On The Go
Like most people I am on the go most of the time. This means I must be more creative and open minded about the time I spend on scripture and in prayer. I set goals to read verse and meet with the Lord at home in the morning or evening, and these times are often disturbed by my travel schedule or life events, which I cannot easily change. I have to accept that what I think prayer time should look like is not my reality and that God will meet with me where I am. I have to take my quiet time with the Lord where I am or miss it. Our modern society has created this problem for me, and I am finding ways to take advantage of our tech to solve the problems of workship.
Listen to Learn
One of my goals has been to complete a full reading of the bible. I am a relatively new Christian and I have not yet met that goal, but I am well on my way. One of the tools I use to at least hear the word during my long drives to and from appointments is an audio book version of the bible. While the audio book does not allow you the benefit of study on the road it does allow you to listen and think about what you are hearing. I often use my phone or a small voice recorder to record notes about things I want to look up when I get some quiet time. I also find I absorb much more of the word than I thought I would making my reading time more rewarding.
David Suchet Audio Bible – This is of Audible.com which I use frequently for trips and work since I don’t have much time to read. My only complaint is that it is not well organized to allow jumping to a specific book or verse. I just have to listen through, but it works.
While I do enjoy reading from a real printed bible, and chances are you will find one near me much of the time, it is not always easy to carry one around all day every day everywhere I am. Although I do love the feel of a paper bible, even in church or at gatherings I find a digital bible easier and faster to use and more informative with cross references and research more readily available in some versions. I am a multi-device guy and I use both Apple and Android devices with apps on both. Some of the apps I use or have been referred to by reputable sources include:
NIV Bible Offline Free – The New International Version (NIV) is an English translation of the Protestant Bible good for general reading.
Bible Hub App – This app was provided by a friend who used it to read the bible last year. I have not used it yet, but one of two recommendations I am considering. Official Bible Hub app with quick access to the Bible Hub Site. The app provides an in app browser to run the full Bible Hub site.
Bible In One Year – This is another app recommended by a friend in my study group for a yearly reading of the bible. One Year, a free Bible reading app with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of HTB in London and pioneer of Alpha.
Podcasts are a great way to hear the word. Most churches are starting to podcast sermons, thoughts, and commentary. There are more than I can list here but our church does provide a podcast you can try out HERE. Most phones come with default podcast app or you can find a custom app in your app store that will even inform you with new podcasts are available.
You will have to figure out what works for you, but get out there and start finding your path. It will be different for everyone. I had a lot of miss starts and failed attempts until I found the tools and places that work for me. Follow us on Facebook and let me know what works for you, and I will add it to this post.