Guest Contributor Opportunities

2024 will be a year of Sabbath rest for me. I will not write any new articles, SOULfoods, or Bible studies during this time. My decision to take this extended writing break was inspired by Leviticus 25:3-4, which says, “You may sow for six years, but there will be a Sabbath of complete rest for the land in the seventh year.”

During my sabbatical, our team will continue to send bi-weekly content to our readers. This means that we will depend on our guest contributors more than ever. Our content strategy for 2024 is to publish as many high-quality guest contributor posts as we can, and then fill the remaining spaces with content from our archives. If you are looking for a place to serve God with your writing gifts next year—look no further! We need your help.

If you’re interested in contributing a guest post to the Living by Design Blog, please read our guidelines carefully and submit your completed blog post via our online form during our submission window. God has always provided for this ministry, and I know He will continue to do so while I rest. 

Guest Post Submission Calendar

Thank you for your interest in writing for Living by Design Ministries. We accept guest post submissions three times each year. Please read through the guidelines on this page before submitting your article. Any submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be considered.

June 1-15

Our second submission window is in June. Accepted articles will be featured on our platform between August and December. We will review all submissions and notify you by July 1 if we choose to run your article.

November 1-15

Our third submission window is in November. Accepted articles will be featured on our platform between January and March. We will review all submissions and notify you by December 1 if we choose to run your article.

February 1-15

Our first submission window is in February. Accepted articles will be featured on our platform between April and June. We will review all submissions and notify you by March 1 if we choose to run your article.

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Living by Design Ministries

Guest Writer Submission Guidelines

Living by Design Ministries exists to serve the local church, leaders, organizations, and individuals by inspiring and equipping Christians to explore God’s design, establish godly lives, and exude God’s love. 

We believe that God’s Word is the only source of absolute truth in a world that praises tolerance and ambiguity. Therefore, we exist to create biblical resources that help Christian women:

1. KNOW THE TRUTH: Our free Bible study resources equip and inspire Christian women to diligently study and faithfully apply biblical truth to their lives.

2. BE TRANSFORMED BY THE TRUTH: Our free Bible study resources build a bridge between professing Christians and the life-changing power of God’s Word. 

3. SHARE THE TRUTH IN LOVE: Our free Bible study resources help Christian women grow in maturity and equip them to lovingly share their faith with others.

It is our dream for women to embrace God’s design for their lives and experience God’s faithful provision as they learn how to glorify Him with their time, talents, and treasures. We seek to transform disciples into disciple-makers by creating discipleship tools for the digital age.

The Living by Design Blog has around 20,000 visitors each month, and our SOULfood Saturday e-mails reach 17,500 readers weekly. Guest posting is a fantastic opportunity to improve your writing skills, share your story with a new audience, and improve your website’s SEO. 

We only accept original pieces that haven’t appeared anywhere else (including your personal blog). Unpublished writers and non-bloggers are also welcome to submit an article for consideration.

The ideal length to be featured on our blog is 1000-1200 words, and we prefer 800-900 words for our guest SOULfoods. Also, the formatting is different. Here is a sample Guest Blog and a sample SOULfood e-mail for your reference.

The closer you can get your submission to our final format the more likely you are to be selected. If you choose to submit more than one article, please complete a new form submission for each article. ​

All posts need to fall in line with our mission statement: Inspiring Christians to EXPLORE the beauty of God’s design, ESTABLISH godly lives, and EXUDE God’s love.

Guest blogs may be refused without reason. The best way to assure approval is to follow the guidelines, post on a topic that is not yet covered on our blog (or offer a unique perspective), start your post with a personal story that ties into your key message and teaching, including lists, and make sure your article is biblically sound and grammatically correct.

We reserve the right to edit any guest blog for SEO, grammar, and style, but your post should be free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.

Once published, your guest blog becomes the exclusive property of Living by Design for at least six months. After six months, you can alter the post and republish it on your own website with significant changes, your own title, and your own images.

