Almost every time I post a picture of my Bible Journaling, I get questions! I find writing in my Bible helps me retain more information, and it also relaxes me and gives me a little creative outlet.
Here are my top tips for getting started in Bible Journaling!
1. Let Go of Perfection
I spent YEARS afraid to even underline in my Bible because I didn't want to mess it up. But, it's ok to mess up. It's ok to misspell, and it's ok to scratch things out. Personally, there isn't anything that I look back on in my life and think, I wish I would have waited until that was perfect. Let go of that expectation for yourself and relax!
2. Underline and Highlight what stands out to you.
I like using the Tombow Pens to underline, and I use different colors (mainly to make the page colorful!)
There are guides that suggest different colors for different themes, that's not something I do because it is a little complicated- and I am the type of person who, if I accidentally underlined in yellow when it should have been orange, would really be bothered! So, no themed highlighting for me.
3. Choose one verse and write it largely in the margin.
I consider this verse to be the "theme verse" of the page. For example, on page 1913 of my She Reads Truth Bible (Which is most of Romans 8) I wrote out "All things work together for the good of those who love God"
4. Add the Date
I really enjoy going back to re-read pages I've journaled on before to see what I was saying. My grandma's favorite verse was Isaiah 40:31, and I have that written out on that page, along with the date of her funeral where that verse was heavily featured.
5. RELAX and let go of Perfection
Yes- you already read this in the first point. But, it cannot be understated. So many of us aren't spending time with God because we are waiting for the perfect moment of peace, the perfect pen, the perfect Bible, the perfect highlighters....the perfect Bible study.
But, when we release that expectation, our minds have more room to simply read His word and listen to what He is saying to us.
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What tip would YOU add to this list?