9 Family Favorite Bible Games

bible games

At the beginning of the cooler temperatures here  in Ohio, my thoughts have turned towards more indoor activities for spending great family time together. My husband is a true board game lover and when I tell you I don’t know how many board games he has, I really mean it.

“A whoooooole yot,” as my three year old would say.

Both my husband and I grew up in church and each of us also grew up playing Bible games. You may have caught on to our love for Bible trivia if you watched us on American Bible Challenge. What I only recently came to realize is how many board games also have a Bible edition of the game! With the season of board game playing upon us, I thought I’d share my discoveries with you. You ready? In no particular order, here we go:


1. Apples to Apples Bible Edition
We love Apples to Apples because it’s a great game when everyone is tired and has had a long day or week. This game doesn’t require a ton of strategy or put a strain on the brain, but it’s loads of fun.

  • Age Group: Age 8 and up (I have found if children are proficient in reading, they can play this game at ages 6&7)
  • Number of Players: 4-10
  • Discontinued by Manufacturer, but the Bible edition is still available on Amazon.


2. Bible Taboo
Taboo is a word game played by getting your team players to say the word at the top of the card without saying the word. So “Moses” could be described with single words, such as “Egyptian” “Miriam” “Pharaoh” “river.”

  • Age Group: Age 10 and up
  • Number of Players: 4-10, must have an even number
  • Well-loved by Amazon reviewers.


3. Cactus Games Scattergories-Bible Edition
Scattergories has long been one of my personal favorite board games. My inner word geek and Bible study lover are united through this game. This game is played as individuals and requires your thinking cap to be engaged.

  • Age Group: Age 10 and up
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • The links above are for the Bible edition. On Amazon, there is also a Catholic edition. You want to be sure you order appropriately according to the desired preference.


4. Cranium Bible Edition

Cranium is definitely a thinking game, but much enjoyment can be found from all the different creative roles the players display throughout this game. We haven’t played the standard version of this game at our house, nor have we played the Bible edition, because most of our game players are much younger than the recommended age. However, for those of you with teens or if you host small groups, etc., this game would be a great match!

  • Age Group: Age 13 and up
  • Number of Players: 4 or more
  • This game is not specific to a Bible version.


5. (by Cadaco) Bible “Trivia” Game: The Game Where Trivia Is Not Trivial, 5400 Questions, Two Games in One, Fully Referenced, Scripturally Sound
Now I know it’s looking a little retro, but this Bible Trivia game is the one we have here at home and it is so fun. Very detailed and based on the KJV Bible version, this trivia game will keep you both thinking and learning.

  • Age Group: Age 8 and up ( I think kids would benefit from the Children’s version, which I’ve listed next.)
  • Number of Players: 2-12
  • This game is specific to the King James Version.


6. Children’s Bible Trivia Game (1984)

And here we have the children’s version of the Bible Trivia game mentioned above. Both of these games are dated back to the 1980’s, but many of my favorite games are the older ones. So I had to share with you that these old games are awesome!

  • Age Group: Age 6 and up
  • Number of Players: 2-6
  • This game is specific to the King James Version.


7.Bible Search Thee Game

I thought you might enjoy seeing one more retro style game. Bible Search is the actual Bible trivia game I grew up playing with my parents and 8 siblings. We passed many winter evenings playing this game after dinner and I was surprised to see you can still find it around. However, I can’t find the details on recommended ages or number of players, etc.


8. Bible Sequence
Our family really loves Sequence and this game is great when you have 3 or 4 players. We’ve never played the Bible version of this game, but my understanding is that the Bible version isn’t played any differently. There is no Bible knowledge required, but the picture cards do increase familiarity with Bible characters.

  • Age Group: Age 7 and up- I think 6 year olds will be challenged a bit, but could play depending on logic skills.
  • Number of Players: 2-12, but teams are played with 4 or more players
  • Fun, easy to play, game passes quickly.


9.Guesstures: Bible Edition
Guesstures is another one of those board games I grew up playing with my family. We have some great memories of getting a little crazy with the inability to speak and only acting, like the time my dad ran to the fridge and grabbed a gallon of milk on his turn. :) This game is basically charades on steroids, which makes it a ton of fun.

  • Age Group: Age 12 and up, another great one for teens!
  • Number of Players: 4 or more players
  • Fun, easy to play, and doesn’t require a ton of Bible knowledge.This is a fun game for those not as familiar with Bible facts.

I hope you found a game or two that clicks with you and you’re ready to embrace the weather change while enjoying your family. Today’s post is inspired by my awesome friend, Courtney DeFeo and her BRAND new book releasing this week, In This House We Will Giggle. The message in this book is one I so desperately want to remember and implement.

You see, Courtney believes that the way to instill virtues in your children is through laughter, not lecture.


In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life

Courtney’s approach to showing your children how to love Jesus more is catching and fun! The questions in her book really caused me to stop and reflect on my own home. Questions like:

How about you? Which sort of home did you grow up in?

When you think about God and how you view Him, what is He like?

What home and view of Christ do you want for your kids?

Do you believe the joyful home is even possible?

