Bible Journaling With Kids & A Bible Journal Giveaway


Bible Journaling With Kids In 5 Easy Steps

Are you looking for a fun way to spend time with your children as you help them to blossom spiritually? Would you enjoy documenting your spiritual journey as you spend quality devotional time with the Lord?

If so, then Bible Journaling is the perfect spiritual activity for you and your kids!

Bible Journaling is a spiritual discipline that encourages us to read God’s Word and to creatively record what He is saying to us in the pages of our Bibles. There are many ways to participate in this popular pastime. Highlighting key verses, writing prayerful responses, coloring images, painting and drawing are just a few ways we can worship God in our Bibles!

Children are natural Bible journalers because they don’t worry about creating perfect pages – instead, they respond to the Lord with open, teachable hearts. We can learn so much from children as they journal in their Bibles. It’s a privilege to help them discover that “the Word of God is alive and active” in their lives! (Hebrews 4:12)

Are you and your kids interested in Bible Journaling but aren’t sure where to begin? Follow these five easy tips to start your creative Bible Journaling journey together!


  1. Start by choosing a wide-margin Journaling Bible in a trustworthy translation that provides ample room for you and your children to write in, draw in, and decorate in as you please! There are several types of Journaling Bibles to choose from. Consider your children’s age and aptitudes when choosing a Bible for them:

    • The NIV Wonders Of Creation Holy Bible is perfect choice for children who aren’t quite ready to journal but who love to color and want to be a part of the fun. This Bible is filled with illustrations and Bible verses that highlight the beauty and glory of God’s glorious creation. We’re currently giving away a copy of one of these Bibles to one of our US readers – be sure to enter our giveaway now through November 30, 2016 for your chance to win!
    • The NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible and the NIV Beautiful Word Bible are perfect for tweens, teens and moms who are ready to begin their Bible journaling adventure but prefer to start with a little guided inspiration! Both of these Bibles are contain generous amounts of journaling space as well as illustrated verses to inspire you (they are either blank for your coloring pleasure or pre-colored for inspiration, depending on which Bible you choose!)


    • The NIV Holy Bible For Girls, Journal Edition is a stunning choice for tweens, teens and moms who want a blank Journaling Bible filled with generous margins and faint journaling lines that will make note-taking and illustrating a breeze! (All photos in this article feature this Bible). One of the things that I love about this Bible is that it comes in four different cover choices so that everyone in your family can choose their favorite! This has become one of my favorite journaling Bibles and I’d love to share one with you –be sure to enter our giveaway at the end of this article for a chance to win one of these beautiful Journaling Bibles for yourself or someone you love!
  2. Gather your favorite crafting supplies (you probably already own many of the supplies that you need) and then pick up additional items as desired! Essential supplies include your wide-margin Journaling Bible and a good set of archival pens and colored pencils that will not excessively bleed through your pages (test them in a non-conspicuous spot in your Bible to find out which ones work best for you!) Other fun supplies include alphabet and decorative stickers, washi tape, stamps and ink pads, and acrylic paint. Illustrated Faith makes a wonderful line of products that are specially designed for Bible Journaling – I’ve included some samples of their supplies in the photos!


  3. Pick a passage to study with your children in the Bible. Discuss what the passage means and what God is saying to you. Then – as simply or as creatively as you like – encourage your kids to journal (in words and/or pictures) what they want to remember from the passage. When they are done, make sure they date the page so they can track God’s messages to them over time!
  4. To make your initial Bible journaling sessions easier, look for passages with words that evoke concrete images, such as hearts, doves and boats, which can be easily drawn or embellished with stickers and die cuts. If you are studying passages containing abstract concepts, incorporate colors, decorative washi tapes and creative doodles to convey the message.
  5. For fun, create and experiment with different artistic techniques as you feel led – but always keep your primary focus on God and His Word. Memorizing the Scriptures you are journaling is a wonderful way to stay focused and to add another level of spiritual blessing to your time together in the Word!

Each page you and your children create is a reminder of the time you spend with God and a testament to how God is moving through your lives. Over time, you and your children will discover that your Journaling Bibles are priceless keepsakes that chronicle God’s personal love, care and faithfulness to you.

Bible Journaling not only builds familial bonds between mothers and children, but it also lays a strong spiritual foundation that will bless us for the rest of their lives!


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  1. Amy says:

    I do Bible journal with my kids, but we don’t have actual journaling Bibles to work in. Until we get them, we’ve been using sketchbooks and other supplies. We’d love to have good Bibles to use for that.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      This is a great opportunity to receive a beautiful Bible to go along with your sketchbooks and other supplies Amy – best of luck to you – I love this Bible! 🙂

  2. Anne says:

    I would journal a great deal with this wonderful and inspiring feature. Thanks for your special giveaway.

  3. Ana Willis says:

    These Bibles are gorgeous!!! I haven’t seen these ones yet. 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Ana, these Bibles are new and they are stunning – you really have to see them in person to appreciate them!
      There is gold foil on the covers and they are so lovely – the spines are pretty too!
      There are two other colors available as well.

  4. Janette says:

    Love Bible journaling!

