Best Devotionals for Moms

Best Devotionals for Moms

As moms, our hearts need little bits of encouragement throughout our days! We must never replace the importance of God’s Word in our lives, and these suggestions are not intended to be a replacement at all. These suggestions are simply to give you ideas of books to reach for if you miraculously get 2 minutes in the bathroom by yourself, or while you’re waiting in the carpool line, or while you’re in the kitchen stirring the recipe that needs stirring for 10 minutes. These books I’ve listed below have encouraged my heart and so I want to recommend them as some of the best devotionals for moms.

Best Devotionals for Moms

The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms – this is a brand new devotional written by Tim Keller along with his wife Kathy. I love the Psalms and Tim Keller is also becoming one of my new favorite authors. If you enjoy praying God’ Word and/or the Psalms, you will love this one! New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional – this is another relatively new devotional that came out last year. We all need to be reminded of the gospel, every single morning. This devotional will point you to Jesus with every single entry. My heart needs these reminders!

My Utmost for His Highest – a classic! My grandmother gave me this devotional when I was in high school. Last year I picked it up again and was so blessed. Oswald Chamber’s writing is just amazing. If you’ve never picked up this classic, I highly recommend it.

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence  – A long time favorite of mine. Sarah Young takes the Word of God and turns them into prayers. I have seen much debate over this book, but I still love it because when I read it, I fully acknowledge that I am not reading the Word of God. I am reading the words of another believer. I have not seen a problem with this devotional, because like every.single.thing we pick up to read, we should be Bereans and we should always keep the Word of God FIRST and foremost. Any devotional needs to be read with the same care and not ever placed above the Bible in order of importance!

One Thousand Gifts Devotional: Reflections on Finding Everyday Graces – I love Ann Voskamp’s writing as well. If you need the reminder to look around and CHOOSE gratitude and CHOOSE joy, you will love this one too.

Praying God’s Word Day by Day – Of course, any devotional where we pray God’s Word back to Him is a win for me! Love these very short devotions that you can read in just a minute or two for a quick reminder of God’s love and His presence in your daily grind.

Sure Mercies: Hope for the Suffering – this is a new-to-me devotional that I am excited to share with you!! Suffering is a part of all our lives. Just like missionaries, martyrs and the believers in the New Testament had hardship, so will we. We need encouragement and reminders of the SURE mercies of the Lord, and this devotional gives you just that! Each one of these 40 entries is about a different hero of the faith, their suffering, and how they turned to God’s Word through it all. Please check out the author’s blog, too!

Wait Only Upon God: 40 Days of Praying the Scriptures in the Waiting – I can’t have a post on devotionals without mentioning this little piece of my heart in written form! If you find yourself in a period of waiting, I encourage you to grab this 40 day devotional. (You can get the ebook format for cheaper if you don’t want a hard copy!) Learning to wait ON GOD, and not on our circumstances to change has been so good for my heart. How many times have we waited on THINGS or PEOPLE or CIRCUMSTANCES to change? But are we truly learning to wait ONLY upon God?

Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional: A 40-Day Journey – this 40 day devotional is releasing January 1, 2016, but you can pre-order it now! I am blessed to be reading a pre-release copy of this book and it came at the perfect time for me! It’s been a rough year, as y’all know. So much good, but so much hard. I needed the reminder that in Christ we always have HOPE. I would highly recommend this one when it comes out!

Every Day with Jesus Daily Bible – this came highly recommended to me and I am going to begin it in January! There are short devotions to follow each day’s Bible reading. This plan has you reading the Bible in 1 year.

Keep a Quiet Heart – Elisabeth Elliot is one of my all time favorite authors. And these little nuggets of wisdom are not to be missed.

Come Away My Beloved  – Frances J. Roberts is also a new author to me. I have really enjoyed these short daily readings where we are invited to “come away” with our Heavenly Father for a few short minutes of rest.

Best Devotionals for Moms

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Esther: Queen of Persia {Book Give Away}

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Do you know the story of Esther from the Bible? Oh, I hope you’ve shared this amazing story and hero of the faith with your children!! Esther is not a long book of the Bible, I encourage you to read through it yourself and with your kids!

Our family studied Queen Esther over a year ago and we LOVED this book that Jim Baumgardner wrote called Esther Queen of Persia: A Courageous Woman for a Dangerous Time! I’m thrilled to be able to GIVE AWAY a copy of this book to one of your families!

I love reading books with my kids that give us a deeper glance into the people and places of the Bible! These historical fiction type books, I remind my children, are not facts taken from the Bible. These stories are written, generally, to help our imaginations a little bit. The authors study the time period and find facts about this time period that could and did happen…and they weave those into a story for us to read!

