Apps to Start 2017 Right

Recently I shared some of my top reads for 2016.  Books are some of my greatest resources, but recently God used some apps to really enhance different areas of my life.  I love the convenience of apps, especially for trying to develop/improve certain disciplines.  In grad school, we constantly shared good apps with each other and I hope these will help you in whatever your 2017 resolutions are! Haven’t thought of a resolution? Maybe this list will help.  Aren’t into resolutions? That’s okay too, maybe this will just help with wherever God’s leading you.

fullsizerenderScripture Typer – App to Help Memorize Scripture

…and it actually helps! Scripture memory is one of my worst spiritual disciplines, but this app has helped me so much.  You can choose any verse and version unlike some of the other Bible memory apps.  As the name suggests, you type the verses to memorize them–a huge help for visual learners–but there are also several other ways to learn the verses (including recording and listening to them).  The app also notifies you when it’s time to review the verses.  If you’re a classmate of mine from seminary, you’re already aware of this little gem.  My professor that had us memorize the book of Philippians encouraged us to use this app.  That was when I first discovered it and I’ve been hooked ever since! This app is one of those you pay for (which goes against everything I typically believe about apps), but it’s worth it.  I actually paid for the pro version (breaking another cardinal rule of mine), but I haven’t regretted it at all!

fullsizerender_2Rain Rain – App to Help Sleep

I hate to admit it, but I’m one of those people that needs some sort of white noise while I sleep.  This started while I was trying to block out noisy roommates and has just gone downhill.  Usually I sleep with a fan (often pointed away from my cold-natured self), but this app helps when I’m sleeping away from home.  There are a lot of noise options that you can mix and match: rain, campfire, snow, laundry machines, and more.  If I have a lot on my mind, this app can also help me think about being in a cozy log cabin or at the beach for vacation.  This app is free and totally worth the download.

fullsizerender_3Stop, Breathe, Think – An App to Slow Down and Take Care of Yourself

This app is not a Christian app and some of it is a little wordly (depending on what option you choose within the app–some are better than others).  It’s an app to encourage “mindfulness,” which basically means paying attention to what you’re feeling in your body and your emotions.  That practice may seem a little silly, but it’s been a big help for me.  I used to intentionally do this app three times/day.  When I did, I noticed sometimes I had knots in my stomach or tension in my shoulders.  Inevitably, this was caused by some sort of stress, but I didn’t even realize I was stressed until I stopped to check-in.  In the busy, stressful world we live in, I think this app encourages better health.  I also think it’s easy to incorporate prayer and thanksgiving into this practice, making it a time to set aside with God.  It’s free, so try it out!

fullsizerender_4iMood Journal – An App to Track Moods

This is an app I discovered a few years ago, but it is one that I would still recommend to anyone.  If you haven’t ever tracked your moods, please do! It’s amazing the patterns that emerge and how God can use that in such a transforming way.  I’ll admit that this is a very counselor-y thing to assign, but I’ve seen it change my life and the lives of others.  It’s been long enough that I don’t remember if I paid for this app, but I know there are numerous mood tracking apps and several are free.

Hope this helps give you some ideas for 2017! I’d love to hear about some of your favorite apps or your goals for the new year!