21 Words of Encouragement Sources: Daily Devotionals for Women
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Words of Encouragement for Women Everyday: Daily Devotions for Women
So you’ve (finally!) made the decision to begin a daily devotional. But as you scour the Internet searching daily devotionals for women, how do you choose the one that is most appropriate for you?
To begin a habit, especially if it’s something you haven’t done before or it’s something you’ve attempted but didn’t stick with, you have to choose the thing that best fits you.
Choosing a daily devotional is a very personal thing, and getting the right “fit” depends on a number of things: who you are and what you believe, where you are in your journey of faith, how much time you have and how much you’re willing to set aside each day for your devotion period, what you hope to gain or accomplish by doing your devotion (are you seeking words of encouragement, motivation etc.) and much more.
First before we get too far along in this discussion, let me congratulate you on your decision to do a daily devotional.
That’s an awesome decision, and I trust it’s one you won’t ever regret.
Devotional words of encouragement help you to grow (and to grow in) your relationship with God, and that can never be a bad thing.
But knowing where to start and what tools to use isn’t always so easy, so today I’m going to help you.
Below I will list twenty-one of the best sources of daily encouragement for women that I know of, and I’ll tell you a little bit about each. And while this list is certainly nowhere near exhaustive or complete, it should be sufficient to get you started. So, shall we?
Our List of 21 Best Daily Devotionals for Women
Daily Devotionals for Women – Joyce Meyer
First up are three daily devotionals for women, all written by one of my favorite authors, Joyce Meyer. The first book I ever purchased of hers was an excellent read nearly fifteen years ago entitled Battlefield of the Mind.
What I like about Joyce Meyer is that she’s like that “no nonsense neighbor lady next door”. She’s personable, smart, she’s feisty and she tells it like it is in plain language that you can understand.
1. The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations
The first book, “The Confident Woman Devotional: 365 Daily Inspirations”, is based on Joyce’s #1 New York Times best seller, The Confident Woman.
In it, she connects with the consciousness of women, exploring the concerns and issues of many of us, namely our relationships, self-image and confidence, and provides inspiration and motivation. This devotional helps us on our quest to become stronger, confident women daily. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
2. Trusting God Day by Day: 365 Daily Devotions
Joyce’s second daily devotional being included in this list is
“Trusting God Day by Day: 365 Daily Devotions”.
Although this book was not exclusively written for women as was the first, it certainly speaks to the issues and concerns many women have about our daily Christian walk.
Believing in God’s purpose for your life, and trusting Him as He works His plan for you is not an easy task.
God’s ways are not our ways.
With this devotional, Joyce Meyers combines practical help and advice with daily reminders of the promises God has made to us for our life-altering betterment, success and victory. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
3. The Power of Being Thankful: 365 Devotions for Discovering the Strength of Gratitude
The third and final book from Joyce Meyer in our list entitled “The Power of Being Thankful: 365 Devotions for Discovering the Strength of Gratitude“, is most appropriate as we near the Thanksgiving holiday.
In this devotional, the author reminds us of God’s infinite and precious grace, His deep, enduring and indefatigable love for us and the richness of life that we have available to us as a result.
We are able to better realize the gift of gratitude for the blessings we enjoy, and how gratitude, when practiced daily, is not an obligation, but an immeasurable source of peace, contentment and renewal with which to start each new day. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
Daily Devotional for Women – Continued List
4. Daily Wisdom for Women 2018 Devotional Collection
Next on our list of daily devotionals for women is a new women’s devotional titled “Daily Wisdom for Women 2018 Devotional Collection” by well-known Christian publishers, Barbour Books.
Especially written for women, this devotional offers scriptures and inspiring readings for each day that relate to the everyday lives of women including our questions, our concerns and our struggles as we attempt to get closer in our walk with God.
You’ll be excited to pick this book up everyday! Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
5. Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women
The book, “Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women” is a collection of meditations written especially for women in recovery from addiction.
A helpful and powerful read, it speaks to the specific challenges and experiences of women doing the work to overcome addiction and move further and deeper in their spiritual journey. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
6. NIV, Women’s Devotional Bible
Next up on our list is the “NIV, Women’s Devotional Bible”. A compilation of devotions written by women for women, the devotional features multiple reading plans that allow you to utilize the book from year to year.
