A Diva defined has mixed connotations both positive and negative, depending on how one thinks of themselves and expresses those thoughts to others in words and actions. Webster’s Dictionary defines Diva as Prima Donna [Italian – goddess; Latin – divine, god]. Prima Donna is defined as a principal female singer (as in an opera); and an extremely sensitive, vain, or undisciplined person [Italian – first lady].

I believe there is a Diva in all of us and it is a good thing; however, the Diva within must be tempered by the strengthening of the divine spirit with spiritual practices. In order to express the true essence of God’s intended purpose and walk in our diva divineness, I offer the following acronym created for Rev. Valerie Love’s Boost In Your Bathrobe (http://liveyourdestinytoday.com/boost-in-your-bathrobe) prayer group community’s Diva Coming Out Party/ Weekend Retreat.

D - Disciplined Mind. Nurture the divinity within you; spend quality quiet time with God, the Divine One. Entertain God’s presence every day. Keep PUSHing to do what you don’t want to do or are resistant to doing until you can do what you desire to do. P.U.S.H – Pray Until Something Happens.

I - Inspiring Spirit. Are you leaving a legacy for your successors? How or what do you want to be remembered for? Set an intention to inspire and encourage people by the essence of who you are, what you do, and how you do it.

V - Victorious Life. Surrender totally to God. Trust Him to work out the details. Praise God in and through everything and be obedient to His instructions.

A - Attitude of Gratitude. Be thankful in everything, knowing it is not about you, but all about God, who made you, saved you, keeps you and gives you all things good. Discover an inner place of contentment whatever the circumstances.


A - Angels on Assignment. Wherever you are in whatever you do, do it unto God. There is a plan and purpose for your current position. Be fully present, use your gifts, and reflect the Mind of Christ in all of your actions.

N - Neighborly and Nurturing. Be inclusive of others and build them up from the inside out. However, set boundaries and learn to discern who you allow to come close or be ministered to from a distance.

G - Grow and Glow. Grow in grace & power. God’s grace is sufficient for all experiences of life. Radiate the empowering light of truth. Learn and live the Holy Word through the Spirit at work within you. Shimmer and shine bathed in God’s anointing, and drip with favor.

E - Embrace Their Divinity. Know who you are in God and who He is in you. Accept it, walk it, talk it, and be it! You are a powerful gift.

L - Love Unconditionally. Be and demonstrate love to yourself, each other, and others at large. Remove any judgments and strings attached. Forgive all.

S - Serve and Support. Be intentional about being a blessing. Minister to others through prayers, presence, smiles, hugs, listening …; be yourself and Spirit led.


(Romans 12:1-2) 1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

(1 Peter 5: 6-11) 6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 8Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you andmake you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

(Proverbs 3:5-6)5-6Trust Godfrom the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.

(Philippians 4:4-7)4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:11-13) 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

(Ephesians 4:11-16, 32) 11Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 13This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. 14Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. 32 … be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

(Ephesians 5:1-2) 1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

(1 Peter 2:9-10)9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Practice the principles in the DIVA ANGELS acronym; and personalize, meditate on, and affirm aloud the scripture references to bring forth your diva divinity and live a purposeful life of love.

Author's Bio: 

Jo Anne Meekins is a spiritual leader and founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries LLC (www.joannemeekins-inspired4u.com), providing inspiring poetry, informational articles, and motivational messages to encourage, enlighten, and facilitate hope and transformation in the world at large.

Jo Anne is also the author of two books: ON SOLID GROUND: Inspirational Poetry For All Occasions, a book for all ages that includes poems of encouragement, challenge, relationship, celebration, comfort, testimony, ethnocentric expression; and scripture references for each poem; and For Such A Time As This, a 16-poem collection of scripture poems, poetic bible character narratives and sermon summaries. Both available for purchase at www.onsolidgroundpoetry.com.

In addition, Jo Anne is a blogger at www.Hubpages.com/profile/Inspired+4+U; a member of the Boost In Your Bathrobe Prayer Line leadership team (http://liveyourdestinytoday.com/boost-in-your-bathrobe); a founding lifetime member of Women In Ministry International/ Wisdom Women Worldwide Interfaith Center; a member of the National Writers Union; and she formerly worked as a policy & procedure writer for 7 years at Healthfirst health plan before resigning on July 30, 2010 to pursue her passion for ministry on a full time basis.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Mental Health at New York Institute of Technology; a certificate in Basic Journalism & Poetry from Writers Institute; and a certificate in Communication Skills from the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.