Most people get confused between studying the bible and today’s version of Bible journaling. Most people study their Bible, they read, meditate on the scripture, maybe take some notes in a separate notebook, and go from there. Bible journaling is so much more than that. Not only is it a powerful way to connect to God, but it can be an incredible creative outlet as well. Some people get really intimidated when they hear that Bible journaling is about finding meaningful verses that pop out to them and taking them to a whole new creative level. You don’t simply write notes in the margins; you sketch, draw, paint, use stickers, ink pens, highlighters, whatever works for you. Some people go all out and create beautiful art pieces on full pages, and others just stick to small sketches in the note section of their Bible journal. There is no right or wrong way to do it. Today I am going to show you all Bible Journaling 101: Tools You Need To Begin. These products, tips, and tricks will help you if you are just starting out or you want to learn more about Bible Journaling and the tools I recommend.
Get a Bible Just For Journaling
It’s more difficult to journal in a regular Bible that doesn’t have the space for notes and journaling, so investing in a good Bible Journal is a must when first starting out. There are lots to choose from, but this cute one on Amazon has space for notes, and some cute verses all ready to be colored in! I like that It already has things to color because at first, I found it hard to find the urge to color in my Bible, it felt unnatural. So being able to just color at first was a good transition to get me more comfortable with coloring on my pages.
Find a Quiet Spot To Journal
One thing I guarantee you don’t need when first starting out is a bunch of distractions. I would wait until after school or work, or at night before you go to bed to Bible journal. Some people even do it when they wake up in the morning, that would be a fantastic way to start the day! No matter what time you do it, just make sure it’s somewhere quiet so it can be just you and The Lord, so you can focus and have fun, too. It’s all about connecting with God and your creativity, so if you’re not having fun, what’s the point?
Buy Really Good Pens
I can promise you the last thing you want is to be in the middle of a really good journalling session and your crappy pen run out of ink, or it does that thing that all crappy pens do that seems like it out of ink but it’s really not? Either way, you need some good pens. Not harsh big pens, because we don’t want to damage the fragile bible pages or bleed through them, and by far the best pens I have ever owned are these right here that you can get off Amazon, Tul Gel Pens
Find Verses That Are Meaningful To You
This is probably the most important thing when Journaling, to find verses that stick out and are meaningful to you. I mean, you’re probably not going to draw rainbows and butterflies around a verse in Revelation talking about the judgment of Satan, but you get the idea. When I first started out I got really inspired going on google to see how other people had gotten creative. While reading, you will come across a verse and it will just pop out and you’ll know you need to illustrate it or journal it, that’s the fun of the process!
Once you’ve found your verse and you decide you want to draw something in your Bible to represent how this particular verse makes you feel, the sky is the limit! You can use these awesome Bible safe highlighters that won’t bleed through the pages. If you want to get a little more creative you can use these really good colored pens designed for Bibles, inspirational stamps like these really make a page pop. There are cute stickers, and even books specifically about Bible Journaling and techniques to help beginners. This great one I found available on Amazon is titled Complete Guide To Bible Journaling: Creative Techniques To Express Your Faith.