Bible Journaling For Beginners: Step By Step Guide
For many of you journaling during your quiet time with the Lord is nothing new anymore. You have been doing it for years, to record your conversations with God. And it has become an important part of your Bible Study.
But does it always have to be in the form of words? What if you could capture some of the pictures the holy spirit inspires you with during your study?
That’s where bible art journaling comes into place. The art of illustrating your faith is a beautiful way to implement your creativity into your prayer life. Here is a step-by-step guide to Bible Journaling For Beginners.
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What is Bible Journaling?
Bible Journaling is a creative way to meditate and reflect on God’s word. I, personally, like to describe it as a form of worship. Just like dance and song, bible journaling can be used to express how God’s word inspires you.
Every page is a documentation of your walk with God and the growth you experienced as a result. It doesn’t matter if you draw a full-on picture or if you just doodle throughout the pages. The colors and fonts you use become a reflection of the feelings you developed throughout your bible study.
It is also not an activity that only the creatively gifted should pursue, but something we all can get involved in. Because it’s not about the perfect art or perfect words, but about the posture of your heart towards God’s influence in your life.
How to get started with Bible journaling?
Just like in your regular Bible Study, Bible Journaling is about being led by the holy spirit. So before starting, you should pray and ask God what he wants you to learn today. That way you open yourself up to his teaching and inspiration.
If you are struggling to choose the right passage to get started, consider listening to a worship song or a sermon. Those oftentimes use pictures to describe their praise and will help you to come up with beautiful illustrations.
For example, we all know that Oceans by Hillsong United talks about trusting God even if we can’t see. Now think of a story in the bible where the person had to trust Jesus in order to walk on water? Exactly, that’s pretty much what happened to Peter in Matthew 14:29-32.
On that page, for example, you could draw waves, water or the howling wind. Whatever revelation you receive from the holy spirit.
Bible Journaling For Beginners
Step by Step Guide
The easiest way to get started with Bible Journaling is by using a Bible Study method that works for you. While a lot of people like to use the S.O.A.P. (Scripture, Observation, Application, and Prayer) or W.O.R.D. (Write, Observe, Relevant and Declare) method I like to follow my own little structure.
Pray: Ask God to open your eyes to see the meaning of his words and to soften your heart to accept his words
Observe: Write down what is happening in the passage/ verse
- Who wrote it, who was it written for
- Where did it take place
- When did it take place
- What was the purpose of the book (Author’s intend)
Interpretation: Find out what the meaning of the words, stories are by researching their meaning
- What did that mean to the people that listened to it (relevancy during that time)
Application: Ask God how the teaching of this passage/ verse affects your life on earth now
- How can I apply it in my own life
- How can I be encouraged through the words
- How can I change because of his words
It’s really up to you to choose a Bible study method or structure that works for you. All you need is a good Bible.
Bible Journaling Ideas
This wouldn’t be a complete guide on Bible journaling for beginners if we didn’t share some fun and easy Bible Journaling ideas with you. There are different techniques used in Bible art journaling. From hand-lettering to water coloring or drawing, you will find multiple Bible Journaling Ideas online.
Of course, it’s totally up to you what technique you would like to use. While some people prefer to stick to the preset margins others don’t mind drawing over the text. Most important is that you capture your God-inspired pictures, rather than worry about the design.
Do whatever you feel comfortable with and let the holy spirit guide you.
Bible Journaling Supplies
All you really need for the process is a journaling Bible and a Pen! Yes, that’s it. Of course, there are a number of Bible Journaling Supplies that will make your Bible even more beautiful, however, they are not crucial to getting started.
Therefore, don’t let the list of Pens, Stamps, Stickers and Washi Tape hold you back from getting started.
Are you experienced in journaling? Let us know if we are missing a point in our step-by-step guide to Bible Journaling For Beginners BELOW!