07 Aug Top 10 Bible Studies for Moms
You’ve heard me say over and over how important it is to spend time with the Lord. So today’s post is going to be a little different. Today, I want to give you some practical resources and recommendations on Bible studies for mom. If you are just getting started or maybe you’re at a place where you’re just finishing one devotion and you want to jump into another great Bible study, this post is for you!
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Bible studies help you be efficient with your time. You can waste a lot of precious time with the Lord if you don’t have a plan.
Without a plan, you’re trying to figure out what to read or what God’s trying to say to you and it can be frustrating.
These resources aren’t in any particular order and I want to be upfront and let you know that some of these links are affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a small commission if you purchase by using the link, at no additional cost to you.
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Enough with the chit-chat! Let’s jump in!
#1: Hope for the Weary Mom
Hope for the Weary Mom Devotional. This Bible study is for those moms who are weary, just like the title says.
When we daily pour ourselves out for our families, it can result in a mama who’s tired, who’s overwhelmed, and feels like she’s has nothing left to give.
I love this devotional for a couple of reasons. First, it is super honest. It’s not a devotional written by a mom who is saying, “Listen to me, I have it all figured out.”
It’s a devotional for an imperfect mother, and it comes from an honest place. If you’re a mom, you know it’s a struggle sometimes and you can be really weary, but there’s hope.
The second thing that I love about this devotional is that it’s written by the bloggers behind Mothers of Daughters. As a blogger, you do a lot of writing. I can tell you that I have about 120 posts online at this point.
Articles that I’ve written and sometimes it feels like a blog can just be an entire book. And these bloggers have taken all their knowledge about a subject and put it all together.
They’ve created a resource for you that you can download through Kindle or you can grab the hard copy. They speak so openly and I love that.
The third reason why I love this devotional is because it leads you to God and not just a system. Because while systems are good, this devotional is going to help you just invite the Lord into your motherhood right now, not after you figured everything out.
It’s in your mess, in your laundry right now and it gives you hope. It’s points you to Him because that’s really where our hope comes from whenever we’re weary and need that time with the Lord. I think that you would enjoy it!
#2: A Mom After God’s Own Heart
The second is a devotional called A Mom After God’s Own Heart Devotional and Elizabeth George is the author.
She has written many, many Bible studies that I love. I think she just knows how to speak to women and this book is no different. It gives you biblical insight and it’s mixed with some tools to teach your children about God’s love.
It’s about really just chasing after God first and then letting that drive your parenting, which is what I’m all about. I love that message because we, as moms, find some much purpose in that.
It’s just about chasing after Jesus, living with intention, and then teaching your kids God’s love in the process. Moms of any aged children are going to benefit from this study for sure. Elizabeth George is a great author.
#3: 5 Minutes with Jesus
The third one is 5 Minutes with Jesus: A Fresh Infusion of Joy and it’s written by Sheila Walsh and Sherry Crag, and this devotional is for that mom who is at her wit’s end.
If you’re overwhelmed with mothering, you know that you need time with Jesus, but you just can’t seem to find a spare moment to fit it in then start with this.
Not only will it help you to rediscover the joy in each day, but it’s a small start to spending time with Jesus that can help you build consistency.
I’ve found that when you just start, the desire builds as your relationship with the Lord deepens. As you give those little bits of time, I don’t know how it happens, but God just creates time in your day to be able to commit to more time with him.
So it’s a great place to start.
#4: Out of the Spin Cycle
The next devotional that I want to share with you is called Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load, and not only is this a catchy title, but so Jen Hatmaker’s writing style.
This devotional will add humor to your quiet time, but it still covers big areas for moms like worry and marriage, priorities, and money.
I guarantee you will not be bored or fall asleep with this one! It’s 40 devotions that speak grace and encouragement to moms and really that’s just what your heart needs. If you’re looking for a little bit more of a light hearted devotion that can speak grace and encouragement to you, then I would definitely recommend picking up this one.
#5: 365 Devotions for Finding Rest
Okay! The next devotion is 365 Devotions for Finding Rest and it’s written by Christina Vinson. This devotional lasts (obviously) a year, and it’s based off of something that moms need and I think that we crave the most. And that’s rest.
Christina takes Matthew 11:28 which says, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” And she takes you on a year long journey toward embracing God’s rest into your own life. So check that out.
Again, that’s one that’s a little bit shorter so you can kind of jumpstart your time with the Lord.
#6: Walking in Confidence
The next one that I want to share is called Walking in Confidence and I actually am the author of this Bible study and I created it based off of the desires and the pains that I heard in my Girl of Grace Facebook community.
There were women, especially moms, who were tired and struggling with low self esteem and not only were they tired and struggling, but they were tired of struggling with their low self esteem.
Some women thought that whenever they had kids that they would finally be secure, but if you’re a mom, you know that just compounds the problem. Because now, now, only do you worry if you measure up, but you worry if your kids measure up.
And the reason why I added Walking in Confidence into this list is because I made it with moms in mind.
This devotion is twofold because first it has a printable workbook with questions about each lesson and so you can really dig deeper.
And second, all the lessons can be listened to. They’re all audible lessons.
So as any mom knows, being able to do two things at once with neither suffering is definitely the golden ticket. Sometimes multitasking is not helpful, but there are certain times when you can be a multitasking in order to accomplish a goal.
