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16 Ways to Create Devotional Writing to Renew the Spirit and Refresh the Soul by David Sluka

While listening to a writing podcast at the Christian Publishing Show I found myself captivated by a guest speaker. His insight on devotional writing was helpful for my journey as a new author. After the podcast, I bought his book 16 Ways to Create Devotional Writing to Renew the Spirit and Refresh the Soul by David Sluka. You might want to read it too! Here’s 3 reasons why I think you should read this book.

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First, the book is easy to read. In just a few hours I had digested all the brilliant words.

Cover to cover, I found myself unable to put down the book. I kept pouring more cups of tea and turning the pages with anticipation. Each chapter title is an action plan for success.

Second, the book is a resource for devotional writers.

As a factfinder, I found the research material in this book to be a great writing resource. Included are charts, numbers, and project plans for a successful devotional book. If you are a passionate reader of devotionals like me, then you have traveled through 365 pages of several books! It is helpful to understand the structure behind these books- from the editor’s view!

Third, the author has expertise in devotional writing.

As I worked through the 16 short chapters, I saw the devotional pattern recommended by this author. He applies his methods into each chapter and his readers “learn by example.” Learn more about his experience at David Sluka’s LinkedIn Page. He is the Senior Acquisitions Editor at Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
David takes a different approach  from other writing instructors, and encourages his us to write about the experience our reader is having. It’s not about YOU (see John 3:30).
From this great book I have learned the importance of connecting with your readers and leading them towards God. It’s a beautiful thing!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM DAVID SLUKA

  • “God is a planner, and He wants to help you plan as much as He wants to help you write.” David Sluka
  • “In devotional writing, your priority is not only to communicate the message God has given to you, but also connect to your reader and help him or her connect to God.” David Sluka
  • “Boundaries allow for creativity. No boundaries lead to chaos.” David Sluka

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Angels in the ER: Inspiring True Stories From an Emergency Room Doctor by Dr. Robert Lesslie

After the tragic murder or Dr. Robert Lesslie’s family, I wanted to learn more about his legacy of faith. Reading Angels in the ER: Inspiring True Stories From an Emergency Room Doctor was a moving experience! Quickly I discovered, this is not a theology book. The storyline is devotional and autobiography. His writing will capture the heart of any reader.


Sharing his personal observations from the Emergency Room, Dr. Lesslie studies people and personalities. His world is examined through a scientific mind and a strong faith in God.

As an eyewitness of emergencies, Dr. Lesslie tells stories of wounded people and the people who love them.

Another observation from reading this book is one of transformation. The author shares his immaturity of skill and then pivots to a maturity in ER experiences.
Without spoiling the book, I will affirm Dr. Lesslie left behind some nuggets about drug addiction and crime. Anyone who reads crime stories will absolutely LOVE these nuggets. If you are looking for insight on his views about Heaven- you’ll find it here.

As a devotional writer, Dr. Robert Lesslie has a calming voice of authority. His emotional, physical, and spiritual strength appear over and over again in his stories. The word resilient often comes to mind.
As a reader of the book Angels in the ER, you find yourself looking over his shoulder and seeing what the doctor sees. The perspective is quite interesting from the other view of the ER bed!
I am most thankful Dr. Lesslie has left behind his living words. Once you read the book too, you will see a strong man of God and a legacy of faith!

FAVORITE QUOTES FROM DR. ROBERT LESSLIE’S BOOK

  • “Twenty-five years in the ER have taught me a lot of things. I know without a doubt that life is fragile.” Dr. Robert Lesslie
  • “We are all undressed in the ER, all of us. Our strengths and weaknesses are openly and sometimes uncomfortably exposed. This is true for patients and physicians alike.” Dr. Robert Lesslie
  • “Ultimately, the ER is a place where the faith of each one of us will be tested. Our beliefs will be tempered and refined, or exposed and discarded as worthless. Here we can learn who we are and on what ground we stand. And sometimes, it is a place where our faith can be found.” Dr. Robert Lesslie
  • “Every emergency department has had its share of VIP patients. We’ve had movie actors, professional football players, politicians, and professional wrestlers. Even famous biblical characters—I once took care of a man who claimed to be John the Baptist. They all get treated the same and are shown no favoritism, nor do they receive any special perks.” Dr. Robert Lesslie

 

For more information and resources, visit https://robertlesslie.com/

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New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp

New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp is a devotional book that does not collect dust on your bookshelf. It’s a “pick-up-and-read” daily book with a power-packed message each day, for 365 days. I am amazed how spot-on these messages are. They’re not long to read but the words linger throughout the day. This devotional is similar to Oswald Chambers “My Utmost For His Highest” with convincing words- for both a new Christian and a mature Christian.

