Monday, July 24, 2017

Developing a Daily Devotional



Don Atkinson
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Author of Day by Day in Ephesians
Founder of Day by Day Ministry

   

       Regarding content and structure, there are two basic types of Christian daily devotionals—thematic and expository.  The majority of Christian devotionals fit the thematic category in which the author moves from one Christian theme to the other with each daily devotional.  In the expository category, the author explains one or more verses of Scripture in each daily devotional.  In Day by Day in Ephesians, I ranged from part of a verse, to one verse, to two or more verses in each daily devotional.   
    

      The author first decides what Scripture will be covered.  The thematic devotional usually revolves around a biblical topic such as faith.  Then, Scriptures are normally utilized from various books of the Bible.  Or the author may wish to base the devotional (expository) on an entire book of the Bible.  This was my approach in Day by Day in Ephesians.  In most cases, the Scripture verses are dealt with chronologically.  This methodology maintains the organization and thought patterns of the biblical text.
  

      For the thematic devotional, the author can enlist the aid of variety of biblical resource materials on the selected theme.  Bible commentaries are particularly helpful for the author of the expository devotional.  If a fairly technical commentary is being used, one must remember not to include detailed or complex theological information in a daily devotional.  The daily devotional is oriented toward the typical “person in the pew”—not toward Bible college or seminary students and graduates.
     


      Because of the brevity of a daily devotional (approximately 300 words), the author must be careful to select only a few verses for each devotional.  The subject matter of the specific verses helps the author make this decision.  The theological depth of the verses also impacts the author’s decision.  In Ephesians, Paul wrote from a  deep theological perspective.  Consequently, I usually dealt with just one or two verses of Scripture in Day by Day in Ephesians.  This enabled me to adequately interpret the Scripture covered in the devotional.
     I always include the entire verse or verses covered that day just below the title.  I like to put the Scripture quotation in a different font than the remainder of the devotional text.  I believe this draws attention to the Scripture, which is the basis for the expository devotional.  To further set off the Scripture, I indent the quotation a few spaces from both the left and right margins. 
   



      To help draw the reader’s attention, I suggested the author develop catchy, attention-getting titles for each daily devotional.  In some cases, the title may seem strange to the reader until the Scripture and its accompanying narrative are read and reflected upon.  Then the reader can see the theme or concept being emphasized by the title.  Often I used a portion of the Scripture for my title.  For instance, one title I used in Day by Day in Ephesians was:  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU WALK.  This was taken directly from a part of Eph. 5:15.  In Ephesians, Paul frequently used “walk” as a metaphor for the Christian’s day-to-day lifestyle or conduct. 
     
     


      Subheadings are useful in alerting the reader that the author is shifting from one idea to another.  This feature is especially important when dealing with Scripture that is fairly deep theologically.  I frequently use a portion of the Scripture verse as a subheading.
      In addition, I often italicize what I perceive to be key theological concepts or terms in each daily devotional.  I believe it is helpful to the average reader to highlight these concepts so they will not be overlooked.
     


      Most daily devotional readers have not attended a bible college or seminary.  Therefore, the typical reader is not familiar with jargon such as “pneumatology.”  In the Greek language pneuma means “spirit.”  Consequently, pneumatology is the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.  When writing devotionals, I continually avoid using terms such as pneumatology so I do not lose the reader. 
     


      In some devotionals I include a short summary paragraph.  I believe it is beneficial for many readers to reflect on just one or two sentences that summarize all that was said above.  Always I conclude with a literary device that I entitled: Thought for the Day.  As here, I bold Thought for the Day (located at the bottom of the page) to bring it to the reader’s attention.  Frequently, I ask one or two questions of the reader which flow out of the truth presented in the daily devotional.  In other cases, I ask the reader to reflect on a thought found in that day’s devotional.


