Annie's MiniBFF Podcast

Annie's MiniBFF Podcast

In March 2020 when the world started closing doors, Annie F. Downs opened one for her youngest group of friends. She started reading a picture book each week on her Instagram account, and SO MANY friends tuned in. To continue with her love for reading to her miniBFFs, Annie is now sharing stories from her favorite book ever – The Bible. The miniBFF podcast will allow kids (and their grownups) a chance to grow in their faith as she brings the stories of the Bible to life.

Episodes

April 15, 2024 4 mins
miniBFFs! We all know what it feels like to lose our favorite toy. Right?! It's the worst! And once we realize it is lost, all we want to do is find it!  We will search high and low for our toy because we want it back. Well in our lesson today Jesus tells us a parable about a shepherd who lost his sheep and he reacts pretty much the same way we would if we lost our favorite toy.  This story, The Lost Sheep, comes from The Tiny Tru...
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You may have heard about the rule in the Bible that says to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. AND to love your neighbor the way you love yourself. But that word neighbor wasn’t easy for everyone to understand. Because Jesus isn’t just talking about the person who lives next door to you when he says to love your neighbor. Oh no, it is so much more than that miniBFFs. An...
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Do you know who is always going to be your friend? Jesus! Yes miniBFFs! Jesus wants to be our friend and he wants to spend all the time he can with you. In fact, there is a whole story in the bible about kids like you miniBFFs and how much Jesus wanted them to come see him.  This story, The Friend to Little Children, comes from The Jesus Storybook Bible and can be found on page 168. You can also read more about this story from Matt...
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March 18, 2024 7 mins
So miniBFFs, let me ask you a question. Do you know how to walk on water? Because I sure don’t! But in today’s story we are going to read about one person who had no problem walking on water, Jesus. Not only did he walk on water he walked on water in the middle of a huge storm! I mean trying to balance on water has to be hard enough already, add crazy waves all around you and it just seems even more impossible! But one thing we are...
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March 11, 2024 7 mins
In our story today we learn about a time when Jesus spent the whole day teaching a whole lot of people. A group of 5,000 people to be exact. And they had loved hearing him teach so much that they forgot about dinner! Suddenly there were a lot of hungry people that Jesus needed to feed. Guess what miniBFFs. Jesus did feed 5000 people. And I can’t wait for you to hear how he did it!  This story, The Hungry Crowd, comes from the I Wo...
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March 4, 2024 7 mins
Did you know that one time there was this really big storm? It was so big that it even scared the disciples!! And you know who was with them when they were afraid. Jesus. Yes! Jesus was with them and he was even asleep the whole time this big storm was brewing! But when the disciples woke him up, Jesus wasn’t at all worried. I can’t wait for you to listen to today's episode to find out why this storm didn’t bother Jesus one bit!   ...
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February 26, 2024 7 mins
One way Jesus liked to tell about God is through stories called parables. We get to hear about one today in our story about The Farmer and where he plants his seeds. Jesus uses this parable to teach us not only about planting your seeds in the right soil, but also having your heart in the right place. That's the thing about parables, there is always a connection at the end of the story to the real message Jesus is trying to teach u...
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February 19, 2024 7 mins
What Jesus Said miniBFFs, have you ever heard about the Sermon on the Mount? I know, it’s kind of a funny name right? But the Sermon on the Mount is a very important message that Jesus gave to a crowd of people about being a follower of God. Today’s story is an example of one of the many reasons why I am so thankful to have the Bible because it tells us about all the very important things that Jesus taught while He was on earth.  ...
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February 12, 2024 6 mins
There is nothing I love more than reading about Jesus healing those who need healing! Right, miniBFFS??  In our story today, Jesus shows us that He loves everyone by taking care of the people who were not welcomed by others. He helps someone who is blind, someone who couldn’t walk, and someone who had horrible sickness that no one wanted to be around. Jesus not only wanted to be around them, He wanted to heal them.  This story, Je...
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miniBFFs, we really love the story for this episode because we get to witness Jesus perform not one, but two, miracles. This is the story about a father who wanted his little girl to get better and about a woman who had been sick for a very long time and also wanted to get better. Spoiler alert - Jesus heals them both! But the way that these miracles happened is very different. This story, A Little Girl and a Poor Frail Lady, come...
