I have wanted to start Bible journaling for awhile now, but always found a reason not to. But the time has come. I am going to embark on this journey slowly, sharing with you every step of the way. I intend to share my findings, attempts and thoughts with you.
Let’s get started…
First, 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. The purpose isn’t how it looks, but rather that you are in the Word and expressing your thoughts creatively on a particular verse.
Since this is new to me, I’ll share various definitions I found around the web for further understanding. Be sure to click on their name to learn more about their Bible journaling experience.
Bible art journaling is a growing movement, where many are creating on the pages of their Bible as a devotional process. It is also sometimes also called Bible Journaling or Illuminated Journaling. The idea is to engage more freely with the Word of God in new ways and to record personally inspiring scriptures in creative and artistic ways, which serve to remind us of moments in our personal journey with God and help us grow in our faith. ~Rebekah Jones
One of my favorite ways to engage with the Bible is through Bible journaling – a creative process of making art in your Bible as a way to connect with scripture and with God. Bible journaling is not about making the most beautiful art. Bible journaling isn’t about the outcome, it’s about the process. Focus on connecting with scripture and your belief, and the skill will come with time.~Sara
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! ~Amanda
Bible journaling is a way for a person to worship God through written words and artistic writing and drawing. This is simply a creative outlet to study God’s word and meditate upon scriptures. ~Lavonne
For me, this is like the perfect combination of Bible reading, scrapbooking, journaling and praying all together!! Oh and Project Life!! This combines a LOT of my loves into one place. ~Candace
I also asked in the Faithfully Yours Facebook group, here is what was shared:
I suppose most think of it as journaling inside your Bible but I would have a blank journal & journal Bible verses & how it applies to my life at that moment. ~Kim Goodfellow
To me, it is like an interactive way to study the Word and stay in the Lord. I read, use highlighters to mark the important things I want or need to remember, make notes in the margins, and then add my own viewpoints, along with colorful memos and pictures to myself. Everyone journals differently and some do not like writing or marking in the Bible, but this is OK for me. I have also used a Project Life-type notebook where I can say my journaled thoughts and pictures, based on the Bible verses I am trying to learn.~Susan Heyde-Baldridge
Bible Journaling to me is another way to worship the Lord. It’s also another way to learn, communicate and glorify Him. It helps me to spend more time in His word and to really focus on verses that the Holy Spirit speaks to me through. I read through a chapter highlighting verses that the Holy Spirit is highlighting in my heart + mind. I journal my thoughts, questions, etc. in the margins and add whatever artwork I feel tells the story of the selected verse(s) or artwork that brings a particular scripture to the forefront. Bible Journaling is a way to refresh your soul!~Yvonne Burris
My Bible journal is a binder that I created and it has several detailed sections for my prayers. I write specifics (who I prayed for, what prayers I asked for) and I write scripture that stood out to me that day from my Bible reading. When I feel creative, I will use lettering, colors, drawings in my journal. I see a lot of people color and get creative in their bibles. That is interesting to me, however It is not how I currently journal. I also made some changes after reading the book Fervent and watching the movie War Room.~Cheryl Brooks
I have a scrapbook that I scrap photos I have taken and a bible verse that fits both the photo and where I am spiritually or where the Lord may be leading me and I journal that.~Jeanette Vorisek Belyew
As for me, I can’t really define what Bible journaling means to me considering I haven’t started yet. My goal is to express myself creatively while immersing myself in the Word all while bringing God the glory.
What is Bible journaling to you?