Finding God with the Olive Tree App on my Commute

Finding time for God during my morning commute by using Olive Tree

Every morning I have a commute that runs from an hour to an hour and a half, most of which is spent sitting on public transit waiting to arrive at my office. The last thing I feel like doing at 7:00am is talk to strangers so I tend to bury my face in my iPad and read.

I used to read a novel on my Kindle but ever since I’ve discovered the free Olive Tree Bible App I use this time for Bible study.

Note: This is not a sponsored post by Olive Tree, I just love their app and really wanted to share it with you.

Using the Olive Tree app for Bible study during my commute

I have two faith-based apps on my iPad that I use in the morning. The first is The Christian’s Daily Challenge. I read it in the morning when I first wake up before I shower, eat breakfast, and start my day. I ruminate on it and let it sink it while I’m getting dressed for work. Then, when I head out on my commute I open Olive Tree, read the same verse that The Christian’s Daily Challenge referred to, and delve deeper into study.

The other day on my commute I was reading through the book of Matthew again and, while reading about the immaculate conception and the birth of Jesus I noticed something that I hadn’t paid much attention to before and that was the frequent references to the Angels of God communicating with Joseph and the Magi through dreams. Every time I noticed the reference to an Angle communicating via dreams I highlighted it using the Olive Tree highlight tool. It’s actually really cool because you can set different color highlights to mean different things such as highlighting quotes or passages to memorize in yellow and verses about grace and love in pink.

There are a ton of special hidden features! Just swipe the arrow up and you are able to access related verses, expanded detail on the people, the places, and the topics discussed on that page. You can also click through to check out maps, images, sermons, videos, etc on the people, places and topics. I admit I’m kind of a sucker for Bible maps and I love seeing how the regions discussed in the Bible correlate to the world as we know it today.

If you click on one of the topics the app will bring up a list of other places in the Bible where the same subject is discussed. That is one of my favorite features.

Accessing detail and resources in the Olive Tree Bible study app

Plus there is a built-in store that you can access from within the app to buy books on theology and Bible history, Christian eBooks, Devotionals, Prayer, and Marriage & Family. 

A few of my current favorites are:

Olive Tree Store

I love that you can buy the books from the in-app store and, in many cases, the books are cheaper than if you bought them on Amazon.

It’s an amazing app for Bible Study and it’s perfect for my commute. It allows me to commune with God in the morning as I start my day and again in the evening as I am drawing my day to a close and heading home to my family. I have noticed that I have developed more patience on my morning commute and been less irritable with crowds and delays as I start my day off in a peaceful place. I have also noticed that I return home at the end of the day less stressed and frustrated because I’ve spent time with the Lord, laid my stresses and cares upon Him and returned home with a joyful heart.

As I mentioned earlier, this isn’t a sponsored post and the app is free on all devices iPhone, iPad (like I used it) and Android. It’s both Mac and Windows compatible and it is, hands-down, the absolute BEST Bible Study app I have found. If you’re interested you can get it here.

Ashley LaMar
Ashley bounces between Atlanta, GA + Charleston, WV with her husband and two small dogs for life and work. If she’s not writing or blogging, she can usually be found cooking, reading, or watching baseball. Follow her on Twitter @ashleyfromfbl

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this app. I didn’t know it had so many neat features for digging deeper into the Word. I’m definitely going to download this! Also, I love how you are using your morning commute to grow in Christ — that’s the best use of time!

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    • Thank you Tiffany and I’m so happy that you stopped by! I downloaded about a dozen Bible Study apps one night and tried them all out over the days that followed and the only one I clicked with was Olive Tree. I love that the app is free but there are a lot of paid additions and downloads if you want to get deeper. It’s truly a beautiful thing. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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    • Let me know what you think of it Megan. There is so much stuff in it that it can feel a little overwhelming at first but I think you’ll really love it. It’s a great app! I love being able to access the maps (paid) to really see the lands. I hope you love it like I do.

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  2. I think that is so cool! I’m blessed to have a time set aside each morning to do personal scripture study as well…while I feeding my baby boy his bottle as soon as he wakes up. Then, if he starts to squirm while drinking, I start reading the scriptures out loud and he settles down. Amazing! I’m also glad that my Church (Mormon) has an app that is kind of similar to the Olive Tree app!

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    • Hi Tayler! I love worship apps, especially the ones that are both easy-to-use AND accurate! I read a devotion yesterday morning that talked about who prayer should be treated “like a business” where we go into it knowing exactly what we want, make our wants known, then leave with the knowledge that our demands will be met. I read that with a look like O_o on my face. I promptly deleted the app. I mean, I don’t look at my time in prayer like a business negotiation, you know? That’s just crazy.

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  3. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing. I currently use the YouVersion app for different devotionals. I love all of the features of the Olive Tree app though. I can’t wait to download it and try it out. I like having options for devotionals and such on my phone for times when I have time to kill ( like waiting at the doctor’s office) but don’t have my Bible with me. This is great!

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    • What is YouVersion? I mean, other than an app of course (that’s kind of obvious, right?). I hope you love Olive Tree! I went through so many other apps then I found this one and was like YESSSSS! *Happy Dance* b/c finally something worked like I wanted it too. I read it on my commute b/c it’s just easier than trying to whip out my big (BIG) Bible while people are jostling around on the train. Ugh. The not-so-glamorous side of public transit. If I’m being honest…other than being able to read instead of stressing over traffic none of public transit is glamorous. 🙁 I do maintain my sanity though b/c rush hour in Atlanta is the WORST.

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