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 Can I “Speak Life” Over My Family?

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

PROVERBS 18:21

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.)

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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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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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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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What’s going on with you?

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Like… seriously? You may not realize it, but whatever is happening in your life, whether good or bad, that thing has the power to inspire people.

Find the Truth

The Bible is God’s inspired word…to you. Over the next couple of days, use Bible Lens to take pictures of whatever you’re doing. If you already have some pictures you like in your camera roll, try running those through Bible Lens too.

And then… Share it

When Bible Lens comes back with something that really speaks to your heart: inspires you, encourages you, challenges you… share it on Instagram. Use any hashtags you want, just be sure you also include #BibleLens so we can find it. We’ll repost the most powerful ones on biblelensapp so everyone can enjoy them!

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Announcing Bible Lens in Spanish & Portuguese!

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Bible Lens

Now in Spanish & Portuguese!

We hope you’ve already been hearing about Bible Lens, the newest free app from your friends at YouVersion, makers of the Bible App and Bible App for Kids. Bible Lens allows you to automatically and artistically see God’s Word in every picture you take.

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What is Bible Lens?

Snap a picture with Bible Lens, and it identifies objects, expressions, and more…

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…searches the Bible for verses to match, then overlays one as beautiful, high-quality art.

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If you want, Bible Lens can even find verses for photos you already have, whether you took them 5 days ago, or 5 years ago.

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Rediscover every moment.

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