Bible journaling is the best thing that has happened since coffee!!!
I love it!!! I have restless hands that always have to be doing something. Bible journaling gives me the chance to doodle and learn about God at the same time. Just the other day in Sunday school we were discussing how we are the vines and Jesus is the branches and God the pruner…of course this made a great doodle session for me!!! (Stay tuned for a future post on this lesson)
Ok so first things first. What all do I need? What kind of bible should I use? Is it ok to write in my bible?
After researching supplies for weeks (exageration) I finally decided exaclty what I wanted.
I purchased my bible here The Holy Bible: Journaling Bible, English Standard Version, Containing the Old and New Testaments
This is the cheapest price that I could find anywhere and it is a good quality journaling bible. It is a hard cover bible with an elastic strap that holds it closed. This helps keep the pages flat, especially when you use water colors.
I also bought these amazing pens Sakura 30062 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set, Black
because they seemed to be the unanimous consensus among bible journalers < I don’t think that’s a real word when I was researching supplies and they are definitely good pens.
I also purchased watercolors, colored pencils, and washi tape.
That was really all that I needed to get started.
So here is your shopping list:
Or, Amazon has this really neat journaling kit with lots of goodies which is what I bought.
Ok now for the hard question…
Is it ok to draw and write in your bible? This is a question each individual must hash out with God, on their own, but here are my views…I believe that God gave me the bible for me. We read it for our own good not to please God. He gave it to us as a “how to” manual, a love letter, a window of hope, a biography, and a light to us in this dark world. We read it so that we can know Him better, so that we know what is expected from us, so that we know what the future holds. I believe that anyway we absorb the multitude of messages that He has stored for us in the precious pages of His Word are ok. These moments we spend in His Word are moments that we are not divulging in the sins of the world.
This was actually something that I was very excited to start with the tween girls from my Wednesday night small group at church. Most of my girls have yet to learn how to study the bible so I thought this would be a fun way to get them started.
The biggest fear among my girls was their creativity and handwriting so I made up some patterns that they could trace and I printed off some stickers. They LOVED the washi tape!!!
The verse that we began with was…Psalms 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works: my soul knows it very well.
This was an important verse to me because I have a lot of girls that struggle with self-worth and I want them to know how amazing they really are!!!
Self-worth is an issue that I feel a lot of girls and women struggle with. The things of this world have warped our minds when it comes to our identities and how we feel about ourselves.
We read the verse and devotion, put on our creative pants and dove in. Several girls messed up right off the bat…or so they thought. I showed them simple ways to turn that mess up into something pretty.
Here is a copy of the devotion and some freebies print on card stock and trace or print on sticker paper and do it the easy way!!!
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