Devotionals for children to partner with daily Bible Reading are difficult to find for middle to upper elementary students and I love everything about Breakfast With Jesus: 100 Devotions For Kids About the Life of Jesus. Vanessa Myers is a children’s ministry colleague from North Georgia. She’s a wife, mother of two amazing girls, soccer mom, Georgia Tech fan and Duke University alumni, and fabulous Children’s Pastor at Dahlonega First United Methodist Church. This is her second book and she knocked it out of the park.
Breakfast With Jesus: 100 Devotions for Kids About the Life of Jesus walks through the four gospels providing 100 short, kid-friendly devotionals. Vanessa chose the perfect colors, a fun layout, elementary-sized words which point children to Jesus. Inside are kid-friendly breakfast recipes and sticky situations sprinkled throughout. Want that long-lost sausage ball recipe? She’s got it! Vanessa presents Jesus as a kid’s friend and how they (we) can become more like Jesus today!
Each devotion offers scripture, a conversational teaching story about Jesus, closing in a prayer and a “Follow Me” challenge for the day. This is all developmentally appropriate for middle to upper elementary to read on their own or an early elementary student to be read to. This devotional is also one which can be repeated because it clearly lives in a kid’s world with situations and suggestions to apply to every day. I ordered multiple copies for some special Oregon grands and their friends for Christmas knowing it was ready for shipping on December 16.
As the New Year is here, holy habits start anew. Daily Bible reading is a holy habit that we share with the Christian saints of the past and faithful disciples of today. A devotional is a great way to partner with daily Bible reading which we know is the #1 spiritual activity that makes the greatest impact on a child’s life as a follower of Jesus to remain a follower of Jesus throughout the rest of their lives. (Lifeway, Nothing Less: Engaging Kids In A Lifetime of Faith, Jana Magruder, 2017, pg. 53)
Want a free copy of Breakfast With Jesus? Tag a children’s ministry champion or parent friend who could use this fabulous resource with their children on this Facebook or Instagram post. Every friend tagged counts as a separate entry. On Friday, December 27, I’ll announce the winner and Vanessa will send to you your very own personal copy of this wonderful book.
“Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of hte disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ they knew it was the Lord.” John 21:12
Congratulations Kate Morris, Family Ministry Director serving Acworth United Methodist Church located in Acworth, Georgia will be receiving her own personal copy of Breakfast with Jesus!