Evernote & Kindle Is A Great Match

Talking with a friend about tips and tricks in note taking.

I know I have interesting conversations

But one thing that shocked me a little bit was how he wasn’t using Evernote.  For those who don’t know much about Evernote, it’s an online file cabinet and much more.  Do you have a physical file cabinet in your office?  Well, image that being online, with every file can be accessed wherever you are, with an easy to search tool.  I love Evernote so much that it is one of the services where I pay for the Premium, and I am a miser.

Seriously I have a hard time paying $.99 for a premium app

One of the functions that I love with Evernote is with my Kindle books.  I read roughly 15 – 30 books a year, not including numerous magazine…

…and comic… 

…subscriptions.  And because of the number of books that I read, I switched to digital over physical so I can keep my office from becoming a library.

Where would I keep my old video games consoles and my giant Pee-Wee Herman doll (You read correctly) 

Another plus digital has over physical is that note taking and finding specific notes is so much easier.  I can highlight on my Kindle or Kindle App; then I can see all my notes on that book online at kindle.amazon.com, or in Notebook section on my devices.

And this is where Evernote comes in and changes everything.

I was gonna say “whole nother level,” but that would…. You know…

It changes how I preach, teach, and even made seminary a breeze.  Here is how I use Evernote and Kindle.

Let me show you a step by step instruction on how I use these two products together.

Here is a highlight from a book that I finished.


I prefer using the Kindle desktop when I am putting my notes together because I am faster with keyboard and trackpad.  But also, which you will see in a bit, it adds a nice footnote.  So when I have my note, I copy the highlighted note.

Next, I go to Evernote.  I like to create a notebook for each book.  I used to make a separate notebook for each chapter of the book, which I organize through Evernote‘s stack function, but I quickly realize that there is a 250 notebook limit for everyone.  Even if you are Premium member, it’s still 250.

So the created notebook for this particular highlight is called, “Practical Family Ministry” which is the title of the book.  Then I add a “New Note” and then paste my note in the note.


Once I paste the highlight, you will notice that it inserts its own footnote.  I believe this only works if you copy and paste from the Kindle desktop app.  It’s no MLA or APA, but you can fix that yourself.  I then add a generic title

If no title, it will say “Untitled Note,” and that drives me crazy.

Then I tag the note to specific tags that I want to keep track of a specific topic.  This one I tagged “discipleship”, “equipping” and “parent ministry”.  Tagging is critical to my file management because if wanted to preach on discipleship or equipping, I just search those tags to find particular notes on it.  If I were going to do a talk on parent ministry, I could find all my notes on that as well.

And this is just one filed note, now add a 1000+ notes all tagged for a variety of reasons.  Now when I need an illustration or an idea to enhance my messages, I do not have to search through physical files or spend countless hours online looking through generic sermon illustrations to find something to add.

The best part, both the Kindle App and Evernote are free to have, and if this method works for you, spend the money to go Premium.

Family Devotion: Evil Enters The World

In God’s Word

Genesis 2: 16-17; 3:1-3

The Lord God gave the man a command. He said, “You can eat the fruit of any tree that is in the garden. But you must not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you can be sure that you will die.”

The serpent was more clever than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. The serpent said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat the fruit of any tree that is in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We can eat the fruit of the trees that are in the garden. But God did say, ‘You must not eat the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden. Do not even touch it. If you do, you will die.’ ”

God gave Adam and Eve freedom to live in the Garden. They could skip, jump, run through the trees. They could interact with animals. Maybe swing on vines…. okay I pretty much described Tarzan, but you get my point. They had so much that could be done, except for one thing. The only thing they were not allowed to eat was from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Sounds simple, but there was a deceiver in the Garden. The deceiver was someone who was seeking his desire, his will, and it wanted Adam and Eve to choose themselves over God.


  • What would you be doing in the Garden if you were Adam or Eve? What was the one restriction God gave Adam and Eve?
  • What did the deceiver ask Eve?
  • What do these tell us about God and the deceiver?

Sticky Note To Your Child:

Stand firm in God’s will

Prayer for the Family

I pray that my family will stand firm in God’s will and not fall into the trap of the deceiver.

Family Time Devotions: A Week Through God Creating Man And Woman


In God’s Word

Genesis 2:4b-7 (NIrV)

The Lord God made the earth and the heavens. At that time, bushes had not appeared on the earth. Plants had not come up in the fields. The Lord God had not sent rain on the earth. And there wasn’t any man to work the ground. But streams came up from the earth. They watered the whole surface of the ground.

Then the Lord God formed a man. He made him out of the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into him. And the man became a living person.

God created the world in sixth days, and after God had created the world, He said “It was Good.” And of all the creation, one part of creation was extra special, humankind.

Everything was created out of nothing, but humankind was first created by God’s hand from His creation and breathed His life into us to make us alive.

No other creation can claim that to be true.


  • How did God create man?
  • How does that make you different than other creatures?

Sticky Note:

  • Remember you are a special creation, but so is everyone in your school. (Genesis 2:7)

Prayer For The Family:

I pray that my family know that everyone is a special creation. I pray that we all will treat everyone we encounter as a special creation.

