How Can I “Speak Life” Over My Family?

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Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.


Has anyone ever said something that hurt you? Isn’t it strange how you can still feel the sting of those words, even today? What about kind words? Has anyone ever said something encouraging to you — maybe a friend or a teacher — that still makes you smile when you think of it now? How do you want the people you love to remember your words?

You have the power to speak life.

But what should you say? Here are some things you can try:

See what Bible Lens says.

Find an old picture of someone you love, and run it through Bible Lens. Bible Lens will “see” things in your picture, then suggest Bible verses to match. If Bible Lens comes back with something inspiring, encouraging, even beautiful, share it with the person in your picture. (If you’d like something more in the moment, you can use Bible Lens to take their picture, and it works the same way.)

Try It

Pray Scripture Over Your Loved Ones.

Not sure what to pray? Pastor and author Cindy Beall developed three Bible Plans with simple templates for praying for your kids. Each day, she suggests some Bible verses you can pray, with blanks that show you where to insert your child’s name. But you can also use them to pray God’s life-changing Word over anyone you want. Find them here:

Praying God’s Word Over Your Kids

Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

Pick a Family Theme Verse Together.

If you were to ask a friend, “What’s one word that sums up my family?” What would they say? Love? Joy? Peace? Patience? Talk with your family about what character traits you want to be known for. Then, in the Bible App, tap the Search tab, and explore one of the categories under “What does the Bible say about…” (Or just type the trait you want into the Search box.)

Find a Family Verse together that reflects the values you want. Use a family picture as your background, and turn it into a Family Verse Image. Save it as the background on your devices. Or print it, frame it, and give it a prominent place in your home. Making your Family Verse Image visible will help everyone in your family memorize it — and remember what you want your family to be about.

You can’t control the circumstances that your family will face. But you can choose how you respond. And when you choose…

Choose to Speak Life.

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How can I lead my family spiritually?

Family Bible Week 2019 Logo

Between work, household responsibilities, and social commitments, it’s hard to find time to connect with God’s Word as a family every day.

That’s why we created Family Bible Week: to give you the tools you need to point your family toward Jesus. This week, we’ve gathered Plans that will help your family spend time in God’s Word and draw you closer to one another. Help your family grow spiritually by reading or listening to one of our Family Bible Week Plans together.

Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds… Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.


Plans for Families

For a Mom who inspires you…

Verse Image for 1 Corinthians 13:4

Thank God for moms.

They’re the women who give you great advice and are always there for you. The women you know who take great care of their families. The women who inspire you to love people better. Maybe it’s your mom, a friend, a neighbor, or even the barista at your local coffee shop.

Sometimes, a simple “thank you” is all it takes to let a mother know she’s loved. Show all the special Moms in your life how much they mean to you by thanking them with a Verse Image.

Share a Verse Image

“Ok Google… read my Plan”

Plans on Voice

Let God’s Word speak.

Now, Alexa and Google can read
Bible Plans to you.

Do you have a device that runs Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant? Try this on it now:

“Alexa, ask YouVersion Bible to read my Plan”

“Ok Google, ask YouVersion Bible
to read my Plan”

Don’t worry if you haven’t connected your YouVersion account to your device yet. Just follow the prompts, and we’ll walk you through it. Go ahead: try it now!

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Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Danish!

Bible App for Kids

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Danish. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

Switching between languages is easy, right in the app’s Settings:

  1. Make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release.
  2. Open the app and tap the gear icon () to open Settings.
  3. Tap Language and select the one you want.

The audio will now play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please help us celebrate this great news!

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About the Bible App for Kids

Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids is from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. Designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 28 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 45 languages — now including Danish!

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