Wherever you are, inspire someone.
A revolution is happening, a worldwide shift in how people connect with God (and with each other) by engaging with the Bible. The Bible App has now been installed in every country on earth, on almost 180 million unique devices. And holding each one of those devices is a person, a life poised to be transformed by the power of God’s Word. That person can then touch the lives of others all around them.
You can be that person.
God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word.
Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
“…those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again.
It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
—Jesus, from John 4:14 (NLT)
Thank you for joining us for our first-ever Family Bible Week. And now that you’ve tasted this living water, don’t stop! Here are just a few ways that you can continue to build on the many successes you’ve been sharing with us during Family Bible Week:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 (NASB)
Pick Your Next Plan.
Many families told us they really enjoyed reading a Bible Plan together. Bible Plans are a great way you can keep leading your family back to the well of God’s Word again and again. Which one will you do next?
“Our daughters signed up for their own account at bible.com. All four of us love discussing what we’re learning, even recommending Bible Plans to each other. We’ve been sharing verses and making comments. Jesus has really come alive to our girls in this way; they’ve both felt Him, especially when it comes time to pick a new one.”
…“Write my answer plainly on tablets…. This vision is for a future time. It describes
the end, and it will be fulfilled. …wait patiently, for it will surely take place….
Habakkuk 2:2–3 (NLT)
Take Your Family Verse Further.
Did your family find a great theme verse during Family Bible Week? One that inspires you with vision? Have a family art project to write it out in huge letters on nice quality paper. Then place it prominently in your home, so you can remind yourselves every day what you value. You might even consider having your Family Verse framed!
Love one another with brotherly affection [as members of one family],
giving precedence and showing honor to one another.
Romans 8:12 (AMP)
Celebrate Each Other.
On Mother’s Day, we suggested you share a Bible verse to let all the moms in your life know how much they mean to you. But you can make every day “Family Day.” Whether it’s by posting a Verse Image to their Facebook page, or even just sending a text, encourage the people you love with inspiration from God’s Word.
“Last week at the beach, I took a picture and searched for just the right Bible verse to make a Verse Image. On Mother’s Day, I sent it to my mother – she was blown away! Even though we are thousands of miles apart, I will always remember my mother’s love and compassion that enabled me to endure the obstacles throughout the course of my life.”
My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
What you learn from them will crown you with grace
and be a chain of honor around your neck.
Proverbs 1:8–9 (NLT)
Invest in Your Family’s Spiritual Life.
On Thursday we listed seven tips that could help you lead your family spiritually. When you maintain consistent, healthy relationships with each member of your family (that is, genuine, safe, and fun), those things will happen naturally. If you regularly think about your faith, and you regularly visit with your spouse and children, faith will be a regular part of those conversations.
“On the way to school, instead of the typical middle school chatter, we have our daughter read aloud the Verse of the Day and then explain in her own words what she thinks it means. It’s become a highlight and my own day feels “off” if we ever miss for some reason. I’ve noticed she reads these even on the weekends! It’s an excellent way to get something started with your family.”
…commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine….
Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home
and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed
and when you are getting up….
Deuteronomy 18:11-20 (NLT)
Enjoy Family Story Time… Every Day.
In partnership with OneHope, we designed the Bible App for Kids to give your kids (and grandkids) a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. And, although it already features more than 30 stories, many more are still to come. Enjoy new stories with your kids, and revisit their favorites again and again.
“The Bible for Kids is a smashing success with our foster children, ages 2 & 3. It was the number one activity that they asked for – “Can we do Bible?”
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God….
for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ….
God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished….
Philippians 1:3–6 (NLT)
Keep Sharing Your Stories!
Your commitment to living out the love of Jesus in your families this week has been inspiring. We’ve loved receiving your stories, and we’re looking forward to sharing many of them to inspire other families. So please keep them coming!
Available now in the Bible App for Kids, “Wherever You Go” is about Ruth and Naomi, a classic story of devotion to God and family. Based on Ruth 1–2 and Ruth 4:9–17, when bad weather means they can’t grow enough crops for food, Naomi and her family have to move away from Israel. Sadly, Naomi’s husband dies in their new country. But then her two sons marry women named Orpah and Ruth, and they all take care of each other. Unfortunately, after a while, both of Naomi’s sons die too, leaving her, Orpah, and Ruth all without husbands.
A few years later, when people in Israel are able to start growing food again, Naomi decides she should go back. But because she knows that life there will be very hard, Naomi tells her daughters-in-law that they should stay in their own country with their families. Orpah decides to stay, but Ruth tells Naomi, “No. I belong with you, and I belong to God, too.”
