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329 days ago / Dawn
Inspire Journaling Bible Review FREE Printable and Giveaway

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My Inspire Bible has finally arrived.  It has been a long wait.

I originally heard about the Inspire Bible by Tyndale sometime at the end of last year.  It was supposed to be available in February, then got moved to March 22.  And now they are sold out and temporarily unavailable.

While this is a downside and unfortunate, if you are new to Bible journaling and having a hard time getting started, the wait will be worth it!

Plus I have one to giveaway!  A special thank you to Tyndale Publishers for providing it. Simply leave a comment below to be entered to win.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I ran across this video that shares the Inspire Bible.

My Bible looks a little different on the outside. The inside is the same from what I can see from the video. Mine the hard cover box the Bible comes in is the bird/butterfly design.  My actual Bible is the simple teal leather-like hardcover. (which is more my style)  When closed, the pages are the same pattern as the cover.

Here are some photos of mine. I believe this is the version available for sale now.

InspireBox   InspireFront   InspirePages

The Bible has an index of scripture verses that have designs.  This is a nice feature if you are looking for a specific verse and you just want to color.

A couple weeks ago, I shared a free coloring page from the Bible.  You can see it again here as well as ideas for what you can do with the printable.  Here is another one:

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Download printable Romans12

Robin, the lady who did the video above has created another video sharing her Bible now that she has journaled in it.  She also shares her thoughts on journaling in her Bible.  You can learn more in her blog post that accompanies the video.

I suppose this isn’t actually a review. I still haven’t colored in it or used it.  Will someone push me over the edge?

However, I do believe it is a great Bible choice for beginners.  With over 400 illustrations to get you coloring, yet plenty of blank space for you to do your own journaling/artwork when ready.

Anyone else have the Inspire Bible and haven’t started yet?

If interested in getting the Inspire Bible for yourself, it is available at Tyndale or Amazon.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered to win your own Inspire bible.board

345 days ago / Dawn
Micro Bible Journaling

by Judith Rollins

I have been bible journaling for many years. I guess I never really gave it a name because it was just something that I enjoyed doing. From time to time I would draw illustrations in pencil and try to make my bible reading experience more visual. When you see something that you like, your eyes linger. I loved looking through the pages of all my dad’s biochemistry books when I was younger, not because I understood them, but because I liked to see his notes and mini drawings in the thin margins. When I owned my own books in later years, I started to do the same. Textbooks were okay, but it took me a while before I felt comfortable writing in my Bible. It’s the Word of God and I didn’t want to mess it up. I wasn’t even sure if I was allowed! So, I started off with notes and little bits of scrawl until in more recent times when I have expanded to bigger illustrations. I still do these but I have become very fond of something that I came to call Micro-Journaling.

MicroJournalingMicro-Journaling is a way of capturing key points of what the Word is speaking to you about without spending lots of time trying to create a masterpiece. It highlights the scripture without covering it over or taking away from it in any way. At times we can become so focused on the artistic side of bible journaling that we forget the whole point is to document what we learn, what we see and feel, and what we come to know about ourselves and God through scripture. Simple phrases, small illustrations and a little bit of colour can at times be a more than enough to help us keep things in mind. And what’s more, it’s really easy! I discovered a lady on Instagram who uses her bible in this way and it inspired me. When I began to do it myself, I simply gave it the name Micro-Journaling.

 

I don’t actually use a journaling Bible even though I own one; I use an ordinary study bible to journal in. I haven’t made the transition because the best bible to me is the one that I read the most regardless of translation, size or journaling space(!) Also, not everyone is able to afford a journaling bible, so Micro-Journaling helps you to make the most of what space you have no matter how big or small. If however I do require more room, I paint over study notes with white gesso to create a fresh canvas on the page. (But because I love the study notes, I have two copies of the same bible so I can still read them when I want to).

MicroJournaling3A bible is a very personal thing and it is up to the individual how they choose to document or illustrate their faith. But remember, your bible is primarily for you and God, it isn’t for impressing people or showing off your skills. If it becomes about that, it may be hard when you don’t feel that your pages measure up to those that you see on Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest…(there are so many, and I’m sure it’s not just me who spends hours looking through them). Micro-Journaling is a great way to incorporate all the things that you love about bible journaling into a simple entry. It doesn’t have to look the best, it only needs to mean something to you!

God is constantly speaking to me about using what I have, sometimes that is just my pen, and a couple of colouring pencils. I won’t lie, I have a lot of art equipment, but that is because I studied art and my business is art based, so I have acquired a lot of materials over time. However, Micro-Journaling takes away the need for tons of equipment and brings you back to that simple place of you and God. The focus is not the art, but the revelation. You don’t need to have a degree or qualification, you just need to be willing to dig deeper into scripture.