  5. Leslie says:

    I journaled with my kids through the Gospel of Mark, and it was a rich experience. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

  6. Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim says:

    I just picked up a bible journaling kit. I always wanted to journal but I’m not the most talented. The kit will help me. I’d love to do this with the kiddos for homeschool Bible study time.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Bible Journaling is the perfect activity for homeschool Bible Study time.
      What I love is that you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy it or even to create a beautiful page –
      all you have to do is bring your teachable heart and you can journal and create heartfelt art with just a few products!
      Have fun sharing this with your kids and best of luck to you!

  7. Liz says:

    Wow what a great post you did a great job. Thank you so much for sponsoring this giveaway. These are absolutely beautiful and although my daughter Bible journals with me she doesn’t have an actual journaling Bible. This would be great to win for her
    Liz Davis

  8. Catherine says:

    I have looked at Bible journaling before but have never tried it. Not sure where to start. I am one of those people who hate to write in my Bible. What if later on, I wouldn’t want that image or passage highlighted? I am beginning to ease up on that and thinking about getting into journaling. Thanks for the tips!

  9. Dotty J Boucher says:

    I can say I have tried, I am just not that good at it, but would love to do better so I can make my Bible look pretty.

  10. Catherine Lewis says:

    I would gift this journal to a close family of 7 adopted children for their at home bible studies.

  11. Edye says:

    I currently don’t bible journal, but would love to start! 🙂

  12. This is fabulous post! I love Bible Journaling and I hope this coming year my oldest odaughter will be doing it with me 🙂 Thanks a lot for your tips and ideas!

  13. Carol says:

    Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway – what a great idea!

  14. Wendy Silva says:

    I’ve always wanted to try Bible journaling. And this would be awesome to do with my daughters!

  15. Tammy says:

    I have not bible journal yet but I have been wanting to get into it a long time. Hoping this is my chance. Thank you for opportunity. God bless you…

  16. Michelle says:

    Congratulations! …linking up from WOYWW

    Happy WOYWW!
    MiSchra #6

  17. Megan Cromes says:

    i will do it by my self alone ty 🙂

  18. Rebecca says:

    I do not currently Bible journal, unless you count the underlines and notes I leave in the tiny margins of my Bible. I would love to get started, but I think a journaling Bible would be a great give for my oldest daughter.

  19. Sarah says:

    I’ve always wanted to try Bible journaling but have been a little intimidated. This post makes it seem pretty easy! My daughters are a little young now but I would love to get them started on it with me in the future.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Sarah, thank you – I’m so glad my post made Bible Journaling accessible for you – that is the goal!
      Now is the perfect time for you to start – as your daughters grow and watch you, they will want to become involved!
      What’s so wonderful is that there are so many ways to get involved – even your daughter’s coloring, drawing and sticker activities are a natural steppingstone into Bible Journaling as they grow!
      Best of luck to you in your journaling and in the giveaway!

  20. Suzy says:

    I art journal but this is a really innovative way to journal. Thanks for sharing. New follower of your blog.

  21. Colette S says:

    I have been hoping to get a journaling bible. This would be good.

  22. K. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t currently Bible journal, but it’s something I want to start doing in the New Year with my kids. I think it’ll be a great way for us to spend even more time in God’s word together.

  23. Megan Cromes says:

    noi dont bible journal but id like to ty 🙂

  24. Sally Gearhart says:

    My daughter is wanting to do one together which I’m super excited for! This is such a lovely bible and definitely have my fingers and toes crossed! Thanks soo much for the chance and also all the tips and resources, very helpful.

  25. April says:

    Fun! Fun! Fun!!! I have just been learning about these pretty Bible journals. I’ve always journaled, but mine aren’t pretty at all. I admire what you artists can do!

  26. michele s says:

    beautiful! a wonderful way to grow spiritually with kids! happy pink saturday. xo

  27. Jaime Wiebel says:

    This looks like it would be great for girls. My little one is a bit young but I would love to have something like this when she gets older. Thanks for sharing with us at Sitting Among Friends!

  28. I don’t have kids — yet, (hoping to foster/adopt ones that are school age.) I Bible journal and want to keep some Bibles on hand for whenever we finally get approved and a placement. 🙂

  29. aaron reck says:

    I would like for my niece. I think that she does journal and may be in need of a new annual one.

  30. How kind of you to have a giveaway! Bible Journaling is a wonderful way to worship!

    Thank you for hosting the linkup! 🙂

  31. Amy Ritchie says:

    I am looking for a journaling Bible to buy for my daughter right now. Actually all 3 daughters. It would be amazing to win one!
    I recently found a couple facebook groups about Bible journaling and fell in love. My oldest is 11 and she wanted to know if she could join me. And of course little sisters 9 and 7 wanted to join.
    We were hoping to all get Bible for Christmas so we could start out the new year with a new adventure with them.
    I love being able to share this with them. It’s going to be something we do instead of watching so much tv. 🙂

  32. Melissa
    Twitter: RecentBooks

    This would make a wonderful gift for a relative! She would really enjoy it!

    I dont have a Bible Journal yet, but I’m looking forward to getting one!

  33. Bummer I missed this giveaway. I will check them out. I need a good journal for my 7 year old.

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