Do you enjoy reading the bible and want to get more involved in your faith? One great way to do this is by doing a bible journaling session. In this post, we will explore 10 bible journaling ideas for beginners that are sure to make your next scripture study time memorable and satisfying. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy or have more time to spend on detailed artwork, you’ll find inspiration here!
Before we dive deep, let’s explain what bible journaling is
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What is bible journaling?
Bible journaling is an activity where participants creatively illustrate and reflect on their interpretations of biblical texts.
It is a type of art therapy that can be done alone or in a group setting. It’s not always about painting, you can also incorporate different mediums such as words, doodles, collages, drawings, etc. to make your bible study an interactive experience.
Bible journaling can be done for many reasons but the most common is to foster a deeper love and understanding of God’s word through creative expression. It helps us understand scripture in new ways, it provides an opportunity for prayerful reflection on what we read or study, it also inspires creativity within ourselves which allows our faith journey to grow beyond reasonable doings.
Is bible journaling disrespectful?
No! It is quite the opposite. A bible journal honors scripture by responding to its truth honestly and openly. We believe that God deserves our best thoughts and prayers as we seek Him with a humble heart. Bible Journaling can be done on almost anything; notepads are popular because they’re inexpensive.
Benefits of bible journaling?
Bible journaling has many benefits. It can help you focus on God, be creative in your thoughts and prayers or reflections, develop a deeper intimacy with scripture, and get to know yourself better as you explore the things that are most meaningful to you.
Is bible journaling weird??
No, it’s not weird. We think that everyone is unique with a story to tell and something different to share about themselves which can be challenging in the traditional Bible reading context. It’s perfectly natural for people who are passionate about scripture or faith development to have lots of thoughts on what they read from day to day!
Having said all that, let’s look at the materials needed for bible journaling;
What supplies do I need?
As with any new activity, you want to start by preparing the materials. This can be done in several ways:
Buy ready-made bible journaling kits that come with everything needed for basic journaling and exploration (pencils, pens, paper), or head to your local art supply store to purchase the materials you need.
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, create your kit by gathering some pencils and pens that are easy to erase with an eraser (such as sketching or drafting pens), paper of varying textures for different types of drawing such as watercolor paper, smooth white cardstock, or sketch paper, and an eraser.
Buy a journaling bible with pre-printed pages to make your drawings on top of the pictures as you study (see photo).
below are 10 bible journaling ideas for beginners
Bible journaling can be quite difficult especially if you do not know where or how to start.
Here are ten simple bible journaling ideas for beginners:
- Buy ready-made bible journals/binders with pre-printed pages or blank canvases. This makes it easier to focus on drawing without having to think about what you want to draw.
- Select a scripture you want to journal about.
- Choose a bible journaling pen or pencil that is most comfortable for you to use: There are many different types of pens and pencils with varying thicknesses so experiment until you find what works best for you. You will also need paper (with at least one side lined, long-lasting papers such as sketch pads work well
- Use a pencil or dark pen for sketching bible scenes, characters, and people
- Add textures by varying the thickness of your lines, and add markings in different colors like red ink for blood stains from when Jesus’ hands were nailed to the cross
- Use a white pen or pencil to sketch the biblical scenes and then color them in with colored pens
- Make your watercolor bible pages by using acrylic paint on top of gessoed canvas boards. You can also use computer software like Photoshop for blending colors, adding textures and noise filters, creating patterns, etc.
- You can journal in a 3-ring binder notebook, with a sketchbook, or on your bible
- Use different mediums to make the expressions of these biblical scenes come alive. Use charcoal for smudged dark lines and shading in drawings
- Finally, prayers are needed before, during, and after your bible journaling process.
Before you start, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead your thoughts
Pray for guidance as you journal. Ask God’s forgiveness for any mistakes or wrong thinking in how you draw something out
Pray before you close up with a prayer of thanksgiving that Jesus died on the cross so we can have salvation
Why you should keep a bible journal?
Bible Journaling is a great way to spend time with the word of God
- It’s also an opportunity for you to express your creativity in different ways. Your bible journal can contain illustrations, doodles, and thoughts about what the Bible teaches us
- The scriptures are full of life and energy that we need every day.
frequently asked questions about bible journaling
What materials do I need to bible journal?
Can I bible journal on my computer?
What are some Bible verses about bible journaling?
What should I do if the Bible is difficult to understand?
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Finally, We hope that you have learned some bible journaling ideas for beginners.
It is important to find the right approach and space where you are comfortable getting started with your own personal Bible time, whether it be alone or in a group setting. The different styles of scripture art can help inspire creativity as well as provide an outlet for expression through artwork if words seem inadequate at times. You may also want to read our article on how to on how to start reading the Bible as a beginner! There’s no better feeling than being able to reflect on God’s word and his blessings every day!
- How to study the bible for beginners
- verse mapping for beginners
- How to use the SOAP bible study method
- Hacks on how to find Godly friends
- How to create a bible study notebook