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4 Ways to Encourage Your Daughter to Read God’s Word

4 Ways to encourage your daughter to read God's Word

If your daughter is between the ages of 9 and 12, she’s the perfect age to build the lifelong habit of reading God’s Word daily.

And if your daughter is between 9 and 12, she’s being bombarded by the world’s message that the things she can see, touch, taste, and buy are all that really matter.

Take a second and think about how many times a day your daughter is told by friends, television, her smart phone, iPad, computer, or a billboard that temporal things are worthy of her complete devotion.

Even us moms fight that battle. Materialism and our own personal comfort wage war against what Scripture teaches. And that’s why we need God’s Word in our lives so desperately.

We need truth to keep us on track. To remind us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33), to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20), that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Philippians 3:20).

God’s Word, “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105), is needed in our lives and our daughter’s lives to steer us straight in confusing times.

Want to encourage your daughter to stay in God’s Word? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Help your daughter buy a Bible of her own. 

You take her shopping for other stuff… clothes, shoes, decorations for her room… because she’s old enough to have some say in choosing her own belongings. Why not allow her to help choose her own Bible? While we want our kids to learn to graciously receive whatever gifts they are given, it’s also important to let them have ownership in something as important as a copy of the Scriptures.

A few things to consider…

  • Is your daughter the kind who will value her Bible more if she helps pay for it?
  • Would it be especially meaningful to her if it is a gift from you or someone else close to her?
  • Does she like shopping trips, or would she rather pick out a Bible online? (Don’t forget to check out the Faithgirlz Bibles!)

2. Consider finding a devotional book as well.

Have a conversation with your daughter about the difference between God’s Word and the words of people explaining God’s Word. Scripture is truly God’s message to us, while devotionals are merely tools to help us understand God’s message.

Encourage your daughter to prioritize reading Scripture, but remember that she’ll often need help interpreting and applying it. A devotional book can be a great supplemental tool for her.

Faithgirlz offers a great varitey of devotionals you can check out here, there are also many convenient devotional apps for your daughter’s phone or iPad, or you should be able to find devotionals at any local Christian bookstore.

3. Help create time and space for devotions.

Consider your daughter’s routine. Is she an early riser? A night owl? Does she focus best independently or in a group setting?

Ideas for creating a quiet time routine:

  • Help your daughter find a comfy spot in her room for daily devotions. (Possibly include a lamp, desk, chair, beanbag chair, journal, pens, etc.)
  • Invite the family to have devotions at the same time each morning. After some quiet time in the house, share cinnamon rolls together.
  • Wrap up each day by turning off the tv, unwinding with quiet time and a family prayer.

There are endless possibilities. Ask your daughter for her ideas of how to make spending time in God’s Word a daily habit!

4. Stay focused on the heart, rather than the task.

As you encourage your daughter to read her Bible, remind her that it’s not about checking a chore off a list. The whole point is to allow God’s Holy Spirit to transform our hearts.

Encourage your daughter to start her quiet times with prayer, asking God to work in her life, to make her a “doer of the Word” not a “hearer only” (James 1:22).

Enjoy this journey with your daughter, Mom! It’s a privilege to lead her closer to Jesus. Share with her your own journey of walking with God. Let her know about the seasons that you may have failed to stay in God’s Word, and tell her how that impacted you. Share about the times that God’s Word has directed your ways and helped you make wise decisions.

Let your daughter see your heart, let her see your passion for Jesus and for God’s Word.

And pray for her. Pray that God will create that same passion in her!

 

by Jennifer Ebenhack

Bible Memorization: Equipping Girls for Life {Plus a Special Word from Natalie Grant!}

Bible Memorization Equipping Girls for Life

As a mom, you want nothing more than to equip your girl for life; a life of vibrant faith in a dark world.

And Scripture is the only trustworthy roadmap. It’s through hiding God’s Word in her heart and yielding to the Holy Spirit that your daughter will find all that she needs for the challenges ahead of her.

“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue”

2 Peter 1:3 NKJV

If you want your daughter to grow in this knowledge of Him, we encourage you to help her dig deep into her own copy of the Bible, to memorize verses that will stay with her for a lifetime.

We here at Faithgirlz long to put powerful tools in your hand to help you prepare your girl for godly living. We know you want to grow your daughter’s appetite for God’s Word, so we’d love for you to check out the Faithgirlz Bibles, available in the New International Version and New King James Version.

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Understanding, memorizing, and meditating on Scripture is what the Faithgirlz Bibles are all about.  That’s why they’ve been designed with:

  • Book Introductions, explaining the big picture of each book of the Bible
  • “Dream Girl” sections, helping girls imagine themselves in the Bible stories
  • “Bring It On” quizzes to help what girls learn to “stick”
  • “Is There a Little (Eve, Ruth, Isaiah) in You?” discussions, helping girls see what they have in common with famous Bible characters
  • “Words to Live By,” providing memory verse options
  • “What Happens Next,” encouraging girls to retell stories in their own words
  • “Oh, I Get It!” sections with answers to girls’ Bible questions

Want a few memory verses to get your tween started?

Here’s the verse Natalie Grant mentioned, as well as a few others that meet your daughter right where she is:

  • Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18 NIV
  • Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
  • For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b NKJV
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV

God promises that His Word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). Our prayer is that His Word will do a mighty work in your daughter — equipping her for life, and enabling her to be a world changer!

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