A Beginner’s Guide To Bible Journaling
Bible journaling is the perfect activity for those looking for an exciting way to understand and engage with the scriptures better. God reveals himself in numerous ways through His Word, and journaling is one way to discover all of them. One of the most obvious rewards is the joy you experience from learning new things about the scriptures, and being able to look back on the days that you learned them.
If you’ve never done it before and are asking yourself, “How do I jot down my thoughts in my Bible?”, here’s a guide to get you started!
Our first order of business - supplies.
You'll need a journaling Bible and items like pens, pencils, highlighters, crayons, colored pencils or any other medium you like; sheets of paper, washi tape, stickers, and other decorative elements.
Once you’ve got all (or most) of the above at hand, you’re ready to begin journaling.
Step 1: Read and reflect
When you read a passage, take time to ponder over how this scripture applies to you and your life at present. A good place to start is by asking the following questions:
How is God described in this passage?
How do I fight sin and temptation with the Word?
Does this passage move me? If yes, how?
Step 2: Identify your keywords
Look for words in the Scripture that stand out to you more than others. For example: “trust,” “Lord” and “heart.”
Step 3: Visualize the keywords
Think about how you picture these words in your head - the kind of lettering, bold or cursive font, etc. Be creative!
Step 4: Sketch it out
If you’re comfortable doing so, you can go ahead and ink your design into your Bible. Alternatively, you could do this on a separate piece of paper and re-sketch the drawing or use washi tape to stick it onto the Bible page.
Step 5: Fill in your design
Once you’ve got your outline in place, it’s time to color it in. Colored pencils, Sharpies, and crayons are great options.
Step 6: Decorate!
You can add stickers, stamps, glitter, fun borders and any other additional elements you may like to brighten up your page.
Last, but not least, don’t forget to add the date to the top of your drawing. One of the great joys of this activity is being able to flip through your Bible and see proof of God’s grace in your life.
Journaling the Word of God will not only deepen your love for him, but also allow you to see his providence in the past, bring you joy in the present, and fuel your faith in the future. And not to mention, you’ll also leave a legacy of a “well thumbed-through Bible” behind.