_______Read our “Devo Blog”: Go through our large list of devotionals, and get a feel for the form. Notice they are each uniquely voiced, though, similarly formatted.
_______Use a story: Write about a moment in life where God showed up. Use real life action, people and situations. A reflection of the event is explained at the end.
______Write in love: Avoid pointing the literary finger by using “you.” Don’t write in judgment or criticism. Hard truths spoken in first person are best.
_______Stick to the topic: God is so great and there is so much to share, but try to develop a singular moment and lesson.
_______Simple is best: Our devotionals are read worldwide, and complicated language can be difficult to understand and translate, making the spiritual lesson hard or impossible for the readers to grasp.
_______Keep it short: The body of the devotional itself can be between 250-500 words. Online readers only want to spend a few minutes on a single post, so shorter devotionals are preferred.
_______Let the Bible inspire: Look through the Bible and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal verses that reinforce the spiritual lesson gained from the devotional.
_______Break it up: Online writing should have small paragraphs—no more than 3 or 4 sentences in each one. Paragraphs are not indented; rather, a line is skipped in between them.
_______Watch the form: Granola Bar Devotionals have a title, devotional body, Bible verse, version of Bible used, prayer prompt and author’s name.
_______Share away: Once your devotional is published, share it with family and friends. Also, tell others about the ministry, so they can publish their own devotional about what God is doing in their lives.
______Edit your work. Ensure that your devotional has been edited before submitting it.