One of the things I’ve really tried to be intentional about, especially as my daughter is entering her teen years, is getting her in the Word. Over the years, we’ve done a bit of reading together here and there.
We’ve read all the children’s Bibles on our shelves – many times. We’ve check out more from the library.
We’ve read selected passages as they come up in our homeschool lessons. And, we’ve worked on memorizing Bible verses from a very early age.
Now, however, I want to switch from momma-led Bible reading to intentional reading. Reading for knowledge. Reading to seek to know more about Him. Reading because she wants to grow closer to the Lord for herself.
Encourage Teen Girls to Read the Bible
Let your daughters see you reading the Bible. Last year, I committed to reading the Bible from cover to cover with She Reads Truth. It was so awesome sticking with it and marking each book “read” as I wrapped it up.
While my daughter (12) didn’t read through with me, she did check in on me periodically. She cheered me on all year long. I hope this entices her to read through the Bible and learn God’s word long before she hits her forties!
Get them a Bible of their own. When our kids get baptized, we give them their very own Bibles. This is a big milestone, and we want to encourage them on this monumental day.
Emma loves her NIV Bible for Teen Girls. It has devotions and character studies dispersed throughout the Bible. It also has God’s promises highlighted in pink.
There are many Bibles designed specifically for teen girls. You can see a few below.
Study the Bible with them. For the past few years, we’ve been working our way through the worldview series from Apologia. We’ve done one per year, and we’ll finish that series next year. They’ve been great books that have opened up discussions about what we believe and comparing that to other religions.
After we finished our worldview book this year, we decided to try out The Bible Road Trip. I’ve had it on my computer forever, but I’d never opened it up to explore it. I can’t believe I waited so long. We love it!
Basically, this curriculum will take us through the entire Bible over the course of three years (though it will likely take us longer). We are reading each selection (about 3 chapters/day) out loud taking turns with each new paragraph. It’s so cool to think that when we’re through, we’ll have read (out loud) the entire Bible!
Make bible study fun! My daughter and I love to color. We color almost every weekend as we watch our favorite shows – Once Upon a Time and Gilmore Girls. It’s what we do to relax and regroup with each other. What if we could take our desire to get in the Word and combine it with our love of coloring?
I bought us each a journaling Bible. We love writing our favorite scriptures in the lined margins. But, our favorite part is coloring the images that bring those scriptures to life.
Give them study tools of their own. In order to encourage Emma to study the Bible on her own, I’ve given her some of my favorite tools. First, she has a spiral notebook for writing verses and study notes. She writes them with our favorite erasable gel pens, and she likes highlighting her Bible with erasable highlighters that don’t bleed through the pages. She loves to add colorful washi tape to her journaling pages.
What is your favorite tip for getting teen girls in God’s Word?
Carol roney says
I have a teenage daughter who is beginning to become distracted
Sarah Todd says
This looks awesome!
Julie Fogg says
My only tip is just to model it for them. If they see Mom doing it all through their years, they will often do it as well. 🙂
Thank you for sharing ways to encourage your children to keep following their faith in teenage years. Thanks for linking up at Over the Moon.
Joleen Steel says
Love this post. So practical. Wonderful Giveaway! I’ll be starting a FB Live bible study for kids 8-12 in a few weeks. I will link to your blog in my post. Keep up the good work.
Angela Howard says
Loved your tips! I made a little spiral notecard flipbook for my daughter with scriptures for her to look up so that she could get to know her Bible. Visiting from #turnituptuesday 🙂
Elizabeth @ Guilty Chocoholic Mama says
Love this list! I have a teen girl, so I hopped right over from Coffee & Conversation to check it out! 🙂 My teen also loves her YouVersion Bible app for daily Bible readings. Few things makes my mom heart happier than when I tell her goodnight, and she says she’ll be up a little while longer doing her reading for the day. Blessings to you, mama!
Cherie M. says
I don’t have any great tips, but we do read through Proverbs daily and copy the verse that speaks to us for that day on a note card and include a small illustration. I definitely loved your tips! I’ve had the Bible Road Trip on my computer for months and have not used it yet! My sweet tween loves coloring so I am definitely going to combine bible study time (Bible Road Trip anyone?) with some coloring and Once Upon A Time, which happens to be my favorite show ;). Thanks again for this post, it was so encouraging!
Mary Hill says
Thanks for the common-sense tips. I am the mom of a 13-year-old daughter. I hope I win the package for her
Sheryl Van Wert says
Do you know of anywhere in Canada I could get the Fine Linen & Purple book?
Forever Joyful says
Great tips. Our AWANA Club has programs for teens, too, that help them read, memorize, and apply Scripture. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.
It is a digital download at benandme.com
Definitely check out Bible Road Trip. I can’t believe I waited so long!
That’s a great idea!
Thanks for linking up with us at Hip Homeschool Moms! I love these ideas. 🙂 My daughter is 13, and I was recently thinking about some ways to encourage her to read her Bible and keep reading it as she gets older.
Megan Frye says
This is another great idea! As a christian mother and family I think this is very important! Check out http://crosswindsyouth.org/troubled-teen-infographic/ if your child is having issues, very helpful website and services from a christian based organization.
A Facebook Live Bible study sounds like a great idea! Thanks for sharing this post. 🙂