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Daily Devotionals Writers Guidelines
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Our devotionals reach about 3,000 people on our regular list and hundreds more on other's lists who distribute them, blogs, widgets, etc.

We are honored that we have such gifted writers who donate their time to encourage others on behalf of Rest Ministries. We hope these tips will help you in writing and formatting your devotions.

Guidelines for Devotionals
Specific Tips From Kay, the Coordinator
Example of Correct Formatting
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Guidelines for Devotionals! Specific Tips From Kay, the Coordinator
  • At the top: A Scripture verse from the NIV version of the Bible.  If you don't have an NIV version see Bible Gateway for reference.

  • The Body:  A devotional approximately 250-350 words. We will send it back if it's over 375 words (including scripture.) If your scripture is exceptionally long (or you include a poem, etc.) our devotional coordinator, Kay, may use her discretion. Please stay within the word limit to assist us.

  • At the bottom: a personal biography 2-3 sentences in length. It can be professional or creative, written in third person.

  • Please spell-check your devotional before sending it.  It's helpful to have someone proof it for you. If it is not proofed thoroughly, it will be returned for you to do so. Please avoid using caps. Use complete sentences. Have a specific point.

  • Editing: Kay, Rest's devotional coordinator, and Lisa, director, have authority to edit words, grammar, etc. as appropriate. Any major changes (ie. questions regarding content) will be forwarded to your for approval.

  • Any comments/thanks that we receive on behalf of your devotional will forwarded to you as we receive them.

  • Many of our writers tend to write about themselves and then not turn it around, bringing God into the picture. We easily talk about how God is there for us, but we need to go to the next step. How do you find God when you are lost, feeling depressed and suicidal? I would like the writers to cite specific verses of Scripture where God talks about His Love how to turn to Him and He will be there to catch us if we fall.

  • Remember this is a devotional as well, however, so don't let it fall into too complicated of a "Bible Study." Don't be tempted to paraphrase a Bible Study or sermon on how important is to have faith. Ask yourself, "How does one get that faith when their life has been turned upside down with a serious chronic illness?" People are scared, frightened, lost and confused. The feel helpless and alone; they seek God, but often have difficulties feeling like He is there.

  • Be careful not to come across harsh, for example ":I know that I am in pain, but I just turn to God and He helps me. It is so wonderful to know that God is there." This statement is dangerous and futile to a suicidal person. I want reader, the "wandering lamb," to be drawn back by the crook of God, back into His flock. I want the reader to see Jesus gently picks them up and carries them, willingly, realizing that God is the God of second chances time and time again.

  • If I give some assistance or advice, please don't take it as a personal attack on your experience or your writing. We're all in this together, and as devotional coordinator, I feel in touch with what readers are searching for and what brings them peace. I'm willing to work with you to help you improve your writing ability, but since I live with chronic illness too, it may not be quickly!
Example of a Correctly Formatted Devotionals

"God is able to make all grace abound to you,
so that in all things at all times, having all
that you need, you will abound in every good
work," (2 Corinthians 9:8) Scripture has quotes,
ends with a comma inside the quote and then
has location in (parentheses)

The trials and tribulations we experience in
this life sometimes seem overwhelming. Illness,
constant pain, financial,insurance concerns
and lack of understanding relative to our illness
are just a few of the difficulties that may come
our way. I've learned to depend on God's grace to
get through difficult times.

A most important lesson, however, is that God's
grace always comes when we need it, when we ask for
it. God's grace is part of our human nature that
our earthly minds want to store up grace so that we
will be ready when the trials come into our lives.
However, we must learn that grace is bestowed
moment by moment, so that we learn to walk by faith,
step by step, trusting in God's timing.

Just as the children of Israel were given manna
daily in the desert after fleeing Egypt, we receive
God's grace according to each day's challenges.
God wills that we continually grow in our walk of
faith, to depend day by day on God's provision for
our lives. Note: these are the perfect length of

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to receive Your
grace daily with gratitude and humility. Amen.
Prayer is optional for writers, but if included,
this is the format.

Patricia Armstrong lives in Va. Beach, Va., with
her husband, Richard. Patricia is a retired
elementary school teacher and enjoys church
activities, reading, gardening and camping. Patricia
strives to trust that God's grace will always provide
as challenges arise related living with a
neurological disease. 3rd person bio.

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