Personal Bible Journal

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rcwatson | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Dec 2 2014 4:09 AM

I plead to an overall ignorance in properly using the tools provided by Logos in "notes" and "clippings." Having stated that my question is simple, I think. How do you keep the equivalent of a hand written Bible journal of your daily reading of the Scripture? Has anyone discovered an easy way? I could use Word but I would rather stay in Logos with just a simple open panel. Thoughts?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 2 2014 4:36 AM

Hi Roger

For this I would use a Notes document.

I would create a Notes document called "Journal" (for example) - use the Notes option in Documents

which will create an untitled Note

which you can rename to "Journal" by over-typing

Then select the passage you are reading, right-click and choose "Add a note to Journal"

You can then type journal entries into the note associated with that passage

Hope that helps to get you started - but please feel free to come back with further questions

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Russ White | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 2 2014 5:16 AM

My response -- for real -- is to use something like EverNote or OneNote instead. You'll end up with better organized notes that are more usable for a wider array of tasks into the future...

:-)

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Richard Wardman | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 2 2014 5:44 AM

Russ White:

My response -- for real -- is to use something like EverNote or OneNote instead. You'll end up with better organized notes that are more usable for a wider array of tasks into the future...

:-)

Russ

I suppose the advantage of Notes in L6 over Evernote is that your notes will be tagged to the text so that you can find them easily later. 

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Everett Headley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Dec 2 2014 8:00 AM

I don't do this for a journal, but i do for my own personal Study Bible.  I keep my notes on verses in a Notes file.  Awesome that they sync to all my screens and to the texts.

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rcwatson | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 3 2014 2:35 AM

I appreciat your thoughts and comments. I have played with each over time and just haven't found the right combination to satisfy my particular wants. There is more than a bit of irony in that statement considering the software and what I think I want. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond and share. As with all things there are strengths and weaknesses with each but I need to select one and just practice it. Again - thank you.

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David Taylor Jr | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 3 2014 4:57 AM

Russ White:

My response -- for real -- is to use something like EverNote or OneNote instead. You'll end up with better organized notes that are more usable for a wider array of tasks into the future...

:-)

Russ

I used to think that but I have gone back to using notes within Logos.  You can always export to a Word Doc later.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 3 2014 10:46 AM

rcwatson:
I have played with each over time and just haven't found the right combination to satisfy my particular wants.

I would be interested to know what is missing with the Logos notes-based solution.

Logos notes has come on significantly over the last few year - particularly in Logos 6 - and it would be good to know what areas are still lacking.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Dec 3 2014 1:10 PM

Russ White:

My response -- for real -- is to use something like EverNote or OneNote instead. You'll end up with better organized notes that are more usable for a wider array of tasks into the future...

I have always resisted this solution because you lose integration; with L6 the flexibility added for attachment points and tags make Logos 6 the preferred solution.

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Schumitinu | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 4 2014 1:28 AM

I downloaded this journal a few weeks ago (https://community.logos.com/forums/t/79592.aspx). This is set up as a calendar devotional. When converted into a personal book it is organized by date, a separate entry for each day. And it gives you a text box to write down your thoughts etc. Something like that could work for your Bible journal. you could leave it set up as it is and make entries by dates. Or you could play around with it and make one that is organized by Bible books, or a separate ones for each book of the Bible organized by sections/chapters of that book. You then can write down your observations etc. in the text box of each section. If you end up with more than one journal you can collect them using the favorites feature described above.

I haven't checked it out yet. So I don't know how the personal book behaves. For example what happens if the assigned space is full, will it enlarge automatically or not, I don't know. There might be other limitations. Once you have it set up you cannot add more sections to it etc.

Give it a try. Personal books are searchable and I think you can add tags to it as well. So it provides some integration into your Logos library.

