Tag: On Writing

Choose Love + Giveaway!

I was thrilled when I was contacted to review Stormie Omartian’s new book Choose Love because she was one of the first Christian writers I ever read. The title also caught my attention. As a Christian living in this 2014 world, I often think about 

The 3 People You Need to Meet

The 3 People You Need to Meet

[Maggie is on vacation so I thought I’d jump on and encourage you all with the three people you need to meet to achieve your dreams. My newest book, Dream Devotional, just released this month. Pick up a copy on Amazon for only $2.99!] Dreaming 

When Christians Are Hurt: Share Your Story!

I have been hurt. You have been hurt. We’ve all been hurt. But how do you respond to hurt in a Christian way?

If you identify as a Christian, you believe in the New Testament and the teachings of Jesus. One of the verses I always associate with Jesus is this one:

Matthew 5:38-40 
“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.  If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.”
 

I love this scripture, and try to live by it. But until recently, just focusing on this one section gave me a rather skewed image of Jesus.

During my Lent studies of Jesus, this scripture really changed that image:

Matthew 21: 12-13
 “Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”

Now, Jesus had very good reason to be turning over tables at the Temple – the sellers’ and money changers’ tables were blocking Gentiles from being able to pray.

But all too often before I delved into that scripture, I considered Jesus to be mostly meek and humble. While those characteristics are true of Jesus, He was also very strong. He stood up for what was right and justly. The verses from Matthew 21 are proof of that.

And since I receive all of my power from Jesus, that means I can be strong, too. And so can you.

Just because we are Christians, it does not mean we can’t stand up for ourselves, others, and what is right. There are good and bad ways to do it, yes, but it is possible.

If you have been hurt, you can share your story.

The truth is, I can’t create all the content for Devotional Diva. Nor do I want to! Devotional Diva should be about many women sharing their stories.

You can stand up for yourself, heal yourself from this hurt and pain, and help others in the process.

One of the reasons I fell in love with writing was the ability to create change through it. You can spread the word in a healthy and respectful way at Devotional Diva.

By sharing your story, you are helping others with the same experiences. They can relate to you. In my opinion, life is all about relationships and relating to others.

Devotional Diva will help you share your story and stand up for yourself. And as editor, I will stand up for you and your story.

If you would like to “become a diva”  (guest contributor), please see the Become a Diva page for more information and the submission form.

You may submit written articles, or even something of a more visual nature.

The requirements for a written story are: 500-700 words in length, with a 3-4 sentence bio and a current picture. For all other types of submissions, please contact me for more information.

Become a Diva today!

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Celebrating My Next Chapter {Literally}

I, Renee Fisher, asked Maggie if I could share my exciting news with you all today! Don’t worry, she’ll be back next week to continue her journey here on DevotionalDiva.com. Today I am celebrating my next chapter {literally}. Today is my 32nd birthday and I have 

Dream Devotional Releases Today!

Dream Devotional Releases Today! Dream Devotional is a 40 day devotional of hope for people who have fallen on hard times.  I dedicated it to all the dreamers. I can’t wait to go through it with you all over the 40 days. I will be 

New Book: Dream Devotional Releases Easter

Fisher COVER Dream Devotional WebI am excited to release Dream Devotional, my fifth book, on Easter!

My story of hope. (No, this is not an April Fool’s joke)! There are many reasons why I choose not to share about writing this book until it was releasing.

I loathe the fact that a traditionally published book can take up to two years to release, and instead of letting you know what I am doing every step of the way — only to have lost your attention by the time the book is released, I wanted to keep it a surprise!

Surprise!

I needed to write Dream Devotional for me first. When I wrote that my dream died back in November, I received many encouraging notes and emails. It was on my heart to write a short devotional on hope, and when my dear friend Arlene Pellicane suggested I do just that — without me ever saying anything to her — I knew I had to write it.

As I began writing Dream Devotional, God restored my hope in Him, then He confirmed I was to continue writing to inspire others. It was very encouraging to hear that Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me started selling well again as I was writing!

It was definitely a miracle.

That’s why I kept Dream Devotional a secret. I needed to know that God could be my hope before I shared it with you.  

I wanted to go back to my roots of what I originally thought of becoming the Devotional Diva®. I  wanted to thank you — my family, friends, and fans — for sticking with me for the past 5 years. If it weren’t for your encouragement, I definitely wouldn’t have made it. Now it’s my turn to help you achieve your dreams!

Like Joshua, I believe with all my heart and soul “that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave [me] has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed” (Joshua 23:14, NIV). I have seen God answer all my prayers. Can you say the same? Why or why not?

Dream Devotional DandelionTo celebrate the launch of Dream Devotional: 40 Days of Hope, I created a special Pinterest page with 40 images plus the cover here.