One of the greatest truths we can take from the story of Esther is in verse 4:14. I love reminding myself and my children that we were created and born FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS. We may think times are hard, we may think that our culture is so far from God…and these things may be true. But we were BORN for this. God has not given us a spirit of fear, we were born when we were born for a purpose! And God is not finished with us yet.

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About the author: Born in Wichita, Kansas, Jim Baumgardner grew up in a Christian home. Around age ten he began writing poems and songs. After reading some of Jim’s work, his father encouraged him to continue his writing. At nineteen he had his first article printed in a magazine. Forty years later at age fifty-nine his first novel, award-winning Sarah’s Wish, was published.

I have more exciting news! Jim also has a BRAND NEW book out on RUTH!!! Another amazing woman from the Bible! I just received this one in the mail, so I haven’t read it yet, but I’m eager to dive in to Ruth – Woman of Valor: A Virtuous Woman in an Immoral Land.

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Disclaimer: For our family, these books and movies have added to our learning and made for very interesting conversations. However, each family must decide for themselves what their kids are ready for and how much you want to share with them. There are some adult situations in this book that may not be appropriate for young children. 

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Reformation Day Give Away {Lots of prizes!}

I’m so excited to join in with a team of bloggers that will be introducing you to a brand new book that you and your family do NOT want to miss!

Are you familiar at all with Martin Luther and his place in the history of our faith? Whether you are familiar with him or not, I think his story and his faith are pretty amazing and we can all learn something from the study of his life.

Well, Danika Cooley has written a biography of Martin Luther for MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL students!! It is called When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther. I’m in the middle of reading it now and it is fabulous. If you homeschool, you will definitely want to add this to the period in history when you study the reformation.

October 31 commemorates what has become known as “Reformation Day.” Martin Luther’s nailing of his ninety-five theses to a church door on October 31, 1517 in Wittenburg, Germany, provoked a debate that resulted in what we now call the Protestant Reformation.

As the “Father of the Reformation”, Martin Luther is a vital figure in Church history. His sacrifice and willingness to wage battle against the spiritual, religious, and political powers of his medieval world allowed Christians throughout time to embrace the truth of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone as explained by Scripture alone.

Author Danika Cooley has written Luther’s story for young people in her new book, When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther.

Reformation Day Giveaway

To celebrate Reformation Day and the release of When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther, I’ve joined together with a team of blogger friends to host this wonderful giveaway, valued at over $500!

One person will win ALL of the following:

$100 Amazon Gift Card

Fire 7-inch Tablet, WiFi 8GB ($49.99)

When Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin Luther (hardcover $16.99)

From WiseDecor.com, a $50 Gift Certificate

From Nuremberg Tourist Board, a Playmobil Martin Luther figure ($9.99)

From Thinking Kids Press, a curriculum bundle from When Lightning Struck! author, Danika Cooley:

From Fortress Press, a book bundle by author, Tim Dowley:

  1. Christian Music: A Global History  ($35)
  2. Introduction to the History of Christianity: Second Edition ($55)
  3. The Student Bible Atlas: Revised Edition  ($12.99)
  4. Atlas of the European Reformations ($24)

From Home School Adventure Co.:

  1. Philosophy Adventure: Pre-Socratics (digital $39.95)
  2. Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal (digital $18.95)

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Waiting on God: Your Stories {Give Away}

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What is the trial God has placed before you? Infertility? Adoption? Depression? Health issues? Marriage? Ministry? Moving? Grief? Whatever your struggle is, the women who have shared as a part of this series have blessed me tremendously with their words of hope as they have turned to God amidst their pain.

I cannot believe we are at the end of this amazing series. 16 phenomenal women have shared how they have waited on the Lord, in good times and bad, how their faith has grown and their trust has been deepened.

What I love most about these stories is that not all of them had happy endings. Just like in life, for each of us, we don’t always get the fairy tale ending we’ve been dreaming of. Yet, so often that is what we find ourselves waiting on. So, when we do find ourselves waiting on the wrong things, we become fear filled, we lack peace and we are discontent.

When we learn to place our hope in God alone, when we truly wait for Him and not our circumstances to change, THEN we are filled with His peace.

I encourage you to read back over each of these posts and let your heart be encouraged.

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Print copy of Wait Only Upon God.

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God’s Word has a lot to say about waiting on Him. I hope you will join me on this 40 day journey as we seek Him above all else and dig into His Word together praying the scriptures about waiting.

I’m so excited about the release of my new prayer journal and I want to celebrate with you!! So, some of my dear friends are helping me to throw this give away for you!!

Wait Only Upon God: 40 Day Devotional Guide to Waiting on the Lord

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Give away begins Monday, January 19th and will end in 1 week. I will notify the winner (U.S. resident) by email, request your address and send you a fun package in the mail! Yay!

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