Family Mealtime Devotionals

April 29, 2021
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!

From Mealtime Moments, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2000, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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!

From Mealtime Moments, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2000, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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!

From Mealtime Moments, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2000, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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!

From Mealtime Moments, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2000, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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!

From Mealtime Moments, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2000, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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!

From Mealtime Moments, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2000, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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!

From Mealtime Moments, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2000, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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!

From Mealtime Moments, a Focus on the Family book published by Tyndale House Publishers. Copyright © 2000, Focus on the Family. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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