One of the things I’ve really tried to be intentional about, especially as Emma 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 Emma (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! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that Emma 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?
My friend, Marcy at Ben and Me, has created an amazing coloring journal for teen girls who love Jesus that does just that! It’s entitled Fine Linen & Purple, and it contains 28 Bible verses to memorize and ponder. Each 2-page spread includes a new verse, 2 questions to get girls to reflect on the verse, and a journaling space on one page. On the opposite page, there is a beautiful coloring page. From fairies to flowers, animals and doodles, Emma can’t wait to start working through this book.
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?
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