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

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