Here's a practical list from my day-to-day that might add a bit of "better" to yours.
So, these aren't affiliate links. They're the helpful cogs of my real life lately.
“[God] Your love makes everything better.” 🎶
Sublime Bible Time (with actual paper)
It's hard to beat the convenience of your smartphone super-bible. Unless you're trying to focus or read deeply.
I've changed my routine to do more of a deep dive into scripture. To that end, the expertly designed He Reads Truth readings for Revelation have been great. The occasional reflection worksheets have been outstanding aids while studying this challenging book.
You can buy a one-off book designed just for guys or for gals. They also have a monthly subscription service and dedicated app to encourage your daily journey in the Word of God.
Shout out to Sublime Text (a paid one-time license)
It helps real programmers, authors (and faux-grammers like me) remember the word sublime.
Jokes aside, it's a beast of a tool. It's the first editor I found that could easily help you change 100 lines of text by typing. Simultaneously. It's a feature called multiple cursors. That's just the smallest taste of the amazing text morphing and code creating powers at your fingertips.
Seki-san, a Japanese pastor of our sister church Noborito Ekklesia regularly uses Sublime Text to share prayer requests and take notes for the congregation. We all have mad respect for this man of God (and his excellent choice of text editing software). 🎩
Satisfactory chill-wave instrumentals for your chores/commute/workday:
The "neato-retro-visualizer" version ↙️
The "I don't want to deal with Valorant ads every 20 minutes" version ↙️
These playlists by Asthenic are my jam right now. 🌊
A Better Graphic Editing Software Option (Mac or iPhone Only 😅):
If you have a Mac and edit photos regularly(-ish), consider ditching your Adobe subscription for this one-time payment. It's an impressively maintained tool suite with a way more intuitive user interface than Photoshop.
(I guess Paint.NET is still around for free graphic editing on windows.) 🪟
Better (subscription-based) Japanese Study Tools:
Kanji - wanikani.com
Grammar - bunpro.jp
Reading Comprehension - Satori Reader
If you have friends who want to study Japanese alone, these programs are all you need other than Japanese friends to talk with. (Or a country to be immersed in, language-wise.)
*self-motivation, patience, and discipline not included*
You'll need it.
The Better Study Tool for Anything and Everything:
- Anki (It's free!)
This life-changing learning tool ensures you never forget what you learned. It's a flashcard system that primarily shows you the cards you don't know. This sounds like a bummer until you realize: that you don't need to see cards, you know, until you've almost forgotten them. Learning is about focusing on the things you don't know so they can join the collection of things you do know.
Perfect for long-term Bible verse memorization. Great for languages. Excellent for historical events, dates, trivia, and grammar.
It's the silver bullet for med school students that need memorize a sea of information each week.
Don't forget all the free Anki decks of curated flashcards! 😃
An Encounter With God
Please pray with us on June 24th, 25th, and 26th. These days represent our most significant spiritual retreat and church discipleship event of the year.
The Encounter with God retreat is a total teaching time and quiet reflection space designed to facilitate powerful meetings with God.
What adds that extra bit of better to your life?