And so now you can pop your earbuds in and combined your quiet time with your morning walk, maybe have it playing while you take a shower and get ready.
This devotional last three weeks and I’m going to give you a coupon code for it: GRACE to get $10 off.
You’ll get instant access to it. So it’s something that you don’t have to wait to get in the mail. You can just grab it and start it tomorrow.
#7: Draw the Circle
The next devotional that I love is not specifically geared towards moms, but I don’t see any other place that it would be more applicable. It’s called Draw the Circle: Taking the 40 Day Prayer Challenge.
I went through this 40 day prayer challenge with a group of women that I lead with, and it was just amazing to see the power that our prayers had.
Mark Batterson is the author and he’s also the pastor of National Community Church in Washington DC. He urges believers to pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on them.
And I love that mindset. I’ve also heard it said in a simpler way that “God works best when you do.”
See our prayers aren’t a substitute for work. And in this prayer challenge, you’ll be encouraged and compelled to not just pray about your purpose, but to live it out.
Many women I know chose to devote this time to draw a prayer circle around their lost children.
Think about what God could do when you spend 40 days of focused prayer on one purpose!
Maybe it’s your child, maybe it’s your health, maybe it’s your business. What could happen? What could God do in 40 days if you focused prayer on one specific thing.
That’s what that devotional is going to do for you. So make sure that if you’re wanting to have a more powerful prayer life, makes sure that you grabbed that.
#8: Jesus Calling
The next two are also shorter devotionals that are going to get you jump started into your time with the Lord. And this one is Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence.
Now this is a great place for moms to start to just develop a quiet time.
One thing I’ve seen over and over is that women have a great quiet time and a deep devotional time and then as soon as they have kids, their life and schedule are basically turned upside down.
And that quiet hour they used to read their Bible and sip on tea is nonexistent because there’s dirty diapers everywhere. There’s piles of laundry everywhere and everybody’s asking what’s for dinner or they’re even asking what’s for lunch, like five minutes after breakfast.
And so it feels like there’s no time. If that is where you are, then this would be a great book to start.
Sarah Young, who’s the author, also speaks in a way that just really reaches the heart.
I think sometimes we forget how much God just wants to love on us and wants to be with us and this book will bring that back to your memory. The way she writes is really personal and I love that because God is a personal God and it’s okay to be reminded of that and definitely okay to be encouraged by that.
#9: Confident Woman 365
The ninth devotional is The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations. It’s Joyce Meyer’s devotional based off of her book, The Confident Woman.
She has broken the book down into snippets and touches on issues that trouble women most, especially moms.
Things like relationships, self image and confidence, and this devotional is a great piece of wisdom each day to help guide you to a more confident life and to really experience God’s acceptance.
This is something that is dear to my heart. When we start to live in His acceptance, and live in God-confidence, it just changes your entire life.
It changes the way you spend your money, the way you parent, the way that you look at yourself, and I know I’ve said that multiple times, but I keep saying it because it’s true.
Each of these devotions are short, so there’s no excuse not to do it and I think sometimes we just need short snippets of wisdom to kind of pick us up and this is definitely what that book will give you.
#10: There’s No Devotional that Substitutes for God’s Word
Now the last item on this list is not a devotional because more than any devotional you need to be in God’s Word and nothing is going to substitute for that.
And one way to get started with this, and this is why it’s number 10 on my list it because there is a resource that I’m going to offer you.
It’s a free Digital Bible Reading Plan and it’s part of my resource library.
This reading plan is on an app. You can click on it, pick the day that you’re going to read and it gives you what chapters to read that day and by the end of the year you’ll have read the whole Bible in a year.
Like I said, it’s on an APP, so you download it, see what scheduled to read that day and then sit down and read. And a lot of moms may say that reading through the Bible is way too time consuming and there’s absolutely no way to fit that in, but in a year it takes about 15 minutes to read each day.
Another option is to get a Bible on audio that you can listen while you’re cleaning or walking or whatever Bible Alive! NLT Gospel of John is great.
You can listen to it all. It’s word for word, God’s Word.
See, devotionals are amazing and they are powerful. They can help you and give you insight into things that you normally wouldn’t see.
But at the end of the day, we need to be going to God’s Word first. It needs to be the priority for us. Because sometimes, authors are fallible too, and they might get mixed up or there might not be something that’s completely biblical and that just happens sometimes.
But once we’re going to God’s Word and we’re putting His Word in our hearts, that’s what really matters. And that’s where our Bible time can be best spent.
So if you haven’t downloaded that Digital Bible Reading Plan, it costs nothing.
You can grab it right now and start reading today. And it just super nice to be able to track your reading.
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Don’t Neglect God’s Word
I want you to know that God’s Word isn’t something that can be neglected, not for you or for your family.
When you miss a day with the Lord, He can tell.
When you miss two days with the Lord, you can tell.
And when you miss three days with the Lord, other people can start to tell.
So whenever you don’t have time with the Lord, I guarantee you that your motherhood is going to suffer.
Your marriage is going to suffer because we become a different person.
But, whenever we start to seek God, it changes the way that we parent and it changes the way that we live. It changes the way that we speak to each other and the way that we speak to ourselves, honestly. So it’s important to not neglect that.
I hope that one of these devotionals stirred your thinking and you found something you’ll enjoy reading and going through. And if you did, let me know! Let me know which ones you enjoyed the most, I’d love to hear from you!