For most of my adult life, I have highlighted, written, underlined, scribbled, doodled, and ear-marked pages or passages in Scripture that I thought were important and did not want to forget. The majority of pages in my Study Bible are full of notes from conversations, experiences, and sermons. Bible journaling is an extension of me learning God’s Word and worshiping Him. I like to think of it as a journal, sketchbook, and scrapbook with paint, stamps, and stickers all wrapped up in one Bible.
Bible journaling is different for everyone because it reflects your personality and style. I do not draw but I use fine-point ink pens, colored pencils, stencils and paint, stamps, stickers, and decorative (Washi) tape. Expensive supplies are not required. You don’t even need a journaling Bible – designed with extra wide margins – to express yourself and create something meaningful. (I use this ESV Journaling Bible, in case you were curious!) Remember, Bible journaling is a personal worship style, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Because I have a Bible specifically used for Bible journaling, I don’t mind if Scripture is covered or words are difficult to read. Most of the time, I use the entire page for a journal entry and it’s never perfect, just like me!
Here is a picture of my latest journal entry and the supplies I used to create it:
This was my first time using watercolor paint or Washi tape and I’m happy with the result. There are many ways to interpret this verse, but the word gift stood out and I thought of balloons and birthday parties. Jesus is the greatest gift of all and His blessings shower upon us daily. And because I like rainbow sprinkles on my birthday cake, the balloons are multi-color.
Instead of using a paintbrush, I used my finger to paint (dab) small circles and ovals. I outlined each balloon with a Micron 05 black ink pen and drew the bold lines (balloon strings and outline of the box and ribbon) with a Faber Castill brush-tip marker. I filled in the box and ribbon with colored pencils, used alphabet stickers for key words, and made a tab using Washi tape. My approach to Bible journaling is very simple and beginner-level. I am not an artist but I enjoy reading Scripture, digging deeper and connecting to God in creative ways.
What do you think of Bible journaling? Is it something you might consider for your faith development?