• Devotionals,  Faith,  Family

    3 Ways to Get Your Christmas Joy Back – Diva Christmas 2020

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by Juliana Gordon. Welcome, Juliana! Readers, I hope if you’re feeling a funk this year, this devotional can be an encouragement! Have you ever been in a shop that sells Christmas decorations year-round? Or heard of households that left up a tree – on purpose – for most of the year? I know people like that, who live for December! They have boxes of decorations, special Christmas dishes, and even an assortment of holiday sweaters to wear throughout the season. They cannot get enough of the festive music, Christmas traditions, and holiday movies. I used to be like that. Then 20 years or…

  • Devotionals,  Faith

    Mixed Emotions for Christmas – Diva Christmas 2020

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest story from Brittney Smith. If you’re feeling mixed emotions for Christmas, this is the story for you! I remember when all I felt around the holiday was joy. That simplicity ended in early childhood after my parents announced their intentions to divorce in November 1997. Then, I quickly learned what dreary Christmases were like. They’re like snow on a cloudy day. The wonder of a miracle and the gloom of an overcast all at once. As time went on, my family and I experienced the loss of loved ones around the holidays as well. Seasonal depression crept in myself or those around me. When…

  • Devotionals,  Faith,  Family

    A Different Christmas – Diva Christmas 2020

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by our friend here at Devotional Diva, June Titus! June has pulled out a great message this year for Christmas. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 Christmas this year may be a little different from what we are used to. With “social distancing,” limited air travel, and general disruption in our country, we may have to re-invent Christmas. Churches have no plans for the usual dramas and musical programs, and the cities have canceled their parades and iconic festivities. It’s like Christmas has been stolen from…

  • Devotionals,  Faith

    An Encounter – Devotional Diva Christmas 2020

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by veteran Diva author Sheila Lloyd. Sheila submitted this story last year, pre-COVID. It didn’t end up making it in last year’s series, but I’m so glad to use it this year to kick off our 2020 Diva Christmas series! Thanks, Sheila! How many times in the hustle and bustle of this crazy world do we have an opportunity to see purity?  When do we truly have a moment to engage in genuine human kindness and interaction? These are questions I reflected upon after an encounter yesterday on Black Friday. (Side note: why in the world do we call it black Friday?! To…

  • Devotionals,  Faith

    Express your love to God!

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by Sandi over at @refreshingmelodies Express your love to God! ‘O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing! – Psalm 103:1-2 (MSG) I love to worship. In simple terms, worship is the act of attributing reverent honour and homage to God. This can be accomplished in various expressions. Most people would automatically think of singing, playing a musical instrument or dancing as the most common expressions of worship. But did you know that whatever you do, if you are doing it unto God, it can also be…

  • Devotionals,  Faith

    Faith Training

    Editor’s Note: This is a story by veteran Diva Maria Drayton. Thank you so much Maria for continuing to share your writing with us! “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2:1 NKJV Working out is not one of my favorite past times. I don’t enjoy running, lifting weights, machine workouts and the worst of all is sweating. But I’ve learned that I must do it in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a youth, I ran track and “no”, I didn’t enjoy it then either. The worst part was always the beginning of the…

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    Devotionals,  Faith

    Guess What? God knows technology!

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by June Titus, a veteran Diva writer. Thanks for sharing again, June! The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29: 29 Human beings, ever since the creation, have been trying to find out things. They found out about fire; discovered time; discovered out how to make a wheel; invented the boat; figured out a microscope, and found germs; a telescope, and learned that the earth rotated around the sun; and introduced modern technology…and everything in between. God has…

  • Devotionals,  Faith

    Dragonflies – Fall 2020

    Editor’s Note: Welcome to our Fall 2020 submissions cycle! Today we have a beautiful devotional from our friend Sheila Lloyd. Her bio is down below if you don’t remember her! We live in a beautiful neighborhood hemmed in by the river on one side and wooded mountain foothills on the other.  The route of my usual walk passes through quiet streets lined with volunteer tricklings of water from some elevated stream through ditches filled with leaves from last fall. Frogs jump as my foot falls get closer, and I suddenly stop to gaze at a dragonfly poised and still. Amazingly it remains in place long enough for me to bend…

  • Devotionals,  Military Life

    Healing + submissions are open!

    Most mornings, I wake up with a start. I look around my room and remember where I am. And then I tell myself, “everything’s okay.” I know this isn’t normal. And I am undergoing treatment for my anxiety and nightmares. But it’s my reality after living for three years under what I can only describe as a personal hell. I think I’ve been frank about how hard living in Italy was, but I haven’t shared how it’s still affecting me. And mind you, it wasn’t just living overseas, with only a few other American families nearby. It was the constant “hello-goodbye” that was our ship’s movements. Constant worry about being…

  • Devotionals,  Faith

    A Moral Imperative

    Hi guys. I’m going to talk about George Floyd. I have always stood by the belief that everyone is welcome and loved here, regardless of color or faith, and will continue to do so. Some things I’ve been thinking about during all this: Are those cops Christians? With a knee on his neck, what was that officer thinking? As the police standing by heard the words “I can’t breathe”, over and over again, what did they think they were doing? Did they not believe they were murdering, or were they caught up in the moment? Finally, what would Jesus do if he was standing watching this scene? I think we…