My favorite children’s devotional book is Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones (she also wrote our favorite children’s Bible, The Jesus Storybook Bible).
Honestly, when I saw the title of this book, I thought it was high on hyperbole. But my heart does “sing” after reading the spiritual truths so creatively conveyed on these pages. While it’s written for children, I absolutely love theologically sound, solid messages.
The book includes 101 free-verse poems with absolutely breathtaking illustrations from Jago (he also illustrated The Jesus Storybook Bible). In addition, each “thought” is accompanied by a Bible verse.
What makes this my absolute stand-out favorite children’s devotional is that it does not squarely focus on obedience or behavior. Instead, the book is full of meditations on the character of God, His love for us and His grace made available to us.
The entries are short, yet teach deep theology at an elementary level – a tough feat, but Lloyd-Jones does so masterfully. We read this book aloud and it has launched many wonderful conversations.
The forward is written by Timothy Keller who says this is “the best, first introduction for children to have their own time with Jesus.”
And here is one of my favorites from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing:
Those two little words are the most important in the whole Bible – they show up 3,930 times.
When everything looks like it’s over,
When there’s no hope – But God! God does something. He turns it all around.
Those words are like a fire engine rounding the bend. Help is on the way!
Adam and Eve left the garden. “But God whispered a promise to them.”
A flood was coming. “But God remembered Noah.”
We were helpless. “But God showed us his great love for us by sending Christ.”
Whatever is happening in your life today – look up! Help is on the way.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart.” Psalm 73:26 (NIV)
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing is available on Amazon for $12.23.