40+ Short Inspirational Devotionals You’ll Love

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Short inspirational devotionals are great for sparking meditation and study. They’re also great at being a touchstone to recenter your day.

I want to share some great Devotionals with you, some of my favorites and some that have made me curious.

They are by no means meant to be our only exposure to the Word or our only communication with the Lord.

I often find devotional inspiration while enjoying Christian fiction. I have found this an excellent touchstone. When I’m out of sorts, a well-written novel that points to God without ‘preaching’ at me helps. I’m more likely to accept the lesson or encouragement than with a direct approach.

If that’s you also, or if you’d like to try it, then please check out my new (free) printable reading journal!

Do you know how even a well-intentioned and kindly said question can cause intense defensiveness or insecurities? I can take it much better by reading a book. Applying what we read, drawing personal application and challenges is what many of us can and should do.

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Short Devotions on Encouragement for Moms

Lisa Bergen has an excellent book of short devotions on encouragement for busy moms. As a writer of YA Christian historical fiction, we get a glimpse of her author’s experiences and parenting insight that connects right back to God. Her short inspirational devotions are still running through my head a year later!

Leaving Your Mom Legacy is another fantastic book of short devotions on encouragement for moms to model a Christ-like walk. Each lesson is from the heart, actionable, and perfect meditation material.

21 Days of Joy is full of stories honoring mom. Fictional accounts by Christian authors that honor moms of all kinds:

  • Biological
  • Step
  • Adopted
  • Teachers
  • Orphanage Missionaries

I first read this during midnight pumping sessions with the new baby. He is now a year old, and I still have a couple of these stories on my heart.

And here are 6+ of the BEST Devotionals for Homeschool Moms!!

Devotionals for homeschool moms

Short Inspirational Devotionals for Essential Oils Users

The Essence of Joy (The Fruit of the Spirit, Christmas Themed)
The Essence of Humility (Love Like Christ)

Short Inspirational Devotionals for Every Christian

Short Inspirational Devotions for Women Who Love Christian Fiction

Road Trip: Sidecar Adventures with God is a remarkable allegory. It is packed with simple, short inspirational devotions to jumpstart a new perspective.

Liz Curtis Higgs has a collection of ‘Bad Girls of the Bible‘ books. These have modern fiction retelling of Bible stories paired with a short study of the actual story. The combination is powerful!

Forever Loved: Eve’s Story is a unique look at the beginning of Genesis.  A fictional retelling, and an inspiring devotional (1 half-hour read) that lend compassion and new understanding!

Short Devotions on Encouragement for Women

Sarah Geringer has written several awesome devotionals.

Plus, she sends out fantastic free short inspirational devotionals to her email subscribers every week!

Wield the Word is a fascinating site. I love the name, pulled right from one of my favorite scriptures (Ephesians 6:10-17). And the content is so practical and intentional. Launching a new 5-day email series focused on spiritual renewal, these short inspirational devotions are sure to be encouraging! I thoroughly enjoy Jana’s writing!

Seeing the Unseen: Short Inspirational Devotions on Eternity

Safely Home was my first book by Randy Alcorn, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Go figure, me and Christian fiction? This will really help you define your faith!

However, as I was on a gorgeous scenic train ride recently (with no cell service) and nursing my little guy, I opened this devotional: Seeing the Unseen by Randy Alcorn. Wow! SO awesome! (@netgalley download)

Each devotional literally takes less than 2 minutes to read. It makes for a great short devotional thought and will help you with your perspective.

Mundane tasks becoming an investment in God’s plan?

Making excuses to minimize our guilt is minimizing His Grace? Ouch!! (learn more about the power of God’s grace and favor here)

Tell me more! In Seeing the Unseen, the focus is on gaining an eternal perspective on your daily life activities.

Each day has a link to an article going deeper into that specific topic, as well as verses and quotes.

Basically, you can spend 2 minutes or 20, but it offers you short inspirational devotionals to meditate on throughout the day.

Short Inspirational Devotionals

Deep, and Still Funny Devotional Stories

Sarah Koontz’s writing style is so neat! Her short devotional thoughts are packed with spiritual meat. At the same time, they’re also punctuated by funny devotional stories that will resonate with most everyone.

