If you are looking for a meaningful way to deepen your relationship with God, then the spiritual discipline of Bible Journaling is for you! No matter where you are in your spiritual life – whether you’re seeking God or embracing His goodness, whether you’re living in fear or walking in faith, whether you’re growing in your knowledge of God or building a spiritual legacy to pass on to your kids – Faith Journaling in your Bible can help get you there.
To help you start or continue your journey, I’ve teamed up with Tyndale House to offer you the chance to win a brand new NLT Reflections Bible in Ocean Blue Hardcover Cloth – and I’m sharing a few pages from my own NLT Reflections Journaling Bible along with tips, products and resources that will help you record your spiritual journey. Be sure to Enter our Bible Journaling Giveaway and subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a single post!
Last week, I shared tips on how to start journaling in a new Bible . I showed you how you can begin to personalize your Bible by decorating the cover, and how to start responding to the passages in the Bible that are speaking to your heart. As we discussed, you don’t have to be an artist to be a Bible Journaler. You can start creating simple yet beautiful pages with just a few basic products such as colored pens, stickers, and washi tape.
This week, I am Bible Journaling on the back side of last week’s page because my reading and reflections complete the “Being Brave” theme on the tab. This is what the back of last week’s Bible Journaling Page looks like. I created the original page without any page prep – I wrote directly on the Bible page without using a page primer such as gesso to create a barrier between the ink and the page. I did this intentionally because I wanted to share that all Bible paper – even Journaling Bible paper – is still relatively thin, and no matter what type of pen you use, you are likely to experience some level of ghosting (visibility) which is different from actual bleed-through.
For most people, this isn’t an issue at all. However, if you find even minor ghosting distracting, I want to show you how you can use a tip-in to easily cover up any ink that shows through the flip side of your page!
You can make your own tip-in by cutting scrapbook paper down to size and can attach it with washi tape as a hinge to create a flip-up page that covers hidden journaling – but I chose to use a pre-designed tip-in from the Illustrated Faith Word Art book as the back-drop to my Bullet Journaling and used Erin Condren Washi Tape and adhesive to tape it down (since I wanted to cover up the ghosting, not hide additional journaling). I also used the Illustrated Faith Tabbie, #RealLife, to denote that I was dealing with a real struggle – but nothing that was too big for God to handle!
Now here’s the story behind this week’s Bible Journaling entry, Being Brave – Real Life:
This Bible Journaling Page is the companion page to Being Brave – He Will Fight For You (flip side of page) and is my second entry in this Bible.
I’ve been reading The Prayer Of Protection Devotional which takes you on a 90-day journey through Psalm 91, the Psalm of Protection. As I read through this devotional – which really breaks down each part of this Psalm – I am reminded of who God is and that, no matter how big our problems may seem to be, they are not too big for El Shaddai – God Almighty!
Our help comes from the Lord – the Maker of Heaven and Earth (Psalm 121).
God is our Refuge – our Fortress – our Dwelling Place – our Deliverer – our Strong Protector!
Recording these things in our Bibles makes the unseeable, the unquantifiable, the undefinable, the intangible things of God very real – something we so desperately need when we feel weak, helpless and under attack.
That’s why Bible Journaling is so important and so powerful. Our thoughts are fleeting; if we don’t write down our insights, they’ll be lost forever.
Take the time to journal your precious moments with the Lord. You’ll not only remember them, you’ll create a firm rock and solid foundation on which your faith can grow and flourish!
More Bible Journaling Tips
How do you squeeze a lot of information into the tight space of your Journaling Bible’s margin? Bullet Journaling is a concise and helpful technique! After finding my original prose a bit to wordy for the space I had to work with, I pared my message down to the bare essentials, then used my color-coordinating Sakura Pigma Micron Pens and a few dot stickers to convey its essence!
Washi Tape is beautiful for decorating, but it can also be a useful to tool for squeezing more Bible Journaling into tight spaces! I can’t imagine living without this Neon Washi Tape Set from Oriental Trading – the colors are stunning and the width is perfect for labeling and journaling!
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Markers make a perfect companion to Washi Tape for journaling – the ink is permanent and dark enough to show up over the Washi Tape (just make sure you don’t use these markers to write directly on your Bible pages as they WILL bleed through!)
Disclosure: Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Hatchette Books and Oriental Trading for the complementary products (Bible, book, and crafting supplies) that were featured in this article.
An Invitation To Share
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Creative Art Challenges
What’s On Your Desk this week? I shared a Bible Journaling page I created in my NLT Reflections Bible – be sure to enter our Bible Journaling Giveaway for a chance to win one of your very own!
If you’re looking for more ways to jump-start your creativity, visit the desk-hoppers at WOYWW or join one of the following Creative Art Challenges:
- 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes Challenge #196
- A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge #41 – Anything Goes
- Always Fun Challenges #1 – Anything Goes
- A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge #4 – Open Challenge
- Artistic Inspirations #176 – Anything Goes
- Brown Sugar Challenge #245 – Anything Goes
- Classic Design Team Open Challenge #13
- Corrosive Challenge Blog #4 April – Anything Goes
- Crafting From The Heart #154 – Anything Goes
- Crafting With An Attitude #26 – Anything Goes
- Crafting With Friends – Anything Goes
- Crafts Galore Encore Challenges – April
- Crafty Creations #339 – Anything Goes
- Crafty Gals Corner #117 – 3+ Layers (Tip-In, Washi, #RealLife Tab)
- Crafty Girls Creations #35 – Anything Goes
- Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – April
- Creatalicious Challenges #112 – Anything Goes
- Creates And Makes Challenge #10 – Anything Goes
- Creative Fingers Challenge #127 – Anything Goes
- Crop Shop – April Challenge
- Dare 2 B Artzy Anything Goes April Challenge
- Digi Choosday Week 15 – Anything Goes
- DL Art April Linky Challenge – Anything Goes
- Double D Challenges – Neons / Brights
- Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes
- Inspiration Destination #126 – Anything Goes
- Jo’s Scrap Shack FFC #183 – Anything Goes
- Journaling Through The Bible – Week 14
- Lemon Shortbread Challenge #39 – Anything Goes
- Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends Challenge #55 – Anything Goes
- Pammies Inky Pinky Challenges #1715 – Anything Goes
- PDE #167 – Anything Goes
- Pink Saturday – Anything Goes
- Polkadoodle Week #14 – Anything Goes
- QKR Stampede Challenge #238 – Anything Goes
- Scrappers Delight Anything Goes Challenge
- Simply Papercraft #45 – Anything Goes
- Stamp Art Papel – Retarte #95 – Anything Goes
- The Crafty Addicts #35 – Anything Goes / Add A Sentiment
- The Paper Nest Dolls Challenge 4 – Anything Goes
- Through The Craftroom Door – Week of April 11-17 – Anything Goes
- Wonderful Wednesday – Anything Goes
- Word Art Wednesday 278-279 – Anything Goes
- Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge #20
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