Are you looking for a daily devotional to help you dive deeper into God’s word but you’re not sure where to start? With thousands of options and endless possibilities, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed when deciding on your next daily devotional.
In this post, I’ll help you know what to look for in a good daily devotional and share my favorite daily devotionals so that you can truly get to know the Lord on a deep and intimate level.
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What Is a Devotional?
The term “devotional” can mean a few different things to believers.
For some, the term “devotional” simply references the discipline of reading their Bible and praying each day. For example, “I did my devotional this morning.”
For others, the term “devotional” refers to a daily reading plan that you complete for your spiritual growth and personal edification. In this style of literature, an author will share their thoughts and insights about the Biblical text, however, it’s important to note that these devotionals aren’t considered theology (which means the study of God) or Biblical doctrine.
How To Choose a Devotional
Just because a devotional is on New York Time’s bestseller list in the Christian book category doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you.
Before you start your next daily devotional, I want you to remember a few things:
A devotional should be supplemental and never your primary source of spiritual fuel. It should merely enhance your time with God and never replace the reading and study of God’s word.
2. Biblically sound
The devotional should be rooted in scripture, always pointing you to Christ.
Don’t ever take an author’s word as truth. Be sure to cross-examine their thoughts against God’s word. Read any referenced scriptures in context and draw your own conclusions.
3. Guard your heart
You want to vet-out and research an author before starting a devotional. Check out their website, social media channels and check out reviews. It’s important to understand their beliefs and what others say about them before you take their words to heart.
When you choose a devotional, you may want to explore a specific topic that you want spiritual guidance on. That’s totally OK, but as Jen Wilkin says…
“If we only study devotionals we will only get a skewed view of God and only learn about topics we personally like.” Just be sure to switch up your devotionals. It’s important to get a full understanding of who God is, rather than trying to make Him fit into our lives and our limited views.
The bottom line is this:
Choosing a good devotional is important because it isn’t just for inspiration, it’s for your edification. Don’t ever take your spiritual growth and transformation lightly.
- Avoid false teachers
- Never look to a devotional for complete spiritual nourishment
- Always make sure it points you to Jesus and scripture
If you’re wondering which devotional to pick next, here are a few of the best daily devotionals for women:
Best Daily Devotional Books
1. The one year bible
The One Year Bible divides the text into 365 sections, so you can read through the entire Bible in one year with as little as 15 minutes a day.
If you’ve never read the entire Bible all the way through, I highly recommend this as your starting point.
Why? Because if you don’t know what God’s word says for yourself, how will you be able to discern the truth from a lie? You should never rely on other authors, pastors, bloggers or influencers to tell you what the Bible says. You need to understand God’s word for yourself. You need Biblical literacy!
If you’re up for a challenge, use my free guided Bible in 90-Days Reading Plan and read the entire Bible cover-to-cover in just 3 months:
2. Women of the word: How to study the bible with both our hearts and our minds by Jen wilkin
We all know it’s important to study God’s word but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. This 10-day devotional will explore the question: how can we, as Christian women, keep our focus and sustain our passion when reading the Bible?
Women of the Word has helped countless women with a clear and concise plan they can use every time they open their Bible. This book will equip you to engage God’s word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart.
3. 100 days devotional journal series by Shanna Noel
Shanna Noel created a series of devotional journals that help women dive into God’s unwavering truth, with topics such as freedom, comfort, rest, grace, and gratitude.
For 100 days, you’ll receive a featured Scripture, devotion, prayer, along with space for doodling, journaling, writing notes, or any other forms of creative expression.
100 days of bible promises
100 Days of Grace & Gratitude
100 days of less hustle, more Jesus
4. Authentic living devotional by Candace Cameron bure
In this devotional guide by Candace Cameron Bure, you’ll find 23 sessions with meaningful Bible verses and four easy-to-answer questions that encourage you to interact with God and your faith in an honest yet simple way.
Best of all, you’ll understand how to apply Biblical principles to your everyday life. If you are looking for a straightforward yet transforming way to engage the most life-changing book in history, the Authentic Living Devotional Guide is the perfect companion to help you deepen your understanding of God’s Word.
5. (In)Courage – women of courage: A forty-day devotional
Whether you’re trying something new, enduring the day-to-day grind, or facing something you never imagined would come your way, you’ll be encouraged by this 40-day devotional.
It features women from the Bible who lived courageously despite unusual, difficult, or even frightening circumstances. From women who were called to step into leadership roles to women who had to rely on God’s daily provision for their needs, these heroes of the Bible show you exactly how to lean into the strength of the Lord when your own isn’t enough.
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6. 40 days of decrease: A different kind of hunger. A different kind of fast.
In this 40-day Lenten devotion, you’ll be carried through Christ’s journey to the cross and beyond with daily scripture reading from the book of John.
Jesus decreased so that God could increase and save mankind. That journey was difficult, brutal and ugly. Alicia Britt Chole asks the reader to focus on this part of Lent to fully appreciate the resurrection. Where many people focus on only the resurrection and celebration of Easter Sunday, this author asks you to decrease and suffer with Christ so that you’ll humbly remember the sacrifice and price paid for your salvation.
