Sometimes the smallest variation can make a huge difference to your overall experience of something (like when you add a little too much salt to your soup and ruin your whole meal).

These small changes have a big impact, and the same goes for the small, sometimes overlooked, elements in your Bible reading and prayer time.

Subtle improvements to your “Quiet Time With God”can have a huge effect on your growth rate and what you get out of life.

Join me on November 6th for our next Exclusive Online Class, Improve & Create Your Easy Bible Reading & Prayer Routine. I’ll show you simple techniques to cut friction, and help you ENJOY reading your Bible and spending time in prayer.

You’ll learn:

  • How to save at least 2 hrs each week reading your Bible but getting just as much out of it.
  • TRIPLE your prayer engagement ASAP.
  • Learn how to create a “spiritual vitamin” regimen so you can get stronger, more immune to attacks, and totally ready for what comes your way.
  • How to read your Bible in a way that lights up your brain.

…Plus, much more!

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My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools
I get a lot of questions from you, my readers, asking about my favorite Bible study tools. Reading the Bible and having amazing tools at your disposal has never been easier with the invention of e-readers, tablets and smart-phones. This post gives you a list of my top electronic Bible study tools and apps with short descriptions and links so you can grab them for yourself.

You might find something here that will make your Bible reading more interesting and certainly more enjoyable. And you might find some sweet gift ideas (I have added Amazon links for your shopping pleasure.)

YouVersion on iPhone

What I love about electronic devices is that they make reading your Bible more convenient and definitely more accessible than a hard copy of a Bible. Why wouldn’t you want to make the switch? You do so with newspapers and magazines. You opt for email over regular mail. Why? It’s faster and at your fingertips.

It’s your option. You choose. I say, give it a shot; you can always go back to holding your Bible in your hand if you choose.

So without further ado, here’s “My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools”:

1. Amazon Kindle – As I have shared with you before, my Kindle is my FAVORITE Bible study tool. Before I had my kindle, I used to carry 5 different Bibles out to my reading chair every morning.

Imagine how that worked when I traveled! I spent a lot of extra money at the baggage counter because my suitcase was always over the weight limit. The only thing good about that was that it provided a good workout lifting and lugging!

Now my Kindle is all I need. I have 9 different Bible translations on it and countless devotional books. What I love about reading my Bible on my Kindle is that I can jump around to different passages by clicking or touching (I now have the Kindle Paperwhite which is touch screen) the hyperlinks within the biblical text.

Kindle Paperwhite

With my Kindle Paperwhite, there’s no more leafing through a big Bible when cross-referencing. And the search feature can’t be beat. Trying to find a topic in scripture is easy with the Kindle, just enter the keyword in the search box and your Kindle will pull up the passages for you. If you’re in the market for a Kindle Fire, it’s a beautiful device that offers all of the features mentioned above in a tablet e-reader.

Not interested in a Kindle?

No sweat. Let’s not forget, you don’t need a Kindle to use the Kindle App. You can download it on your smartphone, tablet or computer giving you the option to purchase Bibles, devotional books, and Bible studies galore. You purchase them right from Amazon and read them in the Kindle app.

2. iPad – My second favorite Bible study tool. What I love about having an iPad and a Kindle is that Amazon has the Kindle app that you can grab for free and put it on your iPad and iPhone. With this you can read whatever books you have on your Kindle on your iPad or iPhone. So for Bible reading this is a gem.

When I’m out to lunch with a friend, I sometimes want to share a verse of scripture with them that I read that morning. So I go to the Bible I was reading in my Kindle that morning but I do it in the kindle app on my phone and it flawlessly syncs and goes right to the page and verse I was reading. Sweet!

3. Apps for Apple & Android Platforms:

There are tons of Bible related apps, which are available for both Apple and Android products. YouVersion is probably the most popular. I use it because it has a ton of Bible translations and the option to read two versions at once in parallel view. Here’s a link to the YouVersion for Android users.

