If you know anything about me, it’s probably that I love to Bible journal! Every day I take some time to journal and connect with God, and it has been a life-changing experience. If you have been studying the bible with any frequency, then you are probably overwhelmed with all the different bible study resources that you’ll find out there.
However, you don’t have to give up bible journaling if you want to do more bible studying! Here is how to incorporate your bible study into your bible journal.
What is a bible journal?
First, we need to dissect what exactly is a bible journal so we can better understand how to incorporate a bible study into the mix. If you love to draw and journal, then bible journaling will be a seamless transition for you. A bible journal is a way for you to organize your faith-based notes and allow you to be creative on the pages of your bible. Over time, your bible journal will become a beautiful keepsake and inspire you to study your bible.
Is bible journaling good for bible study?
As you read verses or scriptures, adding your own calligraphy or artwork to the pages can be an excellent way to meditate or even reflect on the passages that you read. You can also use highlighters and markers that won’t bleed through the paper to create a visual aspect to your scriptures.
Bible journaling can be an excellent way to motivate you to spend meaningful time with your bible regularly, and can even help with being consistent about it. Bible journaling can be used as a tool for your bible study. However, if you aren’t careful, it could also serve as a distraction. If you are going to incorporate bible study into your bible journal, the main concern is to make sure that your drawings don’t ruin the study of your bible.
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How to Incorporate your Bible Study into Your Bible Journal:
Find a guided Bible study to follow along with.
It’s easy to get so lost in the pages of your bible that you forget that you are there to study scripture first. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a guided Bible study to follow to help provide a focus for your session.
There are so many great options for guided Bible studies. You could choose to join a local group Bible study at your church for a semester, or pick a study by one of your favorite authors. Some great options are: 5 Habits of a Woman Who Doesn’t Quit by Nicki Koziarz (studying Ruth), Trustworthy by Lysa TerKeurst (studying Kings), or The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer.
Start by reading and studying the recommended passages and commentary, then go back and incorporate the journaling aspect. This will allow your journal to serve as a reflective place and will enable you to use what you’ve read and studied to create art. I find that journaling artistically about what I’ve learned really helps it take hold in my mind and heart.
When incorporating what you’ve learned from your Bible study into the margins of your Journaling Bible it’s helpful to make a note of the Bible Study you are using. I’ve found this so helpful later when I’m rereading the scripture and my notes. With the Bible Study noted in my Bible I can revisit the lesson again. I’ll often write SRT and the date in my margin, which allows me to visit the She Reads Truth website to find that days devotion again. I also write book titles and/or authors very small in the margins when I expect I’ll want to later revisit the study.
Your journaling and study should go hand in hand.
The purpose of incorporating your bible study into your journal is so that they may coexist together! By incorporating Bible study into your journal, you are giving your drawings direction and letting your studies inspire what you draw and create in your journal. It’s okay to get so caught up in a verse that you let it inspire you to create something, but remember that you should also be studying as well as creating.
I hope that this guide has helped you better organize your bible study and even seamlessly incorporate it into your bible journal at the same time.
You don’t have to pick just one, Bible journaling and Bible study can work together in your study, worship and prayer life!