May you “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”  (2 Peter 3:18) as you read, reflect on, and apply the truths God presents in His epistle to the Ephesians.
—Don E. Atkinson
Today we're talking about a different kind of writing. Outside the usual fiction. Let's talk about ideas YOU have to wander in your writing life. Have you ever written a devotional? A different genre in fiction? Any non-fiction? How about a poem or a song? Blog posts are their own style of writing, too, any bloggers who want to speak up? Leave a comment to get your name in a drawing for a copy of Day by Day in Ephesians. 
Find Don online at:
www.daybydayintheword.org


   Blog written by Don E. Atkinson, author of Day by Day in Ephesians.  For more information about Don and his daily devotional, visit his website:  www.daybydayintheword.org 


 Don E. Atkinson was born and raised in Lincoln, NE. He attended Southern Nazarene University (formerly Bethany Nazarene College) and Colorado State University securing a Bachelor of Science degree. Later he obtained his Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University. He completed a significant amount of coursework towards a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS).
     Don is the founder of Day by Day in the Word ministry. He has been active in his local church teaching adult Bible studies and preaching, as needed. Married in December of 1982, Don and his wife have three grown children.



78 comments :

  1. Hi Don, I have Day by Day in Ephesians and love the devotions there. I've thought of writing a devotional, honestly. I haven't got a book length idea for it though. I've got a theme, I think, but I've never really attended to it and developed it. Maybe someday.
    Thanks for being on.

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    1. Mary, I am honored that my devotionals have been a blessing to you. I think you could do a great job of writing a devotional. It is a pleasure being a guest on Seekerville.

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  2. I'm afraid I've had few ideas wander into my writing besides fiction. I've never written a devotional, and only one blog. I've tried to write a song or two, but those ended in disaster.
    I did write a poem in second grade. "A cow looks like an owl. I don't know how a cow looks like an owl." Those are the only two lines I can remember. LOL.

    Thanks Don! Interesting topic...

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    1. Connie, I am pleased you found the writing a daily devotional topic interesting. It was a privilege to write it and submit it to Mary.

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  3. Hi Don, Welcome to Seekerville and thank you for sharing how to write devotions. I love writing devotions. I write devotions for children that are published on my children's website. They go up each month. I love reading them also during my morning time with the Lord. Thank you again and have a fun day.

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    1. Sandra, You're welcome. I would like to read some of your devotionals for children. What is the address of your website? Thanks for sharing your devotional writing with me and the regular "crew" here.

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  4. Welcome to Seekerville, Don. I love reading devotionals, but have never written one. Must think on this!

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    1. Tina, Thanks for your welcome. With your writing experience, I am sure you would do well at it. I am pleased you love reading devotionals. Have you read one like mine, based on a book of the Bible? Blessings, Don

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  5. Welcome, Don. Thanks for sharing how to write devotions. I love to read devotionals. They always remind me of my grandmother, who never went anywhere without her Upper Room in her purse. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Jill, You're welcome. I considered it a privilege to write up some of my ideas on writing devotionals. However, I must admit I have never given a talk or written a how-to on writing a devotional. Should you read some of my devotionals, please feel free to give me feedback-- it was my FIRST devotional so I don't have a truckload of experience! I am pleased to hear that you love to read devotionals. Blessings, Don

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  6. Don, it is absolutely delightful to have you in Seekerville! I've been toying with doing a little non-fiction... and this post about devotionals is full of solid information. Thank you for being here and sharing your experience and technique. I like simply worded devotionals. I love that Jesus spoke plainly and I believe plain and simple are the most effective tools.

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    1. Ruth, Thanks for your heartfelt welcome. I would encourage you to try a little non-fiction. It is a little different genre, but I am sure the Lord would help you make the adjustment. Yes, I think your are correct about the "plain and simple" approach. I tried to do that, as I mentioned in my write-up. However, I am not sure how well I succeeded. Should you read some of my devotionals and have some writing suggestions for me, please feel free to pass them along. I have already started writing my second daily devotional --Day by Day in Hebrews.

