First, let me begin with this: I am a techie. I have always loved electronics and technology and how it can be such a boon to society and to life. I use Logos Bible Software for nearly every aspect of sermon preparation. My phone and calendar apps on my computer and phone help me know where to go and when to go there. However, there are some areas that I think the good old fashioned way wins out.
As a committed Christian, I do my best to spend time in prayer and in God’s Word on a daily basis. I was first challenged to take this very seriously in the men’s ministry group at Faithbridge Church in Jacksonville, Florida, under the instruction of their Pastor, Paul White. That was back in late 2012. Since then, nearly ever day, I have kept a journal…I guess I should say I have kept journaling, as I have many, like the one pictured below, filled with personal reflections, prayers, and copied Scriptures from over the years. Reading from a physical Bible, writing with a physical pen and paper, I believe, are two wonderful evangelistic tools to be used in one of the most dear mission fields of life: the home. Jonathan Edwards wrote that “every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church.” And this, I believe, starts with reading the word. So, when I consider switching from journaling in actual journals to a digital medium, Logos Bible Software, it’s a decision that I don’t take lightly.
Actually, this decision is one that has been years in the making. I have talked about starting to journal digitally, and also typing out all my previous years’ devotional journals. I have also thought about doing the first part of that, and hanging onto the journals in my office somewhere. However, over the years, that has yet to happen. I haven’t really known what it would look like, for me to do this on a digital platform.
The reason I am headstrong with my decision to use Logos Bible Software as where I will do this is simple: I can do it all in one program. While I will still read from a physical Bible, I’ll have the great (and still getting better) notes system, commentaries, study Bible notes, and everything I need right there with no need to switch between programs. Outside of this, I really have no idea what I am getting myself into.
I still have a couple weeks worth of pages in my current composition notebook (Yes, I buy them in bulk at the beginning of the school year, both for homeschooling and my journaling). So, in that time, I’m going to figure out what that looks like. I’m going to possibly, some days, do my quiet time twice to figure out a good system. And, if anyone who reads this article has made this switch already, I’ll gladly take advice on how to do it all.
My plan is to keep a record of this journey here on my blog, ultimately sharing my way of journaling in a digital manner. So, in the meantime, I’ll keep posting my semi-regular Weekly Nerd, book reviews, and other articles as I plod along. However, keep an eye out for my next (first?) article on transitioning to digital journaling!