Once people know what Bible Journaling is, the next question I often get asked is, “Why?” Now this answer is likely going to be different for everyone, but here is how I started and why I Bible Journal.
About 2 years ago, I started seeing pictures pop up on Pinterest and social media and I was definitely intrigued. I started saving pins and taking screen shots of pictures. Then October hit and I joined the #write31days challenge and lo and behold-there was a Faith Journaling series! I followed Kristin’s blogs and discovered Shanna Noel and Illustrated Faith. As I dug deeper into Illustrated Faith’s website, I knew this was something I had to do! I went out one day after work and found a Journaling Bible at Barnes and Noble–I didn’t even want to wait to order one on Amazon!
Bible Journaling has absolutely changed the way I view reading the Bible and how I relate to God’s Word. I have always considered myself a creative person, but definitely not an artsy person. Music and theatre, yes. Art…umm, not so much. But this type of art journaling has come naturally–in ways I never expected.
Bible Jounaling has renewed a passion and excitement for the Word and studying His Word, in ways that I hadn’t felt in a long time. I think when you grow up in a Christian home and you’ve always lived a church bred lifestyle, you start to get a little bored with devotionals and honestly…that’s a shame! We should never be bored by learning more about God. It should always be our highest goal to be striving to be more like Christ. But as a full time working mom who is just tired and busy, Devos fall to the back burner. Quiet time spent with God is hard to come by, if it isn’t made a priority and I had absolutely fallen into some traps and had compromised my times with God.
As I started Bible Journaling, this changed. Suddenly, I was craving time spent in the Word. I was devouring devotionals and loving diving into the Word. I was studying Scripture more than I had–maybe ever in my life.
And more than just spending an allotted time doing “Devos,” I was learning and enjoying and applying these things to my life. These verses and lessons were sticking with me in a way I didn’t expect. I was seeing the Scripture in colors and paint and stickers!
Some people may have hang ups with writing and coloring in their Bibles. For me, my Bibles have never been clean. I’ve always loved that saying, “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” My Bibles have traveled the country and continents, they have Gatorade stains from my summer mission trips, and they are written in–underlined, highlighted, color coded, notes and papers stuck in everywhere. So a switch to intentional paints and stickers, wasn’t a life altering switch for me. Your Bible is a place to learn and grow and hear from God.
I Bible Journal because this is a special way for me to connect with the Word. I read it and it begins to come alive to me through paints and stickers and die cuts. And I as sit and decorate and illustrate my faith, God is speaking to my heart through these special words. They soak into my soul and they are remembered. I’ve always been a visual learner and it just makes so much sense that learning God’s Word should be a creative visual thing too.
This is why I illustrate my faith and Bible Journal. How about you? Do you Bible Journal? How did you get started?