When I re-dedicated my life to God in 2015, I felt a strong yearn to grow closer to God and sought ways to spend meaningful time with Him. I studied the Bible, prayed, went to church and worshipped Him through music, but something was missing.
Surfing Pinterest for my favorite verses one afternoon, I happened upon a picture of someone’s Bible laid flat open with a breathtaking, watercolor painting of flowers surrounding beautiful calligraphy of a verse. Growing up, I had never seen someone draw in their Bible and my first thought was “That’s absolutely beautiful, but… is that allowed?”. I believe the Bible is sacred and Holy. I’ve always made sure to keep my Bible in pristine condition and worried that this art would somehow dishonor it. But the further I looked into Bible journaling, I realized what a wonderful outlet it was to glorify God’s Word through art and calligraphy.The further I looked into Bible journaling, I realized what a wonderful outlet to glorify God’s Word Click To Tweet
Some people disagree with writing in Bibles, but I have found that Bible journaling, highlighting and taking notes directly in my Bible has taught me so much and assisted me in growing closer to God. It has also helped me to memorize verses that I can pull to my aid at any time of need. If you are not sure whether or not marking in the Holy Bible is okay or not, I urge you to pray and seek the truth for yourself, directly from God.
Upon seeking truth through prayer and feeling certain that God approved of Bible journaling, I began drawing inspiration from Pinterest, Instagram and Bible journaling community groups on FaceBook. I found the Instagram for Illustrated Faith and fell in love with the beauty of the lettering and the artwork enveloping the scripture.
I went out that day, bought a journaling Bible and dove right in. That feeling that something was missing when I spent time with God was gone as I allowed my creativity and love for God and His word to pour out onto the pages.
I went out that day, bought a journaling Bible and dove right in. #journaling Click To Tweet
Let me make it clear that I am no artist. I also do not believe the purpose of Bible journaling is to create a master piece. The sole purpose of bible journaling is to connect with God spiritually in an inventive way. Although I am no Picasso, I am proud of my simple drawings with pen and colored pencils. My collection of journaled pages visually represents my love for God. My faith matures with each journaled verse I add to my bible.The sole purpose of bible journaling is to connect with God spiritually in an inventive way.… Click To Tweet
With each verse, I grow my creativity as well and Bible journaling provides the perfect platform to explore it. Although I currently stick to colored pencils, washi tape and the occasional sticker, I know there are so many options for expansion. One day I will journey into markers, water color, gel pens and all the other various options I have yet to discover.
Many people overthink Bible journaling and focus on perfection rather than connection. Don’t get me wrong- there’s nothing wrong with putting time and effort into your journaling. But don’t buy a journaling Bible and let it sit in the Amazon box for three months because you’re worried about which style font you’ll write your first verse in. Get started and enjoy the one-on-one time you get with God while journaling.
If you have a hard time being expressive through art, there are journaling Bibles already printed with art and verses lightly sketched into them for you to color in any way you choose. This is a great option as well. Just remember as you go into your journaling journey that God knows your intentions and He feels joy when we seek deeper connections with Him. When I journal, I feel at peace, as I know He is gazing down with a smile watching me draw into my Bible.When I journal, I feel at peace, as I know He is gazing down with a smile watching me draw into my… Click To Tweet
I pray that you will seek, find and experience the joy that I have found through Bible journaling. And if you do not, I pray that you find your own special way to spend quiet time with God and learn more about Him. A relationship with God is the most important relationship we will ever have, so your time invested into it is indispensable.
Thank you, Diane, for allowing me to share this little nugget of knowledge on Bible journaling here on Worth Beyond Rubies. Please visit me on my Pinterest, Instagram or follow me on SnapChat @christianoncamp for updates and more of my Bible journaling creations.
Danielle is the sole creator and author on Christian on Campus. She seeks to encourage Christian men and women in all stages of their life on their walk with Christ. Danielle also writes about college life, running, traveling and everything in between. Her favorite way to get closer to God is through bible journaling, which she started in 2015, around the time when she began her undergraduate studies. She is currently on the path to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and seeks to help families and marriages heal. You can read more about Danielle by clicking here.