Fresh Starts – New notebooks and apps
Don’t you love a fresh start?
That’s the theme on Pages From Stages this week. New Year’s is one of my favorite seasons for this very reason.
It means new notebooks and calendars! I have way too much fun picking out paper products to start the new year. I’ve got a train calendar over my desk at home and landscapes at the office. This year’s crop is especially promising and I’m already jotting little notes and long lists.
Some more technologically advanced features were introduced to my New Year’s fresh start in 2013. I’ve been a little slow to the “app” market to load new gizmos on my phone. But I knew I needed to rejuvenate my Bible reading and as they say, “There’s an app for that.”
I downloaded the You Version of the Bible, which actually has many, many translations of the Bible, along with lots of reading plans. I am reading the 35-day Soul Detox plan.
Each day, it sends a reminder with the daily Scripture, which I usually read out of my own Bible, but sometimes I read it on the screen to try a different translation.
Another app I’m playing with is the Daily Audio Bible. Listening to God’s word being spoken is quite different than silently reading it off the page and I’ve really enjoyed it. You can listen through the whole Bible in a year or like me, listen to a Psalms and Proverb each day.
My word this year is “inside;” I’ve been paying more attention to what I put “inside” both my heart and my body. An app called Lose It helps me track what I eat each day. It has made me more aware of what (and how much of it!) I eat. I had forgotten that snacks count – and they add up!