Time spent in the Word is quality time. Hearing from God in His Word helps us to understand who He is, align our hearts with His and gives us a roadmap for life. Everything that God wanted us to know is in His Word, and knowing and understanding what He says helps us to recognize His hand working in our lives and the lives of those around us.
Bible journaling at its simplest is reading your Bible and writing about what you read.
But whether you are simple or elaborate in your Bible journaling, the time spent reflecting on God’s Word through written word, drawing, or even decorating pages keeps your mind focused on what you’ve read and helps both halves of your brain comprehend it.
Some journal by taking notes, some journal by drawing or painting.
There are stickers, stamps, stencils, templates special bibles and so much more at our disposal.
As a matter of fact, there has never been a more creative time to dive into God’s Word!
It doesn’t matter if you think you are a gifted artist or writer. All that matters is that you show up, ready to read the Word and really hear what God has to say to you.
The most important part of Bible journaling is really hearing what God is telling you through His Word. Personally, I learn by seeing and doing. So for me, I need to write out what I read, then write out a summary of what I learned. This helps my brain process what it is that I read.
Resources to get you started:
- If you have a Bible, that’s perfect! Grab it, dust it off if you need to…wink! We are all friends here, so no one will judge you from where you are starting out. If you don’t own a Bible, it’s only an app away. Some great Bible apps are Bible Gateway and Youversion
- If you are interested in getting a new Bible for yourself, one of my favorites (actually, it’s the one I use every day!) is the Life Application Study Bible. I love the NIV version, since that is what I grew up with and it’s familiar. But ESV is another great translation and NLT is great for beginners. I personally love this Bible because the notes really do what the Bible advertises: Help you apply what you are reading to your life in a practical and relatable way.
- Find a verse in the Bible and read it. If you are unsure of where to start, one of my FAVORITE places to get inspired is Blue Chair Blessing. Her facebook page is full of beautiful scripture art. Look there, or pick up a few sets of her scripture cards and use them as your jumping off point each day.
- Grab inspiration for creative Bible journaling. My friend Amanda at Move the Moutains has tons of ideas, tutorials and courses specific to artistic Bible journaling. Check out her site or follow her on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest in artistic Bible journaling. She also sells art tools and journaling Bibles, so she’s a one stop shop
- Another friend of mine, Rose from Beneath the Fig Tree offers “The Devoted Fig Intensive” which is an 8 week mentoring program which helps you cultivate a personal time of devotion.
- Here is a free printable I designed for you to use to jump start 2 weeks of Bible journaling. Use some of my favorite passages about God’s love to give yourself a place to dive into the Word.
- You can also check my blog. I try to write a devotional from time to time and always post them there. These short devos will challenge you to look up scripture and really apply it to your own life. This little corner of my website is where I share a bit of my heart and I love the friendships that I’m forming through the responses I get here. Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you need prayer or have questions. I’m here to help.
- Do you find the Bible difficult to understand? It’s ok!! It can take some time to get used to different translations and ancient writing styles. A couple of translations will summarize what the more original translations are saying, in a modern and easy to understand writing style. A few I like to use when I’m stumped are The Passion Translation (TPT) The Message (MSG) and New Living Translation (NLT). You can find these in any Bible store, or on your Bible app. Use them to cross reference what you read in your regular Bible. me
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