Have you been wrestling with a choice? A Paper Bible vs Digital Bible
Should I read God’s Word in my physical PAPER Bible or on my digital device? Does it really matter which one is used?
Is studying God’s word difficult? Are you trying to navigate your Bible but can’t seem to find the time to dive deeper?
OR, using your smartphone seems wrong and doesn’t provide a deep enough study?
During the early years of motherhood when I had tiny little ones attached to me almost 24 hours a day, it became increasingly difficult to read God’s word so I eventually turned to my smartphone as a supplemental tool to read God’s word.
Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both and figure out which is best for YOU? In your current season or assignment in life.
Don’t let someone, not even me, make you feel guilty about the tool being used to deepen your faith walk.
However, if you are here searching for answers on WHEN you should use a digital bible vs a physical paper Bible then let’s look at some clear advantages and disadvantages.
Lacks the kinesthetic learning style (cannot touch and write)
Lacks deep engagement opportunities
Multiple ways to study: studies, reading plans, and community
Lack of retention (people are not retaining the information they read)
Can share scripture easily and globally
Lacks creativity (cannot doodle)
Write God’s Word on your heart.
If you are not creating a deep relationship with God through your digital Bible app then it may be time to use your PHYSIAL Bible. It provides an opportunity to see the Bigger picture and connect pieces of HIS story to your story.
It has cross-refrences and a dictionary to dive deeper into the context of each lesson that the Lord is trying to convey to us.
Personally, I love my BIBLE! IT has been a resource in my life for 16 years – it is bruised and battered and barely held togetheer with duct tape. I had to buy a new Bible cover to keep it from falling apart!
It has been through many trials and tear-streaked nights as I have navigated the murky waters of this life. The Lord has used it to highlight areas in my life where I needed HIM most.
My physical Bible is a treasure. In case you are wondering, here are my favorite Bible resources:
Our seasons in life changes frequently. When I was a young believer and mom of young children, it was difficult to carry my Bible with me and keep it safe from little hands. Using a smartphone was an excellent way to stay in God’s word so my cup did not become EMPTY. Nobody wants a mama with a bad attitude because her heart isn’t focused on GOD!
Now, I have a little margin and have developed rhythms for my days. Rising earlier and going to bed earlier have created margin to study in my REAL Bible so my cup stays full and overflowing. Right now (September 2020), I am going through 1 Samuel and it says that GOD judges by the HEART.
So mama, don’t feel judged about what you are using to stay in communion with the Lord. HE knows your heart! Only serve HIM.
As an aspiring photographer and mother to four, I know the benefit of backing up your photos especially when it comes to our digital memories. There is value in backing up our family’s precious memories. Today, you will learn the 3-2-1 Rule to easily backup your digital photos in 2020.
I use the 3-2-1 backup rule for all my personal/biz photos and video files.
Back up your images in at least three areas which could be two storage devices and one OFF site (like cloud storage) at a minimum!
3. Make THREE copies of your images – just copy the ENTIRE folder of your images on your computer and make two more copies.
2. Leave ONE copy on your desktop. Cut/paste ONE copy on your external hard drive and/or USB storage device.
1. Cut/paste ONE copy onto a cloud storage space such as Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Dropbox.
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Step One: Prep your photos before you back up
Prior to backing up ALL your digital images, it would be a wise decision to go ahead and prep your albums with a thorough weeding out of images and a proper organization system.
1. Cull (weed through) your images
Ok, so you have captured at least 1000 images from your son’s first tee-ball game, another 500 from a day at the park, and 5000 from day-to-day activities. Your phone is screaming “CRITICAL STORAGE” issue.
If they matter to you then you should cull them THEN back them up! (You could also just backup today and CULL once a month or once a year.
Any professional photographer will immediately back up their images then CULL them which means they will sift through ALL the images deleting the worse and keeping the best. I am assuming most moms today have most of their images on a smartphone, therefore, culling them before backing up 3,000 images it will eliminate the 1,500 blurry selfies taken by your toddler.
By deleting the ones that were so-so or absolutely no good, will leave you with a much smaller and easier to manage photo album with the very best images.
2. Create a filing system for backing up your memories
You can easily lose images on your computer without a good storage filing system. Using folders and metadata will help you find images quicker and easier.
“A place for everything and everything in it’s place.”
If you are saving your photographs and video files all willy nilly then it will be a hard time finding that precious close up of your daughter from her ballet recital three years ago.
Here is a simple filing system utilizing folders within your file explorer (PC) on a computer.