Feel free to share as many pictures as you like on social media to help me spread the word about my newest book, and let’s start a dream revolution! Speaking of a revolution.

Last month I attended Dream Culture, a conference at Bethel Church in Redding, CA with my best friend Monique. She is a missionary to Haiti and I only get to see her when she is on furlough. I knew it was a God thing that she told me about this conference immediately following the news that I was releasing a book on dreams.

It was an incredible experience to reconnect with my best friend, get away, and get wrecked by God and the kindness of strangers. If you missed reading about when dreams come true, you can read and watch my story here.

I can’t wait for you to get wrecked by God because He is the only one who has the power to resurrect dead dreams and bring them back to life.

I hope you’ll join me this Easter on the 40 day journey of hope and dreams.

I hope you dream.

Top 100 Christian Women Blogs

I (Renee Fisher) am proud to say that after 5 years of blogging at Devotional Diva, I have gone viral! And you know the best part? It wasn’t a post about me! It was the Top 10 Blogs for Christian Women. Ever since I posted 

Walking the Plank

Walking the Plank

Transition throws me for a loop every time – silly, of course. We all know that the only constant in life is change. But somehow my longing for comfort and control gets me to settle into a place with a deep, satisfying sigh. Close my 

10 Tips for Blogging + Giveaway

10 tips for blogging

It’s hard to believe 2014 marks my 10th year of blogging. I am celebrating by doing a blogiversary giveaway!

Apparently you give tin for a 10 year anniversary. I found a cute set of tin tea lights & tin/glass holders on Etsy (pictured above). Leave a comment to win. A winner will be chosen at random on January 8.

I also wanted to share 10 tips for blogging that I learned the past ten years of blogging on three different platforms: Xanga, Blogspot, and WordPress. Be encouraged!

1. Accidental Author – I didn’t set out to become a writer or dream of the day I’d make a living as an author. I actually wanted to teach high school math. I’m so glad I obeyed God’s nudging into writing because it turned out to be something I love.

Question: What is your number one passion?

2. Spur Others Forward – My number one passion is encouraging others through writing (1 Corinthians 14:24-25, Hebrews 10:24).

Question: What is your missions statement?

3. Publish His Deeds – The moment I believe writing is for me or to bring me more name recognition — I am humbled (and reminded) that I write because of what Jesus has done for me (Psalm 96:3).

Question: Why do you write?

4. Suffer With Those Who Suffer – One of the fruits of the Spirit is long-suffering (Galatians 5:22, NKJV). It’s easy to follow those who have everything going for them, but a real friend is one who can stick close during the hard times. I write for them!

Question: Who do you write for?

5. Writing Is Worth It – If you’re looking for a wider audience to reach others with your writings I urge you to find a writing mentor, get into a writing critique group, and attend multiple writers conferences. If you feel writing should be your business/calling/whatever then it’s worth making the investment. I spent a couple thousand dollars to rebrand myself, which helped to catch the eye of my first publisher, NavPress.

Question: How much can you invest in your writing career?

6. Pay Your Dues – You may feel compelled to write on a certain subject, mainly your story, but to make it in the writing business you’ve got to be versatile. Pay your dues so one day you can write about what really matters to you! I feel like I am finally able to write on subjects that matter to me personally (and that’s after four published books).

Question: What subject matters to you most and why?

7. Choose Family & Friends First – Build your audience with your friends and family first. Don’t be afraid to ask for their feedback before you publish something. I still remember emailing my devotionals to my family and friends before I learned how to blog!

Question: Who are your closest family and friends, and how can they help you pursue your dreams?

8. Never Surrender – I can personally attest to the fact that writing is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had. Writing my first book put me in the hospital with panic attacks. I continue to write because of the things God teaches me in every day life, and because I’d die inside if I couldn’t express those Truths that transform not only my life, but for others as well.

Question: What is most difficult about writing for you, and how can you ask others to pray for you through it?

9. Write For Yourself — When I recently took some time off from writing I was able to rediscover my love for writing. It was so nice to write for me and only me. Writing (like running) gives me time to think. Writing is one of my favorite ways to process, and no matter if I publish another article or book again — I will always write for me!

Question: When was the last time you took time to write for you?

10. Be Vulnerable — There is a time and a place to share intimate details of trials and temptations. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable and share from the heart. Don’t be afraid to wait to share these details until the time is right. It took me many years to talk about sexual harassment and my struggle with anxiety/mental health.

Question: What do you struggle with the most, and how can you share vulnerably to encourage others?

[Photo: OpenVintageShutters, Etsy]

3 Reasons to Share Your Story

Recently I shared my story about why my dream died.  I already wrote that I can’t sugar coat things anymore. And now? The gloves are off. “What kind of God would stand back and watch a dream–a good dream, for ministry and impact–fall apart?” That’s