This is my new Journaling Bible. Happy Birthday to me! It has been so much fun drawing and lettering in the margins. If you’ve been wondering what all of the fuss is about, I highly recommend you give it a try. Here are five ways that Bible Art Journaling has revitalized my quiet times and enriched my Bible study.
- Incentive! I have a rule: Read first, then create. This helps me to keep my priorities in order. The point is to read the Bible and then to respond to what I’ve read with art. Keeping this rule also ensures that my art time is a time to meditate on what I’ve just read.
- Understanding. Let’s be honest. There are parts of the Bible that are hard to read. I’ve started reading through the Bible several times, only to get stuck in Leviticus. Art journaling has helped me to find and express the main idea of my readings by choosing a verse to letter or illustrating part of the scripture.
- Challenge. Illustrating the main idea means finding it. Sometimes a verse will jump out at me as one that captures a specific truth about God from my reading that day. Other times I need to refer to a commentary to understand the meaning of a passage, which deepens my understanding of God’s Word. These are some of the sweetest times with God.
- Connection. Even though it was written by many different men living in different times in history, the message of the Bible is miraculously consistent. All together the books tell an amazing story! Many verses in the Old Testament foreshadow the New Testament, and I love finding a verse about Jesus that casts a new light on a passage I’m reading in the Old Testament. These verses are perfect for lettering in the margins, especially those that show how Jesus fulfilled prophecies about the Messiah.
- Joy! It is such a joy to get lost in God’s Word, imagining the faces and emotions of the great heroes of faith, or carefully lettering each word of verses that provide encouragement and hope. I find that I carry these images and words with me throughout the day. Art journaling helps me to hide HIS Word in my heart.
Is your interest piqued? I hope so! Even if you’re not ready to purchase a special Bible, give art journaling a try. The great thing about it is that there are no rules. Write and doodle in a notebook. Bring it to church and draw about what your are learning in the sermon. This practice has made me a much more active listener on Sunday mornings. Not an “artist”? Have no fear! There are templates and stickers and washi tape galore! You can do this. I’m so glad that I did.
(I want to make sure that I give credit where it is due. The idea for the numbered days of creation is one that I saw several times on Pinterest. I’m not sure exactly where it originated, but I loved it so much, I decided to design the version you see above. The illustrations inside the numbers are my own. The design for the verse from John (left) is my own.)