I have a secret to reveal.
Sometimes I get bored reading my Bible. There, I said it and I refuse to believe I am the only one. Reading your Bible CONSISTENTLY can be tough. I capitalized consistently because reading your Bible isn’t the hard part. IT’S BEING CONSISTENT IN YOUR DEVOTIONAL TIME WITH THE LORD. With that being said, I have implored the help of my dear sisters in Christ.
What is Bible Journaling?
Bible journaling is a self-explanatory term, basically meaning that you journal in your Bible. That could mean writing words, phrases, drawings, or even rewriting Scriptures inside your Bible. It is a colorful way to decorate your Bible with things that may be important to you or something that God has put on your heart to write. It varies from person to person, so do not worry if “Keisha” has detailed and exquisite drawings in her Bible. That does not make her any closer to God than you.
(Note: I will refer to many make believe people throughout my blog in quotation marks. It is a random name I chose. Life is too short to be salty if your name is Keisha.)
On Saturdays I get together with a group of friends to have our devotional time and hang out with each other. This weekend we chose to have a sleepover and work on making inspirational boards and Bible journaling. I have added pictures as well as the story behind them .
Delaina. This is her story.
For me, I have just delved into the world of Bible journaling. For me, I like to use a bullet journal. It helps me to stay organized in the way that I read and study the Bible. I am able to track my progress and make future plans. As I read continue to go through my journey, I plan to color code the chapters. Bible journaling is a good way to spark creativity and excitement in studying the Bible.
Keona. This is her story.
I started Bible journaling last year as a means to express myself whenever I read God’s word. A lot of times I would draw because the Lord touched my soul with a particular verse. Recently, I have been in this season of life in which God has been revealing Himself to me in new ways. On one particular occasion, I had the opportunity to live out scripture from the Bible that I have read numerous times. Even though I had read these specific verses before in the past, I had never seen them come to life in such a beautiful way or been given such a great revelation. It all started one evening when I went to visit a friend of mine, and we were sharing different things that were going on in our lives. I started to share with her how I was beginning to worry about a lot of situations that were going on in my life and how I was unsure of how things were going to turn out. We were talking on her balcony, and while we were there I happened to notice a birds nest that had a couple of baby birds in it. She proceeded to tell me how she saw the mama and papa birds feeding the babies daily and how they took such good care of them. We decided to walk around her backyard and look at all of the flowers that were there. The flowers were magnificent and I started taking pictures of them to post on my Snapchat (I’m kind of addicted). One flower that stood out to me was this special kind of lily. I do not know the name of it, but it had double
petals and it was gorgeous! Lillies are my favorite kind of flowers. We spent a lot of time admiring all of the flowers before I went home. When I got home I had my quiet time with the Lord and I felt like the Lord wanted me to look up one of my favorite verses that I like to read when I feel discouraged, which is Matthew 6:25-34. As I started to read the scripture all the words began to form the pictures in my mind from when I was in my friend’s backyard.
Verse 26: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
This is when I thought about those birds and how their father faithfully brought them food.
Verse 28-30: “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Boom. Immediately I saw all the flowers in her backyard, specifically the lilies. This is when the Lord led me to draw each one of those flowers into my Bible. And at that moment I was grateful that I had taken pictures of them all.
The Lord is so creative in the way He brings revelation to His Word. He never ceases to amaze me and He knows exactly how to capture my mind! The Lord showed me that He already knew the struggles I was going through before I even thought about bringing them to Him. That afternoon has given me so much peace and now when I read and/or look at the pictures that I have drawn it increases my faith and reminds me that God is near. Praise the Lord! He is faithful!
Keona allowed me to include other pictures from her journey with Bible journaling as well.
My own beginning into Bible journaling
I just started Bible journaling…this weekend. I always wanted to try it, but my artistic skills include drawing pretty stick figures and coloring in my coloring books. But seeing Keona’s Bible decorated in beautiful drawings that have touched her heart inspired me to give it a try. It was simply words from my favorite scripture, Philippians 4:6-7, but it was done to glorify God and that is the most important thing about Bible journaling. These verses which I learned in discipleship, have become my favorite because they describe God perfectly. God’s peace passes all basic human understanding. We do not have to be anxious or fearful when our hearts and minds are being guarded and protected by The Most High. I do plan to make Part II Bible Journaling sometime in the near future to update you all on our journeys.
You do not need to go all out and buy markers, crayons, oil pastels, paint, etc. We used colored pencils, pens, and Bible highlighters to draw what God had set on our hearts. Go forth and draw what you feel God is placing in your heart. I thank them both for allowing me to share their Bible journeys.
We are sisters in Christ.