When Ruth and Naomi get to Israel, there are no jobs for them, so they are very poor. Ruth follows some farmworkers into a field, gathering up the grain that they leave behind so that she and Naomi can make bread. The farmworkers tell their rich boss Boaz about Ruth, and he comes out to meet her. When Boaz sees how hard Ruth works to take care of her mother-in-law, he falls in love with her and asks her to marry him. Ruth marries Boaz and thanks God for taking care of her and Naomi. But what Ruth doesn’t know is that she is a very important part of God’s big plan; one day her great-grandson will become Israel’s greatest king: King David!
If you already have the Bible App for Kids, all you need to do to get “Wherever You Go” is open the Bible App for Kids and tap the new story icon. But even if you don’t have the app yet, getting it is easy — and it’s free! Just click one of the buttons below.
About the Bible App for Kids
The Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App, designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 6 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids — in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese!
The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Psalm 37:23 (NLT)
You want to lead your kids in a growing relationship with Christ. But with your active family’s busy schedule, it can be hard to find the time. You may even feel unqualified to lead your children. If you’re like most parents, you’re still trying to figure out what faith looks like in your own life.
To help you get started, we’ve gathered some of our favorite tips from Focus on the Family. Don’t try to use all of these ideas at once. If you’ll be intentional to phase them in over time, they should gradually begin happening naturally:
1. Make it fun.
Engaging with God’s will through His Word isn’t school textbooks and quizzes; your family life is an adventure. Talk with your kids about things relevant to their lives, helping them apply biblical principles with age-appropriate language they can understand. Don’t try to “teach.” Encourage exploration, with gentle course corrections where they need it.
2. Keep it simple.
The average adult can listen for about 30 seconds before their mind wants to wander. Kids’ attention spans are even shorter. So instead of trying to “explain,” try asking leading questions. Feed your child’s natural curiosity. Your questions — and theirs — will fuel meaningful conversations.
3. Watch for opportunities.
Teachable moments happen everywhere in our everyday lives. When you see a squirrel burying an acorn, marvel together at how God provides for us. When you see trash in the park, say it makes you sad because God wants us to take good care of His earth. Make simple, connectable observations.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 6:6–7 (NIV)
4. Be an example.
Live out your faith. Allow God’s Spirit to speak into your life, constantly transforming you into the person He wants you to become. You can’t lead your children to places you haven’t been. And connecting with the Bible — every day — is one of the best ways we know to grow.
5. Schedule time together.
Schedule regular times to talk at home about faith and spiritual things. Then demonstrate how we put faith into action. Lead your family to be spiritual contributors, not spiritual consumers. Make it a family priority to attend church regularly — and to participate. Then stay consistent, both at home and in your community of faith.
6. Talk to God together.
Lead your kids in praying about the things they care about. And lead them to never stop taking those things to God. Model for them how they can listen for His still, small voice. Keep track of things you’re praying for together, and celebrate when God answers. Demonstrate for your children what a life of worship and gratitude looks like.
7. Make it fun.
No, that’s not a mistake — this one is so important, we put it on our list twice! When your kids enjoy exploring their faith with you, they’ll look forward to family time together. They’ll even initiate it! Even better, you’ll be giving them the most important part of their faith: they’ll own their own spiritual growth, continually drawing closer to God.
Children, do what your parents tell you.
This is only right. “Honor your father and mother”
is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it,
namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.”
Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them.
Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.
We’d like to thank Focus on the Family for providing their excellent resources on building your family’s faith.
What’s a great way to lead your family?
Start with a verse.
Many families enjoy choosing a “Family Bible Verse” that defines everything they value most. Never had a family verse before? A theme verse is like an anchor for your family: you can choose it together, memorize it together, lean on it together, and rally together around it.
Share your family verse with us, and your family could win a prize pack picnic basket. Just use the Bible App to make a Verse Image for your family verse (here’s how), then share it on Twitter, Instagram, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion, using #OurFamilyVerse.
Winners will be treated to everything you need for a family picnic: a custom YouVersion picnic blanket, tumblers, treats, and other snacking essentials!*
Here are just a few of our favorite verses to help you get started:
…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Joshua 24:15, NKJV
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a
light for my path.
Psalm 119:105, NLT
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11–13, NIV
*Prize packs will be selected at random from eligible entries. For your entry to be eligible, you must use the hashtag #OurFamilyVerse on a publicly facing Twitter or Instagram post, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion. Prize pack contents subject to change based on availability of individual items. Sorry, we can only ship prize packs within the continental U.S.