Developing a Faith that Sticks!


Welcome friends joining me from my devotion running in today’s Encouragement Café. If you haven’t already, I invite you to pop over there and read the devotion before you continue.

Today, I shared a few ways to make time with God a regular part of your child’s day, no matter how old they are! Of course, the most powerful way we can influence our children’s faith is to model it in our own lives first. Below I have provided a wide range of resources. Some are online daily devotions. When you subscribe to these devotions, you receive them via email, making it easy, convenient, and FREE! Other resources are books and devotions you can pick up at most local Christian bookstores.

Feel free to check these out, or use the power of the the internet search engine to find the one right for your needs!

Parents and Adults

Online Devotions…

  • Encouragement Cafe is a wonderful devotion covering a wide variety of topics that matter to you!
  • Encouragement for Today by Proverbs 31 Ministry touches the hearts of over 500,000 women across the world! You can also be encouraged by their one minute radio spots packed with God’s truth: Proverbs 31 Radio.
  • Crosswalk provides daily devotions for men, women, and more!
  • Men of Integrity; just reading the title makes me want to check it out!
  • Our Daily Bread these include an mp3 of that day’s devotion with the Bible verses and commentary. Great for listening while taking a walk or working out. Each audio segment is between 4-5 minutes.
  • Streaming Faith is a gem I found by accident as I was working on a project for work. They bring in a wide range of writers from all walks of life to share God’s truth.
  • Lutheran Hour Ministries provides solid teaching applied to daily living. They also provide an audio version of their incredible devotions.
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, don’t be fooled by this classic title, the words written here are powerful and potent. I am often floored by Chambers use of strong words, driving home Truth straight to my heart. You can also pick up a hard copy of his devotional in your local bookstore.

Printed devotions…

  • A Year with C. S. Lewis; he wrote more than The Chronicles of Narnia. His passion for Christians to live out their faith is evident in everything his pen put to paper.
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young; is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year. {Description from website.}
  • His Princess by Sheri Rose Shepherd; gents, you can read this too, though like Secret…it may be strong enough for men, but it’s made for women.
  • 5-Minute Bible Workouts for Men; gathers brief, powerful meditations, packed with encouragement, to help men handle daily pressures of family, work, relationships, and responsibilities. {Description from website.} My husband has used this one in the past.

For Youth

Online Devotions…

  • Teen Daily Devotional Ministry; they have options for daily, weekly, and monthly devotions for teens.
  • Dare2ShareMinistries; These online devos will motivate and equip your teens in their everyday walk with God. {Description from website.}
  • Find Your True Beauty; Looking for free teen devotionals just for girls? Look no further! {Description from website.}

Printed devotions…

  • Called to Be; What I enjoy about this devotion book, along with my youth, is that each devotion was written by a teen!
  • One Minute Bible for Students; No more excuses…these literally take one minute to read and take in!
  • Reach Out Student Devotional; This 30-day devotional is filled with daily motivation, practical tips stories and strategies that will help your students reach their friends. {Description from website.}
  • The Way I’m Wired Devotional; This book is packed with 200 Scripture verses that will fuel your teenagers’ hunger for pursuing God’s unique plan. {Description from website.}

For Children

Online Devotions…These are for parents to use as they lead younger children during their devotion time.

  • Children’s Ministry; though this is geared more for Sunday School teachers, you can search for topics to teach your little ones using a variety of hands on activities, simple crafts, and snacks!
  • Sermons4Kids; I use this website frequently as I lead our children’s message in worship each week. Most of these include an activity to help children remember the short object lesson.

Printed devotions…

  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young; this version is written specifically for children.
  • *One Year Book of Devotions for Kids; Each day’s lesson focuses on a key theme from a Bible story. A contemporary story, application questions, a memory verse, and an action phrase combine to reinforce the theme for each day. A great way to help kids connect with God! {Description from website.} I use this resource in my Children’s ministry on a regular basis.
  • *One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers; Each reading pairs a Little Blessings illustration with a short Bible verse and devotional thought that gets you and your child talking about the simple truths of Scripture. A fun, rhyming prayer completes each devotional. {Description from website.}
  • *These “One Year Books” are also available for girls, boys, teens, and more; distributed by Tyndale Publishers.

Family Devotions

  • Remember, it’s not always about getting through your devotions quickly, it’s about making a lasting impression on your children for the Glory of God. Set aside one or two nights a month to do a family devotion together, make it a fun, God-filled evening. In-between these longer devotions, have shorter family devotion time together.
  • Laugh and Tickle, Hug and Pray; Laugh and Tickle, Hug and Pray gives you a year’s worth of weekly family-time ideas to help you share your faith together. {Description from website.}
  • Sticky Situations; I love how this year long family devotional provides a short illustration, Bible verse, and questions to discuss as a family. Makes Family devotion time easy and fun!
  • One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Topics; I think the title speaks for itself here…
  • Long Story Short; Creative 10 minute family devotions.

Other…

  • Devotional Bibles. There are a WIDE variety of devotional Bibles for men, women, teens, and children.
  • Clearance Section. Never underestimate the gems you can find in the clearance bin.
  • Group, is a wonderful website to search for devotions and Bibles for men, women, and children. It provides a more focused search than Amazon or another “secular” website.
  • TIP: When searching for an online devotional, find the section which tells you what they believe before you invest in reading their material. If you can’t find their beliefs, read a few devotions from their archives, especially if this is a devotion you plan on giving to your kids!
  • TIP: If you subscribe to what your kids read, you can read along with them and bring up the devotion for discussion later in the day in car line, dinner, or bedtime.

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This is a fairly short list of resources compared to the thousands on the market and online, but I hope these help you get started.

If you have other resources you use which are not listed, I would LOVE for you to share them by leaving a comment below.

Thank you for joining me today and if you feel inclined, I would love for you to subscribe to my blog by entering your email in the field at the top right of this page.

God bless you as you become your family’s faith conductor, inspiring a faith that sticks.

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