How To Start Bible Journaling In A Brand New Bible


Tips For Journaling In Your Brand New Journaling Bible

Are you interested in Bible Journaling but not sure how to start? Whether you’ve been Bible journaling for a day or a year, making your first mark on the fresh new pages of a Bible is always a little intimidating: the key is just to start!

To encourage you to start or continue your creative Bible journaling journey, I’ve teamed up with Tyndale House to offer one of my US readers the opportunity to win a brand new edition of the NLT Reflections Bible in Ocean Blue Hardcover Cloth. Enter our Bible Journaling Giveaway, then follow along for some tips on decorating the cover and journaling your first page!

First, I believe that your Bible should be personalized to reflect the relationship between God and you. So, as much as I love the beautiful Ocean Blue fabric cover (which is actually my favorite shade of blue), I could not wait to customize the cover. I consider the Bible a Book of Blessings, so I used my bling to create a simple yet stunning cover that will remind me of my Blessings in Christ every time I open this book!

Next, I decided to simply begin where I am – to just jump into the Word and journal what was on my heart. Lately, I’ve been dealing with a very stressful situation that has left me praying for wisdom. So, I began my creative Bible journaling session by listening to worship music. As I was praying, God directed me to this verse:

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.Exodus 14:13-14

As I went back and read the entire chapter, I felt that this Bible verse provided direct insight into the situation I was praying about. I wanted to record God’s response to my prayer, so that I would remember what He had spoken to me as in this moment and in the days, weeks, and months to come.


I used my new set of archival quality Sakura Pigma Micron Pens from Oriental Trading to write my notes. I picked up a set of 16 colors since I like having as much variety to write in as possible, but you can also get these in sets of 6 colors. The .45 mm pens were the perfect weight for writing in my Bible – they did not smear a bit – and they matched the lovely colors of the Illustrated Faith Washi Tape, Tabs and Stickers that I accented the page with!

The top part of my page, which I journaled in response to the passage, reads:

When we are under attack,
The hardest thing to do is stay calm,
Be still, and
Hold our peace,
But sometimes,
That’s what the Lord asks us to do.
Trust God.
Believe His Word.
He will fight for you!

The bottom half of the page contains lyrics from Great Reward – the Tim Timmons song I was listening to as I created the page:

Help me to know
You are God
I am not
Remind my soul
You’re in control…

I used my Xyron label maker to secure the Being Brave tab to the page.

Creating your first journaling page in a new Bible can be a little bit intimidating, especially if you’ve never done it before – but once you break the ice and get started, I promise you will want to fill every page with the inspiring messages and insights that you receive from God.

Be sure to tune in next week to see what I journaled on the back side of this page!

Disclosure: Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and Oriental Trading for the complementary products (Bible and pens) that were featured in this article.

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What’s On Your Desk this week? I decorated the cover of my new NLT Reflections Bible from Tyndale House and journaled my first page using Sakura Pigma Micron Pens from Oriental Trading Company as well as in-my-stash items from Illustrated Faith, Erin Condren and The Happy Planner!

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38 Responses to “How To Start Bible Journaling In A Brand New Bible”

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  1. I love your post today! Inspiring and encouraging to read how you start to journal on your Bible and your cover is beautiful. Micron Pens are my favorite pens for journaling on the Bible, too 🙂
    Thanks for sharing it!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks so much Helen! It’s easy to jump into the coloring Bibles but it can be really intimidating to jump into the blank Bibles so I am hoping to share more journaling tips and examples in the upcoming weeks to encourage those who would like to start (and particularly those who are considering this Bbile!)

      So glad to hear you like the Micron Pens too! 🙂

  2. Suzanne says:

    I really like your example of Bible journaling! I’ve just started doing this myself and am always looking for inspiration.

    Suzanne #43

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks Suzanne – I hope you’ll share your Bible journaling with us as well!
      It’s so nice when we can inspire and encourage one another!

      Inspire Me Monday is a particularly good place to share as I am always looking inspirational features each week!

  3. Janet Worthy says:

    I LOVE the way you blinged your cover! If I win, may I copy?

  4. Would be thrilled to win this Bible … combining the creativity of journaling with Bible study is such a delight! Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

  5. Esther says:

    Beautiful Bible Cover and great journaling! Thanks for linking up to Cropstop!

  6. pst says:

    Beautiful creation, love the bling on the cover. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends. Good luck in the draw.

  7. Love your Bible journaling! What a great idea to link it up with those great challenges!! So much fun! 🙂

  8. Mary says:

    Love the cover of your bible. Thank you for sharing your work at QKR Stampede.

  9. Pretty cover! Thank you for joining us at Creatalicious Challenges!
    ~DT Sherry x

  10. Diane Louise says:

    Hello… it’s so lovely to see you have shared one of your lovely bible journals with us. Thank you for entering your journal into our ‘B is for…’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
    [Diane Louise, Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  11. Bev Shortley says:

    How lovely. Good luck in ‘Anything Goes at Polkadoodles

  12. laurigami says:

    So gorgeous creation . Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs. hugs

  13. Monja Blue says:

    It would be such a blessing to win this Bible! Thanks for the chance. Informative and joyful, it’s an empowering way to pray and use Scripture.

  14. I’m not at all artsy or talented, but I definitely enjoyed your creative approach to journaling!

  15. Ine says:

    Thanks for joining us at The Crafty Addicts.
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  16. Dewi says:

    So pretty! Thanks for joining at Lemon Shortbread: Anything Goes

  17. Such a lovely example of Bible journaling and I love the way you blinged out the front cover! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us over at Digi Choosday! ~Katrina

  18. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16

    I want to start Bible journaling too. Thanks for your linking up your creative resources at the #LMMLinkup this week.

  19. Maria Pilar says:

    Thanks for joining us at Retarte#94
    Maria Pilar DT

  20. Farida says:

    Super cute card!
    Thanks for playing with us at TTCRD.

  21. Deanne Saunders says:

    Lovely creation!!

  22. Deanne Saunders says:

    Lovely creation!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  23. Mans de Fada says:

    So original and bautiful Bible page.
    Thanks for joining with us at Retarte.
    Yaiza DT

  24. TracyM #6773 says:

    Beautiful cover, love it and your journaling!
    Thank You for sharing and for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner 🙂

  25. Rae Ann says:

    Love the bright colors and embellishments you chose for this.

    Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.

  26. Jane says:

    So pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday and best of luck with your entry.
    Jane DT for

  27. Connie says:

    I love how you have made Bible journaling look so fun and easy.

  28. Thanks for these tips on Bible journaling!

  29. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on this week! I still haven’t jumped in yet, but your post was really helpful on how to do so!

  30. Those pens look great! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

  31. This is great! Way to go reading, studying and learning from the Word of God. Thank you for blessing us with your artwork here at Word Art Wednesday. We are midway on our current challenge and I hope you join us again. Leaving you with the inspiration of God’s Word found in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 which tells us, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” Have an awesome week.

    JO ANN

  32. Jane says:

    Lovely idea!Thank you so much for joining us at Scrapper’s Delights challenge blog and best of luck with your entry.
    Jane DT for

  33. Kandis says:

    Pretty journaling. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Girls Creations challenge

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