What is Devotion….
What comes to mind when you hear the word “devotion?” Do you possibly think of an intimate relationship, one fortified with loyalty and undying love? Is this an image that strings a smile across your lips while bringing happy memories or expectations across your minds eye?
The vision I see when considering a devoted family member or friend is someone completely faithful and eager to share their life and experiences. This would include someone without guile, who is willing to help and understand and ….be in my presence. All those qualities fit being devoted, because that’s what it takes when committing ourselves to knowing someone on such a deep level.
When I’m writing devotions for the Lord, I’ve felt worshipful….there is just no other word to explain the thrill and joy I’ve experienced when I’ve sat at His feet to adore Him. Exploring the Word and His presence and cuddling close to a new concept allows me to know him more. Oh to be aware of His greatness! We were created for fellowship, imagine that! He longs for our fellowship and gives us so much better than we can ever return back to Him, even before we ever consider Him worth a speck of our time.
Opportunities for Writing Devotions…
Publishers –Devotions I’ve purchased or received as gifts:
Ø Summerside Press www. summersidepress.com
Ø Whitaker House www.whitakerhouse.com
Ø Barbour Publishing www.barbourbooks.com
Ø Infinity Publishing www.infinitypubllishing.com (Self-Publishing)
Ø Live Sentence Publishing LLC www.lifesentencpublishing.com (Self-Publishing)
Others listed in the Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2014 (Jerry B. Jenkins)
Ø Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas - niche devotional complications considered. http://lighthousepublishingofthecarolinas.com
Ø Bethany House/ Revell/ Baker Books/ Chosen etc.
Ø Cook, David C www.davidccook.com/catalog/index.cfm
Ø Guideposts http://www.guideposts.org
Ø So many more locations listed in the Writer’s Market! Take a Peek!
Types of devotions:
In the body:
Ø Experience – The body of the devotion expresses the writer’s experience in the form of a short story.
Ø Christian Theology ex. (Andrew Murray Dod’s Best Secrets) & (Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest)
Ø Quoted – These include a scripture quote or a person’s quote at the top or the bottom of the devotion. Some devotions have two scriptures or may have a bible and famous person quote.
Ø Prayers – I’ve seen prayers located at the bottom of the devotion.
Ø Chris Kincaid’s The Christmas Story in 40 Days has lines which invite the readers thoughts.
As you can see there are many ways to write devotions. The most important consideration is how you wish to express this type of worship. Then you need to seek a publisher who is looking your layout style or else you can adjust what you have to fit their needs.