Starting Devotion Time At A Young Age

Hi everyone!  My name is Traci and I’m a wife to Tim and mother to three beautiful children (ages 6, 3, and 1).  I’m so happy to be writing over here at Tommy Nelson!  I’m a tom-boy turned HGTV junkie, I love the outdoors, and I’m passionate about God’s Word and getting it into the hearts of children.

My daughter is back to school and now in full day, full-fledged first grade.  I just cannot believe it.  I remember looking at her cherub face the moment I delivered her thinking those days of fragile infancy would last forever.  They sure haven’t; they’ve only flown by.

Getting back into a routine after a long, fun Summer took some work.  We’ve developed a make-shift schedule surrounding school time.  She gets up, eats breakfast, brushes her teeth, gets dressed, and then comes downstairs to have her devotion time before the school bus arrives.  She reads from 100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs.

After only just a short week of school, she now grabs the book on her own and starts reading.  I love the idea of getting our children accustomed to a regular devotion time from a young age!

Just a couple months ago she said something that will forever be ingrained in my mind.  She said, “Mommy, I don’t want to read any of my normal books, I want to read my Bible because I want to be just like you!”

That just melted my heart as a Mama!  Sometimes I get discouraged because balancing three children under 5 years old has left me scrambling to do my devotion time while my kids are awake.  But then I realized something, God had a purpose for this and it was to show my kids the importance of Mommy reading her Bible.  I’m setting the example for them.  They are watching.

Do your children have a quiet time with the Lord?  It’s never too early to start instilling God’s Word into their little hearts!


Traci is a curly-headed dreamer who loves her Savior, adores her best friend called Hubby, and her three children! She never knew how much she would love being at home full time with her kids, but she does (most days)! What a privilege and high calling! She loves to blog, take pictures, cook, decorate cakes, and make her home cozy and inviting! She also enjoys teaching women God’s Word through Bible studies at church and online devotions. It is her desire to glorify God through encouraging and edifying other women. It is her heart’s cry to motivate women to abide in Christ, respect their spouse, and raise their little ones to know the love of Jesus. God’s grace captivates her in such a way that she wants her life to make a difference for His glory.