Devotions For Children (And Their Mothers)

Frances Havergal wrote short devotions for children ages 5-10. Little Pillows and Starlight Through The Shadows</strong> can be read aloud so questions could be addressed on the spot, or the good reader could read them herself. (Be prepared for questions about
heaven and hell, faith, sin etc.) These devotions, written around the 1870’s, are applicable to parents as well. They are about bible verses and filled with parallel scripture.

Gail Rigg used Little Pillowsas the basis for emails to her granddaughter. She rewrote the devotion in today’s language and applied them to what was going on. You could do that too.

Don’t forget to keep them handy so you don’t have to waste time searching for them when the time is right. I used the top of the refrigerator for things like this–out of reach of kids and visible to me as a reminder to read them.

The Importance of a Warm Heart

Even though I’ve filed this under “Teaching Tips,” I think devotions are different from teaching. Devotion is about balancing the heart and the mind. Just as we need to renew our minds with biblical truth, we find our hearts in need of warmth. A cold heart in any of our relationships is a warning sign.
We are told to love our children (in Titus 2) which is with kindness and tenderness. We are to reverence our husbands (think of them highly, admire, respect), and watch out if that is done with a cold heart!

I’ve found the best way to warm my heart toward God is to hear or read or think about how God has poured his love upon me, choosing me to be his, and then dying for me, even going to hell. These little children devotions will do that for you, and hopefully, stir up the love that is within you so that you can love God and others.

That’s what I mean by balancing the mind and heart.

“Little Pillows” may be ordered from

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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  1. “Devotion is about balancing the heart and the mind.”

    Thanks for this — it makes so much sense to me. I’d often wondered why Bible study and devotional times seemed different.

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