You can highlight, and copy in YouVersion. From there, tweet the verse you’re reading or post it directly to Facebook and other social media apps. You can email the link to someone as well, so it’s got some great sharing features.

The YouVersion app also has reading plans. And plenty of them! From Joyce Meyer to C.S. Lewis. And love this feature or hate it – when you miss a bunch of reading days in a row, the app will gently remind you via email. No pressure, you can dismiss the reminders if they start to bug you.

There are many Bible reading apps available in iTunes or for Android users. I have the Olive Tree app, which is great if you want to import various Bible versions into one app.

Or you can purchase stand-alone Bible version apps from Olive Tree. I have the both New Living Translation Application Bible App from Olive Tree and the Amplified Version Bible App from Olive Tree. I find myself going back and forth comparing both versions.

4. iPhone – Lots of people are using their phones to read the Word. It’s great because you pretty much always have it with you. Stuck in a doctor’s office, pull out your phone and read your Bible. Stuck in line at the grocery store? Pull out your phone and read your Bible. Stuck in traffic…well, maybe that’s not such a good idea unless someone else is driving!

Other great iPhone and iPad Bible reading apps that I use:

  • BlueletterBible.com is a Bible search engine with commentaries, study helps, and more. You can use it on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Biblegateway.com Another great Bible search engine with tons of translations, commentaries, and study helps. The user interface is a little prettier than the BlueletterBible but looks aren’t everything!
  • Strongs Concordance for the iPhone – Full search features. Study the root words in the Greek and Hebrew. No more lugging around a Strong’s Concordance – those suckers are too big! Love that I have all of this study information at my fingertips!
  • Evernote– Evernote is the best note-taking tool I have ever encountered. This is pure gold. And no, I do not get paid to say that! Evernote, as Michael Hyatt says, is my digital brain. I have it on my iPhone, iPad, and my Macbook. When I write a

    Evernote on iPad

    note about a passage of scripture or just copy a scripture down that I want to commit to memory or go back to for encouragement – it goes right into Evernote. The search features can’t be beat. I use Evernote to record Bible study thoughts, prayers, and it can also be used for journaling.

  • DayOne Journal. Again, this is an app from the Apple store, which gives me the ability to have it on my iPad and iPhone. In it I list prayer requests, things that God is speaking to me, and yes, I cut and paste my favorite scriptures in it like crazy. You can upload pictures to it, and email your entries to a friend. And it’s password protected. DayOne has a very friendly interface and it’s fun to work with.

If you’re a Twitter fan, and you have a Kindle, you’ll want to follow @GospelBooks. Why? Cause they let you know about FREE Christian Kindle Books you can scoop up. They’ll tweet about free and discounted books everyday. Be sure to check their timeline regularly so you don’t miss a steal or a deal.

So there’s a list of my fav’s. Hopefully you will find some great gems that will help you in your Bible reading and Christian growth. What are some of your favorite Bible study apps and tools? Share with us, we want to know.

If you’ve enjoyed this post, My List of Top Electronic Bible Study Tools, you will want to check this related article: Why I Made The Switch to Bible Reading On My Kindle.

 

Why do I prefer reading my Bible on my Kindle every morning rather than holding a bible in my hands? Yeah, I know, some say you just can’t beat the experience of holding your Bible in your hot little hands. It just feels good…and holy…and right. It’s by far the superior reading experience! Well, hold on and let me explain why I switched.

I thought I would have those very same thoughts. In fact, I had my Kindle for a week before I decided, this was crazy. Why would I want to continue to tote 5 Bibles around with me or even just one when I can carry a 3 ounce Kindle and have all of my Bible translations at my beck and call? I was silly NOT to read my Bible on my Kindle. Before you get all nostalgic on me just let me offer some of the pluses.

