• Devotionals,  Family

    Life Lessons from Children

      [Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Paige Magee. Welcome back, Paige! Now that my son is two, I am learning more and more from him! Paige is spot-on in her post today about life lessons from children.] “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho Anyone that knows me knows that I absolutely love children. I always have. I cannot wait for when I become a mother. Well of course I can wait, seeing I’m single and should probably…

  • Devotionals,  Family

    Prayer for the Weary Parent

    But at the same time, I'm weary. It's hard to be a parent, to make decisions that aren't easy and won't make me popular. It's difficult to enforce the rules, day after day, to monitor behavior and ask them to pick things up and remind them to do homework and to not take it personally every time they resist.

  • Devotionals,  Health & Body

    The Miscarriage Club

    [Editor’s note: Do you recognize the pretty lady in that picture? That is Devotional Diva’s one and only founder, Renee Fisher. Today she is bravely sharing about her initiation into The Miscarriage Club. I’m so glad she could do this, because I think miscarriage is a subject that needs to be talked about more openly.] I coughed before my eyes fluttered open. I coughed again, and suddenly woke up. “Where was I?” A nurse quickly walked over to me and asked how I was doing. I told her how excited I was to have the surgery, and how grateful I was to find my new doctor just in time. She told me, in…

  • Devotionals,  Faith,  Family

    When Can't Becomes Can

    [Guest post by Myána Chartese: We all know those times when accomplishing something seems like an insurmountable task. Here, through her son, Myána describes when can’t becomes can.] Being a mother is one of the most precious gifts you can receive from the Lord, and I’ve learned more about the nature of God and the love of God during motherhood, than I have from anything else that I’ve been graced to do throughout my journey in life.  Most recently I was in the basement ironing clothes and my son came downstairs to join me, and there was a particular toy that he wanted me to take upstairs for him in the middle of…

  • Devotionals

    Father of the Year

    [Guest post by Alisha Ritchie: When you think about how many children He has, God really is Father of the Year, isn’t he?] “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1 NIV Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed.   With two kids, it seems that I am always on the go and my children are too.  When you combine school, homework, basketball practice, gymnastics, projects for school, guitar lessons, and church, it makes for a VERY FULL week.  We stay busy, busy, busy!   I love my kids with all my heart and am tickled they want to be…

  • Devotionals,  On Writing

    Christian Books for Girls

    I know there are a lot of mamas who read Devotional Diva, and it seems like it can be quite a challenge sometimes to find appropriate books for Christian kids. I’d love to introduce you to a new series of Christian books for girls from Suzanne Stamboulieh. Suzanne Stamboulieh is the author of the new Christian book series, Scarlett Gray. Each book in the series will be centered on a single Biblical scripture. “Scarlett Gray Joins the Parade” is the first of the series and reminds children that God has given them parents to guide them through life. Suzanne has a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She previously worked as a…

  • Devotionals

    Fighting for Bud: An Update

    [Guest post by Jenee Day: About a month ago, Jenee shared with us why she was writing to distract herself. Here is an update on her son Bud’s health and how she is fighting for him.] Some of the most difficult times in my life as a mother are when my children are sick.  The emotions that come along with nurturing our little ones are various and deep.  Helplessness, sadness, confusion, hope and determination are just a few of the feelings my husband and I have experienced recently. As Bud was admitted to the hospital again last week, we held on to each other and to our faith. I have…

  • Devotionals

    Demonstrating Your Faith (+Giveaway)

    I’m excited to share with you the first “feature post” on Devotional Diva! FAITH Christian Jewelry is a family-owned and operated business that sells faith-promoting jewelry and gifts including Spirit and Truth, Bob Siemon, and many more.   Since we’re all about sharing your story on Devotional Diva, I asked Andrea from FAITH Christian Jewelry to share a little bit more about the people and story behind the business. Who are the “faces” behind FAITH Christian jewelry? The faces behind FAITH Christian Jewelry are just me and my husband Matt. He loves to geek out and build websites and I love to talk about religion. Therefore we thought what a great way…

  • Devotionals,  Health & Body

    Becoming a Mom is Completely Terrifying

    Becoming a mom is completely terrifying. Almost every night for the past few weeks, I’ve started falling asleep…and then I realize, I’M GOING TO BE A MOM. I go into a panic, thinking about how hard it will be to take care of my new baby and trying to think of all the things I still need to do. I try to rationalize my knowledge of infant care and how I can get everything done. In my mind, if I can make sense of something and have a reasonable plan, I start to feel better. I’m excited for my little boy to arrive, really, I am. I want to be…

  • Devotionals

    Unexpected Family Bonding

    [Guest post by Michelle Rise: I absolutely love Michelle’s story about winter camping and the unexpected family bonding she experienced on the trip! Praise God for such a chance to connect.] Camping was recently a new thing for our family and going in spring and summer for the occasional weekend was adventure enough for me, or so I thought.  When we purchased sleeping bags, we chose the ones only for temperatures down to 30 degrees for the simple reason that camping in frigid weather was for mountain climbers only.  Then our kids discovered snowshoeing on a trip with their youth group to Rock-N-Water Christian Camp.  They wanted us to go…