Are you curious about Bible Journaling? Have you seen beautiful photos on Pinterest (or Instagram) of artwork in the margins of a Bible?
I was very curious, but I’m no artist! So, for several weeks I thought Bible Journaling was not for me. I mean, my drawing consists of stick figures!
But, I kept finding myself drawn to the artwork, and even more, to the words of the women passionate about journaling in their Bibles.
What is Bible Journaling?
Eventually, I realized… I am already a Bible Journaler. I’ve been writing in my bible for years- underlines, stars, dates with answered prayers, and sermon notes I don’t want to forget. So my journaling wasn’t in a special Bible, and was nothing near beautiful, but it spoke to God’s hand on my heart! That is what Bible Journaling is!
Bible Journaling is a form of devotional. It is responding to the Bible in a personal way on the pages of your Bible.
It is simply the process of writing, drawing, and/or creating art in your Bible during your Bible Devotional time. This can be through meditating on scripture while journaling, or using your Bible journaling to help you remember what God showed you when reading a specific scripture.
Your Bible doesn’t have to be perfect or even pretty AND you don’t need to spend a bunch of money on supplies.
Bible Journaling for Beginners
What do you need for Bible Journaling?
You can absolutely use the Bible you already have to begin Bible Journaling. But if you want more space, there are many options of budget friendly journaling Bibles. Add a black pen and a pack of colored pencils (I just swiped some from my kids’ art desk) and you have everything you need to get started.
Sure, if Bible Journaling becomes your passion, you can slowly splurge on all the fun supplies you see on Pinterest and Instagram, but for now, don’t let the lack of those supplies hold you back!
Don’t feel tied to the beautiful lettering and artwork that you see on Pinterest. Bible Journaling should be an extension of you. If you are a writer, write. If you are a note taker, take notes. If you are a doodler, then doodle! If you are an artist- then create those Pinterest worthy margins!
You don’t have to stick to just one type of Bible journaling either. As you are inspired: do it! You don’t always have to draw or create beautifully hand-lettered illustrations in your Bible.
Keep reading below to learn more about 8 great ways to use a Bible Journal, whether you are a writer, not taker, doodler, or artist.
That’s the type of Bible Journaler I am- doodler, note taker, writer, and (wannabe) artist. I like to do it all!
How to Use a Bible Journal
Here are the 8 ways I use my Journaling Bible:
- Write prayers in the margins. (remember to date the prayers- and come back later to add the answer and date answered!)
- Write what God speaks into your heart as you read a passage.
- Write sermon notes beside the scripture reference.
Still not sure where to start? Here are some more great ideas:
- Keep doing what you are doing! If you already have a quiet time or devotional in place, then continue it. When you are inspired to remember a verse or point, then write or illustrate in your Bible next to the scripture you studied that day.
- Use your concordance to read the Bible by topic. Choose a topic you want to learn more about and follow those verses through the Bible.
- If you read Christian living books, write or illustrate in your Bible next to the references that speak to you.
All you need to do is grab your Bible Journal and get started! However, if you still want more information before writing in your journaling bible I talk more about learning how to start Bible Journaling right here.
If, you aren’t artistic but still really want pretty pages check out Bible Journaling Hacks for the Artistically Challenged.
Find even more Bible Journaling Information and Inspiration on my Pinterest board.
So, are you ready to begin your Bible Journaling adventure?