First, create a BIG category and niche down to smaller categories. I like the use of years, months, days, and events.
Start with a folder labeled with the year the media was captured = 2020
Within the year folder create a NEW folder(s) with the individual months = 01.2020; 02.2020
Within the month folder create a NEW folder(s) for the day and event = 03.16.2020_Quarantine
Here is a sample filing system for your photo organization.
Once you have mastered using File Explorer and regularly organizing your photos from your smartphone, cameras, and smart devices then you can move to meta tags and attributes. You will be able to label images with “ocean”, “dog”, or “baseball” so they will be easier to search and find when you need an image fast.
Side Note:Cloud storage devices utilize very smart algorithms and artificial intelligence that immediately recognize specifics in your images so you can search them IMMEDIATELY. I think that is pretty cool and creepy. So make sure, if you utilize a cloud storage device that you don’t mind these images being indexed (i.e. “toilets” could bring up some interesting images if you captured a toddler’s potty training days).
Step Two: Copy/Paste your photos FILE FOLDER on TWO media devices
At this point, you have can back up your images to your computer’s, laptop’s or smartphone’s internal hard drive so they are safe on these devices – for now! Again, all it takes is one spilled coffee cup, one drop of the phone, or a hard drive CRASH to lose all the images saved on these devices.
Hopefully, you were able to create a wonderful filing system within your File Explorer therefore all you have to do is copy the BIG category file and save it to an external media storage device.
⇒ External Storage Devices:
Small and compact
Easy to use
Capacity has increased
Small and compact
Used in most cameras
Mini or Micro SD cards can be used in smartphones and cameras
Easy to store for safekeeping
CD or Blue Ray disc
People may have these already on hand
Slim and easy to store in fireproof safes
Small capacity but you can be very specific and label them clearly
External Hard Drive
“My personal favorite”
Capacity is wonderful and for most people, you only need one or two
Can be very slim but normally bulky like a small hardcover book
Perhaps you already know about Google Photos and you want to back up your RAW images and 4K footage. Google is now offering a new option of storage called Google One. Pricing starts at $1.99 a month for 100 GB.
The key to this article is to motivate you to take your data seriously, specifically, your family photos and films. However, if this article has inspired you to take a proactive approach in protecting ALL your data. Here are some further resources.
How do you find your God-given purpose as a Christ-follower? It starts by examining your calling vs your assignment.
A Christ Follower is called to do good works in His Name BUT living out HIS purpose in our life seems to be this elusive concept that I, even as a Christ-follower, continually searched for each and every day. Eventually, the best approach I found was understanding the differencebetween a calling and an assignment.
EVERY Christ-follower has a purpose and a calling in their lives. It starts when they surrender their lives in salvation. However, it may be difficult to comprehend because prior to this calling there may have been this gnawing feeling that something was missing ….
Before you accepted Christ as your savior, there is this weight or burden on your life – I know because I felt it too. There was a void in my heart and life always seemed lacking. The pleasures of this world didn’t aid in healing it. Each attempt to “complete” myself seemed to evade my grasp. I was searching for this in performance-based acts such as good grades, relationships, jobs, money, and achievements.
THEN I did a total surrender of ALL my busyness, burdens, chaos, and goals, AND finally FILLED the void in my life.
Not only did the void disappear a flame was ignited in my heart that continues to grow today. A flame that seems unquenchable and ready to set blaze the calling God has placed deep within my soul.
YOU can have this flame as well. After you have accepted Christ, He places the same calling on you as he did Paul, Peter, Moses, and so many others. Moreover, HE gave us a road map! The road map is written in the New Testament of the Bible.
What is the calling of Christ-followers?
A Christ-follower’s Purpose or Calling is explicitly written out as the greatest commandment which was spoken by Jesus because Even the disciples, the chosen few, sought his answer to this question, “Lord, what is the greatest commandment?”
The greatest commandment of the Bible = the CALLING in our lives = your god given purpose!!!
Calling, Purpose, Goal in Life, Aim for my children is to LOVE God fully and LOVE others sacrificially through servanthood.
Serving the Lord takes surrendered effort like practicing the spiritual disciplines such as reading the Bible, pray, meditate, memorize, and be a good steward of God’s grace in your life – even when it is difficult!
Surrendering our bodies as living sacrifices as an act of worship that serves the Lord for example sharing the gospel with others.
God knitted you and me in the womb according to Psalm 139. If He created us then He most certainly has the power to know our purpose because HE created us to use “whatever gift” we have received to glorify Him.
