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Now Accepting Submissions :)

Now Accepting Submissions :)

I had my baby, I moved across the world back home to the USA and I’m ready to start accepting submissions for Devotional Diva again.

A Very Diva Christmas 2017 — It’s Time to Submit!

A Very Diva Christmas 2017 — It’s Time to Submit!

It’s that time again… DIVA CHRISTMAS! 

I can’t believe this will be my 4th Christmas here. Each year, I do a special guest poster series and this year will be no different. Today, I’m announcing our special theme and opening up submissions. 🙂 

Anyone is welcome to submit — even if you have submitted recently. I try to fit as many guest bloggers as I can into this series and include everyone who wants in. I just love Christmas and this is my special way of celebrating the birth of our Savior on Devotional Diva.

How You Can Share Your Story

How You Can Share Your Story

 

Every year about this time, I put out a reminder that you can share your story on Devotional Diva at any time because we accept guest posts all year. I’d also like to share a bit the process to publication!

How you can share your story on Devotional Diva:

  1. First, check out our “Become a Diva” page here for the official information.
  2. Email me, Maggie (editor in chief), with any questions, your story idea, or to submit your story if you’re ready. My email is editor (at) devotionaldiva.com
  3. After we agree on a story idea or submission, you’ll send me your submission when you’re ready! I’ll also need a headshot and a 3-4 sentence bio.
  4. When I have everything I need and approved, I’ll send you a date for publication.
  5. See your story LIVE on Devotional Diva on publication day!

 

Sharing your story is a powerful tool to spur women forward (Heb 10:24) — but also a powerful tool in the healing process for yourself. If you feel a tugging on your heart to get your story out there, email me!

Inspiration for the Creative: Push Yourself

Inspiration for the Creative: Push Yourself

As a creative individual, I often find myself frustrated with my work. I feel as if it is not making the impact I wish it would. I think perhaps a large part of this common frustration found in the creative life is the cocoon of comfort we envelop around our everyday.

Writing Tips from Author Frances Gregory Pasch

Writing Tips from Author Frances Gregory Pasch

Writing Tips from Author Frances Gregory Pasch [Editor’s Note: This is an interview I conducted with author Frances Gregory Pasch. She’s 82 years wise and has blessed us with some awesome writing tips! Some background on Frances… Frances Gregory Pasch has been married to her husband, Jim, since 

Holy Shakespeare!

Holy Shakespeare!

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Holy Shakespeare!

[Editor’s Note: This post includes selections from Holy Shakespeare! 101 lines or passages from William Shakespeare’s works paired with Scripture passages that appear in the bard’s classics by Maisie Sparks. I received a copy from the publisher so that I could review and pick out a few of my favorites. It was a treat for a Shakespeare fan like me! I’ve included the author’s introduction, as well. Enjoy, Divas!]

Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare is still considered the greatest playwright of all time. Could that be because he knew intimately the Greatest Book of all the ages? His plays, poems, and sonnets are filled with scriptural allusions and biblical imagery that, if you’re not discerning, might slip right by you.
For years they certainly passed me by. Not until recently did I see the similarities between Shakespeare’s writings and the Holy Writ. I might have received a much better grade in my English Lit class had I only noticed that his works referenced many of the Bible stories and teachings that I was learning in Sunday school.
Unlike me, however, Shakespeare’s sixteenth-century audiences understood the biblical allusions that the Great Bard made, for he lived in what’s been called a biblical culture and era. People grew up learning to read by reading the Bible. Shoppers on the London Bridge might stop to listen to traveling actors who were performing a play based on a Bible story. Churches used dramatizations extensively to teach and enact the Word of God. Along with writing out the alphabet, schoolchildren might print a verse or two from the Geneva Bible—the version that you’ll read on these pages. Contemporaries of Shakespeare felt right at home with the Bible, as it was a staple read in homes. With Scripture permeating the culture, it’s easy to see how holy sentiments appeared on paper when Shakespeare sat down to write.
What’s been fascinating to me in rereading Shakespeare is how copious his use of Scripture is this time around. The Bible is right there… hidden in plain sight. Many lovers of Shakespeare have known this fact for centuries, but over the years the study of both Shakespeare and the Bible has waned in homes, schools, and churches.
That’s why I’ve written Holy Shakespeare! It’s intended to awaken your curiosity for more of Shakespeare’s timeless works and, at the same time, the Great Creator’s Eternal Word. Holy Shakespeare! is not an exhaustive listing of every reference to Scripture that Shakespeare ever made; it’s an invitation to taste and see how masterfully creative he was at weaving the Word seamlessly into his works. I’ve paired lines from Shakespeare with passages from the Bible and interspersed some facts about Shakespeare for you to reflect on as you read the pairings. It’s my desire that reading Holy Shakespeare! will instill in you a greater appreciation of Shakespeare and a heightened awareness of God’s Word as reflected in his works.
So, turn the page, savor Shakespeare anew, and reflect on God’s Word. Along the way, I pray that you will gain strength in the recognition of its enduring power.

