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I struggle with doing devotions with my kids.
There I said it.
I hope I’m not the only mom who sometimes finds devotionals either boring or too much work, too long or too short. It’s been difficult trying to find the right one, but my family and I recently picked one up that seems to hit the mark on quality family devotionals. This one is called The Bible is My Best Friend, and it’s an enjoyable family devotional by one of my favorite authors, Sheila Walsh.
You may be more familiar with Sheila’s works for adults like The Shelter of God’s Promises or Loved Back to Life. But Sheila doesn’t just write for adults; she also writes books for children as well, one of which is Gigi, God’s Little Princess, with whom my daughter was obsessed for the longest time. So I already knew first-hand to expect a quality product from Sheila.
The Bible is My Best Friend devotional incorporates several different ways of learning to bring together many varied styles and situations. And not only do the kids learn something from the devotional, but there are also ways for parents to become involved too: like during the “Let’s Talk” section, when the kids get to ask the grown ups a question.
Let me share a few other things I like about this devotional:
- The memory verses aren’t too long and not too complicated for young children to learn.
- The one-page stories/anecdotes aren’t too long that the kids lose interest, but they’re also not so short that the kids don’t learn anything from them.
- The Bible story that’s included as a reference. It seems like it’s optional, so it’s great if you have the time, but you can just summarize the passage if you need to.
- The Family Fun section: Game ideas are fun, and it’s always good to change the pace of things every once in a while.
On the other hand…
- Family fun can sometimes draw out devotional time. If you are short on time, you may need to skip it. Family fun also requires some advance preparation. If you are last minute like me, you may need to skip this, but sometimes the suggestions can be modified to fit your needs.
Overall, I really like the flexibility of this devotional. It can be as long as you want it to be or as short as you want it to be. It can be complicated or simple. You can plan ahead or wing it. Really, it suits all different types of families, and that’s one of the most important things a good devotional does: fitting a variety of needs. I’m sure it’ll fit yours.