Easy Bible Journaling Ideas
As a child, I used to love scribbling notes in the corners of my books. I loved making small illustrations, highlighting important sentences with markers. It all helped me remember things, and the flavored markers were fun to sniff!
As we grow old, we forget the enthusiasm we used to have about the little things and how everything makes a difference.
Recently, when I was teaching something to my 10-year-old, I was reminded of my old hobby when I saw my child doing the same thing in her book. I thought to myself – wouldn’t it be just lovely if she read the Bible the way she enjoyed reading her study books.
I reminded myself that even I don’t read it that way – and when I thought about it, I didn’t have an answer; why didn’t I read it that way?
That’s when I decided to start my first Bible journal. It was a new idea to me, but I realized many people were doing it already when I went online. Here are some ideas on how to do it, if you are new, like me.
#1 What Do You Need To Start a Bible Journal?
- A Journaling Bible or a Notebook
- Anything that helps you appreciate the word of God!
A Journaling Bible has space in the margins to let you draw out your thoughts, ideas, and the inspiration that you are taking from the word of God.
If you don’t have one, don’t fret. You can always draw or write your ideas or inspiration in a notebook. The idea is to feel more involved in reading, not to add fancy bells and whistles.
#2 STARTING OUT
Like any other process, start your Bible journal with baby steps. Open a verse, read it and then write whatever comes to your mind in the margin.
My handwriting is honestly not that great. If you are in the same boat, you can try any number of tutorials to improve it or even take up cursive writing.
#3 CREATING A FRAME
Making a frame around the text is a beautiful way to decorate anything. Like a favorite picture hanging on a wall, a nice frame can add a bit of distinction to anything you write.
To create a frame, write out your favorite verse in pencil. Then sketch it over with colored sketch pens or markers. Keep the colors bright but complementary to each other.
Now create a clear boundary using a pigmented liner, such as the Sakura Pigma Micron. Add another border outside this one to create a nice little frame. You can use diagonally shaped lines or even small flowers between the two borders to make the frame look pretty. If you are not very comfortable making borders, you should always keep a hi polymer eraser nearby.
#4 ADDING A BIT OF ART
I know art is not everyone’s cup of tea. I am not too good at it either. But the thing to always remember is that we are not doing this for the sake of art. Instead, the idea is to connect with the word of God in a very intimate and passionate way.
The very imperfection with which you draw symbolizes God’s way of accepting you with all your faults. What matters to Him is the effort that you make and the connection that you create.
I try to get images off the internet pertinent to what I feel or think upon seeing a verse. I take printouts and often use tracing paper to trace out the graphic onto the page.
I do try freehand as well, by keeping the graphic or image in front of me and letting God guide my hand as He best sees fit. I often find that what I make is better than what I expected!
#5 DON'T LOSE CONFIDENCE
Sooner or later, you will create a mess. Perhaps you get overconfident and tried drawing something too ambitious. Sometimes, the color combination you choose does not come out as well as you thought it would. Maybe the pen you picked would smudge a bit on the page.
Whatever it may be, don’t ever lose confidence. Remember why you are doing this; keep reminding yourself of the connection you are creating with the word of God.
#6 FIXING MISTAKES
You can quickly fix many minor errors with an eraser, a better pen, or an easier image to draw. If you see a chance to change things, do it. If you don’t, you need not worry too much about it.
Some words are more potent than others. They leave a more profound impression on your mind and soul. When you see words that create a different feeling in your heart, highlight them.
I prefer to use my Crayola markers. You can use markers, crayons, colored pencils, or anything else that catches your fancy. Again, the medium is not important; the message is.
#8 WHAT TO WRITE?
What to write is a question I often get from people who are starting. What should I write? Should I copy a verse? Does it have to have a message or meaning?
Here are some tips on how and what you should write:
Be True to Yourself
Write about your feelings and emotions. Write your everyday struggles, converse with God through the Bible journal. Most importantly, write something honest and from the heart.
Remember, the journal is not a showpiece or a work of art. It is simply another way that you are connecting yourself with Him and admiring His word.
Ask questions to Him, show Him your learnings. Like a child talking to a teacher, discuss what you understood from His writings and doubts that you need clarifying. He will respond to the child in you.
Remember Your Prompts
Be in touch with what prompted you to journal today. Note down your thoughts and ideas centered around the verse that you are reading. Add more prompts as you grow along the path.
Write About Real Life
Talk about the things that are happening with you and around you. Were you able to relate to God’s word in something that happened with you today? Did you find solace in a verse when you were sad or angry? Were you enlightened into moving away from jealousy and hatred when a situation arose?
Talking about the lessons you are applying to your life from the verses you are reading builds a special bond. You can read your writings back to yourself, and they renew your faith in the word of the Lord.
Identify Areas of Improvement
Talk about your failures as well as your success. If you were lead astray today, write it in the journal. Talk about what happened, what triggered your digression, and what learnings you took from it. Sometimes, writing down about your failures helps you identify those negative aspects of your life that you should remove.
#9 Devoting Time
Bible journaling is an act of devotion. You will need to take out time every day and create a schedule around it. Otherwise, you might find yourself taking it lightly and drifting away from it altogether.
I hope my experience and attempt at creating a bible journal have inspired you to try your hand at it! If you choose to do so, I can personally vouch that you are in for the most beautiful experience that you have ever had.
What bible journaling ideas stood out to you? Leave one or two of them below in the comments 🙂