For a long time, I thought that getting cozy with my Bible simply meant sitting down and reading. And don’t get me wrong, I love reading my Bible. But there was just something missing for me.
I blame my creative nature.
I knew I wanted to connect even further with my Bible and it turns out there is a whole crowd of creatives that felt the same way. Which is exactly how I found out about Bible Journaling. Now I won’t lie, when I saw some of the beautifully decorated pages of some Bibles out there, I shook my head. After all, I’m a business person… not an artist. But with a little nudging from the Big Guy Himself, I took the plunge.
And if you’re feeling called to connect in a more artistic way with your Bible, this post is absolutely for you.
So you’re going to need a few things to begin. Nothing crazy, my friend.
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- A Bible. Of course. I’m linking to the Bible that I have for this but don’t feel limited by what you already have. You can make any Bible even more beautiful!
Okay. That’s really all you absolutely need. The rest of this list is optional but fun to have.
- Watercolor paints and brushes
- Paper embellishments
- Colored pencil
- Ink pads
- Any art supply you darn well please!
Oh yes. I’m giving you full permission to head straight to Michael’s and go nuts. Because you absolutely can’t go wrong with Bible Journaling.
In fact, this non-artist is going to walk you through a page right now.
The first thing you need to do is find a verse that speaks to you. Now you can do this a few ways. Pull a verse from your current reading if you’d like. Or if you are wanting to pray over something in particular, just look up a verse that applies.
And yes. The praying part is required. This whole act of creating in His word is really just an artistic way to connect with Jesus. So talk to Him while you’re doing this. Jesus loves when you just sit and talk to Him.
Once you’ve picked a verse, you can do a little brainstorming about it. How does this verse speak to you? What does it mean? When you read the words, what do you feel Jesus telling you?
I chose one of my favorites for this post.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Isn’t that beautiful? And I thought over it. Prayed over it. And I heard the words echoing through my mind as I read it.
“Have faith. His love is never ending.”
So it was time to start creating.
I like to start with a watercolor paint. And since watercolors can be a bit… messy, I put a scrap piece of paper right behind the page I’m painting. That way I don’t have to worry about soaking through all of the pages.
There are tools being sold for this but a piece of scrap paper has worked for me every time.
Next, it’s time to start painting.
Here’s a tip. Don’t stress about it. Watercolor paints are absolutely the most forgiving. Color too dark? Add some water. Lines too harsh? More water. Too much water? Blot it up with a paper towel.
Seriously. Don’t stress. Bible journaling isn’t about being Picasso. Bible journaling is about expressing your feelings and connecting with the Lord. And He thinks your painting is beautiful I bet!
Once you’re done painting, let it dry. It shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes. Grab some coffee and start going through stickers.
If you have beautiful handwriting and want to write things down in the margin, go for it! Personally, I have the handwriting of an 8 year old boy so I use stickers. There are tons that you can use, lots of alphabet stickers and even pretty embellishments.
Once you’ve decided what stickers you’ll use, you can play with the arrangement of them.
Maybe you want to add some paper embellishments. No worries. A glue stick works like a charm! Just glue those lovelies down.
And voila! You’ve got a beautiful Bible Journaling specimen.
Now I don’t mind covering up the words in my Bible because I have another Bible that is more for reading and studying. And I absolutely plan to get another journaling Bible to go through when this one is all filled up.
However, don’t feel like you have to cover words. You can totally just work in the margins. Watercolors do allow you to still read the words but stickers don’t most of the time.
And that’s it. Literally. That’s all there is too it. You can make it as simple or complicated as you like.
It’s all about what you want to do. But whatever you do, take that time with Jesus slowly. Enjoy it. Savor the connection. And if it feels strange the first time, don’t even worry about it. You can try again tomorrow.
Until next time, my friends, have a beautiful day!