12 Best Family Devotions To Bring Kids & Parents Together
Do you want to make sure your family is spending time in God’s word together daily? But maybe you don’t quite know where to start?
I’ve found some of the BEST family devotions that will help your whole family grow closer to each other, and to God! We have personally read many of these and I hope they bless your family just as much. 🙂
Best Family Devotions To Do Together
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I remember when my daughter was little, maybe after her first birthday. I wanted to start teaching her about the Bible and develop a plan to have family Bible time with my husband, her, and myself every day.
But I had NO clue where to start. Especially with a one-year-old.
I knew that God wanted this for our family, and how important it was to start. She would take it in as she got older and I was honestly surprised at how much she remembered!
It’s so true what they say, kids absorb EVERYTHING!
Anyway, I started researching and found some amazing devotionals for families!! Some we have personally used and others that were highly recommended!
What do these family devotions have in common? They really help your kids start understanding short, simple verses, key points, & prayers to pray, and help you grow closer together as well!
These are great for families with all ages of kids, but for those with older kids, definitely make sure to check out these great kids’ devotionals they can read and practice their own daily quiet time with God. 🙂
Now, I want to share with you (and hopefully take some of that overwhelming pressure off to find a great family devotion) what I found so your family can start reading together.
Here are 12 of the best family devotionals to help you and your family grow closer to God and each other!
1. Experiencing God at Home Day by Day: A Family Devotional
Experiencing God at Home, the family version is a great spin-off of the original study devotional for adults!
It is a daily devotional and is made to help guide parents in having worship together as a family. It also helps you (parents) lead your kids toward developing their own personal relationship with Christ at each age and stage of growing up.
Many reviews have said this book gives a good range of activities and quiet time suggestions for preschool age as well as older children. A great well-rounded devotional!
2. 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families
These 52 Family Devotions are laid out in a weekly format, so it would be a good one to repeat each night or pick a different activity listed in there to do each night.
Each week has a “Family beatitude”, a focus word, weekly Bible verse (great for memorizing with little kids!), activities, prayer journal options, a prayer, and a “wrap up” chat.
This one lays it out so well and very clearly, with a basic intro to talking about the Bible. This is a great place to start if you haven’t done family Bible time before, or if you have very young children.
3. Go Minno Storybook Bible
The Go Minno Storybook Bible is great because it works great as an illustrated storybook Bible to do daily Bible reading with your kids – it has 52 stories from the Bible (Old to New Testament) with some great family connection questions at the end of each.
It is personally one of our FAVORITES that we use in our home, and perfect for our 5 year old to understand. But it can easily be used as a kids devotional when your children get older and can read on their own.
4. The Family Bible Devotional
The Family Bible devotional is great for families with any age kids, including toddlers!!
What I love about this one is the author’s story behind it. She had a desire in her heart to sit and read the Bible together as a family, and shared what worked best for her and her kids. It isn’t just a “kids devotional” but challenges you as a parent as well in your faith, and helps you grow.
This devotion is great for learning, teaching, and not preaching AT your kids. There are 52 short readings, each with engaging background info and discussion questions. 🙂
It’s great for keeping kids interested in learning about God’s Word!
5. Jesus Calling: 100 Devotions for Families to Enjoy Peace in His Presence
If you have ever read any of the other books in the Jesus Calling collection, then you will definitely enjoy this one as well!
This is the Jesus Calling Family Devotional, with 100 devotions for families. It is such a great option for families with kids of any age, but short enough to keep even toddlers interested in discussing God’s Word!
There are two short pages per devotion, one for adults and one for kids. It includes a short devotion, scripture to read for each, a “read more” section for deeper learning, and questions to talk about together.
We personally use this one and really love it for a quick, 10-15 minute family devotion!
6. Grace for the Moment Family Devotional: 100 Devotions for Families to Enjoy God’s Grace
This devotion was written by Max Lucado, who has some amazing best-selling books for Christians including two of my personal favorites, Grace and Anxious For Nothing.
Just as the previous book, this Family Devotional includes 100 devotionals for families, one per day for adults and one for kids, both on the same topic so you can really dig into it together!
There is also scripture to read together, and a “growing in grace” activity and discussion question each day.
7. Undivided: A Family Devotional: Living FOR And Not Just WITH One Another
Unlike the others, this Undivided family devotional is a 12-week study on being… you guessed it – UNdivided as a family!
It’s great to repeat every 3 months for a year to really hit home these key points.
Family unity is so important and this devotional digs a little deeper than the others. This would be great for families with preschoolers all the way up to teens!