To get started with Micro-Journaling, let me give you a few pointers. All you will need is a fine liner pen and your bible.

1. Read a passage of scripture or listen to a great sermon.

2. Pray that God will reveal a deeper meaning to you personally.

3. Try and condense what He shows you into a short phrase that is memorable.

4. Write the phrase next to the scripture and use small images, lines and swirls to make it stand out. (I like to use flowers as they always catch my attention).

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I would encourage you to use whatever means something to you, that could be leaves, flowers, literal images from the passage…anything at all! The idea is that it does not need to be elaborate; it is simply whatever you can do. Just use what you’ve got!

Judith Rollins
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350 days ago / Dawn
Free Bible Journaling Page

Today I have a special treat for you.  Perhaps you are like me and keep putting off getting started with your Bible journaling.  If this is you, today’s free Bible journaling page may be just the thing to jumpstart your journey.

It is actually a page from the Inspire Bible. (Mine is on the way!)

The Inspire Bible contains over 400 illustrations.  This is  a great way to get started and has plenty of space to add your own once you are more familiar with your style of Bible journaling.

So while I’m waiting for mine to arrive, I can color and get into the Word. I’m also hoping by doing so it will inspire me to keep going. (hee hee, see what I did there?)

     

Download your free Bible journaling page here.

WorshipWhat can you do with it?  Once you download and print, you can:

  • Cut out the artwork. Color in and tuck in your Bible. This is a great option if you are concerned about “messing” up your Bible.
  • Highlight words or verse that stand out to you.
  • Add notes in left margin based on your study.
  • Add your own artwork in left margin.

Since this is a single printout it is a great way to get started on your Bible journaling.

  • while waiting for your Bible to arrive
  • to practice and alleviate any fears of starting
  • instead of an actual Bible

Here is that download link again.  Free Bible Journaling page

Let me know what you do with it and be sure to share in the Facebook group.

Faithfully,

Dawn

 

P.S. Got a Bible journal page to share?  Inspire others!  Submit here.

364 days ago / Dawn
Are You Procrastinating with Your Bible Journaling?

I am. I just can’t seem to start. My excuse is that I am in “limbo” mode and I am somehow stuck, unable to move. I turned to a faithful friend and asked for some advice.  I love the “faithful intention” she talks about.  Perhaps these tips will help you if you are procrastinating on starting or just doing your Bible journaling.

Procrastinate Bible Journaling

by Dolli Neikirk

It seems that devotional time, prayer time, or quiet time with God comes so easy for some, yet for others it is a struggle.  For those of us who do struggle, the desire and even the need for this one-on-one time with God is there, but something seems to always get in the way.  We put pressure on ourselves and suddenly this time becomes a burden, yet another item on our to-do list, rather than precious time with our Heavenly Father.  What I try to keep in mind is that God understands our humanness and He knows our hearts.  Our frustration in finding time with God is a cry out for Him.  So what can you do?

What is in your way?

When I find myself in a rut with my Bible journaling I take a moment to think about what could be getting in the way.  Always first on my list is the enemy.  He delights in our lack of disciple and motivation.  He will deliberately try to thwart our plans for journaling time – reminding us of household tasks, tempting us with electronic devices and social media, throwing unrelated thoughts into our brains we just can’t shake.  I have even had secular songs get stuck in my head during my devotional time.  Darn you satan!

Expectations

Secondly, are you trying to make more of this time than it needs to be?  Do you have this grand vision of spending 30 minutes reading a devotional, followed by 30 minutes in prayer and reflection? Do you feel as though you don’t have the right tools: a special Bible, the latest devotional book, fancy gel highlighter pens, perfectly sized letter stickers, a dedicated War Room or beautifully organized craft room?

Quality Time

First and foremost is to remember that while an hour long prayer session is wonderful, God is happy to spend any amount of time with you.  His nature is to drop everything and run out to you, arms opened wide, just as the father did when his prodigal son returned in Luke 15. So even if you just have 5 or 10 minutes, that is time enough to flip open your Bible, read a verse, spend a few minutes thinking about it, and jotting down some notes.  Bible journaling does not have to be this elaborate time of selecting paint colors, cutting out die-cuts, and perusing Pinterest for ideas.

He is there

Often times when I think I’ve randomly selected a verse, I quickly learn God did the selecting. He always teaches me something, regardless of whether I spent an hour in prayer and journal time or if I quickly scribbled a verse on scrap paper.  God always seems to show up whenever and for however long of time I spend with Him.

You can journal anywhere

Ideally we would all have this nice space to retreat to, filled with reminders of God’s faithfulness, prayer prompts, and devotional books.  But the reality is only a few people have a dedicated space. I am blessed to have a crafting space and a nice tote with all of my Bible journaling supplies, but I also have a small paint-stained bag with some colored pencils and a small travel Bible I keep with me.  With these few materials I can find time to journal anywhere – while in the pick-up line after school, while waiting for an appointment, or during my lunch hour at work. I also take these items with me when I travel for vacation or other trips.