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MWW | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 4 2014 9:57 AM

I agree that for me the Logos' Notes approach is not the ideal method for tracking personal notes related to Bible study. The problem lies not so much in the notes functionality but in the organization of the notes. For example, if I have one notes document for Bible study/journaling, that note document soon becomes to large to easily navigate through, especially as there is no filtering or search functionality in an open notes document. On the other hand, if I have one note document for each book of the Bible, navigation through the document becomes easier, but it becomes tedious to always have to open to the right Notes document to attach a note to it.

I would like it much better if there was a journal that would automatically organize notes for me - especially as I tend to be a little organizationally challenged and stuff easily ends up all over the place. A journal that would have a calendar to be able to track notes by date (kind of like the Day One App, or even Logos' Reading Plan), but also have a Bible verse index that can be filtered or sorted by books of the Bible, would be greatly helpful.  

I believe a better or easier system like that would be a great addition to an already outstanding Bible software program. I think that the notes functionality of Logos is weak when compared with the many other areas of advanced functionality and automation that is part of the Logos Bible software experience.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 4 2014 12:06 PM

Logos does maintain the date created and you can sort by it. If you have references you can sort by them.

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MWW | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Dec 4 2014 12:33 PM

Thanks MJ, I was aware of the sorting and that definitely does help. But a journal would take Logos over the top. 

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Nicole Holmquist | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 14 2016 11:37 PM

Schumitinu, how did you convert the download into personal book?  I just see garbled words/numbers in doc and I have no idea how to get it connected to Logo.  Can you guide me with this, step by step?

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Schumitinu | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 15 2016 3:51 AM

Nicole Holmquist:

Schumitinu, how did you convert the download into personal book?  I just see garbled words/numbers in doc and I have no idea how to get it connected to Logo.  Can you guide me with this, step by step?

Nicole, once you have downloaded the DOCX open it. There might be a year mentioned on top. Mine for example says Journal 2015. So you want to change that to the current year. Then save and close it.
Next go to Logos, go to Tools, and under the Utilities section choose Personal Books. In the new window click on Add Book at the top. You might have to scroll down to the bottom to see the new book set up opened (see picture below). In that new field fill in the information, like Titel etc. Make sure you choose Type: Calendar Devotional and Language: English. If you can create a book cover for it do so and then go and select it by hitting Change... Then add the DOCX file by clicking on Add File and navigating to the location where the file is saved on your hard drive. Finally hit build book and wait for it to complete.

Then enjoy your journal

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Todd Hart | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2019 4:41 AM

It would be great if LOGOS has a personal daily journal. I can type what I am thinking or dealing with day by day. It would be an actual journal. Not linked to LOGOS unless I chose to add a scripture and what it meant to me on that day. The word is deep precept upon precept. A verse today may mean one thing. tomorrow a bit more, a year later it may take on a whole new meaning or level. Not that the latter necessarily negates the former but just a different viewpoint.

In addition to what is listed above. It would add the date automatically. I would have sections like prayer requests. As prayers are answered the date and how it was answered could be added. Some answers may have multiple entries as God reveals to us.

As I get older I can forget God's faithfulness in answering, and how he answers. Being able to go back and read these builds even more faith. Or in days of trials and dark times I can do as scripture teaches to go back and count my blessings and them one by one. Blessings can be answers to prayer requests or maybe even another tab/section on what I am thankful for.

I work a high stress job where people and situations come at you all day long. Being able to unload this in a journal based and God's word would be great.

Notes is a great tool as it is. I put things in there too. But it doesn't match a personal journal dialog with God. Paper is what I use now. I can keep that but thought it might be nice to do electronically. Then if my little journey in life is worth sharing with others. I can pull form the typed material and share it. Blog or other format.

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Bryce Hufford | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Oct 26 2019 8:28 AM

I have revisited this thread a few times over the years.  With the new notes tool, you could create a “Daily Journal” notebook.  Then within that notebook you can create a journal note template that has all the sections you want to cover.  You could create a new note for each day, week, month, or year depending on how you want to organize it.  You can sort your notebook by date created to have a chronological journal.

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