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This book is different with the absence of the actual Scripture verse, perhaps intentionally, so the reader is not struggling with Bible translations. Instead of writing out the verse, the reader will use a Bible alongside the devotional and look up references.

I found it helpful to use an electronic Bible for this purpose. I’ve enjoyed New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Trippl so much, it’s one of my Favorite Devotional Books. Now I have a Kindle version so I can carry the devotional when I travel, a PDF version from my book review, and a hardcover to give as a gift. Yes- I do enjoy this book! Get your copy of New Morning Mercies when you click here.

365 Gospel-Centered Devotions for the Whole Year

Mornings can be tough. Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren’t enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel. Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.

Favorite Devotional Quotes From New Morning Mercies

  • “I must always remember the grace I am given and extend that grace to the people in my life.” Paul David Tripp
  • “In every situation, location, and relationship in our lives there is a war for control of our hearts.” Paul David Tripp
  • “The grand delusion of every act of sin is that we can be disloyal to God and everything will work out in the end.” Paul David Tripp

For more information and resources, visit paultripp.org

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66 Comforting Zig Ziglar Quotes

Zig Ziglar was a popular motivational speaker and bestselling author. He inspired many business leaders to success. Most people don’t realize Ziglar lost his daughter and wrote a detailed confession about his life as a grieving Christian. Zig Ziglar comforts many through his story of grief and faith. His encouragement will help you in a season of grieving someone you love.


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“Grief is pervasive. You never get over it, but you do learn to recognize and live with it.”

“My not-so-well-hidden agenda in everything I do is to introduce people to Christ.”

“God uses grief to heal us, strengthen us in our faith, and cause us to grow in our relationship with Him.”

“While I do not believe that God causes the circumstances that result in our grief, I do believe that God uses grief as a process to show His compassion toward us, to teach us, and to bring us into greater wholeness.”

“Out of my grief has come a sense of urgency to be more effective in my witness for Christ and to pray more diligently for guidance that I might be doing all that the Lord has for me to do in this life.”

“No one is immune from the fact of grief. Grief is woven throughout the tapestry of life.”

“Virtually everyone is experiencing some type of grief to some degree.”

“Grief is perhaps the most profound way of expressing love.”

“The intensity of grief is directly related to the intensity of love. The more we love a person we have lost, the greater our grief.”

“Grief puts us into a position to trust God alone for our healing and restoration.”


“God will never walk out on you. His love is based not on our holding tightly to Him but on His holding tightly to us through all circumstances and situations.”

“God does not see time the way we see time. God measures one’s success not in terms of longevity but rather as fulfillment of one’s God-given purpose in life.”

“All that the loved one experienced in this life was experienced in only a fleeting moment against the unending panorama of heaven.”

“If our departed ones could come back to us and tell us about their experiences with the Lord in heaven, I feel certain they would tell us three things. First, they would tell us to concentrate on the way they were when they were at their best in this life. Second, they would tell us to enjoy our lives to the fullest and choose to fill them with the best memories and experiences possible. Third, they would tell us to spend more time getting to know Christ better.”

“God has purposes for our lives that we may not know this side of eternity.”

“God sees a future we cannot see. He is both omnipresent and omniscient, which means that He alone fully sees the ending from the beginning and knows precisely when to act for our full benefit.”

“We must recognize that God calls us always to trust Him and to put our faith in Him. He does not call us to be all-knowing; rather, He calls us to rely upon the fact that He is all-knowing and all-loving.”

“There are things we know about the personality, faith, and character of the person we have lost. Those things have not changed—they have only come to the point of perfection.”

“Our daughter is not missing; she is merely absent. To be absent means not to be present in a particular moment or setting. To be missing means that nobody knows where you are. We know where she is! She is not missing, only absent from us temporarily.”

“An encouraging aspect of my Christian faith and my trust in Jesus Christ is the fact that during His ministry here on earth, Christ never attended a funeral at which He did not raise the dead. Jesus is the Resurrection.”


