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All Scripture references come from the King James Version of the Holy Bible (KJV)."
All Scripture references come from the King James Version of the Holy Bible (KJV)."
Bible Journaling! I’m fascinated, yet I’m at a loss. I don’t have hands, but I know most of my readers do have hands so I want to share what I’ve learned about Bible journaling for beginners, with the hope that if you haven’t investigated this form of Bible study, you might learn a thing or two from me.
Bible Journaling for Beginners
What is Bible journaling? I had never heard about Bible journaling until I became a blogger and got more involved in social media. I saw a very artistic picture colored across a page in a woman’s Bible and I thought, “Whoa! What is that all about?” Bible journaling has fascinated me ever since. I’ve also been frustrated by it ever since as well. The reason for my frustration is because of my inability to color, draw, or write out scripture as an amputee. The closest I’ve come is tapping out scripture with my stylus on my phone. It’s totally not the same!
What is Bible Journaling All About?
It’s a way of illustrating your faith and documenting what God has laid on your heart. That’s it, plain and simple. You can paint or draw out scripture in a plain journal, a special Bible journal, or right there in the pages of your Bible. Many Bibles are made with wider margins, just for that purpose. I’ve seen whole pieces of artwork cover the entire page of scripture as well. Obviously, that wouldn’t be your study Bible. But it might help you understand Scripture better by artistically coloring out the thought.
Easy Bible Journaling for Amputees
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the beautiful examples on Instagram, but for someone like me, I simply have to use my words, I can’t use colorful artistry, as much as I would like.
How can I do that? By simply putting my thoughts down in words, not art. In my case, I can use my phone or my laptop. I have a Bible folder in my Google Drive. I could write out a Scripture with my thoughts about how I can apply that to my life. Plus, writing out my prayers or writing letters to the Lord is a great way to journal.
Google has a tool called voice typing that is super useful. Or if I’m using my phone, I can use my microphone in addition to my keyboard. Granted, a document in Google Docs isn’t artistic. But I can use colored fonts and add images if I want to get more creative.
Praise Him, thank Him, and share what He means to you. Date your entries. After all, it’s a journal, right? Document your thoughts. The whole point is to grow closer to God and to flesh out His Word so you understand it better.
There are many options for Bible journaling for beginners. You can use pretty journals, Bible coloring books, or even your Bible. Some Bibles offer pre-illustrated pages that you can color like you can in this image below.
You can even use coloring pages. Check out this digital product I created called Joyful Living Through Art which includes coloring pages of some of my favorite Scriptures in addition to colorful art that you can simply print and hang.
Feel free to use mine or learn how to make your own with How to Make Coloring Pages for Bible Verses.
I have found some great resources to help you learn Bible journaling for beginners. Here is a great post offering YouTube Bible Journaling Channels To Follow. If you want to see Bible journaling, why not watch how it’s done on a YouTube channel? You may also like these links on Bible Journaling Ideas and Bible Journaling for Beginners: Tips For Getting Started. It sounds redundant, I know, but I promise you that they are all different articles.
How to Bible Journal
I think I’ve given you enough resources to help you get started. So let’s talk about the reason behind Bible journaling. It’s worship, my friends. It’s a way to help you understand your Scripture. It allows you a way to focus on the Scripture so that you can figure out what God means by what He’s saying so that you can apply it in your life.
Let’s use my favorite scriptures:
Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV. It says Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
If you want to know how to Bible journal, think of it this way. If I were to draw my favorite Scriptures out, I might start with a heart. As I think about a particular struggle I’m going through, my focus is to trust God with all my heart. I could doodle as I meditate on His Word, realizing that although I may not understand what I’m going through, that if I follow Him, He will lead me on the path I should go.
The next thing I know, my doodles have created that visual path. The more that I focus on this drawing and writing out the Scripture itself, I’m coming to peace with my struggle and I may even come to some answers that I was searching for.
That, right there is my amputee version of how to Bible journal. As it stands now, I open my Google Doc on my phone and I write out or speak the verse. From there I write my thoughts and as I type, I’m working things out. I’m still Bible journaling. I’m just tap tap tapping on my phone with my stylus. I get the same results, but it’s probably not as fun. If you need a visual of my tools to type, head over to The Honest Truth About Living with Amputations.
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As you can see, in My Venture into Painting, the cuff that I use for my stylus can also provide space for colored pencils, pens, or a paintbrush. One of these days, I’m going to get some colored pencils and learn to color…in my free time, haha!
Is Bible Journaling Disrespectful?
When I first saw that colorful artistry during my first experience with Bible journaling, I considered that. But I’ve come to realize that it all depends on where your heart is. A good friend of mine, our pastor’s wife, always reminds us that ” It’s all about the heart! ” If you’re trying to damage your Bible, then yes, I would say Bible journaling is disrespectful.
If it replaces actual Bible study, then you have a problem. Work on your heart. If you want to color, then color. Don’t disregard true Bible study for journaling. I used to be an avid note-taker and I wrote out prayers and scriptures in my Bible. Is that wrong? I think that when you get to a point where you need to keep your Bible perfect and unused, then you have a problem.
A Bible Should be a Close Friend
I’ve always been a one-Bible woman. When I was in my twenties, I received a Bible from my Gram as a gift. It turns out, she bought one for all her grandkids before she died. We received them after she passed. It was very special. I used that Bible exclusively until a few months ago when it practically fell apart.
Yes, it was special because it was from my Gram. But even better, it was easy to use. I could find everything I was looking for, it was easy for my old-lady eyes to read, and it was comfortable. In other words, it was well-used.
What is the point of Bible Journaling? Praise Him, thank Him, and share what He means to you. Document your thoughts. The whole point is to grow closer to God and to flesh out His Word so you understand it better.… Click To Tweet
My Bible is a special friend that I keep close by my side. After all, isn’t it the Word?
John 1:1 KJV tells us In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
It was hard replacing my Bible. I searched high and low for a new one. As an amputee, I needed a certain type of paper, that I could turn the pages easily with my stylus. I needed large print and I needed margins. If I need to take notes, now I simply ask my husband to write my thoughts in it. Once I found a Bible that fits all of my criteria, almost immediately I broke out my highlighter and highlighted my favorite Scriptures. I also bought stickers, which were my version of journaling color in my Bible.
I hope that I’ve given you some help regarding Bible journaling for beginners. If you’re a pro at Bible journaling, I would love some suggestions on how I can add journaling as an amputee into my Bible study repertoire. Share your favorite ideas below.