5 Bible Journaling Tips for the Creative, Passionate Heart
I recently bought a journaling Bible from Hosanna Revival, and I have absolutely fallen in love with it. Something about having a beautiful Bible on the outside gave me the urge to pick it up and read those beautiful words on the inside. The Words of my Creator all of a sudden came alive and now I can't stop reading what He said.
Writing is one way I get all my thoughts and feelings out, and having a Bible I can do that in has really helped me connect with Jesus on a personal, day- to- day level. Also, hand lettering is a love language and having an opportunity to make it personal to me in that way could not be more perfect. So, come dive into the Word with me, and let's journal together!
Here are my top 5 favorite tips I have found when it comes to journaling and studying the Word of God. This is totally personal to me, and my hope is to relate to you in a way that makes it personal for you, too.
1) WRITE. WRITE. WRITE.
I definitely take up the whole margin I'm given on each page in my Bible. Even if you don't have a "journaling Bible" or one with extra margin space, you can still make footnotes at the bottom and along the margins. They may be smaller, but you can look for any space you have, and use that space when it comes to writing down little notes!
If you're looking for a pen to write in your Bible, but one that doesn't smudge, bleed, or rip the paper, here are my favs.
1. Sharpie Pens
2. BIC Velocity
3. Paper Mate Ink Joy
2) HIGHLIGHT AWAY.
You can always tell when I've read something in the Word because it's covered in markings. In order for me to be able to remember what I read with anything, I must mark it up. In my opinion, a picture perfect Bible that has never been touched is something I don't want to be associated with. My Bible is marked up in every way possible and that's exactly the way I'd like to keep it.
3) USE THOSE STICKY NOTES.
I found some cute stationary sticky notes at a craft store, and I fell in love with them. They're simple, but the perfect size to fit on the margin of my Bible. If you don't want your side notes to be permanently in your Bible, this is a great way to still keep all of your thoughts right there.
4) TWO WORDS. WASHI. TAPE.
In my opinion, if I could washi tape everything, I would. I use this specifically in my Bible as a bookmark. I just cut (or tear) a piece no longer than an inch, and wrap it around both sides of any page in my Bible, leaving a little extra sticking out of the edge. That way, I can have a "bookmark" that never falls out of my Bible, and leaves my page just as I left it.
You can always tell when I've dove deep into Scripture when the whole page, and I'm talking, the whole page, is covered in lines, parentheses, circles, rectangles, highlights, side notes, etc. Marking the page up helps me remember what I read, and the next time when I flip to that page, I can remember what the Lord showed me that day.
5) PERSONAL, NOT PERFECT.
Lastly, let me be very honest with you. You will mess up. Don't be afraid to mess up; and don't let that stop you from being your creative, passionate self. You may write something and it didn't turn out the way you wanted. Don't worry! It happens to all of us. These types of "mistakes" or rather I would like to call them "happy accidents", are what makes your Bible, your own. Love it anyways.
There are so many products available at craft stores for "Bible Journaling" and you are more than welcome to try those out. I have some Bible journaling stickers, and while I've used a few of them, (because hey, who can turn down stickers?) I haven't used all of them. I prefer to just be me. And by being me, I learned how to make my Bible personal and unique to me. It's not perfect. And I'm thankful it doesn't have to be. Because the beautiful Words on the inside cover for my mess. It covers for it all.
When I do mis- write something or make a "mistake", the next time I visit that page, it makes me smile. Because I know that it's there for a reason, and it often reminds me of how perfect my Savior is; despite my everyday failures, weaknesses, and imperfections.
This is the perfect example of a "happy accident" of mine.
If you made it this far, I applaud you. I hope this sparks some creativity in your mind and in your heart, and I hope I've encouraged you to open up your precious Bible and start reading it. Start learning it. Start growing in it.
It doesn't take anything more than just a step forward to start growing where you're at.