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January 29, 2024 7 mins
Did you know that Jesus cares for you so much that no matter what, He will never stop loving you? It’s true, miniBFFs! And that is a topic we are learning about in this episode with the story of the woman at the well. This woman felt a lot of shame and sadness about the things she had done and thought no one loved her. But Jesus was about to tell her how much He loved her and how He had come to save her.  This story, The Woman at ...
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January 22, 2024 7 mins
So we know Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist from our episode last week. But what happened after that? Well, Jesus spent a lot of time in the desert of all places! That’s probably not where I would go right after being baptized, but it is where Jesus went and for a good reason. We also learn about Jesus calling his disciples and how important it was for Jesus to have close friends too.  This story, Let’s Go, comes from the ...
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January 15, 2024 6 mins
This episode today is all about John the Baptist. It is so important that we take time to learn about him because he is a very good example of wanting to tell everyone about Jesus. Even before John the Baptist had even met Jesus face to face, he knew that Jesus was someone that everyone needed to know about.  This story, John the Baptist, comes from the I Wonder book and can be found on page 114.  We have teamed up with Zonder Ki...
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January 8, 2024 9 mins
Have you ever thought about what happened at the very first Christmas? Well in this episode we get to learn all about it from the story, The First Christmas, in The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible on page 119.  This season we have teamed up with Zonderkidz to learn all about the Gospels by reading stories from these three storybook Bibles: The Jesus Storybook Bible, The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible and I Wonder. Head over to faithg...
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December 8, 2023 5 mins
We have a fun announcement just for you, miniBFFs! Annie’s miniBFF Podcast will be back with brand new episodes in 2024! Starting on Monday, January 8th we’ll be reading MORE stories from Annie’s favorite book, the Bible. But in this season, ALL of the stories are from the gospels as shared in some of our favorite storybook Bibles from our friends at Zonderkidz.  We can’t wait to learn more about Jesus with all our miniBFFs (and th...
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I am so excited to be with you all for a little bit today to share with you a very fun episode about my newest kids book So Happy To Know You! And guess what miniBFFs? So Happy To Know You! is in stores NOW! Alright so we are doing this podcast a little differently today. Instead of a story, I want to invite you all to a conversation with some extra special guests like Jennie Poh (the illustrator of So Happy to Know You!, Taylor ...
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August 29, 2023 6 mins
miniBFFs, I have been keeping a BIG secret and it's time to share this fun surprise with YOU! Listen in to find out about something special I've been working on with YOU in mind! Grown ups, be sure to visit sohappytoknowyou.com for more details and some fun goodies you can get when you preorder So Happy To Know You!
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December 19, 2022 9 mins
miniBFFs, we are so excited to bring to you all a very special series where we get to spend some time together talking about one of my favorite seasons in the church calendar, Advent. Join us as we spend the next four weeks learning about each of the candles on the Advent wreath - Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  This week’s episode focuses on the candle of LOVE. I'm so glad that this week we get to talk about one of the best gifts w...
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December 12, 2022 9 mins
miniBFFs, we are so excited to bring to you all a very special series where we get to spend some time together talking about one of my favorite seasons in the church calendar, Advent. Join us as we spend the next four weeks learning about each of the candles on the Advent wreath - Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  This week’s episode focuses on the candle of JOY!  I'm so excited that we get a chance to talk about the candle of JOY! Y’...
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December 5, 2022 10 mins
miniBFFs, we are so excited to bring to you all a very special series where we get to spend some time together talking about one of my favorite seasons in the church calendar, Advent. Join us as we spend the next four weeks learning about each of the candles on the Advent wreath - Hope, Peace, Love and Joy.  This week’s episode focuses on the candle of PEACE. Sometimes the Christmas season can feel so busy that you might just need...
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