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Family Devotion Time: Day 6-7 & Extra Activity

In God’s Word

Genesis 1:26-31; 2:1-4a (NIrV)

Then God said, “Let us make man in our likeness. Let them rule over the fish in the waters and the birds of the air. Let them rule over the livestock and over the whole earth. Let them rule over all of the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own likeness. He created him in the likeness of God. He created them as male and female. God blessed them. He said to them, “Have children and increase your numbers. Fill the earth and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the waters and the birds of the air. Rule over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I am giving you every plant on the face of the whole earth that bears its own seeds. I am giving you every tree that has fruit with seeds in it. All of them will be given to you for food. “I am giving every green plant to all of the land animals and the birds of the air for food. I am also giving the plants to all of the creatures that move on the ground. I am giving them to every living thing that breathes.” And that’s exactly what happened. God saw everything he had made. And it was very good. There was evening, and there was morning. It was day six.

So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing. So on the seventh day he rested from all of his work. 3God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. He rested on it. After he had created everything, he rested from all of the work he had done.   Here is the story of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

On the sixth day, God created the things that would walk this earth. He made animals like cows, sheep and all things that creep and crawl……. I like to think only on the cute things.

After God had made the animals, He made us. He made us differently. He created humankind, in His image from His creation. And He appointed us caretakers of His creation. And that was the end of the sixth day.
On the seventh day, God didn’t make anything, and He rested. He blessed this day and made it different from the other six.

The beginning days of this world is hard to grasp fully them awesomeness. There are many different theories of the world, and no matter how certain we may be on one particular theory, it requires faith in the unknown. As for me, I will put my faith in the one that gives me hope and that is the theory of creation.


  • What makes animals and humans different in the creation story? Who’s image are you created in?
  • How does that make you feel to be created in God’s image?

Sticky Note:

Remember you are special in God’s eyes (Genesis 1:27)

Prayer for Your Family:

Help me treat my family as a unique and special creation. When I see their eyes, help me remember You. Bless my family this week, to walk as a special creation.

Extra Activity

Take a walk in the park or somewhere that has a lot of interesting things outside. Take pictures of all of God’s creation. Like animals, plants, each other.

During the walk ask them about everything they see. Ask about God’s creation and how special it is. Talk to them about how God planned and created everything that exists.

When you get home, take a look at all of the pictures.

Read Psalm 19:1-6

Ask them to tell me some of God’s work in these pictures? Tell them God did all of this? How great is God!

Family Time Devotions: Day 5

Bible Study

Genesis 1:20-23 (NIrV)

God said, “Let the waters be filled with living things. Let birds fly above the earth across the huge space of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the ocean. He created every living and moving thing that fills the waters. He created all kinds of them. He created every kind of bird that flies. And God saw that it was good.

God blessed them. He said, “Have little ones and increase your numbers. Fill the water in the oceans. Let there be more and more birds on the earth.”

There was evening, and there was morning. It was day five.

Creation Of The Animals

On day five, the stage was set for all the animals to flourish on God’s new creation.  There was water, land, and plants for food, so God made animals to live on land and the sea.  God created them all, from the smallest gnats to the might and fierce dinosaurs.  How awesome is His creation!  And God finished the day well pleased.


  • Have you ever thought about all the animals and fish in the world? Name someone of your favorites

Extra Stuff

Lunch Box Note

  • You are special, not only to me but also to God.

Family Time Devotions: Day 4

Genesis 1:16 [widescreen]

Bible Story

Genesis 1:14-19 (NIrV)

God said, “Let there be lights in the huge space of the sky. Let them separate the day from the night. Let them serve as signs to mark off the seasons and the days and the years. Let them serve as lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth.” And that’s exactly what happened.

God made two great lights. He made the larger light to rule over the day. He made the smaller light to rule over the night. He also made the stars.

God put the lights in the huge space of the sky to give light on the earth. He put them there to rule over the day and the night. He put them there to separate light from darkness.

God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning. It was day four.

On the day four, God add the lights in the sky (stars), the smaller light to rule the night (moon) and the larger light to rule the day (sun).  These served a purpose for His creation, as they helped people for thousands of years keep track of days, seasons, and years.  God was done and He said, “It was good.”


  • Which of three (sun, moon, or stars) do you like the most? Why?

Extra Idea

Lunch Box Note

When you feel the warm of the sun today, say a quick “Thank You” to God.

Family Time Devotions: Day 2 & 3


Genesis 1:6-13 (NIrV)

God said, “Let there be a huge space between the waters. Let it separate water from water.” 7And that’s exactly what happened. God made the huge space between the waters. He separated the water that was under the space from the water that was above it. 8God called the huge space “sky.” There was evening, and there was morning. It was day two.

9 God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place. Let dry ground appear.” And that’s exactly what happened. 10God called the dry ground “land.” He called the waters that were gathered together “oceans.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce plants. Let them bear their own seeds. And let there be trees on the land that bear fruit with seeds in it. Let each kind of plant or tree have its own kind of seeds.” And that’s exactly what happened.

12 The land produced plants. Each kind of plant had its own kind of seeds. The land produced trees that bore fruit with seeds in it. Each kind of tree had its own kind of seeds.

God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening, and there was morning. It was day three.

On the second day, God created a space between the waters, which is the sky above and beyond. And the second was completed.

On the third day, the earth was nothing more than water. So He made the ground rise above the waters, and land was there. On that land, plants and trees grew with seeds in them so that they can produce more and more plants and trees. And the third day was completed.


What did God create on Day 2? Day 3?

What is your favorite fruit?

Lunch Box Note

Put their favorite fruit in their lunch box.

While eating this fruit, remember God and his creation. Genesis 1:11


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