In addition to scriptural guidance, it also offers daily inspiration and a practical, straightforward approach. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
7. Too Blessed To Be Stressed
“Too Blessed To Be Stressed” (you got that right!) is our next title. Specifically designed with the time-challenged woman in mind, this little gem has what you need in a short burst for your day.
Author Debora M. Coty offers up spiritual food with a side of uplift and encouragement for each day of your journey without slowing you down (unless you want to take your time, which is also highly encouraged). Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
8. The Illustrated Words of Jesus for Women: A Creative Daily Devotional
Okay, I REALLY love this book. “The Illustrated Words of Jesus for Women: A Creative Daily Devotional”.
Carolyn Larson has created an excellent devotional for women. This small guide offers a great daily devotional experience.
From guiding readers through the words and meanings of Jesus’s teachings to how to apply the principles of those teachings in our daily lives, the book is an excellent study tool.
But in addition, it also offers a small coloring activity and room to journal daily, providing a great way to relax and relieve everyday stresses and the opportunity to reflect on your day. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon. So, let’s continue our picks of daily devotionals for women.
9. God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea
Next up is “God, Me and Sweet Iced Tea”, and if you’re from the south you completely understand that title phrase before you first open up the book.
Sweet tea in the South is like nectar. There’s nothing better, more refreshing or more satisfying than a tall cool glass of sweet tea. Unless of course, you consider the goodness of God, His grace and mercies every day, and the building of a close and solid relationship with Him.
Filled with thoughtful insight and encouragement from author Rose Chandler Johnson (who is of course a Georgia girl), this devotional offers opportunity for prayer focus as it celebrates the gift of the “everyday” with God.
Through this devotional experience, the reader is prompted not merely to recognize and experience God’s presence, but to build a deeply personal relationship with Him. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
10. Prayers for a Widow’s Heart: Honest Conversations with God
Loss is never an easy situation nor grief a pleasant experience. Author Margaret Nyman knows that only too well.
In her book, “Prayers for a Widow’s Heart: Honest Conversations with God” she offers a book of prayers written especially for the unique experience of widows.
In a time of a woman’s life where she especially needs it, this book offers comfort and encouragement, and a reminder of the promises of God, as well as opportunity for healing of the mind, heart and spirit, and the ability to find hope once again. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
11. Women’s Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare: Biblical Principles to Defeat the Devil
And if you’re a woman who is actively dealing with spiritual warfare, you know that you need to be armed with a strong and powerful weapon.
John Eckhardt’s “Women’s Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare: Biblical Principles to Defeat the Devil”, is a whole ‘nother type of daily devotional for women.
Powerful, uplifting, encouraging and empowering, this book offers guidance and inspiration for boldly and authoritatively doing battle in the spiritual realm. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
12. Coffee for Your Heart: 40 Mornings of Life-Changing Encouragement
Finally on our list is “Coffee for Your Heart: 40 Mornings of Life-Changing Encouragement” by Holley Gerth.
Written especially for women, this devotional reminds us that we are special and especially loved by God.
This book guides you in beginning (or completing) your day with a sense of being made worthy through God’s love, and in discovering or re-discovering the joy, peace and strength that knowledge brings, as well as the sense of intention and life purpose it bestows.
These days words of encouragement are not always easy to come by and we can so quickly become mired in our day to day challenges and feel overwhelmed by it all.
But the beauty of forming a habit of not only talking to God daily, but LISTENING to Him and studying His word to discover what our personal relationship with Him is, it’s purpose and what it means for us is both a source of comfort as well as encouragement. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
Words of Encouragement for Women Everyday
13. Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus
I love this book, “Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet with Jesus”, from authors Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk.
It’s a great devotional for moms of any age and stage. Thought provoking with devotionals that can be easily read if you don’t have much time, but that invite you to spend a little time if you have it.
From the first entry, it’s kind of like sitting down in a conversation with a dear friend.
It offers you the opportunity to reflect on your life and what’s going on in it, as well as being a source of comfort and encouragement to recharge and refuel you as you go about your daily life.
