen our relationship with Him.

When is Diamonds 2021?

Diamonds 2021 occurs the second to last weekend in January — from Friday the 22nd through Sunday the 24th. You can join live for free, and if you miss anything you will still be able to view the recorded version by purchasing the all-access pass.

Who is speaking at Diamonds 2021?

This year, we have twenty speakers from around the world, and each of these amazing people has a special message of hope and compassion to share with you out of their own experiences with long-term illness.

  • Bella Morganthal
  • Tessa Emily Hall
  • Becca Doss
  • Hailey Hudson
  • Esther Smith
  • Kara Swanson
  • S. G. Willoughby
  • Bethany Rose
  • Susie Larson
  • Will Lundy
  • Rachel Lundy
  • Angela R. Watts
  • Chris Simning
  • Peter Frey
  • Mary Frey
  • Nicole O’meara
  • Tasha Marie Brown

What does Diamonds 2021 cost?

Because we know that many chronically ill warriors face burdensome medical bills, and because our goal is to uplift instead of adding just one more thing, Diamonds 2021 is 100% free while it’s live. 

After that, you can purchase the all-access pass to gain lifetime access to the conference content along with some exclusive bonuses. 

Where is Diamonds 2021?

Diamonds 2021 is completely online. We know that traveling with an illness is difficult, so we want to bring this right to you — even if you’re in a hospital bed or are housebound. You can register for Diamonds 2020 for free here.

About the Study Guide

Chronic illness is messy, and so often we let it become who we are. But illness cannot steal either your purpose or identity. Diamonds 2021 is an online conference for chronically ill Christians. The goal of the conference is to encourage all those facing invisible battles. 

You aren’t alone — far from it. 

You can get the study guide here. The ebook is free!

This year, twenty authors, bloggers, and ministry leaders who battle chronic illnesses themselves are joining together to offer hope and insight as you navigate relationships in the midst of long-term illness. Hear from people like Susie Larson, Chris Simning, Kara Swanson, Mary Frey, and many others about topics like:

  • Navigating Grief and Chronic Illness
  • Marriage with a Chronic Illness
  • How to Create Your Unique Support Community
  • How to Serve God When You’re Chronically Ill
  • And much more!

This study guide will help you make the most out of the Diamonds 2021 conference and remember what you learned far past the end of the conference.

From Melissa

Does this sound too good to be true? It’s not! I “went” to the first day of this conference yesterday, and it blessed, encouraged, challenged, and enriched me so much.

I only found out about this conference Monday night, but I am so glad I learned about it before and not after! Yesterday I went to a friend’s house to share the sessions and spent the day on the couch with a blanket, a notebook and pen, my Bible app, and the study guide on my Kindle.

I attended all seven sessions, and I couldn’t pick a favorite — they were all amazing. This conference brings together speakers from a remarkable variety of ages, backgrounds, and experiences all for the same purpose: to biblically edify and encourage those of us who also suffer from chronic illness (or take care of a loved one with a chronic illness).

Proof that this conference exists and I “went” 🙂

I loved each speaker’s transparency, the biblical messages of truth and hope of all the sessions, the comments section of each video where we could chat with other attendees and ask questions of the speaker, the Q&A at the end of each session, and the private Slack community where we could all “hang out” between sessions and throughout the day, getting to know each other, connecting, and talking about the sessions.

One of my favorite elements of this conference is the realness throughout all of it. For example, if a speaker had a moment of brain fog and apologized for losing her train of thought or for repeating herself, literally all the attendees came on to comment, “Don’t worry, you’re good,” “I can relate,” “Good to know I’m not the only one with brain fog!” and “Take your time!” You won’t have that sense of understanding, community, and realness in any other conference!

I also loved seeing God work even in and through the “oops” moments. There were some technological difficulties and other real-time, real-life errors or mishaps, but we worked through the technical difficulties — the message will still get out! Not today, Satan! — and the real-life moments provided just another opportunity to connect, relate, and encourage.

I have been so blessed already not just by the edifying content of the sessions but also by the encouraging, sensitive, and helpful spirit among ALL my fellow attendees. This community is amazing, and I’m going to miss it all when it’s over. I’m already looking forward to next year!

If this still sounds too good to be true, it’s not too late to register! You can still attend — for FREE — today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday). Even if you can only attend a few sessions, I encourage you to sign up anyway! It’s worth it.

From Others

Other writers, bloggers, and chronic illness warriors have been and will be blogging about the Diamonds Conference as well. Check out their posts below:

January 21st

Hailey | Spotlight
Angela | Spotlight
SawyerMarie | Interview
Clarissa | Guest Post

January 22nd

Adrianna | Guest Post
Julia | Spotlight
Breanne | Spotlight
Anna | Spotlight
Tara | Guest Post

January 23rd

Sarah | Spotlight

January 24th

Abigail | Spotlight
Angela | Wrap Up

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