Focus on the Family

Family Mealtime Devotionals

by Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer

How to Use These Devotionals

Busy, busy, busy! Many families today are on the go so much that it's hard to get everyone around the dinner table long enough to share a meal, let alone hold a meaningful conversation. If this describes your family, make the most of the times when you are together. Use these brief readings to grab everyone's interest and get them interacting in lively, often hilarious, conversation!

Mealtime Moments, the book these family mealtime devotionals are excerpted from, deals with both unusual and everyday topics in a creative way, and is designed to provoke interesting, animated discussions. And with all the fun, your kids will be learning important things about the Christian life.

Want to know how to use this book? Here's how! After announcing the title, read the Mealtime Prayer suggestion and have one of your children pray it. Then read the Appetizer. The Appetizer is just that, something to whet your appetite for more.

Follow it with the Main Course. This contains the "meat" of the section. Once you've given your family something to chew on, it's time for Table Talk. These challenging questions will make your kids think about what they've just learned and explain how to apply it to their daily lives. Finally, end with Vitamins and Minerals, a Bible verse that relates to the day's reading and discussion.

Be sure to leaf through these devotionals in advance so you know what's coming up. Plus, a few of them require a minimal amount of preparation. Be sensitive to how your children respond. Allow enough time for them to answer the questions, but don't force conversation if they don't seem interested. That usually won't be a problem, however. These readings will stir up animated conversations and have your children looking forward to the next meal.

While the Mealtime Moments book has more than 150 devotionals, we are providing 52 of them online so you can try one every week of the year. We have grouped these 52 into 7 categories: Wisdom from the Bible, Faith and Trust, Family, Salvation and Witnessing, Love, Following Jesus, Building Character. Also, we're providing PDF versions of these devotionals so you can easily print a copy to use at the dinner table. Simply click on a devotional title to view and print the PDF.

Have fun!


Wisdom From the Bible

Eight quick devotionals for your family

by Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer

Use these quick devotionals at the dinner table with your family for lively discussions about the Bible! Each file can be easily printed after you've clicked on it.

Soul Food

"Bible" for a Hundred, Alex

True or False?

Be a Bookworm

Go Ahead, It's Good for You!

Wanted: Map Readers and Travelers

King on the Mountain

Simon Says — God Says!

If you enjoy these devotionals, try the others listed in this article series.  There's one for each week of the year!


Faith and Trust

Seven quick devotionals for your family

by Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer

Use these quick devotionals at the dinner table with your family for lively discussions about faith and trust. Each file can be easily printed after you've clicked on it.

Free Refills 

Water, Water Everywhere

Hungry? Try These Chicken Nuggets

Spread the Mustard

Better Than Homemade

God-Sized Water Bottle

When Life Is the Pits

If you enjoy these devotionals, try the others listed in this article series.  There's one for each week of the year!


Family

Seven quick devotionals for your family

by Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer

Use these quick devotionals at the dinner table with your family for lively discussions about your family. Each file can be easily printed after you've clicked on it.

All in the Family

Father's Day: Fabulous Fathers

Getting to Know You (Family Discovery Night)

Hooray for Grandparents! (Grandparent Night)

Birthday: It's Original

Mother's Day: Marvelous Moms

Valentine's Day: Show-and-tell

If you enjoy these devotionals, try the others listed in this article series.  There's one for each week of the year!


Salvation and Witnessing

Six quick devotionals for your family

by Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer

Use these quick devotionals at the dinner table with your family for lively discussions about salvation and witnessing. Each file can be easily printed after you've clicked on it.

The Whole Enchilada

Caterpillar or Butterfly?

The Big Apple

Good News!

Fish Dinner: Sticks to Your Ribs for Three Days!

Eggs-actly Like Jesus!

If you enjoy these devotionals, try the others listed in this article series.  There's one for each week of the year!


Love

Five quick devotionals for your family

by Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer

Use these quick devotionals at the dinner table with your family for lively discussions about love. Each file can be easily printed after you've clicked on it.

Eating It Up

Featuring: The Greatest Commandment, Part 2

Anniversary: You First

Let's Bake (Bake Together)

Pizza Party!

If you enjoy these devotionals, try the others listed in this article series.  There's one for each week of the year!


Following Jesus

Eight quick devotionals for your family

by Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer

Use these quick devotionals at the dinner table with your family for lively discussions about what it takes for us to be followers of Christ. Each file can be easily printed after you've clicked on it.

In a Pickle?

Let's Go Fishin'

Aromatherapy

Freshly Squeezed

Walk a Mile in His Shoes

Believe It or Not: Sometimes Little Is More

Need an Eraser?

All Ears!

If you enjoy these devotionals, try the others listed in this article series.  There's one for each week of the year!


Building Character

Eleven quick devotionals for your family

by Crystal Bowman, Tricia Goyer

Use these quick devotionals at the dinner table with your family for lively discussions about character growth. Each file can be easily printed after you've clicked on it.

Bee Attitudes

Bull's-Eye

Cold Feet

Attitude of Gratitude

Words and Bees

Scrambled or Fried?

Quiet, Please!

What's on Your Label?

Just Say "Cheese"

Wanted: Gifts That Visa® Can't Buy

The Opposite Game

If you enjoy these devotionals, try the others listed in this article series.  There's one for each week of the year!