What does God want for your family?


What’s God’s vision for your family?

Work, chores at home, social commitments… with so many demands on our time, sometimes it’s overwhelming thinking about how to lead our families spiritually. Here are some small ways you can start pursuing God together, in the natural rhythms of your family’s everyday life.

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Start with you.

Single parenting, blended families, special needs children, praying for your kids: wherever you are, find wisdom and encouragement in this Plan collection on the Bible App.

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Little kids? Experience the big stories of the Bible, together.

Snuggle with your child and ask them to show you a Bible App for Kids story. (Ask them to show you how the app works, too.) Listen to what’s on your child’s mind.


Older kids? Get on their level.

Start a Bible Plan on a topic you’d like to talk about with your kids. Pick “With Friends,” and invite them to join you in the Bible App. Discuss each day right in the app, group text style, or even irl (in real life).


Something for everyone.

Find a Plan in the Bible App your whole family can do together. Set a regular time each day when one person can read from the devotional (like dinnertime), then talk about it together.

Bible Lens

See God in your life, together.

Take a picture with Bible Lens, or point it at a family photo you already have. Watch together as it finds verses that match your picture.

Whatever you choose, just remember…

You’re already leading your family spiritually. Each day, your children are learning what you value from the ways you spend your time. We can be intentional about the direction we lead our families… and engage them in the process.

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New device? Don’t forget this.


What’s the best app for new devices?

Everyone loves getting a shiny new device during the holidays. They help us stay connected, explore our interests, take pictures and video, even pay for things. As you’re installing all your must-have apps (and helping relatives with theirs), don’t forget the apps that can actually help you and your family draw closer to God every day.

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The Bible App lets you read or listen to your favorite Bible versions, learn from great teachers through Plans, and share your journey with others.

Bible App for Kids Jesus

Bible App for Kids helps children engage with 41 Bible stories through fun animation and activities. Now available in 50 languages!

Bible Lens

Bible Lens finds biblical themes in your pictures, then overlays matching verses that you can customize and share.

And try YouVersion for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa:

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Ok Google
… talk to YouVersion Bible.
Ask for Verse of the Day and more.

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… ask YouVersion Bible what it can do.
… enable YouVersion Kids Bible.

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Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Kannada & Slovak!

Bible App for Kids

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Kannada & Slovak. 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 34 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 50 languages — now including Kannada & Slovak!

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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.


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.


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.


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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Get the all-new Bible Storybook from the Bible App for Kids

The all-new Bible Storybook from the Bible App for Kids

Bible Storybook from the Bible App for Kids includes 35 favorite Bible stories, fun illustrations, and discussion questions. Segues between stories guide young readers as they journey to become closer to God and understand the bigger story of God’s Word.

The King and the Kingdom from the Bible Storybook

Children will delight in reading about Abraham’s trust, Elijah’s boldness, Esther’s bravery, Jesus’s compassion, Paul’s faithful service, and more! The engaging stories, detailed illustrations, and family-friendly discussion questions in Bible Storybook from the Bible App for Kids will help you create God-focused family time whether at bedtime, for family devotions, or simply as a fun read-aloud time.

Guide your kids to be closer to God as you share the stories of His plan for His people and His unfailing love for each of us.

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