I first discovered the craze of bible journaling on Instagram; a friend had posted a gorgeous picture of how she had decorated her bible pages while doing a bible study and I was instantly taken with the idea.
The process of bible journaling is first and foremost a creative way to engage with studying the bible – a way of making art in your bible to connect with what you are reading in scripture and to connect with God. Many bibles are now released with wide margins to give space for journaling, as well as some bibles made specifically as journaling bibles.
Bible journaling can be beneficial if you are struggling to concentrate on a bible reading plan, or if you get easily distracted! It can also provide a fun alternative to writing in a journal.
What you need to get started:
- Either a Journaling Bible, or a Bible with wide margins
- Coloured pens/pencils
- Plain paper (for practicing on)
Starting to Journal:
- The first thing to do is to pick a chapter of the bible to read!
- When you have read through your chosen chapter, pick out a verse or a theme that really stands out to you.
- Reflect on your chosen verse; make a list or do a mind map of what images the verse brings to mind, and what you think God is speaking to you through it.
- Practice some sketching on your plain paper – write the verse out, draw pictures, do calligraphy!
- Transfer your chosen sketches into your bible! Now whenever you come across that bible chapter, you will have a visual reminder of what God was speaking to you.
There are so many ways to mix up your bible journaling – try watercolours with brushes, or stickers, or using inspirational quotes relating to your chosen verses.
If you need some bible journaling inspiration, look on Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube for easy how-to guides/demonstrations!
Exodus 35:35 says:
“The Lord has given them special skills as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet thread on fine linen cloth, and weavers. They excel as craftsmen and as designers.”
Remember, that God has given us the gift of design and creativity to glorify Him and to draw near to Him!