Advantages to Using a Kindle for Bible Reading:

  • I have 9 different Bibles on my Kindle; this is by far, my greatest joy! Think about it, to have all of my Bibles on one small, thin, light device is perfect when I travel. I used to add at least 25 pounds to my suitcase toting my Bibles and books. Now, my Kindle slips into my backpack, briefcase, or purse and it’s available anytime I need it. No more lugging books, commentaries, and study guides. I can research and study anytime I have a few minutes or when inspiration hits.
  • When I am in a meeting, I can pull out my findings or search for documentation without lugging books in my briefcase or backpack.
  • The search feature is by far quicker than trying to page through a big Bible. I type what I am looking for in the search area and my Kindle does the searching for me.
  • Searching for the notes I made is super sweet. Type in a keyword used in my note – and voila, my kindle takes me to that place. Much easier than looking for notes in the margins of my Bible.
  • On those rare occasions when I don’t have my Kindle with me because I left home with just my iPad, my Kindle is still with me – just in a different format. My iPad Kindle app seamlessly syncs with my Kindle so I never lose my place. All of my notes, and bookmarks are available on both devices. Win-win!
  • On even rarer occasions when I don’t have my iPad, my iPhone has guess what? Yep, my Kindle app too. And yes, all synced up and ready for reading. And because I always have my iPhone with the Kindle app with me, I always have my commentaries and notes. Whether I am in line at the grocery store, waiting at the doctor’s office, or killing time before my next appointment my Kindle, in one of 3 forms, is with me.  Win-win-win again!
  • Highlighting on my Kindle is a breeze and want to know what’s even breezier? Easily finding all of my highlighted passages in one place. They are all gathered together in a neat little file called “My Clippings” and I can also find the same file on my iPad, iPhone, or desktop. Flawlessly synced to boot! This is in addition to the text staying highlighted on any of my devices as I read.
  • Now, what about those who say, “Well, sooner or later you will forget the order the books of the Bible are in because you use the electronic version instead of searching through the hard copy of your Bible.” To those I say, “SO?” Electronic devices aren’t going away guys. So get with it. Nine times out of ten I am using an electronic device which allows me to page through the table of contents or even search for the book and chapter that I want. The need for memorizing the order of the books of the Bible, though still important, isn’t as necessary. Do we still use our fingers to eat now that we have the invention of the fork at our disposal? I guess some still do, but that’s their game. My point is – they don’t have to.

Disadvantages to Using a Kindle for Bible Reading:

  • At first, I was going to be sassy and tell you there aren’t any. Still love me? 😉 Honestly, it all boils down to what works for you.
  • If you aren’t willing to try something new, then Kindle Bible reading won’t work for you.
  • If you’re opposed to learning new technology, then Kindle Bible reading definitely won’t work for you. Stay an old dog refusing to learn new tricks. Yes, I still love you. 😉
  • If you absolutely love holding a bulky Bible in your hands for whatever reason, keep at it. But if you are willing to expand your horizons and experiment with something you may find foreign at first, you just may like it. Then love it. Disadvantages are in the eyes of the beholder. You choose.

Practical details:

  • Price: The new Kindle Paperwhite is a great deal starting at $119.00. I got one as soon as it came out. The Kindle Paperwhite is touch screen, which makes jumping to hyperlinked scriptures easy. So cross-referencing is super fun and fast, like lickety split! Touch the verse that is underlined and you’re right there. Touch the back arrow and you’re back to the previous scripture where you started.
  • The older Kindle Keyboard is still available on eBay for cheap. This is the Kindle I started with years ago and it was love at first sight! I will say though that I love my Kindle Paperwhite even more. The built-in light makes it lovely to read in bed or in a dimly lit room. My husband’s thankful that a lamp on our nightstand no longer bothers him when I’m reading and he’s sleeping. Makes me happy when he’s happy!
  • If you are interested in any of the Kindle models, click here and you will be taken to my Amazon store where you can learn more about them and purchase it securely. (And too, you will be helping me, as I will get a small percentage of the sale. So, thanks in advance!) The Kindle Fire link is also listed here for your convenience. And ohhh, is that Kindle Fire sweet! Full color and like a little tablet.
  • If you order from Amazon you will receive your Kindle in about 3 to 4 days (based on the publication time of this post). If you’re willing to venture out you can get a Kindle at Best Buy, Staples, Target, and Office Max. My assistant, Tanya, and I called around. Once we found that Best Buy in our area had them we boogied over there pronto. They held them at the front desk for us and we walked out with 2 highly coveted Kindle Paperwhites from Amazon’s first shipment. Can you say FAVOR?! 🙂 Yep! And I pray that for you too!
  • If you’re in the market for a gently used Kindle, you can find some really good deals on eBay. I found one for my mother last year for $60 including a nice case. She too, has become a Kindle fan. As soon as it came in, I downloaded a free ESV Bible on it for her to read.

