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!

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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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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…

Analyze Photo

…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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For your family of devices…

Are you reading this on a new device you just got for Christmas? Tap below to install the apps that will help you get the most from it: Bible App, Bible Lens, and Bible App for Kids! Start a conversation about faith with your friends or family: Ask if they’d like you to install a YouVersion app for them!

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The Bible App offers more than 1,800 Bible versions in over 1,200 languages, along with content and tools designed to help you explore the Bible daily.

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

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Bible App for Kids helps children engage with 41 Bible stories through fun animation and activities. Now available in 42 languages!


Bible for Voice

Did you know you can experience the Bible App on your Google or Amazon device? Just start with the same “Ok Google” or “Alexa…” that you use to play music, answer questions, or add to your grocery list.

And now your kids can listen to over 40 Bible stories on Amazon devices! Just say, “Alexa, enable YouVersion Kids Bible.”

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