Over the last 18 months since I started Bible journaling, I've received a lot of questions about it, especially on Instagram. Among the most common: "What Bible do you use?" "What pens don't bleed?" I love answering these questions and seeing the interest.
I realized that you have the same questions that I did when I started. What is this? Why do they do it? How do they do it? What if I mess up my Bible completely?
So I'm excited to announce a six-part email series on Bible journaling that I've been working on the last month.
Everything I know to help answer your burning questions.
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A couple of summers ago I was looking for a creative outlet. My freelance design work had mostly dried up, and I can't sit still for very long. I had chalk painted every piece of furniture in my house, made pallet signs, learned sewing. Nothing really fulfilled that creative desire I felt. But every time I came across hand lettering on Pinterest, my heart skipped a beat. I’ve always been a figure-it-out as-you-go kind of person, so I told myself I’m going to learn how to do that.
I scoured the Internet for tutorials and videos to help me learn. I discovered a few letterers on Instagram that I began to follow. I was crazy inspired. But scared to give it a try. Then a friend tweeted a verse I'd never heard before, and that was all it took.
I drew it out, slowly and carefully, with much erasing! In fact, I drew it out many times. And by the time I finished, I’d realized something that really changed my life: I’d memorized that verse!
I can hear you being skeptical. I get it. "Life changing" is a big claim.
But here's the thing. God’s Word is so important, that we’re commanded to surround ourselves with it – plant it in your mind, and tie it on your hand. Write it on your doorposts and on your gates (Deuteronomy 11:18-20).
I believe God used that lettering experience to impress on my heart the importance of surrounding myself with His Word. I wanted to paper my walls with it.
When it comes to scripture, a cursory reading isn’t enough. We need to get that truth inside of us.
When you slow down and take the time to write out scripture, letter by letter, word by word, it begins to saturate your heart and your mind. You can become more familiar with scripture and arm yourself with biblical truths for when you’re facing difficult situations. God frequently calls these verses to your mind when you need them. It gives you a firm foundation of faith.
I'm convinced we as Believers don't know our Bibles like we should, and we live powerless lives because of it.
We need to know Bible truth more than ever.
In this 5-part email series you'll learn the answers to these questions:
*Note: My goal is to share with you what I've learned in my experience. Many other journalers will have other favorite tools or tips that they use, so this is by no means an exhaustive list or tutorial. It is simply some direction to get you started and hopefully give you the confidence to try something new.