This is a book that I can see being read and reread over time as you discover different or deeper meanings with each reading.
It provides a great opportunity to stop (even if it’s for just a few moments in the day), get quiet and think about you, your life and what you’re doing with each day with which you’re blessed, purposefully.
And, because it’s available on Kindle, as a hardcover and on cd (sorry, no Audible) you can read or listen to it when it’s most convenient for you. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
14. Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close
As we continue our list of daily devotionals for women, this is a new devotional just out this first quarter 2018, “Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close” is from best-selling author Lysa Terkeurst.
From the word “embraced” in the title, we immediately get the unmistakable message that this devotional is about God’s deep and unfailing love for each of us.
A devotional written in an open, honest style that speaks directly to the heart, “Embraced” is a great daily read and source of words of encouragement whether you’re starting your day, ending your day or taking some quiet moments to reflect in between.
And when you’re going through for whatever you’re going through whether it’s a major life change or simply the highs and lows, pitfalls and stumbles and even joy that together make up our daily living, this book reminds us that God’s got us all.
Whatever struggles, tension, doubts or hurdles we’re experiencing, whatever questions we have or whatever we’re going through, it’s okay.
This is a devotional that is contemporary and speaks to what’s going on in your life today, helps you on your journey and reminds you among other things, that there is also joy, and not to take it all too seriously. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
15. Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year
I LOVE this devotional, “Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year”, from Joel Osteen!
A wonderful, practical daily tool that inspires and uplifts you. From the very beginning the author reminds us of one very important thing… Today is all we have.
Starting each day new, remembering that yesterday is gone and there’s nothing we can do with it, and tomorrow has not yet come, is important.
We’re reminded that it is up to us to make today its best, and our experience of it the best and highest it can possibly be.
Often we don’t give much thought to how we begin our days even though it’s crucially important.
Starting the day intentionally, not relegating it to mere routine, helps us to make the most of, and get the most from, each and every day we’re blessed with.
Each daily devotional of this book is concise, but packed with powerful, insightful scripture-based thoughts for you to consider in the context of your daily life.
They’re not, as the author reminds us, meant to replace our daily time with God, but to supplement or augment that time so that we grow closer in our walk with God day by day.
And though this is not a “women’s devotional” per se, I think it speaks to our experience in a way that is especially meaningful. This is a great read! Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
16. Woman Thou Art Healed and Whole: Experience Freedom From the Pain of Your Past: A 90 Day Devotional Journey
On this blog we’ve talked about the importance of letting go of the past in order to move forward.
This devotional, “Woman Thou Art Healed and Whole: Experience Freedom From the Pain of Your Past: A 90 Day Devotional Journey”, by T.D.Jakes deals with much the same thing.
Unfortunately, it’s my guess that enough women aren’t reading this book. A whole lot of broken women are walking around acting like they’re okay when they’re not, and another contingent of women don’t even recognize the brokenness that is holding them back from living a truly full and joyous life.
In this devotional, the author takes you through scripture-based readings filled with wisdom and encouragement. Each insightful devotional helps you to consider your situation, and begin to heal the brokenness left in the wake of past hurts, bad relationships, unforgiveness and past failures.
The author reminds us that in life there is failure and pain, but we’re not supposed to remain stuck in those experiences. We are to be healed and made whole through our relationship with God so that we may experience all the good He has for us.
If you’re struggling to work through past issues, this book is for you. Uplifting and inspiring. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
17. At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart
If what you desire are words of encouragement from God everyday, then this next selection on our list of choices is the highly recommended “At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart”, by Joanna Weaver.
A compilation from her earlier works, this devotional is a blessing to the busy woman with daily messages that seem to have been written just for you.
This inspiring, practical and easy to understand devotional for women guides you through daily messages of encouragement and lessons supported by scripture and the teachings of Jesus that are applicable to any life phase. Enlightening and full of insight and wisdom, this devotional will become a daily retreat and a favorite source of comfort in your journey to be closer to God.
Find a quiet place and immerse yourself in this daily reading journey. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
18. A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions That Meet You In Your Everyday Mess
“A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions That Meet You In Your Everyday Mess” by (in)courage and edited by Denise J. Hughes, actually includes the writing of 80 writers rather than a single author.
