Journaling Bible | First Impressions

I’m a huge paper nerd. I love notebooks, planners, stationary – you name it. So I was pretty intrigued when I first saw some examples of Bible journaling on social media. I started doing more research and was thinking I should do a post on Bible journaling because I can’t be the only person that would be interested in starting to do this.

For one you need to look up these hashtag, they will blow you away with there talent and creativity. #JournalingBible and #IllustratedFaith

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You might be asking yourself what is Bible journaling. It's a form of a Bible study where people draw, write, and make art in the margins of their Bibles. Most people get confused between studying the bible and today’s version of Bible journaling. Most people study their Bible, they read, meditate on the scripture, maybe take some notes in a separate notebook. Bible journaling is so much more than that. Not only is it a powerful way to connect to God, but it can be an incredible creative outlet as well.


Q: Do I have to have one of these special Journaling Bibles if I want to try this, too?

A: No way! I’ve seen plenty of examples of journaling in Bibles with small or non-existent margins. I do think it can be more difficult to journal in a regular bible that doesn’t have the space for notes and journaling, but thats just a personal preference. Some will use vellum or paper as an overlay they tape in with washi tape or may even choose to use a separate sketchbook. Use whatever you’re comfortable with and excited about! 
If you choose to get a journaling Bible there are lots to choose from, but my personal favorite right now is the Inspire Bible NLT: The Bible for Coloring & Creative Journaling it has space for notes, and some cute verses all ready to be colored in!

Q: I’m not sure how I feel about covering up God’ Word with paint and craft supplies. Why would you ever want to do that?

A: Here’s one of those tricky questions that I think everyone needs to answer for herself. Some might want to stick just within the blank space in the margin. Others might be okay with it spilling over on top of letters as long as you can see it. Others might not care if some of the words get covered up. What one person is comfortable with may not be true for another, and that’s okay I say! To each her own. I personally learn best through doodles and note-taking. I look at this as a way to engage with scripture.

Thanks for sticking with me through this post. I really want to get into the habit of having a day, probably Sunday, to focus on a certain passage. Learn scripture is hard, so for me, this is like the perfect combination of Bible reading, scrapbooking, journaling and praying all in one!! Its a win win!  No matter what you do, just make sure you are have fun. It’s all about connecting with God and your creativity, so if you’re not having fun, what’s the point?

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