This post, the Best Devotionals for Moms, is the fourth post in our Best Devotionals Series. If you missed the first three (Best Devotionals for Girls, Best Devotionals for Boys, or Best Devotionals for the Whole Family), be sure to go back and read them!
Mom life is hard.
It is filled with great and exceeding joy, and it is hard.
Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom, career mom, work-at-home-mom, homeschooling mom, soccer mom, boy mom, girl mom, twin mom, or whatever mom, it is hard.
There are some days that the only things getting me through are coffee and Jesus.
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And while I love reading God’s Word just as it is, sometimes I want a little narration to go with it. I like to read other people’s perspective on the Bible and learn from the conclusions they draw from the verses.
Here are the best devotionals for moms.
New Morning Mercies
This devotional by Paul David Tripp is one of my favorites because it focuses on the steady, unfailing love of God.
In these 365 devotionals, Tripp writes about God’s unchanging love for us despite our wandering hearts.
As a mom of four young children, I go to bed most nights pretty sure I’ve ruined them all forever.
There is a steady stream of thoughts that run through my head each night as I try to fall asleep of all the ways I messed up that day.
New Morning Mercies teaches us to wake up and spend the beginning of the day with God so we can “be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.”
It’s sound gospel teaching in an easy to read writing style.
Tripp also authored the book 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, and it is absolutely fantastic.
This devotional is great if you are just getting started with devotional reading. Each entry is written as if Jesus is actually speaking to you. The book is filled with life-giving, affirming words to help you start your day knowing how very much Jesus loves you.
Each of the daily devotionals is about three short paragraphs and will take you about 90 seconds to read. Each day has a focus scripture that the writing is based upon.
If you consider yourself a fairly mature Christian, this is not the best devotional for you. It is a great devotional to give as a gift to someone who is curious about God or who is just starting their Christian journey.
There’s also a follow up to this devotional that is penned in the same way but focuses on verses of hope.
And another devotional that focuses on finding joy.
My Utmost for His Highest
This book by Oswald Chambers is considered one of the most popular Christian books ever written. Chambers was a pastor who taught thought-provoking lessons based on scripture that have inspired Christians for over 100 years. He was born in 1874, began preaching in 1901, and died of complications from an appendectomy in 1917.
His wife, Biddy, used her transcripts of his sermon notes to compile My Utmost for His Highest, and it was first published in 1927.
It is a perfect devotional for moms who are mature in their faith and are ready for more “meat” in their spiritual diet.
Since the original version was written almost 100 years ago, the language is different than what we use today. It is still absolutely readable, but it does make you slow down and really think about the text.
There’s also an updated language version with the same truths but written in a more readable language.
Either book is an excellent choice to deepen your knowledge of the Bible.
Because Crack is Illegal
I love my kids fiercely and fully, but there are some days I’m ready for bedtime at 4 p.m.
This devotional is one of the best devotionals for moms because it’s a very real look at motherhood and what the Bible says about it all.
It takes the deep concerns that you may have that you’re really getting everything wrong and addresses them in the light of scripture.
Her previous devotional, The Struggle is Real, is also a great read. It focuses on some of the standards that mothers feel they need to live up to and reevaluates them according to what the Bible says we should do.
First Five App
The First Five App is a free app in the app store on your phone or mobile device.
It’s written by a group of authors that are engaging and knowledgable about the Bible, and it’s a great way to make sure that you spend the first five minutes of your day with Jesus.
Each study covers an entire book of the Bible. Each day is based on a selected reading from that book (never more than a chapter), and the authors do a fantastic job of revealing truths from the Bible you may have never thought about.
Each day also has a Dig Deeper section to give you some more historical context or little-known information that was pursuant to the time.
The great thing about this devotional is that it’s on your phone. And let’s be honest, we always have our phones.
So this devotional can be done on vacation, in the school drop off line, or while hiding in the pantry stress eating Nutella.
And like the name implies, completing this devotional will take you about five minutes each day and will bring you closer to Jesus as you learn more about Him.
If you prefer a more traditional paper copy (ME!!), they sell study guides as well. The study guides have guided questions and space for answers.
Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close
This devotional by Lysa TerKeurst is like a giant warm hug when you’ve had a terrible day.
It is written to remind us how very much our heavenly Father loves us and how he holds us on our darkest days.
If you’ve been a mom for more than five minutes, you’ve probably been through a dark place.
I remember sitting with each of my newborns in the dark of the night, totally exhausted feeling like I just could not do this anymore.
I couldn’t get up another time.
I couldn’t nurse another time.
I couldn’t change another diaper.
I just couldn’t.
In each of those moments, I prayed fervently for God to give me strength and help. What I desperately wanted was to feel God’s arms around me, embracing me and holding me up.
Lysa’s book does just that.
If this isn’t a place that you’re personally in, I encourage you to think about the women in your life that might benefit from this book. It would make a great gift for a new mom or an old pro mom with a new baby. It would also be good for someone who has recently suffered a loss.
Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus
This devotional by Karen Ehman is for the mom who feels like she doesn’t have five seconds for herself.
Which I think is every mom?
Pressing Pause encourages moms to start their day with Jesus and focuses on what the Bible can teach us about balancing mom life and making time for Jesus.
Prioritizing is hard when everything seems like it needs to be in first place.
By examing the scriptures, Karen teaches how to find calm in the chaos by drawing on the strength of Jesus and growing more in his likeness.
Fun fact: Both Karen Ehman and Lysa TerKeurst are writers for the First Five App!
In conclusion, finding the best devotionals for moms can be a challenge. But with this list, you’re sure to find a devotional that is a great fit for this season of your life.
What is your favorite devotional for moms? Did it make our list? Tell us in the comments!