Thursday, September 9, 2021

Tips for Quick and Easy Bible Journaling

This is my final post in the Back to Basics series from my September 2021 Bible Journaling workshop. We started with a reminder why we need God's Word and then covered some simple ways to fill our mind with His Word. In this final installment, I'll be giving you simple tips for Bible journaling when you only have a short amount of time. 

Plan a time for Bible journaling. 

You’re more likely to do something if you add it to your schedule. Even though I teach Bible journaling classes, I don’t journal in my Bible every day. In fact, my recent goal has been to just journal once a week. You might only be able to set aside time once a month. That’s okay! Maybe even consider inviting a friend or two to journal with you! Now that you've set a time, let's get into the Word. 

Start with the Word: Decide on a passage or verse you want to journal

  • Pick a verse from your scripture writing notebook if you have one. 
  • Pick a passage from a recent sermon, devotional, or podcast you read or listened to recently.
  • Just pick a favorite verse.
  • Use a worship song as inspiration. Look up the lyrics and find a verse that goes with it.
  • Start with a printable or other ephemera and choose a verse based on that. For example, you could pick the die cut from the Back to Basics kit that says walk by faith which would take you to 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Decide how you want to illustrate your page

  • Pick out any ephemera pieces you might want to use or think of something you can draw that goes with the verse. If I were journaling 2 Corinthians 5:7 using the ephemera from the Back to Basics kit, I would pick the walk by faith die cut from the kit as well as the shoes then maybe add some extra embellishments like some of the hearts, the notes card, a tab for the top of my page and the word faith from the word strips to use on my tab.
  • You can keep it simple with just the ephemera pieces (or drawing) or decide if you want to add a background of some kind first. If your goal is to keep it simple, I suggest a wash of color with something like watercolors, Distress Oxide inks or gelatos. Another simple background I like is paint splatters. All you do is tap your brush around the page to splatter the paint and then your background is done!
  • Once you have your background done, glue down your ephemera pieces. Now you can consider whether you want to write a short prayer, or some notes related to the verse. You can also highlight or underline the verse on the page so that it stands out. 
  • That's it! It doesn't need to be complicated. Check out some of my simple Bible journaling pages below. Each of the pages shown uses just basic supplies; printables, stickers, washi tape, and watercolors.

Bonus tips!

Don't have time to journal a full Bible page? Try one of these things instead!

  • Coloring Bibles are another way to get in the Word and use your creativity without having to spend all the extra time planning out your page. Just open to a page that already has an illustration, grab some colored pencils, and get coloring! Use the time you are coloring to meditate on the verse.
  • Another option would be Bible coloring books that just have different Bible verse illustrations, or even a Bible coloring app that you color digitally.
  • Consider micro journaling – this could be journaling on a small note card, Memory Dex card, in a tiny Bible or just keeping your journaling to a smaller portion of the page in your journaling Bible or even a regular Bible.

I hope these simple tips help give you some ideas of how to daily fill your mind with more of God’s Word. Take some time to look over the list from this post and choose one or two that you want to try. Then look through your supplies and journal a page in your Bible or notebook. Use the list of suggested verses below if you need some ideas of where to look. You can also use the Back to Basics playlist for inspiration and to focus your mind on the Truth while you journal.                                                                                                                                                                

Back to Basics: Suggested Bible Verses

  • 2 Timothy 3:14-17
  • Psalm 119:10-11
  • Psalm 119:105
  • Proverbs 3:1-2
  • 2 Timothy 2:15
  • Hebrews 4:12
  • John 8:32
  • John 1:1
  • Romans 8:1-10
  • Psalm 1:1-6
  • Psalm 12:1-7
  • Colossians 3:16
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • 2 Corinthians 5:7
  • Psalm 86:11
  • Ephesians 6:17
  • Ezekiel 36:26
  • Psalm 51:10
  • Psalm 40:8
  • Romans 12:2
  • Proverbs 3:3
  • Jeremiah 29:11-14
  • Matthew 6:21
  • Proverbs 7:1-3

For the other parts of the lesson, see these posts: 

For Back to Basics part 1, check out the post Why We Need God's Word

For Back to Basics part 2, check out the post 10 Tips for Getting More of the Word in Your Daily Life


Looking for the workshop kit? Digitals for the kit as well as a limited number of physical kits are now available in the Anchored Hope Prints shop

10 Ways to Get More of the Word into Your Daily Life

This post is a continuation of Back to Basics: Why We Need God's Word. This is part two from the lesson I taught at a recent Bible journaling workshop where I talked about why God's Word is important and simple ways we can get in the Word. If you're following along with the workshop lesson, be sure to read that post first. 


