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4 Apps To Fuel Your Spiritual Life

For those of us who have accepted Christ as our savior, we each have to figure out what to do next. When you’ve experienced the transformational love of Christ the next question is usually: now what? Do we sit on our hands and enjoy God till we die or He comes back? Or are there ways we allow Him to work in us daily to further His Kingdom?

This is why Christian character matters. And Christian character comes from the influence of God’s Spirit shaping us into who He designed us to be more and more each day. As the apostle Peter said,

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3-4

But what does it mean to participate in the divine nature? One of the traditional tools for the spiritual life is journaling. I’ve never been much for that as it isn’t something I can keep up with and it ends up discouraging me more than anything else. If you are like me and are interested in a different way of experiencing God, here are four iPhone apps that I’ve found to be very helpful in no particular order.


2 Tricks to Become a Morning Person

My New Year’s resolution for 2013 was to regularly wake up earlier. As a self professed night owl this has been a challenge. As I updated in February, I’ve been able to make some progress bit by bit. My goal has been to offer encouragement for the many other people who easily make it to the single digits before they go to bed each night but then feel like they are always late to the party each morning.

I’ve recently hit a couple of new breakthroughs. I read through this article and came away with a couple great insights on how to trick yourself into waking up earlier.


Wanna Read Faster?

Zap Reader LogoIf you are a regular to my blog you know that my “reading” category is the most often used. I’ve been able to dramatically increase the amount of books I read with audio books on apps like Audible but I still wish I could ingest and retain more content faster. It’s the curse of the web age.

While there are plenty of tips and tricks to train yourself to read faster, here is something you can apply immediately and it doesn’t require any training. There is an online tool called ZapReader that feeds you the words at a speed and grouping of your choosing. This can be incredibly useful for online articles, blogs, or any document that you can copy and paste into the program.

Here is a video explanation of what the software does (try and move beyond the voice in the video):


My Top 15 iPhone Apps

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I was recently asked by a new iPhone convert to share some of my favorite apps. Since so much of my world is connected to my phone I realized how much these apps aid me in my everyday tasks. Some people look at technology as a burden and a detractor from the “real world.” While I’ll certainly acknowledge that technology, like just about anything, can easily be abused, I also know that if it is used well it can be an incredible tool. I strive to use it as such.

Here is my list of my favorite 15 apps that allow me to intentionally use my time efficiently.


Evernote Clearly

I recently found a simple, yet incredibly useful tool for your web browsing enjoyment. It’s called Evernote Clearly. It’s a browser add-on (for free) that allows you to simplify the text on a webpage with one click of a button. This allows you to focus on what you are reading by dramatically reducing the other distractions on the page that we unknowingly look through. If you are reading a lot of text on a page then you will definitely notice the difference. This is a must-have for anyone who regularly reads blogs or articles on the web. If you have an Evernote account (and you should) it also gives you the option of effortlessly syncing content from what you read into your Evernote folders.

Below I’ve included two contrasting screenshots from my election post last week so you can see an example of the difference.


Lift App

Lift App

I recently stumbled upon an amazing app for my iPhone. It is called Lift and it’s shockingly simple. All it does is help you keep track of daily habits that you want to be more consistent with.

The images above are two screenshots from my phone. On the right, you see my current list of daily habits. On the left, you see a more detailed view of my progress with one of those habits (and some of the other people tracking the same habit for themselves).