But the beauty in that is that you are able to hear different stories, get different perspectives and feel as if through reading the book you have somehow become a part of a community of Christian women.
What we especially like about this devotional is that it contains entries for every day of the year and the readings are not assigned to specific dates of the year.
So, if you don’t begin reading the devotional at the beginning of the calendar year or if you skip or miss days along the way, you simply pick up where you left off without feeling as if you’ve missed a step or gotten “behind”.
While every story in this devotional may not be a part of your personal experience, I think you’ll still find it relatable and find pieces of each story that give you those moments of clarity or opportunity to consider your own experience in a slightly different way. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
19. Find Rest: A Women’s Devotional for Lasting Peace in a Busy Life
A new devotional, as well as being new to our list of daily devotionals for women, is from researcher and bestselling author Shaunti Feldhahn entitled “Find Rest: A Women’s Devotional for Lasting Peace in a Busy Life”.
Written especially for women who are juggling it all – family, career, stretched to the limit, stressed to the limit – what you find in this devotional are scripture-based lessons that help you to take things down a notch, consider what’s going on in your soul and refocus on what’s important, remind you of your relationship with God and provide a refreshing and renewing experience with the fuel you need to keep you going.
This beautiful (artistically as well as in terms of the content) devotional was written with “the everywoman” in mind regardless of age, marital status, young family mom or empty-nester, career woman or stay-at-home-mom, and speaks equally well and is relatable to all no matter your life stage.
If you’re a stickler for the KJV of the bible, it may take you a minute to adjust to the scripture readings which feature the newer versions of bible text.
Other than that, the only drawback to this devotional is it’s just too short!
However we’re quite confident you’ll enjoy the opportunity to read it again and again. Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
20. “Everyday Holy: Finding A Big God in the Little Moments”
Okay ya’ll. Talk about daily encouragement for women! I love, love, love author Melanie Shankle and her women’s devotional, “Everyday Holy: Finding A Big God in the Little Moments”.
If you’re one of those women (and I am) where you have those moments of questioning anything and everything that ultimately boil down to “Am I alright?”, “Am I doing this right?”, “Does God have ANY idea where I am and what is going on right now?”, “REALLY? There’s a purpose and a plan for/in this?”, then you will absolutely LOVE this devotional!
It is so timely and relatable in terms of what women are experiencing right now, today in our daily lives and christian walk.
Is also a great reminder that God doesn’t get stale or old or out-of-touch.
He is very much a PRESENT God.
Did I tell you I love this book?
I think you will certainly love it too!
In fact, I’d be willing to say that in reading through some of the stories shared in this book, you’ll think you wrote them yourself!
This is a book you’ll have a hard time putting down, and it’s another devotional that you will not read through just once, but you’ll pick up to read over and over again.
It’s just that good! Follow this link to view this book on Amazon.
21. He Whispers Your Name
“He Whispers Your Name” by author and psychologist Cherie Hill is another women’s devotional that’s slightly different from others on our list of daily devotionals for women in a couple of ways. First, it’s written from the perspective of God speaking directly to you, the reader.
In doing so, it offers a much more intimate and personal experience of the content of the book, and a potentially better experience in your devotional time as you reflect on your personal relationship with God.
Second, although it’s a 365 day devotional (Yay!), the content is separated so that for each of the 52 weeks of the year, there is a new and different subject or theme on which to focus.
And while that’s great for providing variety in the reading, it’s also a wonderful tool to have for when you’re experiencing a specific trial or set of circumstances.
When that’s the case you can simply turn to that section of the book to find relatable lessons and relevant scripture based on what you’re going through at the time.
This is a beautiful book that is great as a gift to yourself, and even better for gift-giving on special occasions or sharing with other women you know “just because”. Follow this link to view the book on Amazon.
This list of daily devotionals for women is meant to be a starting point in helping you to find words of encouragement for your life everyday no matter what you’re facing or what the day brings.
Whether you need clarity about your life or what you’re experiencing, comfort as you struggle through the difficult seasons or life situations, or to build a routine of awareness and gratitude for the many, many blessings we receive each and everyday, a daily devotional can help.
I pray God’s blessings on you and your life.
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