I have to tell you, I’m convinced it is. And this book is all about taking steps to make that joyful home a reality for all of us.

I’ve read Courtney’s book and I’m so excited that I’ve planned to participate in some of her challenges in the book. So at the end of a fun post on family board games,I thought it only appropriate to encourage you to purchase In This House, We Will Giggle through the link above or check out her website for more fun!

Happy game playing!

Oh and I’d love to hear about YOUR favorite games, any edition! Do you have a favorite?

Rachel

 
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5 Back to School Prayers

Today I’m sharing a roundup of back to school prayers. If there is one thing I find myself doing more of during this back to school time of year, it is praying for my kids. And our family.  And myself. And their teachers. And the bus drivers….and…and…and. :) I know you get it.

 

back to school prayers

So here we go:

 

1. A Prayer for Back to School

I wrote this prayer last year and it has been well-loved on Pinterest. You are welcome to print out the graphic or share the graphic on your blog or Facebook page.

 

 

school day prayers

2. School Day Prayers

My awesome friends at Tommy Nelson are offering this fabulous printable of School Day Prayers with Bible verses to pray over your children. Love this!

3. Back to School Prayer Tool

The Back to School Prayer Tool really could be used any time of the year. The tool takes the 8 colors of a standard coloring box and uses them as reminders of prayer needs.

4. 31 Days of Prayer for your Children

I really loved this free printable prayer calendar I found on Carrie Austin’s site. An entire month guide of praying for your child! This would be so easy to slip into your phone reminders and you could even continue the pattern of prayer each month.

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5. Prayer by Color Bookmark

After the Back to School prayer tool was well-received, I created this prayer bookmark last year for using as a reminder of how to pray using this method. If you click here, you’ll find a .pdf of 6 bookmarks to print and share with your prayer group, mom’s group, etc.

prayer-by-color

 

I’d love it if you would share your prayer ideas for this back to school season. If you’ve written a post on your blog for this topic, feel free to leave your link so we can all take a peek!

See you tomorrow!

Rachel

5 Creative Ways to Read Morning Devotionals

With the start of school, our family has the opportunity to evaluate how to begin the mornings well.  Sometimes the morning doesn’t seem like the best time to spend with God- especially if you’re not a morning person. I’ve confessed to you before that I try to be a morning person. But that’s hard to do when you don’t even like mornings.

However, I know from experience that no time with God in the mornings is a bad idea. So even a few minutes is better than none. I love to pray before I even get out of bed and read while having coffee. I have other focused times carved out of my schedule to spend more time with God throughout the day. But back to mornings…today I wanted to share 5 creative ways to read morning devotionals. Some may be ideas you’ve done and maybe you’ll find a new idea or two in the mix.

1. Have someone read aloud during travel time.

If you have a school dropoff routine or maybe a regular daily route you must drive, then this is a great time to utilize for reading or listening aloud. Have the carpooling team take turns or designate a “reader of the week.”

2. Use an audible devotional.

If you drive alone in the mornings, one of my favorite devotionals, Jesus Calling, is available in audible app format to play on Kindle and Apple products, as well as an audio cd. How cool is that!

3. Have a grab bag of devotionals.

Last year, we all had our favorite devotionals and the kids each had a personal devotional for bedtime reading. But for mornings, we kept a stack of books on the microwave stand. Right now it looks like this:

stack of books

Having a few options and not feeling like it has to be the same pattern each day can be a great way to keep interest of all those participating.

4. Keep a devotional in the bathroom.

Hang it beside the bathroom mirror to read while brushing your teeth. Read it while you’re waiting for the shower water to get hot. Or other things, which I’ll leave to your imagination.

5. “Devotional is on the table.”

So you might typically say “Breakfast is on the table” right? But my favorite new way to easily read a daily devotional is the Jesus Calling Perpetual calendar. Whoever thought of this idea deserves breakfast in bed for a year. Seriously. Take a peek at what is on our table now:

devotional calendar for table

Don’t you just love it?! We sure do! Although my highly spiritual children *might* have been known to fight over who gets to turn the page. Just maybe. I won’t say for sure. And while this children’s version is working great for us, what if you placed the regular Jesus Calling perpetual calendar in your kitchen window or beside the sink to read and meditate on while you wash dishes? or on your office desk?


Jesus Calling – 365 Day Perpetual Calendar

I found another that would be a GREAT teacher gift (at only $5!)


School Days for Teachers – Perpetual Calendar

Some of my other favorites are available in the perpetual calendar format, but just one more I had to share is from one of my favorite Bible studies! I was so happy to discover this:


Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Perpetual Calendar

From now through Sept. 1, the Jesus Calling Collection is 40% off with the code JCOFF40 through this link.

So how wonderful would it be to have my Extraordinary Prayers for Everyday Living in this perpetual calendar format? Vote yes or no in the comments to answer that question.

new whimsical wed

With that, bloggers, I’m super excited to have you for Whimsical Wednesday. I hope you found lots of whimsy above and can’t wait to read all of your encouraging posts!

Don’t forget to vote! I need to know if I’m crazy or this is something you would really love to have.:)

Rachel

 

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