These tools help me with content creation and content immersion. For me, growing in God is taking in information/revelation and processing that revelation so it becomes practical in my life. The combination of both is what helps me grow in the Lord.
Top Five Digital Tools
I use YouVersion for my daily Bible reading. In my opinion, there is nothing better. With over ten million reading plans completed worldwide with YouVersion it’s almost like a mini Bible reading revival.
You can select from tons of different reading plans and many different translations. You can subscribe to the Bible reading plans and have them emailed to you. On top of that you can listen to your plan audibly thorough the app. There is just too much to share here.
I read the Bible straight through each year using the chronological reading plan.
You can tell I love this app. To find out more just go to YouVersion.
2. Logos Bible Software
I use Logos for all my in-depth Bible study. Logos is not cheap but it worth the investment.
Here is why I use logos.
Ease of Use: I remember the days of pulling volumes of commentaries, word studies and Bibles off my shelf and onto my desk. Logos sorts all this out and turns a day of study into about one hour. Just type a passage in the search box and click the “go” button. All the info on the passage you selected shows up in a nicely formatted window pane ready to be used.
Study Anywhere: Carry virtually all your resources on your different digital devices all synced and ready to go.
Original Language and Context: You don’t have to feel intimidated about studying the original language. Know the hebrew and greek meaning of a word and context is just a few seconds.
Additional Information: You can look at maps, timelines, biblical cities and people, images and more all in a matter of seconds.
3. Day One Journal
I use Day One as my digital journal.
Writing helps me process information and articulate my thoughts. This is critical for me. I ask the Holy Spirit to help me understand what I am learning enough to where I can write it down. (I fully understand that I will receive things front the Lord that I just cannot articulate right away and it’s totally ok.)
Because I am also a Pastor, I write to prepare teaching notes. This too, is a valuable means of refining what I am learning.
I use a modified template that I downloaded from Michael Hyatt that helped me kick-start my journalling. The template is free.
I use Wunderlist as a resource for all my prayer requests and declarations.
Wunderlist is a task management system. Within the app I have an assigned task called “daily”. Within the daily task list I keep all my prayer requests and declarations neatly organized using subtasks and a notes section.
Wunderlist is my digital source to help me communicate more specifically and intentionally with the Lord as I move through each list.
Wunderlist syncs with all my Apple devices (Windows and Google too) and any additions or changes to my “daily” list are seamlessly synced across all platforms. I have the list set to “repeat” daily so after I pray I simply check off the task and it appears the next day with my prayer requests, declarations or even attached documents all in tack.
So I can use Wunderlist anywhere; the Prayer Room, running errands, talking with a friend or colleague having updated access to all my prayer requests declarations and files.
I use Kindle for all my online book reading.
Books help me grow. Insights God gives to others are extremely beneficial to me.
With Kindle, I can literally keep all my books on my iPhone, Macbook Air and iPad. If I am reading a book on my iPhone it syncs all read pages across all platforms seamlessly.
All my highlights and notes made on the Kindle are stored on my own personal “highlight” page provided by Amazon. This means ALL my highlights and notes from ALL my books are located in one place with hype-links to link back to each and every book. I also have all highlights and notes in on each book on my Kindle apps across all platforms.
When I am studying a certain subject, lets say “prayer” or “God’s glory”, I have all my highlighted resources in one place to pull from.
In addition, I can copy and paste any highlight and put it in another document such as Word or the Day One journal. I also use highlights for teaching notes, writing and study.
Continuity and Focus
I like the idea of having all my digital resources all in one place on all my devices. This creates continuity, focus and needed resources almost instantly.
I can read the Bible, study the Bible, journal my thoughts, pray, declare and read books that I feel the Holy Spirit is leading me to read. I can do all of this from any digital device, almost anywhere and at anytime with the goal of knowing God better.
Do I still use paper? The answer is yes but this is for another post.