I recently learned about Bible journaling. Someone (sorry I don’t remember who) shared a link on the Faithfully Yours Facebook group and naturally I had to check it out. I was awestruck.
Edited: I am currently working on a series about Bible journaling. Below is the original information I discovered. I will share more and link here as I dive deeper into the topics.
What is Bible Journaling?
In a nutshell, it is journaling or doodling in the margins of your Bible. What you draw, journal or doodle is inspired by the Word. While there are some awesome examples in the Facebook group, don’t be intimidated. The purpose isn’t how it looks, but rather that you are in the Word and expressing your thoughts on a particular verse.
Bible Journaling Facebook group
I’m not sure where Bible journaling originated, but Shanna Noel started the facebook group for like-minded individuals. You can find the Bible Journaling Facebook group here.
She also has a class available on Bible journaling here.
More on Bible Journaling
In my research, I ran across Stephanie Ackerman’s blog. Here are a few links from her blog on the topic that I found particularly useful.
I don’t think mine can look as good as the ones I’m seeing.
Ok, I admit, this is what I’m thinking. But I also know that it doesn’t matter! I know me and I’ll probably practice on a scrap sheet first. But honestly, I already know it isn’t about how it looks to others. It is about reflecting on the Word in my own creative way. It is just another way to express myself creatively while praising God.
Won’t it bleed through?
This was a question I was thinking as I saw so many beautiful examples. But I must say, Stephanie answers this question beautifully. (see link above for full story)
“Yes, it did bleed, but so did HE”
When I first discovered Bible journaling, I was in Switzerland. I did some research and saved links(as I’ve shared above). Now that I”m back home, I’ve been busy with several projects. I do hope to start soon, as soon as I get a Bible journal that is.
I researched Bibles with wide margins, perfect for Bible journaling. Here are a few of my favorites. I’m leaning towards the first one, something about those leaves I love!
|ESV Single Column Journaling Bible, TruTone, Chestnut with Leaves Design
The ESV Single Column Journaling Bible is a complete redesign of the original Journaling Bible. The Bible text is now laid out in an easy-to-follow, single-column format. Ruled lines in the extra-wide margins match up with each line of Bible text, enabling users to more easily align their notes with specific verses. With high-quality Bible paper and cover materials, the Single Column Journaling Bibleis a durable edition for anyone who wants to capture notes, prayers, or personal reflections in their Bible.
|ESV Journaling Bible–soft leather-look, coffee
The one-and-only Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. The Journaling Bible features 2-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.
|KJV Journaling Bible, Imitation Leather, Tan/brownYour Bible study will never be the same—when you record your observations and insights on the actual pages of The KJV Journaling Bible. This beautiful Bible, featuring the complete text of the beloved King James Version, also includes super-wide margins for you to record your reactions to God’s Word. At approximately 9.00″ X 6.50″, it’s big enough to read and write in. . .but small enough to carry comfortably.The KJV Journaling Bible makes a desirable gift; for others or even yourself!|
|ESV Journaling Bible, Antique Floral design, Hardcover With its wide-margin, ruled format, and special outer design, the ESV Journaling Bible encourages your conversations with God and enhances your personal study of the Bible.|
|ESV Journaling Bible, Natural Leather, Brown, Flap with Strap
The one-and-only Journaling Bible provides the perfect way for you to keep a journal of your spiritual life right inside the Bible that you read and study each day. With covers and formats that look like the finest journals, the Journaling Bible features 2-inch ruled margins for writing observations, reflections, prayers, praises, notes, and journal entries. This unique Bible makes a great gift and lasting keepsake for anyone who values God’s Word.
While searching ChristianBook.com for journaling Bibles, I ran across these pens.
|PIGMA Micron 005, Ultra Fine Bible Note Pen, Black (Blister Pack) PIGMA Micron ultra fine point Bible pen by Sakura is perfect for notes and underlining. Ultra fine .20mm tip for precise marking; will not smear, fade, or bleed through. Archival; suitable for acid free environments. Also works well for papercrafts, journals, and other crafts. Black ink; in blister pack.|
I hope to be sharing some of my pages with you soon. Yikes, I’m putting it out there publically now!
P.S. Do you journal in your Bible? Why or why not?