You have options

Another option is to download the Bible on a smartphone and carry along a small notebook and some pens.  You can easily look-up verses, jot down or sketch out journaling ideas, then when you have some time, take those ideas to your Bible.  Or you can use a tip-in method of taping your notebook page in your Bible using washi tape.  There are also some great drawing and art apps on smartphones that allow you to use different types of “pens” or “markers” and then save your work to your phone’s camera.

Another option is adult coloring books.  I have a great one with Bible verses that I use with my colored pencils.  This is the perfect solution for those who do not feel artistic, but love the idea of visually connecting with scripture.  I found a small travel size one I will be taking with me on vacation in a couple weeks, along with my travel Bible and colored pencils.

Faithful Intentions

This year I took on a challenge to Bible journal every day, but I wanted to be realistic knowing that I may not be able to fulfill this challenge daily. Rather make a new year’s resolution, I called this my “faithful intentions.”  Instead of “pledging” to journal daily, which implies a promise, I fully “intend” to journal daily, meaning I plan to, but I know that I may not always do so, like those five days in a row when all I did was color in my coloring book.  Was it Bible journaling, no, but since it was a scriptural coloring book, I was spending time in God’s Word.  On Sunday’s, I may just have my sermon notes in a notebook as my “journaling” for the day.

 You can do it

Have I lived up to my faithful intentions? I do try to be “intentional” in making time to Bible journal, so there is some accountability on my part, and yes, every day since January 1, I have done something on paper for God – maybe it was coloring in my coloring book, maybe it was fleshing out ideas from a sermon on scrap paper to journaling in my Bible later, or maybe it was just practicing my lettering by writing out a verse in fancy script in a notebook. In each of these examples, I have been faithful in my intention to spend time with God in His Word daily.  It hasn’t always been easy, and I have sometimes found myself ready for bed and realizing I had not journaled that day. But taking just five minutes to write a verse actually helped me sleep better, and many times the next morning I would have a great image in my mind to journal in my Bible.  It was like God used that verse and played it over in mind all night long while I slept.

 What will you do?

I challenge you to make a faithful intention for time with God, maybe your time is weekly instead of daily, or maybe it is just monthly – like finding a Bible journaling meet up near you (or starting up your own).  And if you miss a day, there is still no doubt you intended to find the time, but you have not broken a pledge or promise to God.  He understands, and will know your heart.

So you may be thinking, those are all great ideas, but I still can’t seem to make any of them work for me.  We all go through seasons where no matter how hard we try, there is just no routine to our routine.  This is a great time to just be still.  Just a few minutes of being still, resting in the arms of God, not thinking, not praying, not speaking, not listening to music, just being in His presence may be what you need to rejuvenate and move on to the next task at hand.  And you shouldn’t beat yourself up over it.  This may be a time in your life where you just need God to hold you, and that’s okay.

If you would like some ideas on how to a monthly Bible journling meet up let me know.  I have one at my church and it has been a blessing to me, and very easy to do.

About Dolli

I have been a scrapbooking for over 15 years, beginning with Creative Memories, where I was a consultant for five years.  I also enjoy watercolor painting. I guess you could consider me a professional, as I have sold a couple of paintings LOL!  I discovered Bible journaling over a year ago through Faithfully Yours, and have felt God calling me to use it in some way. I lead a Bible journaling class at a local scrapbooking store, and have monthly meet-ups at my church with Bible journalers from my area.  I am honored I am able to share some of what I’ve been doing here, on Faithfully Yours.

You can see Dolli’s Bible journal pages by visiting her Pinterest board.

March 11, 2016 / Dawn
Beginner Bible Journaling Supplies

It can be hard to get started on your Bible journaling journey without the right supplies on hand.  Here are some basic supplies to get you started. You can always add as you progress through your journey.

The first thing you might think you need is a Bible specifically for journaling. We will get to some in a minute. But first, if you are hesitant to “mess up” a Bible, try these alternatives: Praise book, Christian journal, Artful Journal, Altered composition noteboook or sketchbook. (click image for more information)

Illustrated Faith praise book Christian Journal Artistan journal Bookbound journal

 

Journaling Bibles

Journaling Bibles come in different translations and styles. Choose one that fits you. (click image for more information)
ESV KJV NIV Inspire

Pens

Precision pens have fine points perfect for your lettering and doodling.  Look for pens that won’t bleed through your Bible pages (like the ones below).

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Honestly, this is all you really need.  However, adding color will really bring it to life. Try colored pencils, pens or markers that won’t bleed through, watercolors, oil pastels and paint.

