How Do I Lead My Children Spiritually?

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Teach [God’s words] to your children. 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 11:19

It can be hard to explain your faith to your children in ways they can understand. Fortunately, you don’t have to know everything or have it all figured out. In fact, when you explore your faith together with your kids, you’re giving them something more valuable than just information: your time and attention.


Experience the Big Stories of the Bible, Together.

Of course, you could just open Bible App for Kids on your phone and hand it to your child (maybe so you can get some chores done). But, consider trying this: sit with your child in your lap and ask them to show you a story. Let your child show you how the app works. (Ask lots of questions!) Sharing the app together will create natural opportunities for you to talk… and you’ll learn what’s on your child’s mind.

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Explore These Free Resources, Together.

BibleAppForKids.com is the companion website to Bible App for Kids. It has coloring pages for them, parent guides for you, activities for you both, streaming video episodes, and more. Consider watching a video together and talking about it. Or print some coloring sheets, then color them together. All of these are completely free. And, just as with the app, exploring the website together will give you plenty to talk about.

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Find Your People.

While you could share your family’s values with your kids (and you should), they’ll actually absorb much more from what they see your family living out every day. It’s a great idea to surround your family with other families that share similar values. And if you don’t have a church home yet, the Events feature in the Bible App can help you find gatherings taking place near you.

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Take Some Pictures, Together

Do your kids understand that they live in a world that God made for them? Use Bible Lens to take some selfies together, then talk about the Bible verses it suggests for your pictures. (Experiment with different Bible versions to find one that’s easy for your children to understand.) Let your kids take pictures of things they like, like birds, trees, pets, and toys, and then talk about what Bible Lens says about them. Introduce them to the wonder of God’s world that’s all around them.

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You’re Already Leading Your Family Spiritually

Everything we’ve offered here are just suggestions. We hope they’ll spark even more ideas for ways you can invest in your family. Whether or not you choose to try any of them, realize this: you’re already leading your family. Whatever you choose to do each day, your children are learning from you that those are the things you value. Be intentional about the direction you choose to go as a family… and do it together.

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How Do I Encourage My Family to Engage with God’s Word?

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All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living…

2 TIMOTHY 3:16

We all know someone struggling to connect with God’s Word. Perhaps they’re experiencing pain or loss. Perhaps they’re involved in something they shouldn’t be. Maybe they just don’t see how the Bible is relevant to them.

Whether it’s an aunt, uncle, parent, child, or a friend you consider family — how can we, as followers of Christ, help loved ones experience the transformative Word of God for themselves?

Here are three ways you can help your family get into God’s Word:


Be an Example.

God’s Word encourages us to set an example in what we say, how we act, and how we love. Why? Because how we choose to act and react has a lasting impact.

How can you set an example? Agree on a time each day when you’ll study the Bible together. (You could even memorize the Bible App’s Verse of the Day together.) Talk about Scripture whenever you have time together: at breakfast, on the way to school or work, and in the evening. Your interaction with God’s Word will influence how your family perceives God’s Word.


Make God’s Word Personal.

You can’t force your family to care about the Bible, but you can help them discover the value God’s Word can add to their lives.

Consider sharing a Verse Image from the Bible App (or one you created on Bible Lens) with someone who needs encouragement or wisdom. If you have kids in your life, download the Bible App for Kids and complete a story together. Try reading from a Bible version your family can enjoy together. When you help your family see how they can apply God’s Word to their lives, they’ll be more likely to own their spiritual growth.


Keep Showing Up.

If growth doesn’t happen immediately, it’s normal to get discouraged. Remind yourself why you’re doing this: these are your people, and you love them. You know how much better your life is with God’s Word in it, and you want that for them.

Keep being diligent. When your family sees that your commitment to the Scriptures is an important part of your life and not just a phase you’re going through, this will impact them more than anything you say.

If you do start feeling discouraged, consider starting a Family Plan to keep your daily devotions on track. Surround yourself with friends who will encourage you as you pursue leading your family spiritually.

Ultimately, it’s not all up to you. God’s words have the ability to transform lives, but we get to play an active part in that transformation. You are not your family’s Savior — but you can be a cultivator of Spiritual growth.

Start engaging with God’s Word together on the Bible App, Bible Lens, and Bible App for Kids, and let us know what tools have helped your family grow spiritually.

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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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Bible App for Kids now syncs across devices!

Bible App for Kids Profiles

“Hey! This has all my stars!”

Your child’s Bible App for Kids awards have always been stored on the device where they earned them. If your kids got a new device, or if you let them use Bible App for Kids on a different phone, they had to start from scratch. Not anymore.

Now progress is saved for each of your kids, synced across all your devices!

As a parent or guardian, the latest Bible App for Kids update lets you sign in with your existing YouVersion account and set up a unique avatar for each child. Adding a profile is fast and easy. Your kids can even pick their favorite avatar and color.

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Moms and Dads, we have something for you, too.

We’re still putting the finishing touches on a weekly email from Bible App for Kids, customized for your family, that will show you which stories your child completed and which awards they earned. More importantly, your email will also include a short summary of each story, discussion questions you can ask your child (with the answers), and a simple activity you can do together!

Have you heard? Jesus is ALIVE!

Verse Image for John 11:25

2,000 years ago Jesus walked the earth, so He knew what it was like to be us. He also knew what it would cost Him to save us… and yet He chose to do it anyway. Today, we celebrate His power over death. Because He lives, so can we!

Let’s celebrate Jesus’ resurrection together.

Spread the joy of this Good News with those who need to hear it: Jesus is alive!

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“A Happy Sunday” on Bible App for Kids

Experience “A Happy Sunday” with Bible App for Kids.

Celebrate Jesus’ resurrection with touch-activated animations and vibrant artwork. The children in your life will love exploring “A Happy Sunday,” the Easter story in Bible App for Kids. And you’ll love how Story Mixup, Story Memory Match, Story Sticker Time, and Color the Story help them remember what they’re learning.

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Easter photos on Bible Lens

Rediscover Easter with Bible Lens.

Whatever you’re doing: dressing up for Resurrection Sunday services, preparing food for family coming over later, chasing kids as they hunt for eggs…

Let God’s Word speak into your life today.

Use Bible Lens to take a picture, and watch what happens. Whatever feels Bible Lens gives you — joy, humor, insight, wisdom — share that love with your friends on social media with the hashtag #BibleLens.

We can’t wait to see what Scripture says to you! Tomorrow we’ll re-post some of our favorites at @biblelensapp on Instagram!

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