• freestyle faith
    Devotionals,  Faith,  Military Life

    Freestyle Faith: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

    The way we treat woman in the military and society in general keeps them stuck and often silenced about the wrongdoing that occurs aboard ships, during deployments and in the world environment. It is much like when you leave home and realize the way you were raised was not exactly conducive for the reality of the outside world.

  • modesty story
    Devotionals,  Faith,  Relationships

    My Modesty Story

      [Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Hannah Anderson. Today Hannah is sharing her personal modesty story — and I commend her for that. Everyone has different modesty standards today; let’s face it, there’s no cut and dry rules. Hannah felt led to share and I love the lesson in her story! Thank you Hannah for being brave!] A twenty-something Christian woman who always always held herself up to Christian standards of purity and modesty (sort of, more on that later) and wore her father’s purity ring he gave her a decade prior with pride. This woman always liked to talk about how above the world and the…

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    Devotionals,  Faith

    Editorial: Why All Women Are Safe at Devotional Diva

    Why All Women Are Safe at Devotional Diva I am a Christian, and I believe God made and loves all humans, regardless of their current religion or lack thereof. While I would never want to alienate any of Devotional Diva’s followers, at some point I think it becomes more of an issue to not speak out. I think we have reached that point. I greatly respect everyone’s points of view, so please keep that in mind. However, as a Christian with this platform, I feel the need to speak out. Although Devotional Diva was founded as a Christian blog, please know that your faith doesn’t matter here. You are safe…

  • Devotionals

    The Strength of Women

    [Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Fran Thring; Today she shares about the mighty strength of women.] Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock. I should be at work, but thank goodness I’m not. Instead, I’m seated in my apartment in Cape Town, South Africa in a watery spot of winter sunlight. It’s a public holiday- Women’s day. The day the government of South Africa set aside today to commemorate all the brave and strong women in our past. Let me indulge you with a quick history lesson. I won’t be long, promise! Let’s head back to 1956 where South Africa was in the…

  • Devotionals,  Faith

    Case of the Widow

        [Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Amanda Batten. Above is a picture she provided of those widows she met in Kenya. Here, she shares some of the lessons they taught her.] “Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” –  Isaiah 1:17 Life can change in an instant and can alter us in many ways.  The weather can change in the blink of an eye, but I’ve come to learn that God never changes.  It wasn’t until I went on a mission trip to Kenya in 2013 that I learned just how unconditional God’s love truly is.…

  • Devotionals,  Health & Body

    Take Good Care of Yourself!

    [Guest post by Kunbi Ayo-Okanlawon: I found Kunbi’s post about the unhealthy fitness trends on social media very timely and extremely important for our readers. Remember, take good care of yourself!] “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” – 1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT) I love fitness and I’ve been called a fitness fanatic a number of times. More importantly, I love encouraging and inspiring people on their health and fitness journey. Being fit and healthy is a good thing, and Apostle Paul alluded to that fact in 1 Timothy 4:8. Eating healthy (and within reason) and staying…

  • 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…

  • Health & Body

    I Must Be Perfect

    [Guest post by Rachel Madden: I think Rachel’s story on perfectionism will really encourage some of you, especially those who struggle with being a “perfect mom.” Remember “I must be perfect” is just a lie!]   Psychology Today quotes, “For perfectionists, life is an endless report card on accomplishments or looks. A one-way ticket to unhappiness, perfectionism is typically accompanied by depression and eating disorders. What makes perfectionism so toxic is that while those in its grip desire success, they are most focused on avoiding failure, so theirs is a negative orientation. And love isn’t a refuge; in fact, it feels way too conditional on performance.” Please tell me this…

  • Devotionals

    God's Love Stories

    [Guest post by Stephanie Rawnsley: February is the month of Valentine’s Day, so I thought we would kick off the month with Stephanie’s great post about God’s love stories!] Whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, ours or someone else’s, we all love a good story. Look at how many movies and books there are out there. When we go out for coffee, we exchange stories. We love hearing amazing tails of good winning over evil, of love conquering all. We love the stories that make us believe again, that make us reach for the stars and believe in the impossible. Why do you think Nicholas Sparks has been such a success? His stories of…

  • Devotionals,  Faith

    The Unexpected Joy Found in Waiting

    [Guest post by Jennifer Kelly: Happy New Year! When Jennifer sent me this post, I just knew it had to be the first Devotional Diva post of 2015! She tells us of the joy found in waiting when this New Year is such a time of change.] Wait on the Lord. This is my season right now. My limbo. My song. My thing. My line. My joy and my pain.  Why is it so hard to wait? What is it about waiting that tail-spins my impatient, stubborn self into a frenzied, spoiled three-year old brat? Honestly! I’m like THAT little girl you see in the store: arms furiously crossed, crazy-eyed, and spewing out…