More fun add-ons include alphabet stickers, washi tape, rubberstamps, clips, tabs and more stickers.  Illustrated Faith has an entire line of Bible journaling supplies.

What are your favorite Bible journaling supplies?

Faithfully,

Dawn

 

*This post contains affiliate links which I can earn a small commission. (which I appreciate)

March 10, 2016 / Dawn
Fear Not Bible Journal Page

Here is another lovely Bible art journal  page.  After looking over the supplies and a quick look at her video tutorial, I thought “this is doable”.  My journey into papercrafting began with rubberstamping.  I haven’t stamped much lately and what a wonderful “excuse” to get back into it.

Fear Not by Tiffany

Fear Not Bible Journal Page

Supply list

You can see how Tiffany created this Bible art journal page in her video here.

You can see more of Tiffany’s work by visiting her blog  or YouTube channel.

 

 

March 3, 2016 / Dawn
Worship Your King Bible Journal page

Here is a nice Bible journal page that again doesn’t seem intimidating to create.  The rejoice tab makes it easy to find a theme you may be looking for. I like how she added the date to document your Bible journal journey.  And the frog, too cute!

Bible Journal page by Dolli

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David was just anointed king, he was to be stoic, brave, admired, yet he was so thankful and his love for God was so deep, he stripped to his undergarments and danced with all his might, all the way into the city. Michal, daughter of Saul was embarrassed, and chastised him, but David didn’t care. He would go to any length to celebrate his God’s faithfulness.

How far are you willing to go to praise God? How passionate is your worship?

David, king of Israel danced with wild abandon to praise his Lord. *music lyrics by Matt Redman

You can see more of Dolli’s work by visiting her Pinterest board.

About Dolli

I have been a scrapbooking for over 15 years, beginning with Creative Memories, where I was a consultant for five years.  I also enjoy watercolor painting. I guess you could consider me a professional, as I have sold a couple of paintings LOL!  I discovered Bible journaling over a year ago through Faithfully Yours, and have felt God calling me to use it in some way. I lead a Bible journaling class at a local scrapbooking store, and have monthly meet-ups at my church with Bible journalers from my area.  I am honored I am able to share some of what I’ve been doing here, on Faithfully Yours.

February 25, 2016 / Dawn
What is Bible Journaling part 2

What is Bible Journaling, part 2

If you missed part 1, you can read it here.

Faithful reader, Dolli, has shared more insights into Bible journaling with me and has graciously agreed to share with you as well.  I was particularly intrigued by the history.

by Dolli Neikirk

Bible journaling is a form of worship, just like music, poetry, dance, or other art forms.  It is a way to visually interpret scripture through art and/or writing.  By meditating on scripture and prayer, allow God to place a picture of the scripture in your mind and in your heart, then transfer that picture onto your Bible or journal page using various mediums of pencil, paint, stickers, crayons, paper, poetry, notes, or whatever process by which you are led.

Bible Journal history

I think it is important to define what Bible journaling is NOT:

It is not defacing the Bible or God’s Word. We worship God, not the Bible. (Shanna Noel)

Bible Journal historyHistory of illustrated Bibles
Art and drawing in Bibles has been practiced for centuries.  I have a Bible from my childhood my grandmother gave me that has pictures in it.

We can go waaaay back to the Renaissance, medieval times, to illuminated Bibles.  Even as recently as 1998, illuminated manuscripts, such as the St, John’s Bible, have been handwritten with art work.

God created us to create
We create through cooking, our jobs, crafting, and we even create other people – LOL!  We have each been given a talent, whether it be for business, design, engineering, speaking, or crafting. God expects us to use that talent and share it with others, all for His glory!  Everything we do is a testimony – how are you sharing your testimony for the Kingdom?  Are you telling the story of Jesus in everything you do?

You can see Dolli’s Bible journaling pages by visiting her Pinterest board.

Faithfully,

Dawn

February 24, 2016 / Dawn
I Will Never Fail Tagart

I was trying to figure out how to describe this piece of faith art. Is it tagart?  I’m not sure, I’ll just go with it is lovely!

I Will Never Fail by Tiffany

I Will Never Fail Faithart

Supply list

You can see how Tiffany created this layout in her video here.

*After watching the video, I learned it is a tag!

You can see more of Tiffany’s work by visiting her blog  or YouTube channel.

 

February 24, 2016 / Dawn
Refuge

When I first saw this, I thought it was a layout, but it is actually a mixed media canvas panel.  Either way, it is beautiful and a wonderful way to share the word of God.

Refuge by Tiffany

Refuge

Supply list

You can see how Tiffany created this layout in her video here.

You can see more of Tiffany’s work by visiting her blog  or YouTube channel.

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