Now that we've discussed the importance of the Word and the Good News, let’s discuss some ways to get more the Word into your daily life. These are simple tips to keep God’s Word in your mind throughout the day. They’re not meant to replace reading and studying the Bible, but I hope that these tips can give you some practical ways to fill your mind with the truth.  

10 Ways to Get More of the Word into Your Daily Life

  1. On your phone a lot? Put an image with a verse on your phone lock and/or home screen(s) so you see it every time you pick up your phone [check out these free phone lock screens from Well-Watered Women].
  2. Maybe you work on a computer all day. You can also put a verse image on your computer background to help remind you of God’s Truth as you work. 
  3. Play uplifting worship music throughout the day. I find that the more I listen to worship music, or even just Christian music with a positive message, the better I feel throughout the day. You don’t have to be actively listening or worshipping in church to benefit from music. Just having it playing in the background is one more way that you are hearing God’s truth. [Check out the playlist I made for this month’s workshop here on Spotify]
  4. Strategically place verse cards around the house so that you see them often. Some suggestions might be your bathroom mirror, on the fridge, by your bed, next to your computer, or near the kitchen sink. These can be just notecards that you write a verse out on or printable verse cards. [Check out these scripture card sets available at Anchored Hope Prints]
  5. If you would rather something that blends in a little more with your décor, consider scripture art prints or other home décor pieces placed around your home. [Check out wall art prints available at Anchored Hope Prints]
  6. Leave your Bible open on a table where you will walk by it throughout the day. Take a moment to stop and read a verse or two whenever you can.
  7. Listen to a devotional podcast while you’re doing something else. One of my favorites is First 15.
  8. Start a scripture writing plan. It’s simple, just write out one verse per day and before you know it, you’ll have a notebook full of God’s word written in your own handwriting. You can find many writing plans online with a simple internet search. Some are topical, others are focused on a specific book of the bible. You could even just use the You Version verse of the day.
  9. Set up notifications for Bible apps like the You Version Bible app so that you see a pop up of the daily verse.  
  10. Consider the pages/people you are following on social media. Are you seeing messages that point you to the Word or the World? I know most of us love a good silly cat video or maybe you like watching hair and makeup tutorials but try to also have some Christian social media sources that remind you of the Truth. Some of my favorites are Well Watered Women and Illustrated Faith, but there’s so many out there! I also want to note that it’s okay to unfollow someone if their content isn’t right for you. This is especially true if certain people or accounts post things that make you upset or make you feel like you can’t measure up.
Did you notice how none of these tips mention Bible journaling? That's on purpose! I want to give you simple ways to fill your mind with the Word, that anyone can do and don't require much time. However, since my main goal is to help you get into the Word through Bible journaling, my final post in this series will cover tips for quick and easy Bible journaling. 

For the other parts of the lesson, see these posts: 

For Back to Basics part 1, check out the post Back to Basics: Why We Need God's Word

For Back to Basics part 3, check out the post Tips for Quick and Easy Bible Journaling

Looking for the workshop kit? Digitals for the kit as well as a limited number of physical kits are now available in the Anchored Hope Prints shop

Back to Basics: Why We Need God's Word

This month I taught a workshop called Back to Basics. We discussed the importance of getting in the Word as well as simple tips to fill our minds with more of God's truth. I will be sharing the lesson in three parts here on the blog. First up is the basis for the lesson which is all about why we need the Word in the first place. 

I can’t start a lesson on simple ways to get into the Word without first mentioning why I believe this is important. This quote sums up so well the importance of the Word: 

“The Bible. It’s more than a playbook or a piece of literature. It’s more than the best-selling book in the world. It’s more than a paper weight or a decoration on our shelves. It’s the living, breathing, inspired Word of God. (The Journey: Turn the Page by gracespring Bible Church, page 2)” 

We need the Word because it's the way God speaks to us. His Word changes lives! 

If we’re truly going to go back to basics, we need a refresher on the good news of the gospel. The gospel isn’t just for those who need salvation. We all need to preach the gospel to ourselves often, so we don’t forget what the Lord has done for us and how it changes who we are. Here's a brief explanation of the gospel. 

