For the longest time I was intimidated by Bible journaling, actually by journaling in general. I thought I needed a set schedule of how often I would do it, and then my journal had to be pretty and fit an aesthetic, all this faded when I actually opened my Bible and got a blank notebook and just started writing. Here are my tips on how to start Bible journaling, and why you should consider it.
Firstly, I would like to point out that I am not one of those people who journals in my actual Bible. Reason being, 1. I do not own a journaling Bible and, 2. I do not trust myself enough to not completely mess it up and end up hating my Bible. So, for my own sanity, I journal in a separate notebook.
There are a few ways I like to go about Bible journaling. The first way is to find a verse that relates to how I am feeling, or what is going on in my life, then I read the whole chapter (sometimes more) that verse is located in to get a bigger feel for it. That part is easy, it's just reading, but the next part is what really matters to me when it comes to journaling. I write down what I got from the scripture, how it shows/ matters in my life and how I can use it to better myself or change my perspective. Writing what I got from a verse has been really helpful to me, when I do this it makes the Bible a lot more personal and helps me relate to it. Being able to see God's word in my own life, and finding a deeper meaning in it has helped me live it out better.
The second way I go about Bible journaling is that pretty Pinterest type, you know, when people go all out with their calligraphy skills and add art to Bible verses. I am not good at it, at all, but I love doing it. Sometimes I just keep them in my notebook pages, but other times I will do it on an index card or a post it note and give it to a friend or place it somewhere I will see it often, serving as a little reminder of Jesus. When I do this, it requires me to look at the verse over and over, then physically copy the verse on to paper, giving it extra attention in an effort to make it look pretty. Doing this helps me not just skip over a verse without really reading it, due to the extra detail I am putting in. It also helps me highlight verses that mean a lot to me, or that I think I really need.
Bible journaling has proven to be very helpful with understanding, focusing and spending time with my Bible. Sometimes it takes me a while to dig into a verse and see what it is saying, so having it journaled somewhere helps, also looking back to what verses I chose to journal about shows what I thought was important or in relation to my life in that moment. Sometimes, when I am just reading my Bible, I start to space off or begin skimming it like I would a homework assignment. When I open my Bible with the intention of learning and journaling, this rarely happens.
Those are my tips and reasons for Bible journaling, if you have any others feel free to let me know down below!