Stay tuned for my next post about Bible reading on electronic devices. I will share how to use the iPhone, iPad, and other mobile apps to read your Bible. I’ll give you a list of apps I have tested and use that are great for Bible study, prayer lists, devotions, and keeping notes. We’ll also explore the iPad verses the Kindle for reading in general. Will be fun, so check back or even better….subscribe so you get my free updates via email.

So there you have it. This is why I made the switch to Bible reading on my Kindle and why you might too. No matter which you choose, Kindle or a handheld Bible – just keep reading your Bible. It’s good for you. And we all need God’s goodness in our lives! Dig in and enjoy!


How Just One Minute in the Word Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Day

You may not always have gobs and gobs of time to read the Bible every day. But let me share how even just one little minute reading your Bible can make a big difference in your day.

Consider the Illinois man who left the snow-filled streets of Chicago for a vacation in Florida. His wife was on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next day. When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick e-mail.

Unable to find the scrap of paper on which he had written her e-mail address, he did his best to type it in from memory. Unfortunately, he missed one letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife, whose husband had passed away only the day before.

When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint. Hearing the scream, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the computer screen:

Dearest wife,

Just checked in. Everything is prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

P.S. Sure is hot down here!

The absence of just one little thing can make a big difference, can’t it?! So can the addition of one little thing. My friend was telling me how she didn’t have much time the other morning to read her Bible. She only had a minute. So she took one minute in the Word. That’s all it took. That one little minute set her day up – the right way.

She shared how one tiny bite of the Word is like a tiny bite of food. Think about it, even just a small bite of food contributes to our well-being. It nourishes. It tastes good. It delivers vitamins to our body. The same happens with just one bite of scripture.

God’s Word is so powerful that even just one tiny bite has value. It’s nutrition-packed! So the next time you’re tempted to beat yourself up because you don’t have time to read a whole section or a whole chapter in your Bible. Don’t! Just take a bite.

That one little bite can encourage you, lift you up, set you up, and keep you going. Just one word. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Here are a few ideas on how to sneak in a bite of the Word:

  • If you have one minute to spare before you get to work, grab your smart phone
    and grab a bite. (YouVersion Bible app is my favorite Smartphone app.)

  • Got a pocket Bible? Stash it in your purse, briefcase, or backpack before you head out the door.
    Then you will be prepared to take advantage of a break in your day when you can munch on the Word.

  • Have a few minutes while your waiting in line picking the kids up? Grab a bite.
  • Waiting on your next appointment, your doctor, or in line at the grocery store? Grab a bite.
  • Standing over the stove cooking dinner? Grab a bite before you grab a bite!
  • If all else fails, and you’ve found yourself at the end of the day ready to plop into bed and you
    still haven’t had a bite of scripture that day…take just 60 seconds and grab a bite!

    One bite is better than no bite at all. Even just one tiny bite of the Bible will do your body good!

    Anywhere. Anytime. Grab a bite of scripture.

    Bon Appétit!

    How has just one tiny bite of your Bible make a difference in your day? What are some ways you can come up with to sneak in a bite of scripture?  Let us know in the comment section!

    (Story credit: LOL Text: Daily Funny Texts and Jokes, Appstore. Image of food: Google Images)