About a year ago, I was signed up for a class on The Influence Network and the teacher mentioned that she regularly uses art as a form of worship and reflection during her Bible study time.
I don’t remember what the class was about or who was teaching it, but I that offhand comment stuck with me.
It was kind of a revolutionary idea to me. Art as worship sounded like such anawesome idea. I immediately searched some hashtags on Instagram and discovered Bible journaling. There are so many gorgeous, artistic, colorful Bible journal pages.
I was inspired. Really inspired. But, I also wasn’t sure about painting in a Bible. I mean, I’d only recently convinced myself it was OK to take notes in my Bible.
Paint. Over the words. In a Bible. Deep sigh. I couldn’t get past what the old church ladies from the church I grew up in might say. Beyond that, I wasn’t sure what I thought.
I wanted to dive in, but I knew I needed to think about it more first. If I knew that if anyone questioned me at that time, I would abandon everything because I wasn’t really sure what I thought. So, I followed several accounts and joined a few Facebook groups so I could regularly admire the fun pages while I debated whether I wanted to join in.
Eventually, I realized that Bible journaling is a great way to connect with God. Creating the pages is an awesome way to reflect and worship — exactly like that girl in the Influence Class had said. It’s such a great way to extend your quality time with God.
God wants us to be excited to spend time with Him. Crafting is something I truly love, so why not add that to my quiet time? The extra time I’ve spent praying and pondering the lessons while I play with markers and stickers has added an extra special element to my Bible study.
In addition to the personal benefits, sharing the pages on social media is an amazing opportunity to share Jesus.
There are so many awesome positive reasons to Bible journal. If you’re apprehensive, I totally understand. I’d encourage you to follow some Instagram accounts to be encouraged by them while you decide if it’s for you.
I’ve been using my Bible journal as a supplement to my study Bible. I do whatever Bible study and reading I was going to do. I don’t think about my journaling Bible during the study time, and I don’t usually journal right away. I like to take some time to think about what I read and come back to my journaling Bible later.
When I do finally sit down to Bible journal, I usually have a good idea what I’m going to do because I’ve been pondering the reading for awhile. I’ll quickly re-read the section to make sure my thoughts are still in line, and then I’ll get to work crafting.
Right now, my favorite Bible journaling layouts mostly involve paper crafting with pretty papers, stickers and washi tape. That’s what I love to craft with when I’m not Bible journaling, so it makes sense the most sense for me.
My painting skills aren’t the strongest, so I would probably spend more time worried about making mistakes if I were painting. I use the products I’m comfortable with, so I can focus on the message and not the craft.
I’m sure once I get used to crafting in my Bible, I’ll feel more at ease experimenting with new mediums. In the mean time, I’m loving this extension of my study time!
Do you Bible journal? Share your tips and any links to your layouts in the comments. I’d love to know about your Bible journaling story!