It’s very common, in my experience for Christians to say things like “I wish I had more time to read the Bible” or, “I know I should be reading the Bible, but…” or, “my devotionals are taking a backseat these days because…” and I think that is true for a lot of people. There is always a lot going on, and a lot of excitement.
From when we were newlyweds, up until while I was pregnant for the first time, I used to do daily devotionals with the Bible app on my phone. It was excellent. I would get up early, make myself a cup of coffee and sit down with my little Bible app and dive in. The ones there had Bible verses, as well as things to think about.
That changed when the babies came, and I was up late with them, and I was waking up at the same time as them.. and on days when I tried to wake up early so I could do something like that… it’s like they sensed it and then they woke up early, too! So… my devotionals have been taking a backseat these days 😉
But NO MORE. I was recently approached to review a new app in exchange for an Itunes gift card, and I jumped at the chance. Not just because of the itunes gift card (though I do have my eye on that Moana soundtrack 😉 ) but because of the app itself. I’m so excited to share my review with you!
Awakening To God Today, or ATG Today app, is basically a mini-devotional. There are daily Bible verses, and daily questions to reflect on. There are questions you answer in the morning, and then more at the end of the day to look back on how your day went.
This app includes:
· Ability to journal your walk with God on your iPhone, iPad etc.
· Create and remember significant touches from God, everyday events, and prayers.
· Build your faith through scripture memorization and by looking back at answered prayers.
· Inspiration and guidelines to help you take your walk with God to another level.
· Learn how to hear from God and to live your day out from 8 minutes with Him at the start of the day.
· Evening entries to remember your day and give thanks to God.
· Encourage your family and friends by sharing daily scriptures and thoughts.
· Inspire and strengthen your family devotions.
It does cost money to buy, but you can feel good in your purchase because the profits are going to help people in India, which I really liked about it.
I also really like how there’s something you can do at the end of the day. I have a blank journal that has been sitting beside my bed for a while. More often than not, I have a bunch of things I need to do before I go to bed, and so my husband goes to sleep before me. Well, I’m not going to come into the room and turn on the light! This is perfect because I can sit beside him in the bed and do a nightly devotional and not wake him up with excessive light, because it’s all on my phone.
Plus, it truly is a journal because you can look back on what you said previous days, and reflect on that. This app keeps all of that for you. You can add pictures as well.
Mostly, I love how simple this is. This app doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles to make it great, it is simply a devotional. And if it inspires me to read more of the Bible or pray for longer, great! I think this app is a great starting off point for people who need to kickstart their devotional practices.
It’s something that I can even do with my kids at the breakfast table as we start our day. At this point, they’re too little to really answer the questions, but I think that if they see me doing it, it might be something they’d think about, too.