Friday, September 13, 2013

Psalm 46 Prayer

Read: God is our refuge and strength
a very present help in trouble.

Prayer: Lord, you are our comfort and protection.  There is no other hope that we
  have in life and death.  You are here.

Read: Therefore we will not fear though
the earth give way,
though the mountains be
moved into the heart of the sea,

Prayer: Each day the world seems a little less stable under us.  May our lives look 
to You O God with courage and without fear.  

Read: though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

Prayer: Lord, natural disasters disturb us as climate and environments change
  over time.  Tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes among
  other events can cause for unrest.  May we hear your musical interlude as 
we face suffering, loss and tragedy.

Read: There is a river whose streams 
make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.

Prayer: Living water is what we seek, and You are our living water.  Flow through 
our lives giving refreshment and joy.

Read: God is in the midst of her; she
shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.

Prayer: May your presence, God, provide stability and strength for your children.

Read: The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.

Prayer: So many conflicts in our world today.  Nation against nation, people 
fighting for causes that they believe in wholeheartedly.  Where can we find 
peace?  Where can we find rest?  It is in You, O God.

Read: The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Prayer: Lord, as we look for safe harbor, we see throughout history Your 
faithfulness.  The protection found in Your presence is unmatched.  
Though physically we fade and fall, our souls rest in Your arms.

Read: Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how He has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the chariots with fire.

Prayer: Through our inner search, may we see peace on the other side of 
judgement.  You are sovereign, O God.

Read: “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

Prayer: Thank you for your words of comfort and peace.  May they calm my 
thoughts and anxieties about the temporary state of this world in which we 
live.  You are above all nations including the one in which I live.  In these 
moments of silence, may you be Lord of this heart, this family, this church, 
and this, Your creation.

Read: The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Prayer: Lord, as we look for safe harbor, we see throughout history Your 
faithfulness.  The protection found in Your presence is unmatched.  
Though physically we fade and fall, our souls rest in Your arms.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Favorite Apps of 2012

Here are my favorites for iPhone and iPad this year with links to check them out for yourself.  Some are free and some cost so beware:).  If you have some favorites, leave a link in the comments.  I love to find new ways of accomplishing stuff.  And the more I can feed the tech addiction the better!  These are in no particular order other than the way they came from my head.

A marriage saver for me, I am able to track expenses and mileage better than ever.  And by better than ever, I mean, at all.  Seems like this one cost a few bucks but it is worth every penny.  I tried many free ones until I finally bit the bullet and bought this one.

Touch Banking
This one is particular to the financial institution we use, and your bank probably has an app by now.  This is free and it allows me to check the balance and transactions from all my accounts on the go.  I have caught more errors and managed my money better because of this simple, free app.

Keynote and Keynote Remote
Giving presentations has never been so easy and user friendly!  You can now integrate presentations from PowerPoint.  With Keynote you can set up the presentation on your laptop or iPad, and with Keynote Remote you can control it through WiFi connection.

For the students and writers this app scans the bar code on books and gives you an instant bibliography that you can email in three formats: APA, MLA, and Chicago.  I wish I had this when I was in seminary or college.  I'm so glad I have it now.  It makes preparing papers, grading papers, and keeping track of research so easy!

Most of you probably have this one already, but worth mentioning because you can have just the right music anywhere you go now.  The premium subscription is worth it in my opinion to get rid of the commercials, but I do listen to a lot of music.

I discovered this one while camping.  We started with the free version and quickly moved to the paid version.  My kids and I hold the phone or iPad up to the sky and it shows where constellations, satellites, and planets are located.  

This app is a bit expensive, but if you go geocaching by yourself or with others it is worth it. Treasure hunting is fun and the kids love discovering things.  It gets us outside and going to new places.

Jetpack Joyride
My gaming experience is limited to short games that help me turn my mind off for a while.  

Survival Run
Ditto from the last one.

Ditto again.

Ditto again...If you like naming that tune and don't mind me beating you, get this one:).  Again I got the free one to start, but then moved to the paid version.

I am always on the lookout for a good book and a great deal.  This app has saved me a lot of money this year, and it has cut down on the impulse buying in bookstores.  You can scan to compare pricing, create wish lists for later, or buy online from the app.  The one drawback is that you can't buy in the kindle store directly from the app.  That requires a quick move to your browser and the site.

If you are a mac user and want a great Bible software that offers scholarly resources, this is it.  The app is free, but the program and upgrades cost per module.  If you just want a bible on your phone use the YouVersion app.

I love to be able to check out what is showing on the big screen, and watch trailers from the same place.  I remember siting on the phone growing up waiting for the movie I wanted to see come across the recording only to miss the time.  Of course, I was on a phone with a cord attached to a wall too.  Now all the info I need is right at my fingertips.

I don't have to waste a trip out to check if a movie is available for rent now.  Just check the listings and locations available.  You can reserve the movie directly from the app and get the movie you want guaranteed.

And lastly, another movie app.  If you have a subscription to Netflix this allows you to watch movies from many devices.  This works on the go if you have a 4G connection from your device.

Don't forget to leave your tips and recommendations in the comments!