The more you explore the scriptures, the more you understand and connect with God. Bible journaling is a creative way to do it: with a pen in your hand, you can read and study the Word, visually capturing scriptures, memorizing text, and even making it easier to share with your friends and family. But how do you go about it?
So what should you write about? Writing the scripture out word-for-word is the most basic approach, helping you remember a particular verse. You can even write out a different version that gives you better comprehension.
Paraphrasing what you’re reading (summing it up in your own words), listing key verses you want to remember, putting down a hymn or poem that a scripture reminds you of, or even including a prayer—the journal can take it all.
You can also jot down issues happening in your life at that moment and reflect on how to relate to what you’re learning from studying the Word.
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What You Need
First, gather the supplies. At the top of the list is a journaling Bible. This is one that comes with wide margins where you can jot down notes as you read the Word.
Then, of course, you’ll also need a pen. You can use watercolor kits, crayons, or colored pencils to highlight different sections, and stickers and stamps to brighten up the pages also come in handy.
5 Tips to Get Started
1. Choose a journaling Bible, praise book, or notebook.
When it comes to creating your journal entries, and there are numerous options to choose from. Some journaling Bibles come with wide, ruled margins for taking notes, while others offer blank columns to give you more room for illustrations.
Also, consider the type of cover, whether it is plain leather or decorative. Some people also prefer to journal in conventional Bibles. It all boils down to your individual preference and budget.
2. Stick to one decorative medium at a time.
Sure, you can go all out and use the watercolor kits, paints, washi tape, crayons, and colored pencils, but things can quickly get out of control.
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For beginners, it’s recommended that you first start with conventional tools like colored pencils and markers. Thereafter, you can make things more exciting with stamps and washi tape before taking the leap to paints.
3. Pick a starting point—a favorite scriptural verse.
Whether it’s pulled from a sermon you heard last weekend, a scripture that has stuck with you since childhood, or a verse you just happened to stumble upon on social media that called to you, go there and make it the starting point for your Bible journaling journey.
Can’t decide on a verse? Go old school and start from Genesis 1. Once you come to a scripture that you feel is speaking to you, you will know it—and that will be where you make the first notes with your pen.
4. Don’t be afraid to mess up.
It can happen to anyone! Ruining a page doesn’t mean God will strike you down. Use decorative elements and your creativity to deal with the mess—put some decorative tape over a page that has been ripped, and carry on with your journaling.
5. Connect with other Bible journalers.
There are plenty of like-minded Christians out there who Bible journal, from friends and mentors to fellow church members. Share concepts with them. It’s also a great way to build new relationships.
Express Yourself and Your Faith Creatively
Bible journaling isn’t as difficult as it appears—and it’s tons of fun too. Detail your interpretation of each scripture with creative representations right in the Bible itself or an accompanying notebook. The end goal is to continue growing your relationship with God.
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