We are all born into a sinful and broken world (Romans 3:23). Because of sin, we all deserve death and eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). If this was the end of the story, we would be lost and without hope. But God provided a way where there was no way! His name is Jesus! Jesus, the only one to live a perfect life free of sin, chose to take your sin upon himself and die in your place (Romans 5:8). Isn’t that great news! But it doesn’t end there! “It was through His suffering and death that our sins were paid for through His blood. Then He rose again three days later to defeat sin, hell, and the grave (The Journey: Embrace the Life by gracespring Bible Church, page 14).” There’s nothing you can do to earn salvation. He offers it as a free gift. All you have to do is have faith and believe (Ephesians 2:8-9). Once you accept this gift, God adopts you into His family, not just to save you from hell but so you can have a relationship with him now. 

Do you believe this good news!? If so, why do so many of us often neglect to make the God’s life changing Word a daily part of our lives? What if we could fill our minds with more of God’s truth in simple ways that don’t require hours of “quiet time”? Now, let me be clear, there is absolutely value in deeper study of the scriptures (we’ll dive more into that next month). But I think it’s also common to be stuck in a cycle of shame for neglecting what we think good Christians are supposed to do. Oftentimes this shame keeps us from ever opening a Bible. Let’s take away the shame and stop making reading our Bibles something we just check off a to-do list but never let the message penetrate our hearts. He is calling you to just come into His presence. All you have to do is open your Bible and let Him speak to you through His Word. 

If you’ve accepted Him as your Savior, then praise him today! Take a few minutes to listen to the song My Jesus by Anne Wilson [watch lyric video here]. If you are not sure, listen to the lyrics and let the message sink into your heart. He can change your life if you let him.

For the next part of the lesson, see these posts: 

For Back to Basics part 2, check out the post 10 Tips for Getting More of the Word into Your Daily Life

For Back to Basics part 3, check out the post Tips for Quick and Easy Bible Journaling

Looking for the workshop kit? Digitals for the kit as well as a limited number of physical kits are now available in the Anchored Hope Prints shop




Friday, September 25, 2020

Hope in the Lord Bible Journaling Conference

Guess what?! I am speaking at an online Bible Journaling conference!! It's called Hope in the Lord and it's coming up this October. I would love for you to join me! Oh and the best part? You can watch all the sessions for FREE! Keep reading to find out more. 


I am so excited to finally be able to share this with you! I've been working behind the scenes along with all the other incredibly talented speakers to get this ready for you. I am honored to be among such an amazing group of Bible Journaling teachers, leaders, and friends. 

The Hope in the Lord Online Bible Journaling Conference is a FREE conference for Christians who want to put their Hope In The Lord through their creativity and study.  is designed to help you learn more, get creative, be inspired, connect with others, and grow in the Word creatively. On top of the three days full of amazing sessions, there's also a bunch of extra goodies for you when you register. There is over $1,200 worth of prizes as well as free downloads for many of the sessions and extra freebies. 

I am offering a physical print from my Anchored Hope Prints shop for one of the giveaways and a full month-long verse card set. You can sign up for that freebie on my session page after you register. 

Can't watch all the sessions within three days? No problem! You can purchase an all-access pass which gives you lifetime access to all of the sessions! Plus, for every all-access pass purchased, one Bible will be donated through the conference partner charity, Bibles for the World. If you think you might want this option, I suggest purchasing it soon as it's $20 off until October 14th. 

Even though there is ZERO cost to attend the conference, please use my link to sign up. It helps the conference hosts know I sent ya! Plus because I am a speaker, I’ll get a small commission if you do decide to buy the All-Access pass. I am incredibly grateful for your support! Thank you! 

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for my session:

Hope in the Word through Creative Bible Journaling by Ashley Roe
October 15, 2020 | 5:00 pm EDT


You’ll learn all about how Bible journaling helped me to move beyond feeling hopeless to hopeful. I will also share some tips for simple watercolor backgrounds and walk you through my Bible journaling process to create a journaling page together. It's like attending one of my workshops but from the comfort of your own home! I've also included a free printable that you'll get when you register.





Monday, March 30, 2020

Join me April 4th for a FREE Online Workshop!



