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How to Start Scripture Journaling
When I started scripture journaling, I had no idea it was even a thing. I was so excited. I thought I made it up. Then, I went searching for something online and found a whole community of people who had been doing this. I was late, but this was amazing. I saw photos of notebooks and bibles with notes and drawings in the margins of the pages next to the scriptures.
Even though I grew up in a Christian church, I didn’t exactly understand what the bible was saying most of the time. I wanted to understand my bible, though, so I embarked on a journey to find some answers. Being born and raised in the church made me feel like I had to make sense of every experience by being able to relate it to something in the scriptures. I had been struggling with fear, a negative mindset, and ignorance. And I was determined to get rid of them all.
My Process for Understanding the Bible
First, I bought a bible made for kids. I thought, if there is a dumbed down version of the bible, I need it. Maybe there is a Bible for Dummies out there…just crossed my mind in this moment. Anyhow, the kids’ bible was colorful, included pictures, and explanations. It helped a little, but I had specific questions that required specific answers, and I just wasn’t finding them.
So, I took to the internet and cross-referenced bible scriptures, in search for the answers to my questions, and when I found the first answer, I wanted to not only record it, but to record it in a way that I could reference for years to come, and if anyone else ever had the same question, s/he could have access to it as well. But this, I didn’t want to be piled away with the rest of my stacks of archived journals. No, this, I wanted to stand out in a major way.
This book should always be at hand, I thought. So I purchased an oversized sketchbook, grabbed my artbox, and recorded my question and discovery. My pages grew more and more creative, as I researched my other questions and found answers. I drew, colored, designed.
It was all very exciting. I had never enjoyed studying my bible so much before. My scripture journal still sits on my coffee table, and is very much a conversation starter. People can’t resist learning what’s inside the huge book. So, they peek inside and immediately seem to be inspired. The conversations usually start with the visitor telling me how cool the book is, followed by how valuable the information shared inside is. Finally the conversation shifts to how s/he thinks I should mass produce and sell my journal.
If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of the bible, or even just understanding how spirituality works, scripture journaling is worth trying.
Here are some tips on how to get started.
How to Start A Scripture Journal
Some bibles are already set up with large margins, specifically for taking notes or bible journaling. The large margins allow you to write and to doodle right there on the pages. If you’d like, you could start there, but if you need more space to write out questions, steps, answers, and other thoughts, you may want to start with a regular bible and a journal. Blank or unlined journals work best, because they allow you to get creative with your page designs.
Stock up on creative supplies. You can use stickers, washi tapes, stencils, construction paper and glue sticks, paint, colored pencils, markers, micro pens, you name it. This is your scripture journal, so you should use whatever materials you like to work with.
Start with a plain notebook or scratch paper to write down your questions and research findings. This is only important if you care about how your page in the journal will look. If not, you can skip this step and write down all of your information directly into your scripture journal.
Write down your questions. Conduct your research. Write out all of your findings.
Design your page layout, and transfer your question and all information/findings to the page in your scripture journal. This is the fun part. You get to relax and think about what you’ve just learned as you record it in a creative way. You’ll also love going back to it later.
Rinse and repeat. Now that you’ve started to stretch this muscle in your brain, you will most likely start coming up with several questions to be answered. The questions will help fill up the pages of your journal, and make you feel better about understanding spiritual things.
Scripture Journaling By Another Name
Scripture journaling is also known as bible journaling. Bible journaling is slightly different though. Bible journaling is mostly done within the pages of a bible. As mentioned above, there are bibles specially made with large margins. These bibles were specially designed for writing notes and doodling on pages throughout the bible.
What Is The Purpose of Starting A Scripture Journal?
To keep a record of the things you learn during your study time
To track your journey of spiritual growth
To have an account of God’s blessings on your life
To have something to help focus your prayer and meditation time
To connect with God in a creative way
There are several benefits that come from scripture journaling. You could also try out some other forms of journaling, but if you’re looking to build or strengthen your spiritual life, this is the way to go.
I’d love to see your beautiful pages. Share them in the comments or send them to me to add to our gallery.
Author of The Mask and Creator of The Write Mind Studio
Andriea Denise is an author, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of The Write Mind Studio, and passionate about helping people to become the best versions of themselves and to live the lives they actively create.
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