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  7. I BROUGHT COFFEE, MY FRIENDS!!!! AND DOUGHNUTS!

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    1. Ruth, I just perked a cup. You brought some fine friends with you today!

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    2. Ruthy, you're speaking my love language! *clink*

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  8. Hi Don,
    We don't usually talk about our denominations here, but I am a Nazarene myself and attend Journey Church in Derry, NH. I have written devotionals for "Come Ye Apart," the Nazarene devotional magazine, in the past. It's a strict format, but well worth the effort. A different way of reaching people, and a way to sharpen one's own relationship with Christ.
    There are SO many different ways to reach people with words. I "broke into print" with the Sunday School papers and never regretted it. Have done a few longer devotional and teaching pieces for Christian magazines, and a couple of craft articles on teaching Sunday School and Children's Church. Including how to put on a Christmas pageant with seven people. (YES, I've spent most of my life in small churches.) I would love to do book-length non-fiction, especially a biography of an outstanding Christian. I wouldn't even care if it was ghost-written. I can be a ghost if the story's good enough.
    Please enter me in the drawing.
    Kathy Bailey

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    1. Kathy, Thanks for sharing some of your Christian ed writing experiences with us. Yes, I remember "Come Ye Apart." I think that devotional has touched many people down through the years. Which Christian magazines have you written for? Thanks for sharing your writing experiences! Don

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    2. Kathy, my earliest published pieces were stories and articles for Sunday school magazines. Great training ground!

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  9. Good morning, Don. Thank you for visiting today. What an intriguing post. I receive three devotionals via email each morning, and I was just noting this morning how different each is. The first (which I guess is less a devotional than an inspiration) is generally only one or two lines. The second one is an excerpt from Jesus Calling or Jesus Speaks, but again, very short. The third, which I find the most satisfying, is what you described as expository. That's the one I find I can most sink into because it has a scripture passage and then the reflection or lesson.

    Each of the three serves its own purpose and can easily set my mood for the day.

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    1. Good morning Cate. I was pleased to read that you find the "deeper" (expository?) devotional more satisfying -- because my devotional is probably similar to that third devotional. But like you said each of the three types of devotionals serve a purpose in peoples' lives. Some Christians like a more "shallow" approach. My wife thinks some of my devotionals are a little "deep" in places. Don

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  10. I have never written a devotional but I certainly enjoy reading them. Thank you for explaining the differences and I would love to be entered in this drawing.
    Thank you and Blessings!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Connie, You're welcome. There are MANY devotionals out there, but I have not noticed many that deal with just one book of the Bible. This fact gave me additional motivation to keep plugging away on my expository devotional. Don

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  11. Good Morning, Don.

    I have written devotions for children that were published in Keys for Kids and also yearly devotion books for children, but I've never attempted an entire devotion book on my own although I own and read several. Kudos to you!

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    1. Rose, Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Is Keys for Kids also a radio program? I think I have heard Keys for Kids in years gone by on a radio station out of Sioux City, IA (103.3?). With your previous experience, I am convinced you could write a daily devotional.

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    2. Don,

      It is also a radio program!

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  12. Welcome to Seekerville, Don. Writing devotionals sounds like a foreign language to this fiction writer, yet with your process, it sounds do-able. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Cindy, You're welcome, I certainly enjoyed sharing with the Seekerville crew. As a writer, I think you could make the adjustment in genre. So, I believe it would be do-able for you. Don

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  13. Hi Don, welcome to Seekerville!

    I've never written devotionals, but I certainly enjoy reading them. I'm fascinated by the process writers use to connect their readers to the Word without sounding ultra-holy or pretentious. This point resonated: "The daily devotional is oriented toward the typical 'person in the pew”—not toward Bible college or seminary students and graduates.'" Yes, exactly! Those are the devotionals I remember the most.