We can serve others through prayer, fellowship, and yes, practically through finances, time, and our skills.
Love on others in hardships and celebrate with them during joyous occasions. Shower others with forgiveness and kindness.
YOUR assignment is simply your current circumstances. Wherever the Lord has physically placed you is where you are suppose to serve!
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It isn’t easy to accept especially if your current situation is a prison or a hospital bed or at the bottom of the laundry. However, the Lord will use your circumstances to serve others and glorify HIS name IF you are willing to surrender to HIS will and be a tool used for good works.
Do not become disenchanted or give up hope that this place isn’t where you are supposed to be ESPECIALLY if you are practicing spiritual disciplines such as praying and being in God’s word diligently. Use this time, circumstance, aka NEW assignment to deepen your personal relationship with the LORD and serve others through love, joy, and peace.
Personally, I was a career-driven woman, running up the rungs of the corporate ladder then abruptly stopped to stay home with my newborn baby boy. A new circumstance that was unexpected and definitely not planned yet in God’s sovereignty HE knew I would use this time wisely – growing my faith and boldness to share HIS good word with others. (i.e. THIS WEBSITE)
Oftentimes I am asked, “What powerful faith lessons did I learn through cancer?” Well, a few lessons were immediate while others were like a slow burn that took time to etch themselves into my heart. So, I made a video and linked resources for each lesson in the blog post. You see, my husband was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Our story through cancer can be read here:
Watch the video or read below for the four powerful faith lessons I learned through watching my husband battle cancer.
No. 1 | Control is a LIE!
You do all the right things. Eat all the right stuff. Exercise all the time. Sleep the right amounts. Work the good job. Lessen your stress. Rest when appropriate.
Ultimately, life is like a vapor so brief and fragile that in an instant it could all be snatched away. Truly, life’s brevity is one of the main reasons I started this little blog. You can read about it here.
It was reiterated the day we learned of my husband’s tumor which was an eye-opener. Moreover, a day I will carry with me because…
Control is a LIE!
Control is a fallacy that also will lead to disappointment. It was a shock to hear my husband’s predicament was much more than a sore throat. Furthermore, it was a shock that it happened to HIM! A man that was a wonderful steward of his body, mind, and heart.
Being a good steward is important and we should be sheparding our lives well YET when circumstances beyond our CONTROL are turned topsy-turvey we can’t blame ourselves.
Proverbs 16:9, reminds us that we can plan our lives but the intricate day-to-day steps are established by the Lord almighty.
In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
All in all do not allow this to steer your heart away from being a good steward of your mind, body, soul, and life. Above all there is freedom in knowing that even as we plan our lives the LORD will govern the day-to-day circumstances, some good and some not-so-good, however, we have the ability to change our PERSPECTIVE through prayer and petition.
Did our circumstances change in 2019? No.
We battled cancer with the power and freedom found in CHRIST. Fortunately, we came out victorious over Lymphoma! But no matter what the outcome-God gets the glory in this story. (Because we know where we are going.)
Peace was our true aim through the battle not control. There is joy in trusting God with your plans.
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Seeking the approval of man will lead you to more disappointment and eventually set you up for idol worship – performance-based relationships vs authentic relationships.
As a wife and mother, my DUTY was to serve my family not other people’s expectations which leads to bitterness.
THE LORD LOVES ME in my MESS! He knows my heart and has ALREADY granted approval. Trying to perform a miraculous job as a caregiver will lead to burnout which serves absolutely nobody! Luckily, the counsel in my life during this rocky first phase of cancer was superb. My community rallied in around us from all sides and listened and provided such wise counsel.
THANK YOU! Thank you to each and every person who supported us.
God’s approval is FREELY given
HE loves my mess and HE loves your mess! You do not have to earn HIS approval because it comes FROM him freely. One does not have to perform FOR others FOR their approval. God knows our hearts. He knows the deepest darkest most private areas of our lives and will meet us in those depths.
Welcoming the LORD into the cancer battle and allowing HIM to take control gave us peace and joy.
YouVersion Bible study on Approval and Identity: Approved
No. 3 |Spiritual Disciplines Matter
One of the Four Powerful Faith Lessons is understanding just how important it is to practice spiritual disciplines.
Life can get busy and doing spiritual disciplines can become robotic almost monotonous. However, the Lord commands us to press into HIM out of obedience because eventually a relationship – a deep personal relationship built on a covenant is built. By practicing the following habits, you will strengthen your “armor” for the battle:
Practice the spiritual disciplines that are outlined in the Bible because they will equip you to handle any trial that may come your way.