This Saturday April, 4th I will be going live on my Anchored Hope Bible Journaling Facebook page for a free workshop! I will be structuring the workshop similarly to my regular monthly workshops in that there will be a devotional time, art demonstration and a live journal with me. The theme for this month is trusting God in uncertain times and we'll be doing a fun crayon masking technique.

Below you will find a link to a free printable as well as a list of optional resources and supplies that you can use for your journaling time. If you want to participate in the journaling activity, you can just use a piece of paper or a notebook so you do not need to have a journaling Bible.

Since the event will happen via Facebook live, you don't need to register ahead of time but I would love to have you join me live so that we can chat and journal together. If you miss the live event you can still catch the replay at any time. I hope to "see" you there!!

Resources and Supplies 

The following are optional resources and supplies that you may want to have if you decide to follow along with me or do the technique on your own later on. Check out my recommended resources page for a list of general Bible Journaling product recommendations. There you will find several options for journaling Bibles, tools, paints, pens and more!  

Supplies

  • Free Faith>Fear printable - click here to download then print on your own. Feel free to scale it down if you want the text to be a bit smaller but keep in mind that if you are doing the crayon technique that I will show, it won't work well if it is too small. 
  • Journaling Bible, Notebook or Paper - Whatever you want to do your journaling on, it doesn't have to be anything complicated. In fact, if might be a good idea to have a piece of paper to test it on first of you plan to try it in your Bible. 
  • White Crayon - The technique I am showing uses a white crayon to create a mask when you paint or color over it. It's kind of like when you used to draw on eggs before dyeing them as a kid. You can use other crayon colors but it won't be quite the same effect. It has to be a regular white crayon, not a water soluble crayon. If you can't get a hold of a white crayon, you can use the printable as a traceable to make your title. For that you'll just need a pencil and a pen that won't bleed through whatever you're journaling on. 
  • Watercolor Paint - In my tests of this technique, watercolor paint seems to work the best but you can use other coloring mediums as long as you don't use too much water. It needs to be something that is somewhat transparent so acrylics would not work unless you water them down a lot and even then I am not sure if it would work as I have not tested them. Also be careful about bleed through. Some inks or markers will work with this technique but are not safe from bleed through on Bible pages. Test it out first! 
  • Paint Brush and Water or Baby Wipes - You'll need something to wet the paint for watercolors or other coloring mediums. Baby wipes are good for things like gelatos because they provide enough wetness but not too much. 
  • Extra Embelishments - If you want to add extra things to your page like washi, stickers, a tab ect, be sure to have it ready to go. 

Additional Resources

The following are printable materials that you can find in my Etsy shop Anchored Hope Prints. These are not necessary to participate in the workshop but could be useful resources if you would like to have some additional supplies to use. I will be using some of these during the live class, particularly the verse card sets. 
  • 28 Truths from God's Word Verse Cards - I created this verse card set as a resource for several topics, many of which are relevant to the topic of the workshop. Topics like trusting in the Lord. resting in God's peace, do not fear, cast away your anxiety, you always have hope, God will provide, keep pressing on, etc. Each card features one truth with a main verse and several other related verses for you to look up. The cards are a great resource for Bible study, journaling or just as a reminder for a truth that you need for any particular day.
  • Be Still Verse Cards - I originally created this card set to give to the ladies at my church women's retreat a couple of years ago. Our theme that year was Be Still so I chose verses that help us to rest and breathe in God's presence and find peace in Him. I have been so encouraged by several people who attended that retreat who have recently reached out to me to say they pulled out these cards again during this chaotic time we are dealing with.  
  • Words of Worship Word Strips - Wordfetti or Word Strips as I call them are one of my Bible Journaling staples. I often use them for titles on my tags or extra little words in my journaling. I created this printable based on several worship songs plus other commonly used words and phrases. 
  • Rainbow Watercolor Tabs - I always put some sort of tab or something on the top of my pages to mark them. If you don' have any tabs, you can download and print this set of tabs with every color of the rainbow! It will work with the We R Memory Keepers tab punch but you can also just use scissors to cut them out. 

Bonus Resource! 

I always have music playing during our work time of my workshops and I will often create a playlist specifically for the theme I am teaching on. I made this playlist before I settled on the theme for this month but it goes perfectly with what I'll be talking about! Check it out if you need some music to go along with your Bible journaling time related to fear, peace, anxiety or trusting in God. Find it on Spotify here: It'll Be Alright Spotify Playlist.