Each course is set up as daily emails, packed with bonuses.

Walk Worthy of the Calling was the first study I reviewed for her, and anyone who can work in the movie Miss Congeniality into a Bible study, funny devotional stories are a cinch!

More recently, there was a study on John 15-17, where I was fascinated by the insight into pruning in the Bible.

Sarah has more than half a dozen free online Bible studies available on demand, that you shouldn’t miss!

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? Ruth at Planted by Living Water has put together some beautiful prayers. They are short inspirational devotionals in their own right because they help us refocus where we’re looking. The list grows weekly, over 50 prayers so far!

? Over on Sandra’s Ark, there are several series of short inspirational devotionals, from Why We Worship (and songs that go with each reason!) to Pondering the Psalms, and more.

? Alicia over at Live Joyfully Inspired has started writing some thought-provoking 5 Minute Devotionals. I especially connected with Letting Go of Burdens. If you’re a parent, start here!

? Ashley at Faithfully Planted has written a fantastic free downloadable 7-day study of Psalm 15. It’s both in-depth and short at the same time. Very thought-provoking, a good source of inspiration for growth! (She also has a really nice resource library!)

? Bible Love Notes has a new 1 Minute Devotional every weekday. If you check out Gail’s About Me page, you’ll find some very interesting things. (she’s moved 40 times, twice as many as me!) but also, there are links to her short devotions on encouragement in Hungarian, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish! So cool!

Short Inspirational Devotionals for Young Women

There are some longer devotionals here, but there’s also a section of specifically short 3-minute devotionals for Young women. They all look so good!

Woman studying her Bible. Bible study methods 7 Ways in 7 Days.

Short Inspirational Devotionals: Digital Style

I was thinking of listing some of my favorite apps for Devotional time. However, these ladies have already done an amazing job! In today’s busyness, we all keep our phones close. If we’re mindful, we will keep short inspirational devotionals handy. These apps are just the ticket!

Apryl at MoneyWise Steward has a great collection of 12 Free Daily Devotional Apps for Women, Men, Couples, and Teens that is very helpful. There are a few new ones that I want to download!

And Arabah Joy has an incredible list 12 Bible study apps for Christian Women, including quiz-type, prayer, and kids devotionals

Podcasts That Might Qualify

I have not gotten into podcasts yet, but I know there are some really good ones out there. They address everything from good books to read (yay!), to parenting and life advice. And since many have Christ as their foundation they might qualify as Devotional, refocusing our attention on God.

Susan over at Woman of Noble Character just surveyed a bunch of Christian bloggers and came up with an Ultimate list of Podcasts for Christian Women. I hope you will find one that is inspirational in your current space!

What are some of your favorite short inspirational devotionals?

Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!

28 Comments on “40+ Short Inspirational Devotionals You’ll Love”

  1. This is a great list of devotionals. I am saving this so I can come back to it for my next devotions. ❤

  2. You did an amazing amount of homework for this post! What a wonderful resource for women, to help guide them to devotionals that will “work” for them. I have been reading Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling” for years. It was an amazing guide when I was going through cancer treatment, and it still hits the nail on the head, no matter what my mood is. God bless you!

    1. Thank you for these kind words! I’ve heard a lot about Jesus Calling. I have a copy of the for kids version, and it’s in the to be read pile ?

  3. Thank you for sharing these resources with us, Aryn. You have given me a lot to check out. I am visiting you for the first time from #heartencouragement

  4. This compilation of short inspirational devotionals is so timely! Our small group breaks for the summer and I miss the structure of having a set book or study. But this post gives me lots of resources to check out. Pinning so I can come back over and over when we wrap up and I need ideas. Thanks so much!

  5. I especially love The Essence of Joy and The Essence of Humility devotionals. Being an essential oil user has been very beneficial to my physical well-being, almost as much as Bible time is to my spiritual well-being.

    1. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them. I sure did! I know that God put incredible healing attributes into the plants he made, and EOs are one great way we can use them.

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  7. This is a great list! I’m saving it to come back to when looking for gifts this holiday season. I did have to smile when I saw “Inspirational Devotionals for Essential Oil Users”. I would’ve never thought to look for one of those! 😀

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