If  Living by Design Ministries is made aware of any written content or social media posts by the guest contributor that is not in alignment with our Statement of Faith or Community Guidelines, we reserve the right to pull your article immediately and without notice.

At the discretion of our editorial team, guest posts may be selected for an edition of our Saturday SOULfood, rather than a standard blog post. If your article is selected for a SOULfood, you will be notified.

As we are not publishing this content online, you are also free to re-publish on your own platform four weeks after the SOULfood e-mail sends to our readers. You are welcome to republish the original piece or the edited version.    

If you have any questions, please send us an e-mail. Thank you again for your interest in writing for Living by Design Ministries. We look forward to reading your submission.

Clean, easy-to-understand writing and a compelling storyline is the secret to getting your guest blog accepted. We are looking for original, practical, real-world examples that inspire women to draw near to God. Be sure to include actionable, biblical advice that our readers can put to use in their own lives. Make sure your submission has a clear introduction to capture the reader’s attention, a helpful body including Scripture references and lists, and a motivating close to wrap-up the article and encourage the reader to take action.

Download the LBD Editing Checklist

Additional Quality Guidelines:

  • Your guest blog should be at least 800 words in length. 1000-1200 words is preferred.
  • If quoting a verse from the Bible, please include the translation from which you are quoting. We prefer HCSB, but also accept NIV, NLT, NASB, and KJV.
  • Affiliate links are not allowed.
  • If you have products of your own that you would like to promote (perhaps an Etsy store, or your own eBook, for example) just let us know. We are 100% happy to help you to promote your products in a natural, reader-focused way.
  • Please proof-read your own posts at least twice before sending. Posts should be free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Please put the key points in bold font. This helps draws the reader’s attention to key points.
  • Use bullets or numbers in lists to break up the content.
  • Keep paragraphs short. One to three sentences is the ideal length for a paragraph, four would be an absolute maximum and is usually too long.

Although you are welcome to submit whatever God places on your heart, here are some topics we’d like to feature on the Living by Design Blog in 2024:

  • The Role of Church in Modern Christianity
  • Bible Study Tips and Tools for Families with Teens
  • How to Be More Consistent With Your Bible Study Routine
  • Personal Testimonies about the Transformative Power of God’s Truth
  • How God Uses Suffering to Shape Us
  • Teaching Kids to Love Bible Study
  • Old Testament Character Studies
  • How to Pray Through Passages of Scripture
  • How to Start a Prayer Journal
  • Lessons We Can Learn from the Church Fathers
  • Stories of Christian Martyrs
  • Establishing Spiritual Disciplines as a Family
  • How to Protect the Peace In Your Home
  • Biblical Hope for Crumbling Families
  • Conflict Resolution for Christians
  • Re-Discovering God’s Design for Marriage, Family, & Sexuality
  • Finding Joy in Simplicity
  • How to Utilize Technology for Spiritual Growth

To give you a better idea of what we’re looking for, here are some of our most successful guest blogs:

And here are some of the most uplifting SOULfood e-mails from our guest writers:

  • Please submit a high-quality bio picture at least 500×500 in size. This should be your picture and not a stock photo or blog logo.
  • Please keep your bio to 50-60 words in length. 
  • Within your bio, please include links to your blog and social media channels. 
  • Don’t forget to edit/proofread your bio before submitting!
  • Please submit the article with 3 possible title options. We will make the final title decision for SEO purposes.
  • Our team will create all the graphics for guest posts.
  • We will promote your post on at least two of our social media channels. Our current social media reach is 30,000+.
  • Our full e-mail list of 15,000+ will receive a notification once your post has been published.
  • As a guest author at Living by Design Ministries, you agree to promote your post through your own social media channels, and actively engage in the comment threads on social media for the first week.
  • You may want to include a teaser to the post on your own blog the week the article runs on LivingbyDesign.org. But please do not include more than a few paragraphs of the article, and don’t use the same title. Please do not publish the entire post on your blog or elsewhere because that hurts SEO. You can find examples of our teasers HERE and HERE.

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In order to be considered, your full article must be submitted via our online form during our submission window.

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