Take a moment and think about the kids in your life. How have the challenges of this year impacted them? As the world continues to go through sudden changes, it’s important our kids remember that in every season, God has a plan for His people, and His love never fails us.
Help the kids and teenagers in your life draw closer to God every day through the free resources listed below.
Bible App for Kids
Give kids a delight-filled Bible experience with animated, interactive Bible stories that help them discover the bigger story God is telling.
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Kids Bible Experience
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Help preteens develop their own daily rhythm of seeking God through Verse of the Day Story content that’s made specifically for them.
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Bible Plans for Teens
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Equip teenagers with practical, spiritual advice made for them by some of YouVersion’s global content partners. Once your teen finds a Plan they want to start, they can invite trusted friends to join them.
Recently we asked the YouVersion Community to share your parenting questions with us. (Thank you for your responses!) Today we’re sharing Scripture around a topic many of you asked about: Sibling Rivalry.
Imagine your family as a team that God assembled to reflect His glory. He carefully crafted each family member to help the whole family fulfill its shared potential. Your role as parent is to serve as coach. You lead toward a vision that you can all accomplish together, teach everyone how to play, and work with each child to help them contribute meaningfully. Here’s how:
Celebrate each member of your family for their unique value.
…a person’s body has more than one part. The ear might say, “I am not an eye, so I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not make the ear stop being a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, it would not be able to hear. If the whole body were an ear, it would not be able to smell anything.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:14,16-17
Just as in the body of Christ, each member of your family has a special role to fulfill. Help each of your children explore and discover their gifts. Help them learn to enjoy using their gifts in ways that serve the whole family. Along the way, encourage them with gratitude every time they show behaviors you want them to repeat. By equipping each child with self-awareness, service, and praise, you’re actually training them to cheer on every other member of your family.
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Unite your family around a common vision.
Where there is no message from God, people don’t control themselves. But blessed is the one who obeys wisdom’s instruction.
Talk together as a family about what you want your team to be known for. Start broadly, then gradually focus in on narrower themes, such Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, etc. In the Bible App, tap the Search tab, and explore under “What does the Bible say about…” (Or just type the trait you want into the Search box.) Once everyone agrees on a core family value, together pick a “Family Verse” that captures it.
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Never stop talking about what your family is about.
Get my commandments inside you and your children. Talk about them wherever you are: at home or in the street; talk about them from the time you get up until you fall into bed.
Unless you make it tangible, your family vision will fade. Use family pictures to make Verse Images of your Family Verse, then put them everywhere. Save them as backgrounds on everyone’s devices. Help your kids make their own custom versions. Print a few of your favorites, get them framed, and hang them in prominent places around your home. Most of all, reward your kids every time you “catch” them living out your family values. Over time, your family’s vision will become ingrained in your family’s dynamic.
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Adopt Grace and Forgiveness as honorary members of your family.
Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
Especially as you begin this journey, set some short-term goals that will help your family score some quick wins. Just don’t lose sight of what you truly want: to build a lasting legacy together over time, a sustainable mindset of family unity that will span generations.
You will make mistakes. Your kids will make mistakes. Don’t give up on yourself. Don’t give up on each other. God’s mercies are new every morning. Keep trying, and keep showing love to each other.
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
1 PETER 4:8
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Pieces to add to your parenting puzzle…
Watching your children make wise, thoughtful decisions is a rewarding part of parenting. But rewarding days can sometimes feel overshadowed by the hard ones.
Parenting is a difficult puzzle, but you don’t need to solve it alone. Below are some parent resources created to help you have important conversations and meaningful moments as a family.
Click on each resource to learn more!
The Kids Bible Experience inside your YouVersion Bible App offers engaging, practical insight into how your preeteen can apply God’s Word. And as they’re enjoying fresh, relevant content each day, this new experience will help them discover their own daily rhythm of seeking God.
Fun, fresh perspectives.
They’ll hear relevant insights from voices they relate to, reflection questions, daily verses, and more.
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One Final Resource…
Looking for the perfect gift for a child in your life?
The Bible Storybook is a hardcover book featuring 28 stories from the Bible App for Kids along with discussion questions. It’s perfect to read as a family at bedtime, during long road trips, or when you want your kids to take a screen break.
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Today, together with our partner OneHope, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Khmer. 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:
- Make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release.
- Open the app and tap the gear icon () to open Settings.
- 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 41 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 55 languages — now including Khmer!
Physical distancing has presented parents with challenges that most of us have never faced before. Even if you already considered your family to be your primary ministry, adjusting to working at home can blur the line between family life and work life.
Many of us at YouVersion are parents, so just like you, we’ve been looking for strategies that will work for our families. Below are just a few approaches we’ve found so far. While we realize every family has unique circumstances, we hope you’ll find something here that’s helpful.
Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate.
If both parents are trying to work from home, remember that you’re on the same team together. Try to set up a schedule that suits everyone. Some of us are taking shifts, where one parent works from 8:30am to 12:00pm, while the other cares for the kids, then switching from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. Make a plan, but leave room to be flexible.
…Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults…
Include your kids.
Ask your children to “help” in ways that make sense for their ages. You might help them make a “Time to Work” sign for you, then explain that when you hang it on the door, that means you need to concentrate. Help them make special artwork for your workspace—especially if you’ll be in video meetings. Your kids are more likely to respect boundaries between work time and family time if they feel invested in both.
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.
Set realistic expectations.
“Productivity” looks different right now than it did three months ago. And, most of the people you work with are likely dealing with issues very similar to yours. Be a living example of the things you hope to receive from others. Give grace to your coworkers, to your children, and to yourself.
The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
As much as you can, enjoy this time you have together. It may be hard to remember right now, but just a few months ago, many of us were trying to find ways to spend more time with our kids. It’s true that our current circumstances come with real challenges. But, it’s also true that we have the power to choose how we respond. We can see them as setbacks that are causing us pain, or as opportunities to draw our families closer than ever.
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