    Thanks so much for taking us through steps!

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    1. You're welcome, Cynthia. I am pleased you enjoy reading devotionals. Don

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  14. I am currently working on two devotionals. One is Rejoicing in the Lord and the other is But God where I use verses that have But God. I will be printing this out so I have a guideline as I write.

    I am also writing a devotional book/chapter book for kids. When I was growing up my parents read a book for family devotions that was about twins and their adventures for that day. Those books are out of print. But I remember how much I loved them. Mine is also based on twins who come to the coast of NC to stay with their grandparents and have such fun adventures and also a learning about God.

    I hope everyone will have a great week.

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    1. Wilani, you're really writing a devotional with twins as a basis, that is just so interesting and intriguing. I love all the directions an author can go with something like this.
      Good for you!

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    2. Vilani, I mentioned many devotionals are based on a theme. But I guess your devotional is based on a phrase--"But God." I have not thought of that approach, but I think it is a good idea. How many "But God" verses have you found? It is my prayer the Lord will lead you as you write this devotional.
      I don't believe I have seen a devotional based on the adventures of a set of twins. Your devotional should then be unique. But I can certainly relate to that theme because I have an identical twin ---and we did have some adventures in our young lives! Blessings, Don

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  15. Welcome, Don!

    I have written poetry most of my life. I had never written any devotionals until last year. God dropped an opportunity on my lap that I couldn't ignore. Long story short...I wrote ten devotionals in a short period of time to be included in a book published by Ellie Claire. It was recently released ("Just Breathe, 365-Day Devotional Journal"). I'm toying with doing my own book, most likely a themed one which would contain between thirty and ninety devotions. (I keep feeling "nudges" to make it more than just an idea I'm toying with.)

    Congrats on the book, and thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    1. Leslie, that's wonderful! Congratulations on the new release! I'll be sure to look for it.

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    2. Leslie, I have never written poetry and admire people that can engage is this genre. I'm thankful you had the opportunity to write ten devotionals in Ellie Claire's devotional. You said you wrote them in a short period of time, so they must have "flowed" well for you. Great. I would encourage you to act on the "nudges" (by the Holy Spirit?) you have felt recently. You mentioned you are thinking of between 30 and 90 devotionals in your book. My devotional on Ephesians has 96 devotionals. So many devotionals take in the entire year, but I did not feel compelled to stick with that feature. May the Lord continue to guide you. Don

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    3. Thanks, Missy. I hope you enjoy it!

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    4. Don, I had about a month to do them, and that felt really short to write something that was totally out of my comfort zone. I do believe that's where the nudges are coming from (the Holy Spirit). I'm glad to hear that yours is a non-traditional amount of devotions. That gives me encouragement, as did your post.

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  16. Don, my idea for a devotional is based in a strong sense I have when I am reading the Bible, that God is always most focused on the eternal soul. That so much of what he cares about first and foremost is saving souls.
    So many Bible verses about freedom and health and healing and safety are about the human soul and not the human body. When you read the Bible with God's love for our eternal soul as your focus a lot of the verses touch you in different ways.
    I'm fumbling for an example......okay...got it.
    In Isaiah 40:31, God will renew your strength. He will lift you up on wings of Eagles. You will run and not get weary, you will walk and not faint.
    That sounds like a promise of health and physical strength and renewal...but it also reads as a promise of eternal life...and to the human that means you die. So the verse touches a different chord when read like that. It's something I came to after my dad died and all my prayers for him to overcome his cancer were, it seemed, unanaswered.
    And then I felt like God gave me this verse as an answer. Dad's strength was renewed. His soul was lifted up. Just not on this earth.

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    1. This is beautiful, Mary -- and really touches me. It's like a personal affirmation that God is in relationship with me and I can trust Him no matter what. Makes me look deeper into a bible verse that I might otherwise just skim the surface of. That's the kind of devotional I love to read.

