It's Okay to Take a Break

Originally published Tuesday, 22 October 2013.

I am taking a writing break for rest of the year.

I started in September of 2008 because I wanted to publish my first book (a devotional). I had been blogging previously for years under the name more words than webster on blogspot. (Remember those days?)

I had blogged almost 400 devotionals, which is why I decided to trademark Devotional Diva because it's where I thought I'd stay for years.


It's been five years.

And I can honestly say that it's been a good great run. 

I've published four books including Faithbook of JesusNot Another Dating BookLoves Me Not (eBook only), and my newest--Forgiving Others, Forgiving Me. Phew!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm tired. 

I need a break.

If creativity was housed in a vessel-mine would be empty.

For the past five years, Devotional Diva has been my home. Now that I am no longer writing devotionals, I decided it's time to launch a new home--this one ( A place where I can write and find my creativity once again. Also in the past five years, I've grown up. I'm no longer a single 20-something. I'm married, 30-something, and even have my own permanent office. A whole room for my books. I'm still shaking my head.

I am also shaking my head that I've been able to connect with so many of you over at Devotional Diva. I can't believe I've shared over 100 of your stories here. It's my passion to connect with every single last soul to find the nugget of gold that someone else might need to read.

I recently redesigned Devotional Diva and gave it a new tagline that says spurring women forward (Hebrews 10:24).

This blog isn't just for 20-somethings anymore.

It's for women of all ages. 

But, before I take any more submissions for guest posts-I'm going to take a much needed break. 

Even though I'm drained of my creativity, I am rejoicing in the fact that I get to spend more time on getting healthy since I just got off Lexapro. The picture above, is me on the top of Mt. Woodson at Lake Poway, CA. It's one of San Diego's top rated hikes, and well worth the 3 hour effort to get there (because you get to be above the cloud level).

In my quiet time today, I read this in Jesus Calling that said,

"Sometimes I lead you up a high mountain with only My hand to support you. The higher you climb, the more spectacular the view becomes; also, the more keenly you sense your separation from the world with all its problems. This frees you to experience exuberantly the joyous reality of My Presence. Give yourself fully to these Glory-moments, awash in dazzling Light. I will eventually lead you down the mountain back into community with others."

I look forward to rejoining you all in community soon, and in the mean time I'm grateful the holidays are around the corner because that's when people are busy anyway.

Please enjoy your time with family and friends. 

Please indulge in pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, and complain about your weight. 

Devotional Diva will continue running guest posts this month on the theme of relationship awareness, and then will be back in the New Year. I'll announce new themes and ask for guest bloggers at that time.

Thanks for growing with me and letting me share my life with you over these past 5 years at

Thanks for joining me on this new journey here at

I hope you have a safe, peaceful, and blessed holiday season.

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