Many moms feel a bit lost when it comes to implementing a devotional routine. It can seem overwhelming when you consider all the other areas we are in charge of and adding one more thing to the list can seem just a bit too much. We just tend to put it off.
In the Weekly Household Planner there is a daily task to check off for Personal Quiet Time. Ladies, this is not a choice, you need to be getting your strength and refreshment from His word. Don’t think that the other tasks on your daily task list are more important than that one, they are not!
For myself, I have made it a top priority to spend time in His word each day – for several years, and for the most part I have been pretty successful. I can tell a big difference in my day when I take the time to spend intentional time seeking God’s will, learning and being available to Him.
I started to be more consistent in my devotional time when I read the bible in 90 days for the first time – I had to set a time each day to read and when I didn’t I regretted it. Even after finishing two sessions of reading the bible in 90 days, I continued a regular morning routine and practice of reading the bible and other devotional material. It has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself and for my family.
Do you have a good routine going? If not pick a time that will work best for you. If you are at a loss at the what to read, let me share with you a few of my favorite devotionals for busy moms. I have cycled through these books and resources over the years, using them alone or combining them for longer devotional times.
For 2014, I am using the YouVersion bible APP, where I will alternate between several short devotions as well as reading Jesus Calling – it’s going to be great!
I so enjoy the words that Sarah Young puts to the page in this devotional. I have this book both in print as well as on my kindle. The days reading is short but impactful – perfect for a busy mom. As you read it feels like Jesus is talking just to you – it is remarkable and a great place to jump off to do a bit of journaling each day too. You get one devotional for each day of the year – and you can start at anytime! At the time of this post the kindle version of Jesus Calling was only $3.99.
The Quiet Place
I read this book in 2013 – Nancy Leigh DeMoss does an incredible job of teaching from the scripture she is referring to. I really enjoyed how she shared so many personal stories and really made me feel like I was sitting right next to her each morning with my cup of coffee. Another great devotional to add to your collection. At the time of posting the kindle version of The Quiet Place was only $2.99. I was given this book as a gift in the imitation leather bound – which was a very nice gift (just in case you still need to grab something for someone!)
Wife After God
Wife After God is a refreshing and inspirational 30 day marriage devotional for wives who desire to have a deeper more fulfilling relationship with God and their husbands. I read this back in October and it challenged me with each page to be a better wife and more grace-filled. This is one to keep on hand and read over and over again. I plan to read it again in February in honor of Valentines Day. You can grab a copy of Wife After God on kindle right now for only $.99.
When Motherhood Feels Too Hard
I read this book for the first time almost 3 years ago. It is the perfect size for a busy mom, the entries to read are short and to the point and resonate to clearly for most any season of motherhood. Kelly Crawford has a special ability to make even the most frustrating parts of being a mom, less frustrating and less guilt inducing. This is a keeper to read over and over again. Perfect for a new mother too! At the time of positing When Motherhood Feels Too Hard on kindle was $4.97.
Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess
This book speaks to mothers like no other book does. No matter your current situation, you will identify with each story and personal account that is shared. The authors are genuine and you realize they are walking the same path you are, and you are refreshed with hope amid the exhausting days of motherhood. If you are looking for REAL, this is the book for you. At the time of posting the kindle version of Hope for the Weary Mom was $4.75.
You Version Bible
This is an incredible bible app that is easy and simple to use. It is an ad-free Bible that brings God’s Word into your daily life. There are so many different devotional plans available, I typically have 2-3 going on at the same time. You can easily subscribe to a plan, compare different versions of the bible at a touch of your finger and get deeper into understanding God’s word. Download it once and it interchanges between your phone, iPad and computer. Read from any spot and it remembers. They also just came out with a Kids Bible APP too.
So, what new devotional will you use to help you grow in 2014?