“Coincidence is a man-made word. Miracles are God-made realities.”

“Words of prayer are the most effective words of all.”

“There truly is no substitute for the power of God’s Word to bring healing and joy into our lives.”

“To those who grieve, what a comfort it is to be assured that God fully understands our feelings and knows our needs.”

“Our healing from grief to a very great extent lies in our daily communication with the Lord.”

“Don’t expect grief to be logical.”

“I encourage you to acknowledge that you are grieving. Do not attempt to deny, avoid, or put off feelings of sadness. I have admitted I am a grieving Christian.”

“To deny or attempt to shorten the grieving process is to find yourself in even greater pain for longer periods of time. It also permits the entrance of bitterness and despair.”

“Grieving is a process that takes time; there are no shortcuts. It also takes the love and encouragement of family members and friends.”
“Sometimes giving a quick hug and just being present speak volumes to the grieving person. Answers are not the key; your presence is what counts.”

“If you trust God and ask Him to direct you in the way you comfort the grieving, you can relax in the knowledge that His will is being done.”


“A message that is always welcome to the grieving person is actually very simple: “I’m sorry. I’m praying for you. I really care.”

“There are those who say and believe that Satan killed or snatched away the loved one. Scripturally that is inaccurate. Psalm 139:16 asserts that God, not Satan, has our days numbered. Christ met Satan in battle and defeated him.”

“Heaven is too sweet, and hell is too hot, to gamble with salvation, especially when God has given us a clear and certain way of securing our eternal future. The instructions on how to receive God’s offer of free salvation are sprinkled throughout His Book. I encourage you to read prayerfully every instance related to one’s salvation and eternal life.”

“The Lord who allows each of us to grieve differently also knows and provides precisely what will bring comfort to our hearts.”
“Grief does not rest entirely on the amount of LOVE we had for the deceased. In some cases, grief seems intensified based upon the NEED a person had for the loved one.”

“My fellowship with my daughter has not ended because she is in heaven. She is still very much present in my mind and heart.”
“It is natural to talk about someone you love. That is true whether the person is alive on this earth or present with the Lord… I believe that conversation is a priceless healer.”

“To continue to do the work that God has put before us to do is a form of spiritual warfare; it is a statement in the spiritual realm that we will not be defeated in our God-given purpose in life despite what the enemy of our souls might have intended as a stumbling stone or brick wall.”

“I have talked to a number of people whose ministries have become even more effective after the death of a loved one. These people continued their work, and they did so with greater faith and reliance upon God. And God honored and blessed their expression of trust in Him with incredible results.”

“It is the Lord in me and through me who is accomplishing His purposes. I am grateful to be a vessel He can use.”

“If we have a clear vision of heaven and of God’s grace and love that enable eternal life to be possible in the future, as well as a present reality, we will want every person we encounter to accept Jesus as Savior.”


“Out of the expression of our faith, God can and does work His miracles.”

“Choose to draw upon the strength of others. Choose to see the strength in the one you love who has died. Choose to move forward on the foundation of strength your loved one has contributed to your life.”

“Every moment of every day takes on a little different perspective after the loss of a loved one, and priorities are readjusted.”

“How we choose to show our love is just as important, I believe, as the fact that we love.”

“God will impart to each of us His strength and grace to do what He has called us to do. It is up to us to choose to continue to walk with boldness and faith the path He unfolds before us.”

“When we lose someone to death. We become immediately aware of how much we loved that person, and we are also more aware of the many ways in which he needed us and we needed him—in other words, of the bonds of the relationship we enjoyed.”

“Every child is unique and irreplaceable and deserves to be loved unconditionally with all of a parent’s heart. That love does not end in death, but neither should love for the “lost child” be expressed to the point of neglecting to express and show love for the remaining children.”

“The grieving parent is wise to rejoice in the fact that he has loved, that he does love, and that he will continue to love.”

“Love does not die with death.”

“Love is a vital ingredient of life.”

“Love is intended to be given. It cannot be stored up. If you truly want to have a lot of love, you must continually give a lot of love.”

“Nothing satisfies the human heart as much as love does.”

“The truth is, if we do not express deep love for a person, we are likely to experience substantial guilt at his passing.”


