Bible Journaling has become very popular as an expression of faith, a way to be creative, and a way to dig deeply into God’s word or simply to reflectively meditate.
Yet these days there are so many supplies and tools, so the whole concept can be a bit overwhelming, especially to those of us who were taught NOT to write in our Bibles. If you are wondering what this is all about, keep reading because we are here to learn together all about Bible journaling and how to get started.
This Bible Journaling Series
Day 1: Bible Journaling: How to Get Started
Day 2: Make It Meaningful
Day 3: Top 25 Accessories
Day 4: Get Creative
What You Must Know About Bible Journaling
Before we begin, I want to stress 2 important concepts:
- You don’t need a lot of money to Bible journal. All you need is God’s word and a pencil. You’ll see fancy stuff as we go and the “gimmies” can hit hard, but remember much of it is extras that are not required.
- You don’t have to be creative. Stay focused on what matters, which is your time with God. While some people are quite talented and creative, this is not a contest! Focus on your personal time with the Lord.
Why Bible Journaling?
Why should you start Bible journaling?
- Bible journaling is an act of worship. Not just coloring or another art form, while working on these designs, meditate over the scriptures. Pray. Use this as worship time.
- Document your walk with God. Like an old-fashioned Bible with a family history in the front, you are sharing your legacy of faith through your drawings, markings, and stories. Your Bible will become a treasured keepsake as your children and grandchildren see what you pondered and how you expressed your faith in your important times with God.
- Use your gifts to GLORIFY Him. Use the gifts of your time, talent, and treasures to bring glory to God who is your Creator and gives all good gifts.
- Connect God’s Word to your life. The more you reflect on God’s word, the more you will see daily, meaningful connections to real-life situations. Then the more you can journal about those…it becomes a win-win situation.
- Pray the Scriptures. Pray as you journal. Pray God’s word back to him, and you will discover you memorize large portions of scripture that you can pull out and use at other important times when you need it most.
- Consider using the S.O.A.P. method. This is an old method but a goodie. S – Scripture. Read a passage of the Bible. O – Observe. What about this passage was especially meaningful to you? A- Application. How does this apply to your life today? P – Pray. Pray for guidance and direction as you apply this truth to your life.
Which Journaling Bible Should I Use?
Here are some great options for journaling Bibles. A journaling Bible gives you space inside the Bible to add your own notes, drawings, artwork, and other designs.
Here is the ESV journaling Bible. You can see the extra space in the margins. A basic journaling Bible such as the ESV journaling Bible or NIV Journaling Bible is blank with wide margins. The main difference in Bibles is covers and width of margins.
While you certainly don’t need a journaling Bible (see below for more ideas if you don’t have one), many people find it gives them room for creativity and space to take notes. Also see this post: 25 Bibles for women.
These journaling Bibles are different in that they have pages with pre-done pictures that you can color. There is also some room for your own drawings and notes, but not as much as a plain Journaling Bible. These are great Bibles for getting started, for teens, and if you aren’t super-creative. Click on any photo to see samples of some pages:
Do I Need a Journaling Bible?
No! Here are some other possible options.
- You can use a wide-margin Bible, a note-taker’s Bible, or a traditional Bible.
- Use a blank or lined journal or sketch book. Use whatever you are comfortable with!
- In Bibles with small or non-existent margins, journal responses on paper or vellum can be attached with washi tape
What Do I Put in the Margins?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Pictures or illustrations, doodles, circled words, lines and arrows, highlighted sections or phrases, stars or exclamation points
- Song lyrics
- Devotional thoughts
- Sermon notes
- A simple line down the page to make a connection
- A word about THE LINE ~ It marks the spot and brings you back. It’s the familiar when you get lost and the life-line when you fall in again. It’s not “where [or] what was that verse?” but rather knowing you can find it and lean on it again, until finally it becomes a part of you!
What are the Best Beginner Supplies for Bible Journaling?
We have a beautiful new Bible Journaling Kit made especially for beginners and people who aren’t especially creative. Click here to check out the Trust in the Lord Bible Journaling Kit.
- Inexpensive mechanical pencils and good white eraser
- Sharpie “no bleed” pens or Pigma micron pens
- Colored pencils: Crayola, Twistables, or Prismacolor. (Note: This is one area you really might want to consider splurging. Although pricey, people absolutely love the Prisma colored pencils! The quality difference is significant.)
- Graph paper and scrapbook paper (patterns are a guide for writing in non-journaling Bibles)
Grab the Illustrated Faith Starter Kit for only $35!
Tip! Don’t sharpen your pencils to a tip that’s too sharp or it could tear your Bible pages.
Gel Pels probably do better in a separate journal rather than your journaling Bible — be sure to test them first:
What Are Some Helpful Websites for Beginners to Bible Journaling?
Connect on FB, Insta, Twitter, and at Vintage Grace – constancedenninger.blogspot.com
Bible Stories from the Heart
Heart of Wisdom
Visual Faith Learning Community
Praying in Color
Great Lakes Visual Faith Community
Creative Worship Bible Journaling
Creative Coloring, Journaling, & Planning
#It Is Our Day
Bible Journaling Digitally
Bible Stories from the Heart
I’m indebted to my mom, Jeanette Rorabaugh, and Bev Wicher, pastor’s wife from the Eastern Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod District for sharing their Bible journaling tools, resources, and wisdom for these posts. Thank you to Emily Abraham for the photo on today’s cover.
Have you started Bible journaling or do you want to start? What supplies and resources do you use?
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