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  17. I read My Utmost for his Highest...and get an daily email with today's devotion in it. But typing this makes me realize I haven't read it for awhile.
    It's been a hard month with my detached retina...but of all times NOT to let Bible reading slip it should be now.

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  18. Great post, Don. I would like to be entered in the drawing for your devotional book. I am always looking for new ways to study the Bible myself.

    I have written devotionals and been published in a variety of small Christian publications. When I was a mom of a young child, I thought about writing a devotional for moms, but didn't get very far with it. There are plenty of those out there. Now that I am over 60, maybe I should think of doing a devotional book for senior citizens!

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    1. Sandy, It sounds as if you have a fair amount of experience writing devotionals. Were most of them based on a theme?
      Like you, I am over 60. In what ways would you alter your devotional for the senior citizens audience? Blessings, Don

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    2. Don, I haven't thought a lot about what I would put in a devotional for seniors. I suppose it would involve the usual issues with aging such as health issues. It might also include relating to grown children. It could also involve grandparent issues, but I'm not a grandparent yet, so probably I wouldn't include that.

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  19. Welcome to Seekerville, Don! Writing devotionals is both challenging and spiritually rewarding. I've written several times for the Augsburg Fortress daily devotional publication Christ in Our Home.

    Usually I'm assigned 15 consecutive days, so I begin by reading through each daily passage and jotting notes about anything that jumps out at me. Then I go deeper, researching the passage in context to learn, for example, who the author was writing to and the circumstances behind the message.

    Then I try to relate the verse(s) to something in my own and/or my readers' everyday experience, a truth they can latch onto and carry with them through the day.

    And the neatest thing about the process is that I come away with an even deeper sense of God's presence and activity in my own life. I'm learning and growing even as I'm attempting to impart God's truth to my readers.

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    1. Myra, that's so cool! I'll have to look for that publication.

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    2. Hi Myra:

      Your wrote: "I'm learning and growing even as I'm attempting to impart God's truth to my readers."

      This goes right along with the old saying, "If you really want to learn something, teach it."

      Doing this is almost like having two personalities: one the teacher and one the student.

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  20. Welcome, Don! Thanks so much for sharing about how to write a devotional book. I had never thought about the two types--thematic or expository. It's really helpful to know how to go about planning one. I've toyed with the idea of writing one. I should probably start jotting ideas down so I can figure out what type.

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    1. Missy, You're welcome. After reading Wilani's comment, I wonder if my twofold classification of 1) thematic and 2) expository was a little too simplified? I suppose devotionals based on "But God," somewhat fit into the "theme" category?
      May the Lord lead and guide you should you start working on a devotional.
      Blessings, Don

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  21. Myra, Yes, I found writing my devotionals to be challenging and spiritually rewarding. I appreciate the fact you study each verse to get an idea of the context. And I believe making an application in each devotional is important and helpful to the reader. I attempt this in my "Thought for the Day" feature at the end of each devotional.
    Keep up your good work. I am convinced your devotionals well written and therefore have been a blessing to many readers. Blessings, Don

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  22. Don, welcome to Seekerville. I really love daily devotionals. No matter how busy the day, I can find time to read that day's Scripture/s and reflect on how they impact my life. I'm always amazed at how perfectly they dovetail what's going on in my life. I haven't thought about writing one but you've given us great information. Your devotional sounds really good. Thanks for spending the day with us!

    Janet

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    1. Janet, Thanks for your heartfelt welcome.
      It is great that in your busy schedule, you are taking time each day to read some Scripture and reflect upon it. God is certainly faithful in speaking to you and encouraging you. I need to do better in this area, as well.
      Blessings, Don

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    2. Don, now if I could be as faithful with exercise! Maybe I could be if I opened a book and out popped a personal trainer. :-)

      Janet

      Janet

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  23. I've never written a devotional before, though I have played at the idea once. Maybe someday, though right now I have so many story ideas, there's no time for anything else!

