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Bible Journaling is writing, coloring, taking notes, and in other ways creatively expressing yourself in your Bible or in a notebook alongside your Bible. Today we delve more deeply into how to make it meaningful for you. And having a place where you can keep all your supplies is important. I am still working on my little Bible Journaling corner and will reveal it soon. I finally finished the desk but still working on the other little touches. So stay tuned.
I want to stress that you don’t have to spend a lot of money and be naturally creative to be “good” at Bible Journaling! On the contrary, what matters here is your desire to spend time with God and in His Word. Remember if you are good at drawing but a whiz at creating graphics on the computer, you can always use that option. I do that all the time. I mention a graphic I made here.
Every moment we spend in God’s Word is worthwhile.
How Can I Make My Bible Journaling More Meaningful?
Adapted from Vintage Grace by Contance Denninger
(Used with permission.)
Every choice you make in your life brings you closer to God or further away from Him. Picture your life with a cross at the center. Focus on making choices each day that brings you closer to the cross, not further away from it. Bible journaling can be one activity that brings you nearer to the cross.
If you are baptized this is a reminder of the work of the Holy Spirit who is living and active in you.You are a sanctified child of God.
Focus on moving from head knowledge to heart knowledge. Our goal is to have a relationship with our Savior, Jesus.
Educational research has taught us that most people learn best when they are doing (kinesthetic learners). Coloring, drawing, and other activity helps engage learning in a meaningful way.
Bible Journaling can be one way to bridge the communication gap of a new generation and create interactive communication. Our society appreciates visual communication. (Think about Pinterest and Google that give immediate, visual feedback). Visual Prayer offers a way for us to interact with God’s word in a meaningful, expressive way.
In ancient times, stained glasses windows were a way to teach a Biblically illiterate people the stories of the Bible. Today, many people are Biblically illiterate. Bible journaling is a new way of drawing people back into God’s word.
There are not right and wrong approaches. Personal preference is the guideline. Prayer is the umbrella. Start with a verse from that Sunday’s worship service or a favorite devotion and go from there.
Is it Okay to Cover Up God’s Word with Artwork, you ask? I know I was like you and I wasn’t certain. But here are some things I have found out.
You’ll quickly discover one of the biggest controversies within the Bible Journaling community is around whether it’s okay to cover up God’s word with artwork.
Some people choose to only put artwork in the blank margin space, some might write over, mark, or circle the text, while others don’t mind if words are covered up with paint.
Many people choose to see their journaling Bible as unique because it allows them to connect with God’s Word in a new way that draws them back day after day. (How can that not be good?)
Most of us have multiple Bibles available, as well as the internet, for referencing the text itself. Here are a few great resources for Bible Journaling, You might like some printables, some advice about Bible Journaling or even a toolkit with everything you need written out. And also make sure you grab this fabulous kit and join a Facebook group if you are interested in learning more.