3 Ways You Can Build a Better World for Your Children

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If you could return to your childhood, what would you change about it? What would you keep the same? If “grown-up-you” could travel back in time and give advice to the people who raised you, what would you tell them?

Asking yourself questions like these can help you envision the life you want to make for your family. Here are three things you can start doing today that will help you draw closer to one another, and toward God.

Define your family values together.

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

GALATIANS 5:22-23

Talk together about which character traits your family wants to be known for. Then, also together, brainstorm practical ways you could make that happen. For example, if you want to be known for “Joy,” you might print several pictures of your family’s happiest moments together and place them in strategic places around your house. Point them out to each other often, constantly reminding one another of pleasant memories. Commit together to regularly add new memories (and pictures!) to your collection.

Make “enjoying each other’s company” a habit.

Memorize his laws and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you’re at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning.

DEUTERONOMY 6:6-7

Work, school, chores, activities: sometimes it feels like our schedules are in charge, rather than the other way around. There are certain things we have to do, so be intentional about making the time you have together both fun and meaningful. Taking the littles to school? Turn your drive into kids’ worship sing-along time. Sitting with one kid in the stands while another is at practice? Share a snack and ask about their day. Whatever you’re doing, offer to pray for your kids, then teach them how to ask God to guide your family — by being the example. Don’t over-spiritualize; just enjoy each precious minute you have together…as it’s happening.

Be intentional in how you use technology.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

PROVERBS 22:6

Do you catch yourself checking Instagram and Facebook several times a day? What if instead you showed your kids how to use technology to draw closer to God? Install the Bible App for Kids, then watch the stories together, and talk about them, together… rather than just handing off your phone. Use Bible Lens as your camera app, letting God’s Word constantly speak into whatever you’re doing. Find reading plans and devotionals in the Bible App that your family could do together, then choose “With Friends” and invite your spouse and kids to join.

Kids are a gift from God.

We all want to give our children every opportunity to reach their full potential. Your kids may not always do everything you tell them to. But, they will absolutely learn from the example you set for them in your everyday lives together. Create moments together that they’ll always cherish.

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“Give thanks in all circumstances…”

Give Thanks - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 - Verse Image

What Are You Thankful For?

Studies have shown that people who practice gratitude report experiencing more joy, express more compassion and generosity, and are even less likely to get sick.1 But how do you nurture a spirit of thankfulness when busy-ness distracts you from the joy around you?

Here’s an easy way to remember to give thanks: Start a Plan on gratefulness from our special collection of devotionals. Plans feed you a little Scripture every day, giving you time to reflect, recharge, and hear from God.

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1 Article: “Why Gratitude is Good,” from Greater Good Magazine.

What Bible verse changed your life?

Bible For Everyone

Think of the ways God’s Word has transformed your life. Imagine how different your life would look if the Bible never existed in your language.

In 1st century Jerusalem, a small group of disciples made the radical decision to live out Jesus’ words:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…

MATTHEW 28:19-20

Their obedience and profound love for people groups they had never met has resulted in our transformation 2,000 years later.

And yet…

There are still over a billion people who haven’t experienced God’s Word in their own heart language. People like the 1.3 million men, women, and children in Mahafaly [MA-HAH-FAH’-LEE] language communities in Madagascar who have never had any Scripture.*

Translation teams in the island country of Madagascar want to break the bondage of legalistic fear the Mahafaly people experience by cultivating an understanding of God’s love, power, and redemption through Christ.

By giving to this #BibleForEveryone project, you’ll be helping the Mahafaly people receive the life-changing power of Scripture for the very first time: starting with the Gospel of Luke.

Imagine what life change could occur if we met this need together.

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If not us, then who?

For nearly 3 years, YouVersion has been working alongside Bible translators to actively identify high-impact Bible translation projects that could rapidly be completed with the proper funding.*

Our goal is to see the entire New Testament translated into most of the world’s languages by 2033. We can make that happen by saying “yes” today.

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Being part of the solution doesn’t have to stop here. If you’re passionate about the purpose of this project, consider sharing the vision with your friends and family:

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Notes

* For more information, visit illumiNations’ website.

* All contributions received through the #BibleForEveryone campaign will be used exclusively for the purpose of Bible translation. Life.Church is contributing $1 million over the four-year period from 2017-2020. During each calendar year, Life.Church is contributing $250,000, spread across different, high-impact translation projects. As each project is completed, any remaining funds are then applied toward the next translation project, as selected by YouVersion and its partners. (See original blog post for full details.)

Hope and healing for your day:

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spriit. - Psalms 34:18 - Verse Image

What’s an area of your life where you’re asking for hope or praying for healing? Whatever you’re facing, God promises that He will never leave you.

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