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    1. Boo,

      Thanks for sharing.
      Sounds like you have so many story ideas, you won't have time to slip in a little group of devotionals.
      Maybe Seekerville could gather a few daily devotionals from several of its members-- and publish a "Seekerville Seekers Devotional"? If that happens, let me know and I will be the first in line to purchase it.
      Blessings,
      Don

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  24. Thanks for the great information, Don. I write a monthly devotional as part of a team on a website. Mine are thematic and I generally use whatever God happens to be teaching me in my own life that month as my theme. Thanks again. Great to have you here!

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    1. You're welcome, Glynis. Using what the Lord is teaching you is a great way to select a relevant, meaningful theme each month. And I assume the readers then pick up on these truths God is teaching you. Keep up the good work. Don

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  25. Don, welcome to Seekerville. It's so nice to meet you.

    Thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. You're welcome, Jackie.
      Blessings, Don

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  26. Great post, Don! I have wanted to write devotionals for quite some time but figured that not having been to seminary disqualified me. I did, however, write a couple series that were similar to devotionals in that they led with a scripture verse (formatted similarly to what you described in today's article). But they were more about my experiments in life than devotionals (one was a 30 day gratitude experiment and the other 30 days of squashing negativity).

    Please do enter me your drawing. I'm going to check out your website next.

    May God bless you, your ministry and all of Seekerville!

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    1. Phyllis,
      I think you should act on your desire to write devotionals. It sounds like the two series you wrote were similar to daily devotionals. So, you are ready to Go!
      Please don't let your lack of a seminary degree stop you. A MDiv degree from a seminary is NOT a requirement to write a devotional.
      IF the Lord is leading you, I know He will help you "get er done."
      Thanks for checking out my website. It is rather minimal, so I am having another website designed. It should be up in a month.
      May God bless you and your writing endeavors.
      Don

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  27. Don, I haven't written devotionals, but blogs, articles, interviews and even preparing speeches keeps me on my toes. As you say, each type of writing requires a similar (but different) skill set.

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    1. Pam,
      You have written a variety of literary types.
      With your variety of writing experience, I think you could write a devotional.
      Blessings, Don

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  28. Hey, Don, WELCOME TO SEEKERVILLE!!

    I absolutely LOVE this post because devotionals are SO very important to my day. I have all three Sarah Young devos, although Jesus Calling remains my favorite. It really helps set the tone for my Bible reading in the morning because I always look up the Scriptures and read the entire chapter in which they appear.

    Your "Day by Day in Ephesians" sounds wonderful, especially since Ephesians is one of my favorite books in the Bible -- SO meaty and SO uplifting!! And I LOVE how you give all the necessary background on Ephesians in the beginning of the devo -- that is HUGE to me and something I really miss in other devotionals!

    You said: "In some devotionals I include a short summary paragraph. I believe it is beneficial for many readers to reflect on just one or two sentences that summarize all that was said above."

    Oh, I couldn't agree more, Don, another reason that your devo is a winner in my book! I don't like devos that run past one page, but ironically, I'm not partial to those that just have a line or two. I want as much meat (a single thought driven home) on one page as I can get. :)

    Great post!

    Julie

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    1. Julie, Thanks for your specific comments on how you study the Scriptures and some features you liked about my devotional.
      It is great you read the entire chapter in which a verse or verses are located. That should help you with the issue of "context."
      Yes, I designed it remotely like a commentary. I thought the introduction would help the reader understand Ephesians a little better. I trust this is working out for most readers.
      Yes, I tried to keep the devotionals to one page. But a few went over a page as you probably noticed.
      I have the introduction (rough draft) done for my second devotional-- Day by Day in Hebrews. Probably in a day or so I will write the first devotional for Hebrews 1:1. Please pray for me. I have already been thinking about your belief that a devotional should not be more than one page long. Because the author of Hebrews commonly refers to OT Scriptures, I doubt I can keep all the devotionals to one page because I feel I should deal a little with OT Scripture, too, not just the Hebrews text.
      If you have any suggestions for me on this concern, please feel free to contact me.
      Thanks so much for your encouragement and comments. Blessings, Don

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  29. Hi Don:

    I've read your sample pages and I find the material very informative. I find it very much a bible study. Have you been to that theater in Ephesus and, if so, did that trip play a factor in selecting Ephesus for your devotional?