Are gifts really a necessity today? Well, if you are anything like us, then maybe yes. According to the book, Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, my husband and I fill our love tanks up with quality time and physical touch. However, when parents are busy washing dishes, doing laundry, and/or climbing the corporate ladder those “love languages” are hard to come by. So we have started to compensate here and there with gifts. Gifts that truly enhance and enrich our lives by showing love and support for our loved ones through gifts that bring them joy through encouragement, inspiration, and education.
Also, we give gifts for sentimental reasons ANY TIME of the year 🙂 Here are my top 20+ gift ideas for the faith-based, techy, non-techy, griller, and all-around sport-loving DAD in your life. I hope you find some inspiration and gift-giving ideas.
(P.S. Since I adore technology, faith, and family-based activities my gift ideas revolve around those ideas and what my actual husband would enjoy or already possesses.)
Faith Gift Ideas
Scripture for Faith-Based Fathers – Every day your loved one heads to work for a grinding 6-8 hours (maybe even more like mine) AWAY from his family. How can you help him stay focused on what matters most? How to keep his heart, mind, soul, and strength envigorated with love, peace, joy, and happiness as he manages the workday? An inspirational Coffe Mug!
My husband recently realized that it is more enjoyable to consume his coffee from a coffee mug vs the metal traveler mugs. DaySpring has so many wonderful options! Maybe you would like to encourage your man of the house with a matching picture frame of the family in addition to a very masculine mug. Check out this bundle that will be sure to put a smile on your husband’s face.
Also, my husband has really started deepening his faith through intentional Bible reading and books.
We both own and use this Bible . We love the NIV version and this one has amazing commentary including a side panel full of questions. It provides answers along with cross-references (please consider buying a used version to save you $$$).
More spiritual encouragement:
My husband listens to and reads books from multiple Biblical authors.
My husband also benefited from this Bible Study and moved through the different books such as Milk, Meat, and Bread, as he grew in his faith. (Not an affiliate, we just genuinely loved this series for the new believer.)
Tech Gift Ideas
Tech for Techy Fathers – Father’s climbing the corporate ladder and accomplishing goals need tools like efficient and reliable smartphones that enable them to conquer the day.
Speaking of the day, how about alarm clocks that energize you and your smartphones so you wake up more alert and energized! This alarm clock has a gradual light feature that mimics the rising sun along with natural sounds that are proven to help you wake more rested PLUS it has a USB outlet located on the back that charges your phone!
Sport Gift Ideas
Fitness and Sports Fans – In this household we do baseball and football! So let’s not rule out jerseys for your loved one’s favorite team and player. You may want to consider a course for them to become the best little league baseball coach in the county! (Not an affiliate link just a resource my husband was gifted.)
Also, with the coronavirus quarantine, men who enjoyed their gym time may be needing an outlet for fitness. Kettlebells are an amazing and versatile piece of equipment that builds strength. A TRX system is also very helpful and adjusts to YOUR fitness level. YouTube has had a flood of new tutorials that will help you find easy DIY exercises to use with kettlebells or the TRX.
Outdoor Gift Ideas
Outdoor Enthusiasts – The Summer months are upon us and the grill is open for business. Having a reliable meat thermometer means you will always have safe and edible meat to serve the family. Perhaps, you want to take the family for a beach vacation. I recommend a wagon (FYI, Aldi’s had one for $40) for the sandy shores, coolers for the tasty treats, and bluetooth speakers for music are always helpful for the fun-loving Dad.
If your man loves the outdoors and has a creative spin, he may enjoy a durable camera like a GoPro.
More of a leisure walker than a marathon runner? How about a bird-watching camera like this DSLR with a telephoto lens to capture the wildlife?
Happy Father’s Day FREE Activities
In summary, these are gift ideas that I have bought, used, and/or recommend. Happy Father’s Day!
Before you go!
Here are a few more ideas to celebrate the day with or without gifts!
Plan a picnic in the great outdoors. Bring fishing poles or a good book to enjoy the rest and solitude.
Maybe your special someone enjoys his space. Provide him with an afternoon free to nap, catch up on his hobby, or spend it whatever way he would like!
Family man? Create a family fun night! Pick his favorite family-friendly movie, popcorn, order pizza, and board games like “Risk” that will provide the whole family an evening to enjoy.
Create a scavenger hunt that challenges Dad and the kids to go outside and explore for hours! Make it even more interesting by using scriptures as the clues. It is a great game changer if you have teenagers who need that added level of intensity.
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