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Finding time for much of anything as a mom is difficult. Finding time to get into God’s word is even MORE difficult as a mom! This is why using a devotional book as a Bible study tool can be so useful for anyone with a busy lifestyle. I do believe that reading the actual Bible should be your primary source when it comes to your devotion time to the Lord, but devotionals are an effective tool to help you gain even more understanding of the Word of God.
Finding the right devotional for you can be so difficult, simply because there are SO MANY of them! Plus, most devotionals don’t exactly have a synopsis like other books, which can make it hard to narrow down your choices. Allow me to help you, the busy mom in need of a good devotional book, find the perfect devotional to fit your needs. Here’s 7 of my favorite devotionals for moms!
What exactly IS a devotional?
You may be brand new to the world of Bible study, and you may already be lost just seeing the word “Devotional.” No worries, I got you!
A devotional book is a Bible study tool that takes scriptures from the Bible, expounds on them in a concise way, and helps make the Word of God more applicable to your life. Most devotional books are divided up by days. Some can be a few days long, other can be for a couple weeks, and many of them are for an entire year.
Devotional books are typically not meant to replace reading the actual Bible. But they can be effective in making passages of the Bible make more sense to you and your daily life. I recommend that you read passages from the Bible, and use devotional books as a follow up.
1- Streams In The Desert
This is hands down my favorite devotional EVER! It is truly a classic that can be speak right to your spirit a hundred times over! It is a 366 day devotional, so literally a devotion for every day of the week. Even though this devotional was written in 1925, the words written are timeless.
2- 5-Minute Devotions for Mom: 150 Days of Peace, Prayer, and the Power of God
This devotional is written with the busy mom in mind! With 150 days worth of bite-sized devotionals, this was truly written to give you the quick Word needed in any moms busy day. I particularly enjoy the thoughtful messages at the end of each devotion. Some will have a guided prayer, while others will have a daily challenge geared towards applying the lesson to your daily life. This is an excellent quick win for any busy mom.
3- Strong: Devotions to Live a Powerful and Passionate Life
This is another one of my favorites from one of my favorite authors, Lisa Bevere. “Strong” is a 90 day devotional geared toward becoming a strong, confident woman. The topics covered in this devotional include:
- Relational healing
- Redeeming regret
- The strength of rest
- How to be both powerful and gentle
4- Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word
Christine Caine is another one of my favorite authors, and her devotional doesn’t disappoint. This is a 365 day devotional geared towards building your confidence in the Lord. There are many powerful stories and scriptures shared in this devotional, and each one of them can help you grow into a bold, courageous woman.
5- My Utmost For His Highest
“My Utmost for His Highest” is one of the best selling Christian books of all time. Oswald Chambers was a deeply respected teacher and preacher. In fact, he actually was a professor at God’s Bible College, which is in my hometown! His wife, Biddy, transcribed and compiled many of his sermons into various books, the most famous being this devotional. This is truly the OG devotional that every Christian should read.
How do I pick the right devotional for me?
Picking the right devotional can be difficult, simply because there are SO MANY! I own several devotionals, some of them being great (like the ones I listed) and some of them just being ok. Here’s a couple questions to ask yourself when trying to select a devotional:
- How long do I want to commit to it? Do I want a short devotional, or a year long one?
- What audience was it intended for? Is it targeted towards Christian’s in general, women, moms, single moms, etc.?
- How long are the entries? Are they long enough for you to get anything out of it, or are they too short for them to seem worth your time?
- Do you know the author?
- Does the devotional offer good takeaway points, such as guided prayers, daily challenges, memory verses, etc.?
Just keep reading!
Keeping yourself in the Word of God is one of the most vital things you can do in your Christian life. Being a mom can make that commitment much harder, but continuing to make time for Bible study is essential for your personal growth. From personal experience, I’ve never once regretted making time for God’s word.
Need more help with studying the Bible? Check out my blog post, “7 Practical Ways Busy Moms Can Study The Bible”.