3. accountability

Though some of you, with Pilate, wash your hands,
Shewing an outward pitie: yet you Pilates
Have here deliver’d me to my sowre crosse,
And Water cannot wash away your sinne.
KING RICHARD II, ACT IV, SCENE 1

When Pilate saw that he availed nothing, but that more tumult was made, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just man: look you to it.
MATTHEW 27:24

27. being brought low

I am no great Nebuchadnezzar, Sir; I have not much skill in grass.
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, ACT III, SCENE 2

The very same hour was this thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar, and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as the oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown as eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.
DANIEL 4:33

47. grief

O Grandsire, Grandsire: even with all my heart
Would I were Dead so you did Live againe.
TITUS ANDRONICUS, ACT V, SCENE 3

And the king was moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom: would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son.
II SAMUEL 18:33

48. time

…learn to jest in good time; there’s a time for all things.
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, ACT II, SCENE 2

To all things there is an appointed time, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.… A time to weep, and a time to laugh: a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
ECCLESIASTES 3:1, 4

50. blessed quietness

Thy greatest helpe is quiet, gentle Nell:
I pray thee, sort thy heart to patience,…
KING HENRY VI PART II, ACT II, SCENE 4

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, In rest and quietness shall ye be saved: in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength, but ye would not.
ISAIAH 30:15

It’s OK to Dream Scared

It’s OK to Dream Scared

It’s OK to Dream Scared [Editor’s Note: Please welcome back Devotional Diva founder Renee Fisher for this guest post! Thanks, Renee! ] We are supposed to be afraid when we walk on water—when we are learning how to be bold and courageous. That’s why we walk by faith and not by feelings 

9 Ways to Share Your Story

9 Ways to Share Your Story

9 Ways to Share Your Story Are you a woman who wants to share her story? Sharing your story on Devotional Diva, or “Becoming a Diva” as I like to call it, is a powerful way to encourage women all over the world and could 

Christian Books for Girls

scarlett gray joins the parade christian books for girls series devotional divaI 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 on Devotional DivaSuzanne 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 therapist for her church. Suzanne lives in Mississippi with her husband Stephen, daughter Scarlett Gray, and their large, but lovable, German Shepherd.

Below is a short interview with Suzanne where she shares more about Scarlett Gray and providing good reading options for kids.

Could you tell me the basic story line of “Scarlett Gray Joins the Parade?”

“Scarlett Gray Joins the Parade” is a Christian short chapter book for young girls ages four to eight. It is centered on Ephesians 6:1 and reminds children that God has given them parents to guide them through life.

The story tells a tale of a young girl, Scarlett Gray, who can’t wait to attend this year’s Fourth of July Celebration with her parents and her best friend, Georgia. Scarlett Gray promises to follow her parents’ safety rules, but the excitement of the parade and her inattentiveness overcome her promise to obey the rules and she gets lost. She is not an actively defiant child, but her poor judgement in one instance illustrates how one bad decision can lead to another without you even knowing it. I think any child can relate to this!

How did you come up with the idea? Did you feel called to write?

As a homeschooling mother, I read countless books to our little girl. I purchase almost all of them at Goodwill for a quarter so it is nothing for me to purchase thirty at a time. I always try and scan the books as best as I can while I’m in the store (with a toddler in tow), but almost every time, when it came time to actually read them, I would realize that a good portion of them were not suitable material for our daughter. While many of these books were “best sellers” and very popular, they contained the words “dumb, “stupid,” “hate,” and other inappropriate words. As a mother, I know there will come a time when my child might say those things and need to be corrected for doing so, but I don’t want to feed it to her.

As a former therapist, I saw firsthand how outside influences greatly impact our minds, thoughts, beliefs and actions. Therefore, I think it is crucial that we as parents are vigilant in protecting our children. In today’s world, our children are inundated with negative messages and as Christian parents; I believe we have to work twice as hard to keep our children on track. I became very frustrated and disappointed with the material that was available for young readers. After expressing my frustration about the lack of Christian options for young readers to my husband, he strongly encouraged me to do something about it and write a book myself. And that is when the journey began.

I honestly don’t know if I have been “called” to write, but I will say that God has opened up doors that only He could, so I certainly feel that I am in His will and have His blessing. And although I wasn’t schooled in writing and it didn’t come naturally, I learned that with hard work and His help, it could be accomplished.

Why do you think it is important to provide faith-centered reading options for our kids?

I think our children are inundated with negative messages from every direction in life and they need to be reminded of what is right.  That is why I believe it is important to provide faith-centered reading options for our kids so that they have positive, Christian role models to look up to. Of course, they might have Christian family members in their lives that greatly influence them, but so many children emulate characters they see on TV or in books that they read, so I thought what better way to reinforce those good character qualities that parents want to teach their children and ended up writing a Christian children’s book.

My aim is to inspire young readers to seek God in their daily lives, and to honor Him with their choices. It is my hope that parents can confidently share my books with their children, knowing the message meets their high standards.

I believe this can help open the dialogue between parents and children about what might be an awkward topic for some to approach. I think many parents could use it to help open that door for discussion. And as a parent, I find that when I’m reading to my child, I recall Bible stories that I have since forgotten so I’m able to learn along with my child and other parents might also enjoy that aspect of it, too.

What could be next for the Scarlett Gray books?

The next book in the Scarlett Gray series will be on wise spending. Scarlett Gray Publishing is dedicated to publishing children’s books centered on God’s word, so it will also be centered on a Bible verse. If all goes as planned, it will be available in the early spring.

You can follow Scarlett Gray Publishing, LLC on Pinterest to keep up to date on books that are released!

“Scarlett Gray Joins the Parade” is available on Amazon.

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#FaithbookofGod Releases Today

[This is just a short break from our Christmas guest post series so that Renee could share some news. “The gifts God has given you” will resume tomorrow!] As the Founding Editor of DevotionalDiva.com, I’m excited to announce #FaithbookofGod, my sixth book releases today. Owning