A Word for the Weary

Preparing to Submit Your Devotions to The Upper Room

So you’d like to get published, or perhaps you need a breather from writing a novel. Try writing “a word to sustain the weary soul” for The Upper Room’s Daily Devotional Guide.

They accept unsolicited submissions, and their publication allows you to share your God-centered message with an international community of believers.

When I began freelance writing, I wrote a story about being grateful despite catching chicken pox from my toddlers. The Upper Room published that devotion and have published my work in their magazine multiple times since then.

I’d like to share an overview and helpful hints with you, in hopes you’ll submit your devotions so God can use them.

Inspire Love Anthology Needs Your Voice

Call for Submissions

Love Is…

Love is a many splendored thing?

Love is in the air?

Or is Love like a box of chocolates?

I’m not really sure, but I do know Love is the theme for the 2017 Inspire Anthology.

Yes, it’s that time again, Inspire members.

Start writing your piece now. Have your critique group check them out. Polish, clean them up, and get them ready to submit.

The Inspire Anthology editors are ready for your submissions.

The deadline is May 31, 2017 at midnight, but show the editing team a little love and don’t procrastinate. (Seriously, it makes us anxious.)

We’d love to see some of your submissions on Love before May 15, 2017.

We are looking for well-written fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and devotions.

You can explore the love of parents, children, friends, from God, for God, a word study of Love (Philia vs Agape), even the love of pets.

You can submit as many projects as you like, but we will only publish a maximum of three projects from the same author.

All submissions need to be in formatted in Word, fit the theme of Love, be ready to edit, and be at or under the maximum of 1,500 words.

Maybe Love is in the air.

Review our submission guidelines and submit today.

Show Us the Next Step, Lord!

A Writer’s Prayer

(Suggested Reading: Psalm 16)

Thanks for reminding us that nothing is worth more than an intimate relationship with You, Lord. You are our Protector, our Refuge, our Provider, and our Wise Counselor.

Help us come to You first, rest in You continually, and always commune with You before we even think about writing.

As You fill us with Your truth and transform us with Your love, please empower us to place every detail of our writing journey into Your hands.

Please give us the words You want us to write and the stories You want us to create.

Help us enjoy every aspect of the writing process, from brainstorming to plotting, from editing to platform building, from pitching to publication, marketing, and everything in between.

Give us wisdom, a discerning spirit, and the courage to obey and trust You, even when Your pace and Your path doesn’t match our expectations or our goals.

Please remind us our identity and our value is in You, not in what we do or what we write, Lord.

As we seek You daily and pray for the readers You entrust to us, please reveal the next step You want us to take.

Thanks for the privilege of using writing as a tool for ministry.

We love You. We praise You. We need You, Lord.

In Jesus’s name,


Meme created by X.E. Dixon, with photo provided by Jeanne Doyon.

Xochitl (so-cheel) E. Dixon, an author, speaker, and Our Daily Bread writer, enjoys being married to her best friend, Alan, being a mom, traveling, photography, and sharing God’s Word to the ends of the earth.


Tell Us Your Love Stories, in Under 1500 Words!

Submission Opportunity for Inspire Members (Deadline: May 31, 2017)

Inspire Members, do you have a love story to tell, but aren’t sure where you should share it?

Do you need to add a publishing credit to your writing resume?

Have you wanted to submit for publication, but hesitated because you weren’t sure if you were ready?

Have you feared rejection or even success? Or maybe you just don’t think you have the time to write and edit a project, much less the courage to allow others the privilege of reading the words God gives you?

Now I Sit Me Down to Write

Now I sit me down to write

I ask God for words not trite

I wish I can, I wish I might

Pen a masterpiece tonight.

Many times as we sit down to write, visions of grandeur fill our minds. After all, how hard can it be? I am sure Charles Dickens or Samuel Clemens simply put on paper whatever came to mind didn’t they? It is simply a matter of letting the words flow from our exceptionally creative minds through our fingers to the page. Right?

The Perfect Conference for Christian Speculative Fiction Writers

An Author Interview with Ben Wolf

Fiction writers understand the challenges of creating a well-developed setting for novels. Carefully crafted details can draw readers into a familiar world in which relatable characters could feel like real neighbors and even friends.

Whether writing contemporary or historical fiction, novelists strive to entice readers to escape into their characters’ lives while remaining anchored to the familiarity of a realistic setting.

But what if their characters live in an entirely different realm?

Ben Wolf understands the need to connect special world-builders and will be serving as the emcee of 2017 Realm Makers conference.