Daily Bible Journaling. Sort of.

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So I referenced a new hobby in my last post – and then life got crazy and I didn’t get to do it for a few days.  I was actually participating in it on a daily basis and really enjoying it.  For me, Daily Bible Journaling has been taking less than 10 minutes of my time on a regular basis and if I wanted to embellish it to a larger degree, I can.  That’s where the artsy part comes in.

What I love about this Daily Bible Journaling is that it really focuses on the Scripture.

Well, for ME, it helps me to focus on the Scripture.  There are several places to find a monthly plan and I will include those links below.

I’m also including some pictures so you can get an idea of how simple it can be.  I have seen some really amazing artistic examples in some of my FB groups, so you can get as creative as you would like to be.

Here are the supplies you need:

And that is really all you need.  Where you can get creative is by using colored gel pens (including these on amazon), washi tape, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, primer & paints, and more.

Depending on the type of notebook you select, you can either keep it strictly to writing – or you can use an art journal with heavier paper, to allow for a vast array of artistic expression.

20160213_201058.pngI am finding that I enjoy this particular habit of Daily Bible Journaling because I can use my good study Bible (that I just discovered hidden away last week!) and don’t have to commit to a journaling Bible just yet.  And it really only takes a few minutes.  But the few minutes I spend focusing on writing out the Scriptures is a really beneficial discipline.  For example, I can tell that i have missed a few days of the Daily Bible Journaling this week because I have not been focusing on the Word like I should and my nerves are frayed.

So as I wrap up this post, I’ll be grabbing my new glitter gel pens and writing out today’s passage.

Here’s where you can find suggested Daily Bible Journaling Scriptures:

  • Sweet Blessings – this is the one I am actually using
  • Heidi St John – I love this lady’s blog & podcasts!
  • His Mercy is New – these are printables for praying the Scriptures, but you can obviously use them to journal as well…

20160213_204739.pngThere are other sites as well if you do a google search, but I think these 3 resources are really good ones.

FYI – I used a variety of pens to do mine.  This particular one is done in all glitter ink.  It is quite shimmery and pretty and I liked the outcome.  But you can use a black pen and highlighters to add color and depth if you want.  It is really up to you and your style and preferences.  The MAIN thing is to focus on the MAIN thing:  SCRIPTURE!!!

Books and Journals – Bible Art Journaling

Because Bible Art Journaling has grown in popularity, book publishers have taken note.  If you go to amazon.com, christianbook, Lifeway and other stores – you will probably find at least one style of Bible designed for Art Journaling.  And if you can’t find a Bible, you will most certainly find a journal!

This is – in part – due to the division over whether or not the art should travel over the margin onto the words on the page. Unlike simple highlighting and coloring, Bible Art Journaling *can* cover the words on the page.  While some people view this as artistic licensure, others see it as completely irreverent.  Personally, I don’t want to hide the words on the page.  I don’t mind coloring or illustrating over them if the text still comes through.  That’s my personal preference. No biggie.

The truth is, publishers have noticed the growing interest and exploration into Bible Art Journaling and decided to lend a helping hand.  YAY FOR US!

One of the first Bibles I remember hearing about and seeing used is the

ESV SINGLE COLUMN JOURNALING BIBLE 

This is, actually, a redesign of an earlier Journaling Bible, but is one of the most popular versions to date.  A singe column of text with ruled margins are 2 inches wide – similar to a Moleskine notebook – that allow you to take notes as you wish, or create an illustration inspired by a sermon, morning devotion, or Bible study.

Another popular one is the

NIV Journal Edition

It is similar to the ESV one listed previously – but in the NIV text.

You will find – if you start looking for journaling Bibles – that there are very different styles where journaling Bibles are concerned. Some offer the wide side margins with or without lines, like the two mentioned here.  Some offer larger margins across the top or even the bottom.

In fact, there is a new Bible coming with black & white illustrations sprinkled throughout.  It is an NLT version, which is my only hesitation in ordering this one.  I already own a Life Recovery NLT Bible, so I don’t want to invest in another version of that.

And there is another new Bible coming with one page of text and one entirely blank page in each layout.  It is called an Interleaved Edition.  I am really intrigued by this one.  It allows for extreme note taking, as well as illustrating and lettering.

For me, whichever Bible I choose (because I have not yet been able to make up my mind and commit to making the investment), I want it to be a Bible I can take to church with me and use every day – not just for a creative form of worship.

Until I can make that commitment, I am using the small margins of my current Bible or a moleskine notebook to do my illustrations and then I use washi tape to attach it to the page in my Bible with the corresponding Scripture.  (You can use any notebook you’d like – moleskine notebooks have faint lines, thicker paper and perforated edges, so I prefer them!)

My sketchings & letterings are rudimentary at best, but I will share what I have done in a post to come!  There are many techniques that a lot of different people use and that is what makes this so appealing to me.  This can absolutely be customized to MY likes and MY skills & bents – and MY walk with God.  Everything from a notebook journal with Bible study notes to incredible art-scapes in someone’s Bible.  What an amazing opportunity to grow in the Lord and use gifts and skills to honor HIm!

Psalm 46

GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas,

Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.
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More Ways to Teach the Bible

Continuing from last week, I wanted to talk about other ways to incorporate the study of God’s Word into your family time and to instill a love for God’s Word in our kids.

Trivia Games

Because my parents were often Sunday School teachers, my dad had tons of helps and aids in teaching kids. He was very hands on and used object lessons regularly to explain things in Scripture that might otherwise be difficult. I always loved his object lessons – but my favorite thing of all was Bible Trivia. Continue reading “More Ways to Teach the Bible”

Hiding God’s Word in Our Heart

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Reading and memorizing Scripture as a kid is something that has stayed with me throughout my life! Something like the multiplication tables – only I have relied on it much more often than my “times” tables! What a precious gift – to have God’s word fill my heart and mind during moments of difficulty, sadness, depression, struggle, and even great joy!

Psalms 119:10-11 says “I see you with all of my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

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