Apps and Friends

I wanted a Bible app for my IPhone for the times I was in my study with my morning devotions. I don’t like to get on the computer during that time because it’s a distraction.

I have a Bible page-a-day calendar. Each day I rip off a page and paste it into my journal. I then compare it with other translations. Next I write it out in second person, present time. When I go back and read my paraphrase of the verse, it’s as if God is speaking directly to me. Some people call that Rhema, which means personalized revelation.

I have many Bible translations, concordances, Bible dictionaries, and commentaries, but it’s fun knowing I have a very large library right there on that small device. I can even listen to some of the Bible with audio, once I figure out how. I’ve struck gold!

I also wanted the Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus to use with my journaling and hand-written pages. That one cost $3.99. I didn’t care. Our dear son-in-law and his wife (our daughter) came over last weekend, and he got my two apps going for me. He’s so good at straightening out my mistakes, and very patient too.

After working with the Bible app for a while, I tried out the Dictionary/Thesaurus.

Before I wrote a compendium of everything it told me, I looked up the word compendium. Here’s what the app gave me.

It said the word was a noun, gave a short definition, which it expanded upon, and offered examples. Next came origin (I need that when I’m working on my historical novel. I don’t want to use a word in 1924 that didn’t come into use until 1987.) After that, I found a gorgeous list of synonyms the cutest of which was florilegium. As if that weren’t enough, when I clicked on the thesaurus, synonyms and related words appeared.

 I was fascinated with miscellanea, which sounds like Italian poetry as well it might since it is, after all, Latin.

Word of the Day (you can subscribe HERE)

  • ergonomic
  • \er-guh-NAH-mik\

I’m still having a bit of trouble with the apps. I tried to get The Poetry Foundation’s poetry several times. But the problems I make for myself with passwords and IDs are again plaguing me even though our son-in-law fixed all that.

We are having  a street party at a restaurant. The around fifty-year-old kids planned it. They are the people who played together on our street from the time they were preschoolers.

Five boys


Bill and I, and a couple down the street are the only parents left. We’re still living in the same houses. They invited us to the party, and we’re delighted to attend. Do you think it would be all right if I slipped my phone to our son-in-law and ask him to set up the poetry app for me? Nah, it’s probably a bad example for some of the young adults who’ll be coming to the party with their parents.

 Verse of the Day

“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

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