Would you like to encourage your tween or teen daughter to develop a habit of daily Bible reading while also building a stronger relationship with her? Here’s a simple way to do just that!
Anytime that we desire to build a good habit, it is helpful to know that someone else is sharing this journey with us. Our children are no different!
I firmly believe that the best way to encourage our kids to read the Bible for themselves is to let them see us reading it and to read it with them.
The Mother/Daughter Bible Reading Journal is a perfect way to hold your daughter accountable, while also encouraging her to hold you accountable in your Bible reading.
All you need to get started is a notebook and a Bible.
I write in my girls’ journal each morning and leave it on their desks to find. They can read and fill out the journal at any time during the day, then place it on my desk so that I can look over it, pray for them, and answer their questions. Then, we start all over again the next morning.
It is important to keep the journal simple and fun. You might also consider using the journal to surprise your daughter with her favorite candy, a gift card or bookmark, or to announce a fun activity that you have planned.
Below is a picture of a journal that I was able to purchase which includes coloring pages. My girls love to color, so they are really excited about this particular journal.
Find a Bible reading plan that will fit your daughter’s needs and your own. Not sure where to start?
Make sure that whatever Bible plan you choose, it is something that is realistically doable for both you and your daughter. If you are both new to the Bible, the book of Luke is a great place to start!
At the top of your journal page, write the date and the Bible passage to be read for that day. Place a check mark next to the passage when you have finished reading it, and encourage your daughter to place a check mark next to the passage when she has finished reading it.
Underneath of the Bible passage, you may want to write one question from the text for your daughter to answer. For younger girls, this may be a reading comprehension question (“What did he do when…?”) For older girls, this may be a “digging deeper” question (“How do you think she felt when…?”) or a life application question (“What do you think we can learn from this passage about …?”)
Include space for your daughter to write a question for you.
In this section, share a prayer request that God has laid on your heart, and ask your daughter to pray for this as well. (“Would you be willing to pray for…?”)
You can also share with your daughter something that you are thankful for. (“Today I am so thankful to God for….”)
Then, ask your daughter if she has any prayer requests. (“How can I pray for you today?”)
You may also ask her what she is thankful for. (“What are you thankful for today?”)
If you know that she is going through something difficult, let her know how you are already praying for her. (“I am praying for you today as you….”)
In this section, ask one question to help you get to know your daughter better. You can also give her space to ask you a question. Here are some questions ideas to get you started:
(If you would like to print these questions, Click Here.)
As you work on the Mother/Daughter Bible reading journal, remember that you don’t need to include every element in every entry. The prayer section and the connection section can be modified to best fit your needs for that day.
How about you? Will you be working on a mother/daughter Bible reading journal? Do you have any great ideas to include in the journal? I would love to hear from you! Please scroll down to comment.
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May God bless you!