I hate to admit it, but the first thing I do in the morning is grab my phone. Anyone else? My phone serves as my alarm, so it is the first thing I grab every morning. But what I do with my phone in those following few moments is key to how the rest of my day will go. For a long time, I would immediately check social media or my email before I knew it 30 minutes had passed and I had accomplished nothing. I decided to turn those moments into something productive. I began using an app on my phone to spend time in God’s word before I rolled out of bed. The key is to do this before you do anything else on your phone. It might take great discipline at first, but it is a great way to gain perspective on the day and start off in the right frame of mind.
P.S. If your babies wake you before your alarm and you can’t do this before you roll out of bed, I encourage you to carve out a few minutes in the early hours of the day to check out one of these resources.
I have used several & enjoyed each of them for certain reasons in different seasons of my journey.
Here’s a list of my favorite devotional apps:
You Version App
This is one of the most widely used Bible apps out there, but you may not know all the cool features that it has.
- Verse of the Day – you can get notifications to receive the verse each morning
- Bible Reading Plans – there are hundreds of plans on a wide variety of topics
- Multiple Versions – You can access over 100 versions of the Bible
- Audio Bible – There is an audio feature so you can hear the scripture read aloud
- As you are reading scripture, you can:
- highlight a passage in multiple colors
- bookmark the passage and give it a title and/or a label
- take notes on the passage and the notes will be saved in the app
- create your own social media graphic from a verse that spoke to you that day to share with others
- see what others in the YouVersion community have to say about a verse
- share the scripture easily with others through social media, email, text and more
Download the Bible App from YouVersion HERE
If you know much about me, you know that I am a big fan of Jennie Allen and the IF:Gathering. I have used this app since the first installment of IF:Equip a few years ago. I even got to be a part of one of their early promo videos and talk about my sweet son Caleb. They have recently launched a new version that is beautiful and geared toward women’s creativity.
- A daily study on a topic or a book of the Bible (5 days a week)
- A short video from some of the IF:Team talking through that day’s lesson
- A question of the day to reflect on the day’s lesson
- Includes a beautiful social media graphic based on the lesson to share online
- A place to join in the conversation in your own creative way through words, pictures, video or audio. It’s kinda got a Pinterest vibe
- You can choose from current or past reading plans
The content on this app is always extremely thought provoking, life giving and deep! I LOVE all the IF girls and I think you will too! Their study on the Nicene Creed called “I Believe” is the best comprehensive look into the foundations of our faith that I have ever seen. It is beautifully written!
Check out the IF:Equip website or download the app on your phone’s app store.
First 5 App:
This app is from the ladies of Proverbs 31 ministries founded by Lysa TerKeurst.
- You can set your alarm in the app and choose a custom message. As you turn your alarm off, it will go straight to the First 5 for the day.
- You can record your notes and thoughts in the app & they will be saved for later reflection.
- There is an option to go deeper if you want more than the daily devotional.
- There is a beautiful social media graphic each day to share with others.
- There is an active community of women sharing in the comments to encourage each other.
Download the First 5 App HERE
She Reads Truth App:
This app is by Raechel Myers & Amanda Williams who are the authors of the study “Open Your Bible”. This is a huge community of women that dive into the word together.
There is also a new “He Reads Truth” app that follows the same scripture as the women’s version so you can work through the plan with your husband, definitely a plus!
- Gives you access to the entire Bible in multiple translations
- Highlight scripture and devotional content to copy and share
- Make notes to save in app for later reference
- Choose from current or past reading plans
- Has topical studies as well as studies on certain books of the Bible (some are FREE and some you have to pay for access to)
- Set a reminder at a certain time to remind you of that’s day’s reading
- Has an active community of women engaging and encouraging one another
- Has a beautiful printed version of the study guide that you can purchase, if you like to do the traditional book study
Check out the She Reads Truth website and the He Reads Truth website or download the apps on your devices’ app store.
Do you have any favorite apps that you use to connect with God’s Word? Tell us your favorite in the comments.
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I love these ideas! I am such a fan of proverbs 31.org devotionals too-great way to start the first minutes of the morning 🙂