“My message to you is simple: do everything in your power to build and maintain good relationships with those whose paths you cross. If a relationship is broken, particularly if you have had a part in the breaking of it, go to the person and ask for forgiveness. Seek to mend the relationship, and do it now. A major burden will lift from your heart, and you will avoid an even greater buildup of guilt or bitterness.”

“Resentment toward another person becomes acid in the human soul and takes a toll on your life.”

“Guilt is a by-product of unforgiveness.”

“Spend time with those you love; that is an unspoken way of saying, “I love you.” Your presence is a gift of love to a person who loves you in return.”
“We long to be with the Lord, but we don’t want to leave loved ones. We are eager to reach the destination of life’s journey, and yet we are not eager to leave behind those who walk life’s road. My grief has known this same two-sided reality. On the one hand, I have sorrow; on the other, abundant joy.”

“Many things related to grief are choices. Will we choose to place our focus on missing the person or giving thanks for the gift of God that the person was to us?”

“What a wonderful thing it is to leave a legacy of joy. What an enviable thing it is to have others see the joy of loving and serving Christ in all that you do.”

“The freedom of choice is one of our most precious gifts, and I encourage you to choose to have joyful memories today of the loved ones you may have lost. Choose joy as their legacy to you. It is one of the most wonderful gifts you can give to yourself in their memory.”

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want.”

 

“Make today worth remembering.”

 

29 Dazzling Liz Curtis Higgs Quotes

Liz Curtis Higgs is Bestselling Author, Speaker, and an Award-Winning Columnist for Today’s Christian Woman Magazine. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth, and profoundly dazzling. Higgs shares God’s message of amazing and unchanging grace.These quotes from Liz Curtis Higgs will offer you the right amount of inspiration for pursuing your own relationship with God and transforming your heart like His.


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“All through Advent we anticipate His birth. All through Lent we anticipate His death.“

“Though Martha was head of the house, Mary seems to have been its heart.”

“Martha had chosen duty and Mary had chosen Jesus.”

“Death is not the end for those who love the Lord. It’s the beginning of a new and forever life.”

“Though we may believe with our heads, Jesus wants us to believe with our whole hearts.”

“Believe in His power to change us. Believe He can bring us back to life.”

“No one but Jesus can conquer the grave.”

“The body’s death to this world is the soul’s birth into another world.”

“Jesus didn’t lay down His life to save our bodies. He died and rose again to save our souls.”

“Our love for people doesn’t end when they pass away.”

“Beautiful has little to do with appearance and everything to do with a woman’s character: her integrity, her charity, her sincerity.”
“Jesus was born to upset the status quo.”


“Worship isn’t a task. Worship is a response.”

“Jesus died willingly at the hands of men, and He rose triumphantly at the hands of God.”

“A lie is the truth turned upside down.”

“Jesus knew that those who hurled abuse at Him two thousand years ago were living in darkness, and He knows the same is true about critics who cast Him aside today.”

“When God’s blessings are piled on our heads, it’s easy to be faithful. The real test comes when disappointment calls and sorrow pulls up a chair.”
“Every conception has a touch of the miraculous.”

“What we call miraculous, God calls business as usual.”


“While we go about our daily tasks, God’s divine plan is unfolding. At any given moment our lives could change dramatically. No surprise to God, yet a big surprise to us.”

“Mary carried Jesus in her body. By the same Holy Spirit, we carry the risen Lord in our hearts. Nothing is impossible with God residing in us and working through us.”

“God met the needs of his people—practically, spiritually, financially, emotionally.”

“When I hear women rail that the Bible is misogynistic, I wonder if we’re reading the same book. God loves women, redeems women, empowers women—then and now.“

“The Lord chose to be born into poverty, to identify with the unseen of society—the unkempt, the unpopular, the undernourished. His earthly parents had nothing the world counts as valuable.”

“God clearly loves to do the unexpected, reinforcing his authority and demonstrating his power.”

“Just as God always knew how the life of his Son would unfold on earth, God knows how our lives will unfold as well. Nothing is a surprise to him. When we stumble, however badly, he stretches out his hands, pulls us to our feet, and draws us into his embrace.”

“The Holy Spirit opens eyes and ears. Where there is darkness, he sheds light. He reveals truth. And he speaks about the future with authority.”
“Only when we’re filled with the Holy Spirit can we see what matters to God.”

“Jesus would bear much influence, but he would not always be liked.”

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