7. Doubt: Trusting god’s promises (31-day devotionals for life)
In this 31-day devotional, Elyse Fitzpatrick examines famous Bible characters who doubted, shares encouraging words about our beliefs, and explores God’s promises for those of little faith. Each day’s devotional has two takeaway truths to memorize or write out, plus an invitation for personal reflection. Learn to say, “I believe; help my unbelief” when wracked by doubt.
Grab a copy and let Biblical counselors and Bible teachers guide you through Scripture passages that speak to specific situations or struggles. It will help you apply God’s Word to your life in practical ways day after day.
8. Made for this: 40 days to living your purpose by Jennie Allen
Divided into forty days, this devotional will show you how to fully surrender to God and then identify the threads of gifts, passions, places, relationships, and sufferings in your life, not to get what you want but to find what God wants of you.
If you’ve been pondering life’s ultimate question: Why am I here? and you’re struggling to find your God-given purpose, this devotional is a must-read for you!
9. She works his way – 100 devotionals for the working woman
If you’re a woman who is committed to Christ, family, and business but needs encouragement while juggling the priorities of faith, family, and work, this devotional is for you.
Rather than simply teaching business strategies and sprinkling in Scripture to support it, the majority of she works His way derives directly from God’s Word. Why? Because the Bible is the only book that truly transforms. If you’ve been longing for any kind of life transformation, God’s Word is the best place to find it. This book is a collection of 100 of our favorite devotionals that first appeared in the She Works His Way App. Each one was written by a woman in the trenches of faith, family, and work with you from a heart’s desire to equip you as a Christ-follower, wife, mom, friend, leader, and professional.
10. Mom heart moments: Daily devotions for lifegiving motherhood
If you’re a mom or a grandma, this book is going to really minister to your hearts!
One reviewer said, “this devotional is like a daily hug for every mama.”
Another said, “This small one-page devotional is the perfect size to read in the morning, in the bathroom, as kids are settling down for naps/quiet time, in the car when you have a few minutes to before an appointment or school, or before bed. Sally is simultaneously encouraging and convicting, both essential aspects of discipleship. One small step at a time, she paints a beautiful vision of God’s heart for mothers while also giving practical tips along the way.”
It’s clear that you will be blessed through her stories and inspiration that will guide you to embrace your motherhood journey.
If you’ve ever felt discouraged about becoming a Godly woman, don’t miss this post:
11. Her-story: 366 devotions from 21 centuries of the Christian church
Her Story showcases a collection of women throughout Christian history who have offered their lives, work, and personal sacrifice for Jesus Christ and His ministry. This devotional is beautifully written and inspiring. These stories of faithful women remaining true to God in most adverse circumstances will edify you on your own spiritual walk.
12. Streams in the desert devotional
Streams in the Desert® is one of the most beloved devotionals of all time and contains a powerful collection of meditations, Christian writings, and Scripture.
This little book provides a refreshing daily dip into God’s purpose, plan, and enduring promise, plus the scriptures referenced are printed right in the devotional book so you don’t have to go look it up.
This devotional is the perfect way to start your day.
13. My utmost for his highest by oswald chambers
In this timeless devotional, you’ll find 365 thought-provoking meditations.
My Utmost for His Highest has sold over 13 million copies worldwide and is considered one of the most popular religious books ever written. These captivating words of wisdom from Oswald Chambers have challenged and inspired readers for more than 80 years.
One reviewer said “[This] is not like your usual daily devotionals. This book is rich in the content of the Word of God, taking even snippets/ phrases and digging deep into the recesses of the Character of Christ. It allows us as readers and Christians to not look for personal affirmation in the pages but to look for our sin sickness and immediately reach out to God, our Healer, to be ‘made over’ and understand that God intends for us to give every single drop of who we are to Him to use for His glory!”
I’m certain this will encourage and move you to think more deeply about your relationship with the Lord.
14. Come to the Waters: Daily bible devotions for spiritual refreshment
James Montgomery Boice said, “Study of the Bible must be the consuming passion of a believer’s life.”
This yearlong devotional selects from the fruit of his labor in ministry, distilling his teaching into 365 readings from Genesis to Revelation. A topical index and a Scripture index allow you to tailor your own reading plan.
In the spirit of Boice, the devotions are not moralistically superficial—intended to make you a better person. Instead they are intended to lead you every day to your only hope: Jesus Christ, the life-giving Living Water for your soul.
15. A place at his table – 365 day devotional by Roy lessin
If you’re looking for a short devotional, this would be a great devotional for you.
In this 365-day devotional, you’ll be invited to sit in His presence daily, knowing that you are accepted, not rejected; you are welcomed, not ignored; you are family, not a stranger; you are not a disgrace, you are God’s child.
It includes one Bible verse to meditate on and commentary that is just a sentence or two in length. This is a great coffee table addition or the perfect devo to take along with you in the car.
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