It includes 4 easy sections to follow per devotion:
- Learn it – your family will read and learn the context of the passage
- Live it – you will talk about how to apply the passage through practical and easy to understand devotional reading
- Ask it – family discussion questions to help explore biblical truths
- Give it – this will be a fun hands-on activity that you can do at your own pace
This weekly devotional is great, and the way it’s spread out gives you time to really focus and get a ton out of each lesson!
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8. Once-A-Day: At the Table Family Devotional
What if you could have a great family devotion each night… while eating dinner??
This At The Table Family Devotional is perfect for that! You’ll get 365 daily readings to do together as a family, at the dinner table.
You will get a daily scripture from the NIV, short devotional reading, questions to go over, and a closing prayer. You can complete this family devotion at the table before dinner is served, while eating, or after dinner, and before clean up (especially if you have toddlers haha!).
Super easy to get your kids (and yourselves!) involved in God’s Word together each day. 🙂
9. Breakfast with Jesus: 100 Devotions for Kids About the Life of Jesus
This devotion is perfect for busy mornings when you are trying to get out the door! We love reading this while eating breakfast, hence the name haha.
We all know the chaos that can come with mornings, especially during the school year. But it is still important to start your day off right!
This is the perfect book to grab, spend about 5-10 minutes reading through and ensuring your family is starting the day well… with God!
You can also read this while waiting in the school drop-off line, when your kids get home, or in the evening. We can’t be the only ones who make breakfast for dinner right? 😉
You can also check out her NEWEST book here: The Bible Food Truck: Serving Up 75 Devotions for Kids About Food in the Bible – great for dinner time devotions!
10. Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
The Old Story New: New Testament devotion is a newer one for us and all I can say is WOW! IT is literally one of the best options for going through the Bible with your kids while connecting together as a family.
This one goes through the entire New Testament, and each day builds off of the previous story.
I love that approach because how many times do we read something and then it’s in one ear and out the other? The review at the beginning of each day is essential!
Here’s an inside look at our copy:
Each day follows the same structure, with It is a 78-week devotional, so you know it digs deep into the Bible and helps instill a love for God and His Word early in your kids’ lives!
Don’t let that overwhelm you though, it follows a 5 day a week format, and even if you miss a day, you can always jump back in! 😉
You can grab this book on Amazon HERE or New Growth Press HERE.
11. Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
The Long Story Short Ten Minute Devotions is the same format as the one above, but goes through the entire Old Testament!
We will be going through this after finishing the NT one above, but knowing it’s the same exact process but with the OT instead, I know we will love it!
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the author about these two devotionals:
“You won’t find a more important focus for a family devotional than a daily highlighting of the gospel of grace. Clever stories and good moral lessons may entertain and even help children, but the gospel will transform children.”‘
His theology is definitely in line with what God says in His Word, and I would highly recommend any of his books.
You can grab this book on Amazon HERE or New Growth Press HERE.
The author, Marty Machowski has some other fantastic books for kids and Bible books, and we have many of them.
A couple of our favorites besides the ones listed above are:
- The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible – I read through this with my daughter each day and it’s a very kid-friendly way of teaching the entire Bible.
- God Made Me For Heaven – This book helps children understand their eternal purpose and we were made for heaven, and other deep theological truths. The whole series is great!
The next step up from that (older elementary kids and teens) is the original Gospel Story Bible, something we will be purchasing and adding to our bookshelf once we work through the beginner!!
12. Who Is Jesus?: Forty Pictures to Share with Your Family
The Who is Jesus: Pictures to Share With Your Family is a newer one to us as well, but oh my!! It is not only beautifully illustrated, but the content is so fruitful and transformational.
This family devotional book focuses on WHO Jesus is and sharing that with your family. We are REALLY loving this one!
Each day features:
- A full-page image defining what you’ll be talking about that day
- One page or so of reading
- Connection questions, songs, and other activities to do as a family
There are tons of references straight from scripture that can help teach us a more full picture of who Jesus really is, why we should know these things, and how they transform our daily lives.
It is set up as a 40 day devotional for lent, and a great way to help teach your kids about Jesus and the resurrection.
However, it’s not just limited to that time frame!!!
This is one where you can pick and choose a day and go through any time of the year, because we always want to teach our children about God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
You can grab this book on Amazon HERE or New Growth Press HERE, plus take a peek inside!
12 Family Devotionals To Grow Closer Together
I hope this list of some of the best family devotionals inspires you to get your family into God’s Word each day, so you can grow closer together and to Him!
Also, don’t feel like you have to do EVERYTHING at once. Give yourself some grace, grab one that you feel okay with, take that first step, and God will handle the rest. ❤
What are your favorite family devotionals to read together? Did you find any from this list that you love? Let me know in the comments!