As a mom of five children, ages 6 – almost 15, I still haven’t figured out the best way to have my kids do a daily personal devotional time.
I think if I was homeschooling, it would be built into our schedule. Of course, I could always wake them up earlier and force them to do their devotions before they go to school, but I want their time with God to be a time they do without me forcing them to do it. Since I am in charge of the History and Bible for 1st-8th grade at our little school, I do have them do the 1st – 8th graders do a devotional time every morning as they come into school. Children do need some encouragement and resources if they are to have an effective devotional time..
In the past, I have bought devotional books that are age appropriate for kids. I have had journals that are made up for them. I have bought downloadable materials, and I love the short devotionals that are on Answers in Genesis website. For family devotions, we have read out of devotional books, but we often just read a chapter of the Bible with each person reading a certain number of verses. At the end, we will read different notes out of various study Bibles and discuss them.
Any parent that has more than one child knows that every child is different so a book that appeals to one child may not appeal to another child. I don’t want my child to stop doing devotions because the devotional book they are using is one that he or she cannot relate to.
Here are some devotional books that we have purchased for our children:
- For the very young, Ella Lindvall’s Read Aloud Bible Stories are my most favorite books. I absolutely love them! My 1st grader even enjoys them because now she can read them herself. I only have the first four of the five books.
- We have several of The One Year Devotionals for Kids. Each page includes a short story with application questions.
- I enjoyed the devotional Jesus Calling for lower elementary children.
- Some of my girls have read the The God and Me Bible Devotional books. (Ages 6-9)
- This past summer, I got the 3-Minute Devotions for Boys for Joshua, 3-Minute Devotions for Girls for Kristi, and 3-Minute Devotions for Teen Girls for Karis.
- Joshua also has The Action Bible Devotional book.
A few other books we have used for family devotions, but they would also be great for personal devotions are the following books:
- God, What’s Your Name? by Kay Arthur and Janna Arndt. I want to try out some of their other Bible Study books for kids.
- A Faith to Grow On by John MacArthur — Great devotional book to give children after they have made a profession of salvation.
- Proverbs for Kids — every kid and adult can benefit from studying the Proverbs.
I received in the mail a new kid’s devotional book so that I could give my honest review and offer one book to my readers as a giveaway!
Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science by Louie Giglio is a delightful hardcover devotional book where each devotion spans 2 pages, has a verse, a science topic with a Biblical application, a prayer, and a little section called, “Be Amazed.” That section is either an amazing truth about God or an amazing fact about nature or science.
As all of our kids are wired differently, I can see science or nature loving children looking forward to their personal devotions while they are reading this book. Homeschool parents could use this devotional along with topics of science. In the introduction, Louis Giglio shares which devotions have to do with space, earth, animals, or people so that you could read just those devotionals when you study those specific topics.
The aim of the author is that the readers will be in awe of their Creator God and then also realize that the same Creator knows us better and loves us more than anyone on Earth ever could.
Indescribable is a resource for faith and science to come together in a conversation, because no question is too big for God.
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