5 Creative Ways to Read Morning Devotionals

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With the start of school, our family has the opportunity to evaluate how to begin the mornings well.  Sometimes the morning doesn’t seem like the best time to spend with God- especially if you’re not a morning person. I’ve confessed to you before that I try to be a morning person. But that’s hard to do when you don’t even like mornings.

However, I know from experience that no time with God in the mornings is a bad idea. So even a few minutes is better than none. I love to pray before I even get out of bed and read while having coffee. I have other focused times carved out of my schedule to spend more time with God throughout the day. But back to mornings…today I wanted to share 5 creative ways to read morning devotionals. Some may be ideas you’ve done and maybe you’ll find a new idea or two in the mix.

1. Have someone read aloud during travel time.

If you have a school dropoff routine or maybe a regular daily route you must drive, then this is a great time to utilize for reading or listening aloud. Have the carpooling team take turns or designate a “reader of the week.”

2. Use an audible devotional.

If you drive alone in the mornings, one of my favorite devotionals, Jesus Calling, is available in audible app format to play on Kindle and Apple products, as well as an audio cd. How cool is that!

3. Have a grab bag of devotionals.

Last year, we all had our favorite devotionals and the kids each had a personal devotional for bedtime reading. But for mornings, we kept a stack of books on the microwave stand. Right now it looks like this:

stack of books

Having a few options and not feeling like it has to be the same pattern each day can be a great way to keep interest of all those participating.

4. Keep a devotional in the bathroom.

Hang it beside the bathroom mirror to read while brushing your teeth. Read it while you’re waiting for the shower water to get hot. Or other things, which I’ll leave to your imagination.

5. “Devotional is on the table.”

So you might typically say “Breakfast is on the table” right? But my favorite new way to easily read a daily devotional is the Jesus Calling Perpetual calendar. Whoever thought of this idea deserves breakfast in bed for a year. Seriously. Take a peek at what is on our table now:

I’ve confessed to you before that I try to be a morning person. But that’s hard to do when you don’t even like mornings.  However, I know from experience that no time with God in the mornings is a bad idea. So even a few minutes is better than none... Where do you find the time?

Don’t you just love it?! We sure do! Although my highly spiritual children *might* have been known to fight over who gets to turn the page. Just maybe. I won’t say for sure. And while this children’s version is working great for us, what if you placed the regular Jesus Calling perpetual calendar in your kitchen window or beside the sink to read and meditate on while you wash dishes? or on your office desk?

Jesus Calling – 365 Day Perpetual Calendar

School Days for Teachers – Perpetual Calendar

Some of my other favorites are available in the perpetual calendar format, but just one more I had to share is from one of my favorite Bible studies! I was so happy to discover this:

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Perpetual Calendar

With that, bloggers, I’m super excited to have you for Whimsical Wednesday. I hope you found lots of whimsy above and can’t wait to read all of your encouraging posts!

Don’t forget to vote! I need to know if I’m crazy or this is something you would really love to have.:)



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  1. What a great idea. Never thought about getting a flip calendar. I vote yes

  2. YES, PLEASE!!!!!

  3. Most defiantly YES! !!! LOVE the idea. What a great way to start the day. It gets so crazy so fast.

  4. These are great ideas – I need all the help I can get on doing devotion time in the morning. I’m not a morning person either. 🙂

  5. Prayers in a perpetual calendar format would be sweet, Rachel. Great idea.

  6. I say YES… I loved this. and now I don’t feel so crazy. I put a devotional in my bathroom because sometimes it is the only time I am alone in a household with seven children……..

  7. I love this idea. I’ve been trying to find a way to share daily devotions with my kids but morning and evening times can be so hectic and crazy. I love the daily calendar and hope to get one to use at the dinner table. Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. A million percent YES!

  9. yes!!! i would love it.. i honestly think any book in devotional format is lovely

  10. Yes I think it would be great

  11. Great idea! Vote: Yes!!!

  12. Yes! These are all great ideas and really lovely. In England we don’t get this kind of choice. It’s very hard to find Christian book suppliers. Really love how creative you get about reading the Bible. It really helps keep it fun and challenging. Thanks for continuing to encourage us to remain in the Word. xx

  13. I vote yes! What an awesome idea! I also think I need the teacher perpetual calendar. Great ideas and I have been known to get a lot of quiet time accomplished in the bathroom! 🙂

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