    Have you or do you have plans to retrace St. Paul's trips? I'd like to do a devotional that would follow St. Paul around the ancient world. I'd take something from the beauty of the location plus something form the gospel inspiration. I have not written devotionals but I have rewritten prayers so they would have more affirmations in them. I feel a really deep devotional experience would be one that expresses the beauty of the location, the music in the language, and the sanctity of the message. Not easy to do, of course.:)

    Do you have plans to add more devotionals? I was wondering because I expect to see 31 days or 365 days but this was not the case. Also, for me at least, it was not clear when one day ended and the next day's reading began. But then I was expecting something more like a calendar or diary. I think a small graphic element to mark a new day would be helpful.

    If you do another city, I'd vote for Corinth. You could picture the canal. It is an over two thousand year old dream that was finally fulfilled. Day by day for thousands of years!

    Vince

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    1. Vince, Yes, I look at my devotional as also a Bible study guide.
      No, I haven't been to old Ephesus. I retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a soil conservationist. So, I am a little more aerial photograph oriented probably than the average person.
      Yes, I have already started on my second devotional/Bible study guide -- Day by Day in Hebrews.
      Most of my devotionals take up one page. However, some do go into the second page. I guess the best way to tell when a new entry begins is another title and Scripture reference.
      Thanks for your comments,
      Don

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    2. Hi Don:

      You're right about page breaks and headers as indicators of the next day's devotional. I should have pointed out that my comments were only about the ebook, Kindle, version which I was reading. On a Kindle a single print page can take three to four screen changes depending on the type size. It is very easy in a Kindle to not know where your are in a book, chapter, or even page.

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  30. Don, great info today. Thanks for sharing. I've wondered about devotionals. A topic we haven't discussed before!

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    1. You're welcome, Debby. I'm glad the devotional topic has come along.
      I notice a few Seekerville members have written entries for devotionals. There is a lot of writing talent with your Seekerville members!
      Maybe you will tackle a devotional in the future?
      Blessings, Don

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  31. Wonderful information, Don, and coming at the right time for me. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Jessica, You're welcome. I was pleased to be able to share from my limited writing experience.
      You mentioned, "...coming at the right time for me." Have you been thinking about writing a devotional? If you have some questions about devotionals in the future, I would be glad to at least give my opinions or ideas.
      Don

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  32. Interesting post, Don. I've never written a devotional, but I do enjoy reading them. Thank you for sharing this!

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    1. Laura,
      You're welcome -- it was fun sharing on this blog.
      I am pleased you enjoy reading them.
      Blessings, Don

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  33. Thank you for sharing this! I write individual devotions, not a collection. And the Lord has blessed me with several of them published, mostly in The Secret Place (American Baptist) and Upper Room (Methodist). I've had numerous other non-fiction articles published as well. It is a delight to search the Scriptures and offer my interpretation. The Lord is Gooood! Enjoy every moment!

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  34. Dusty,
    Thanks for your comments.
    I would like to read some of your daily devotionals. Do you usually write 8-12 devotionals per issue of The Secret Place or Upper Room?
    May the Lord continue to bless you writing ministry!
    Prayerfully,
    Don

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  35. Don, do you feel it is important to know Greek and/or Hebrew and study-out your original interpretations of the scripture? The major reason I haven't written devotionals based on scripture study is because so much is already out there, and I have nothing new to add. If I write a devotional, it's usually experiential.

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