Bible devotions are short, topical thoughts usually built around a single Bible verse or chapter. Many people use these as quick morning reminders to help them keep focused on God during the day. These also are beneficial if you need a short Christian topic to present to a group.
Children's picture books may also be used for creative devotion talks for any age. A lesson on being a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1) may be gleaned from Nan Gurley's Little Rose of Sharon. Most Bible devotions begin with a Scripture verse, followed by the writer's thoughts of how to apply the verse to our lives, and end with a short prayer or references for additional Bible reading.
God wants to speak to us throughout the day. We just have a hard time slowing down long enough to listen. That's why daily Christian devotions are perfect to incorporate more of God's Word into our busy schedules. They're short enough to fit into those few extra minutes here or there, but powerful enough to help put our focus back on God and what's really important - the "Big Picture."
And don't miss those "God moments" when God is using a seemingly unimportant occurrence to draw you into a special time with Him. Such times can become special Christian devotions "on the go" in the midst of our busy schedules.
Take A Look at Daniel
Daniel (remember- the guy in the lion's den?) He knew how to really listen to God throughout the day. Daniel 6:10 says: "But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God."
Three times a day, Daniel paused to pray and give thanks to God. He was focused on God and listening; that's what a Bible devotion is designed to help us do. They're short, concise and don't take long to read, but they give us a thought that will carry us through the day with our focus on God.
Now, in Daniel 9:2: "During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, was studying the writings of the prophets. I learned from the word of the LORD, as recorded by Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years."
What was he doing? Studying the writings of the prophets? That would be the Bible, right? Yes, Daniel also did some serious Bible study. We can't just live on snacks all the time. We need to take time to sit down and enjoy a full meal too.
God was able to do amazing things in the life of Daniel. Much of it was because Daniel was willing to seek God's face and take time to listen to His will. Daniel kept his focus on the eternal.
Father, please help me to be like Daniel and seek your face daily. Help me to learn to hear your voice even above the "noise" of the busyness of life and see what's really important. Thank you that You walk with me each and every day and have rescued me from the lion's den.
Read one of Daniel's prayers - Daniel 9:3-19
By the way, did you realize you just read a Bible devotion? It didn't take but a minute - but I hope the idea sticks with you all day.
How about you? Do you need a spiritual telescope to help you keep your focus on the eternal throughout your busy day? Try taking a few minutes every day (maybe even three times a day!) to snack on tidbits of the Good News with daily Bible devotions. I promise it won't make you gain weight! (well, maybe "spiritual" weight and that's a positive thing!)
Following are links to other daily Bible devotions by some of our favorite authors as well as Bible devotions geared specifically for youth, children, women and family; however, if you prefer having a Bible devotional book , there are many wonderful ones available.
To start your week off right, try these "Monday Meds" ! Monday Meditations are designed to jump start your daily devotions for the week. Each has a Scripture and thought to meditate and also a practical application for your daily Christian walk.
Bible Seeker Christian devotions are great to use for family times, personal use, children's sermons or youth Bible study lessons for youth. They focus on an everyday object and connect it with God's Word and our everyday lives. These also include fun interactive Bible activities that make them into hands-on Bible lessons.
And now with our iPhones, iPads, & Androids we can have great devotionals at our fingertips any time of the day! Dave Doty's Faith Apps are excellent and two of the Apps are absolutely free! Check out a sampling of his writing with a devotional about the faith behind Duck Dynasty called "Stand Before Kings!"
|Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence - Devotions for Every Day of the Year|
One of my favorite Apps on my iPhone and iPad is the YouVersion Bible App. Not only do I then have multiple versions of the Bible at my fingertips but also a huge selection of Christian devotional plans to take with me wherever I go!
But not only do they have Christian devotions for me, they also have devotional plans for kids which are ideal to have some on-the-go family devotion time anywhere and anytime - right before their little league game, on the drive to school, during wait time at the doctor's, etc.!
is a free printable Bible devotional from
"Dandelion Seeds" called a "devotional for the disorganized". It
includes great devotions, menu planner, cleaning "to do" list, and more!
Video Devotional for women by Jennifer Rothschild:
If you're an outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman) - hunter, fisherman, or just love the outdoors, don't miss signing up for these free daily sportmen's devotionals that are written by sportsmen and for sportsmen. You can receive short, Bible study devotionals that are meant to encourage you along with a new outdoor tip & photograph each and every day! They also are a great source of resources for sportsmen - many of them are Christian links just for those that love God and love His outdoors.
Bryan Coupland was gracious enough to send me a copy of each of the three devotionals he has written, and I have been more than pleased!
Two of his devotionals are specifically for families to use together. Each contains 100 devotionals which include a Bible verse with a thought provoking devo, things to think about together, and questions to consider. One covers the Book of Proverbs and the other the Gospel of Luke.
What caused these to stand out to me from many other family devotionals is that they include "meat" and not just "fluff & fun." Bryan's writing is both interesting and yet simple for any age to understand.
Our four kids ranged in ages over a span of eight years, therefore it was difficult to find devotions that would interest various ages at one time...but these do just that!
If you're looking for a sound devotional to feed your family solid doctrine and Scripture, please take a look at these! These will also be a great tool in teaching your children to study God's Word and not just read it as just another book. Each devotion takes them on an adventure of seeking the God of the Bible and knowing Him.
If you'd like to sample Bryan's writing and learn more about him, his blog is Come Rest with Me.
|Step into the Bible: 100 Bible Stories for Family Devotions
By Ruth Graham / Zonderkidz
Create a legacy of faith as you build family devotional time around this core collection of beloved Bible stories. Accompanied by stunning color photographs, Graham's retellings are enhanced by open-ended discussion questions designed to encourage further exploration of Scripture and memory verses that will shape spiritual character and strengthen biblical knowledge. 224 pages, softcover from Zonderkidz.
Christian Daily Devotions for Children (read or listen)
Truth for Kids (Printable)
Max Lucado also offers great Video Devotions.
A Love Letter from God: 50 devotions : These 50 devotionals take each Scripture used in the "Father's Love Letter." Begin by experiencing a multi-media devotional by watching the following 6 min. video based on the "Father's Love Letter."
Still more great Christian devotions including classics like Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest are available right here on the Internet.
With so many devotions from which to choose,we can keep variety in our daily quiet time with God. These are to be "sparks" to help light the fire of our time with God. Try to spend time meditating on His Word and listening for His guidance every single day, or be like Daniel and make it three times a day!
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