(Read until the bottom to see a slideshow of pictures from my journaling Bible!)
I don't claim to be a pro. In fact, I would say I'm a beginner. But I absolutely love Bible journaling! I think it has enhanced my time with God and has given me a creative outlet during my quiet time. But how did I start? And how can you start (or enjoy it more)? I decided to make a guide compiling everything I know about Bible journaling! I hope you enjoy :)
1. Choose a Bible
I think one of the biggest myths in the world of Bible journaling is that you HAVE TO have an actual journaling Bible. And that's not true. You may not have as much space, but you can totally make it work. I did in my Bible before I got my journaling Bible! Find one you love, and get to it! This is the one I have. My only complaint is that the pages are a little bit thinner than I expected.
2. Get Supplies
You don't have to have anything fancy! In fact, colored pencils are a great option! They are colorful and don't bleed through. I do have these micron pens, though, and I love them. I also use Crayola Supertip markers (ONLY the light colored ones) but they bleed some. I bought them for the sake of the cost (like 50 for $7), but now I wish I would have gotten these highlighters made for Bible journaling. Other fun things that you could use include washi tape, stickers, or watercolors.
3. What do I journal..?
I'm honestly a firm believer in the fact that your Bible journaling should NOT cover the words. What's the point of it then? Not only are God's Words holy, but you can't even read it! Your artwork should enhance the page, not cover it up. Anyways, I like to take notes, doodle verses that stand out to me, and highlight and underline away! Also, for every book of the Bible I've written down the author and audience. It was in a Liberty University Online Academy course I took last year. Comment below if you want me to write a post about that! Pinterest has great ideas and tips also!
4. Make that first entry!
Just do it! Don't be afraid to be creative or get started. Pick your favorite verse or passage, highlight it, and doodle it! It may help if you write it in pencil first and then copy over it. You could doodle flowers, put washi tape around it, or compliment it with some stickers. Make your Bible reflect you and your faith in God!
5. Grace, not perfection
Your Bible journaling is not going to perfect. Nor should it be. This world is not perfect. Like I was talking about in a recent post on Instagram, our imperfections give God's perfection a chance to shine through. Embrace your imperfections and give yourself grace! My Bible is full of imperfections, and that is okay. Your writing utensils may bleed through, or you may mess up. But it's okay. Enjoy the process.
Below are some entries from my journaling Bible. I'd LOVE to see yours! Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM them to me on Instagram. Also, have any Bible journaling tips? Please comment them below! I'm always looking for new tips and ideas.
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