Read where you are

March 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

Back in the dark ages [about six years ago], my laptop was big, bulky and slow. I used it for word processing and email. Now it is lighter and faster with a much bigger hard drive and it has gradually become a central part of my life. It’s now my photo album, music collection, mailbox, library [thanks to Project Gutenberg and the Nook for PC program], and often my dvd player, stereo, and telephone. Sometimes, I even use it as my camera during a Skype call.

And thanks to OneNote,[ a program Microsoft has been bundling with Office for a few years] my laptop has also become my spiritual journal. I’m not going to wax eloquent about how useful I find OneNote, except to say it has a great search function, and having pages and sections and notebooks makes material much more accessible than closed up in file that is tucked away in a folder.

Using my laptop for my journal has some pitfalls. It’s tempting to check email or news or blogs or google some random question. Since I usually spend time with God first thing in the morning, I’ve learned to turn my wireless off before I go to bed. But there are times I’ll turn it back on when I have one of those “where’s the verse with that phrase….” moments. Google finds it 99% of the time. And when I want to compare a passage [or copy a verse for this blog], I use a websites that has several different translations of the Bible.**

However, I’ve also downloaded a Bible onto my laptop. The NET Bible** is free, and like OneNote it is an absolute breeze to navigate and search. It’s probably the fastest way to look up a specific passage. Three clicks and you’re there. NET Bible is billed as a more literal translation, but I find it reads fresh. It also comes with very enlightening translator’s notes. This electronic Bible isn’t going to replace my paper and ink Bible [who could give up that wonderful crinkling sound when you turn the page?]. But it’s great to have a Bible at my fingertips all the time. If I have everything else on my laptop, why not the Word of life too?

NET Bible to download

Websites with several Bible translations:
NET Bible Study Environment

My Utmost for His Highest by email.

One of my favorite devotionals, Every Day Light, as an RSS feed

Choose your own daily reading plan by email

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