Why Is Bible Journaling Important? Inspiration And Tips


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.

Backside Of Bible - Sakura Micron Pigma Pens

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!

Being Brave - Real Life Single 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:

Bible Journaling Page with Devotional

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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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!

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46 Responses to “Why Is Bible Journaling Important? Inspiration And Tips”

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  1. Beautiful creation and fabulous posting! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Neon / Brights’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop in for a visit!

  2. Esther says:

    Lovely Bible Journaling and tips! Thanks for linking up to the April Cropstop Challenge!

  3. Annette says:

    Great Journaling and tips. Nice work looks great. Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  4. Annette says:

    Back again, and again, nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at “A Perfect Time To Craft” and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT for http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.com.au/

  5. Janis Lewis says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Always Fun Challenges.
    ~DT Janis

  6. Angie J says:

    Great tips – I’ve only done 1 page in mine!
    Thank you for joining us at Jo’s Funday Friday Challenge . Good luck with your entry.
    Angie DT for  http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.com.au/

  7. Ros Crawford says:

    Lovely! And so unique! Thanks so much for playing along at Double D!!

  8. Lisa says:

    What a beautiful journal entry! Very inspiring! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Creations!

  9. Beautiful Work and share on tips with Bible Jounaling. I love to Bible Journal, it has really gotten me to read God’s precious Word. Thank you for Sharing!

  10. Ine says:

    very nice. Thank you for sharing with us over here at “A Perfect Time To Craft” and best of luck with your entry.
    Ine DT for: http://aperfecttimetocraft.blogspot.nl/

  11. Dorothy S says:

    How nice of you to share your tips on Bible journaling. I doubt I will ever be brave enough to try, but your example is lovely. Thanks for joining the Anything Goes (With the option of Easter) this week at QKR Stampede. Dorothy S, DT member (I hope I found the write spot to respond to your entry.)

  12. Melody says:

    Beautiful Bible journaling! Thank you for sharing it in the Dare 2B Artzy April challenge!

  13. NanaConnie says:

    I’m so happy that you chose to share your card with us in our “Anything Goes or Easter” challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

  14. Beautiful journaling! Thank you for joining us at Scrapper’s delights Challenge of the month! Mieke Dt xx

  15. Mans de Fada says:

    Beautiful Bible page
    Thanks for joining with us at Retarte.
    Yaiza DT

  16. ~ginny says:

    Beautifully done! Thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C: [ATG]
    Owner: RubberMAD (GettyCollection.com)

  17. Beautifully done and a great post to get you started. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Annemi {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  18. Kris Dishon says:

    Lovely project. Thanks so much for sharing your creation with us over at the Crafty Creations Challenges Blog.
    Kristina DT

    Crafty Creations Challenges Blog
    Cards by Kristina

  19. Laura Fdz says:

    Precioso e inspirador! Muchas gracias por participar en Retarte Chalenge

  20. Maria Pilar says:

    Beautiful job!
    Thanks for joining us at Retarte#95
    Maria Pilar DT

  21. carol gill says:

    Beautiful journaling,Thank you for joining us at Artistic Inspirations
    Carol DT x

  22. Sarah says:

    A really beautiful project – thanks for joining in with the Lemon Shortbread Challenge – Sarah DT – http://magentasnowflake.blogspot.co.uk

  23. Lyn says:

    Beautiful thank you for sharing with us at Simply Papercraft – good luck
    Lyn – DT

  24. Julie Reed says:

    Lovely, thanks for joining us this week at Digi Choosday, Julie DT x

  25. Peabea says:

    I’ve been Bible journaling since around the holidays in 2015, but am always learning something new. I love your bullet point idea. I’m no artist so my journaling is usually the passages that stick out and then I can go back and remember what I thought about when I visited the scripture. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

  26. Billie A says:

    I love this bible journaling. I have wanted to do this but scared to mess up. I sure love looking at the journal pages I see and I am so glad you shared your beautiful bible page at Inspiration Destination..
    Billie A
    Inspiration Destination
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  27. What great tips! Writing on the washi tape is a good idea. Thanks for linking up to #fridayfrivolity! Xx

  28. Maritza Rios says:

    Beautiful creation. Thanks you for joining with us at The Corrosive Challenge. Good luck with your entry.
    Maritza DT

  29. This is beautiful love it Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Michelle DT for http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

  30. jane says:

    lovely project. Thank you for joining us at Scrappers Delight Challenge this month
    Jane DT xx

  31. Jane says:

    Wonderful creation and tips! Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Jane DT for  http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

  32. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    I had no idea how much goes into Bible journaling! Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!

  33. Judy V says:

    Great project! Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner!

  34. Wow. My high-school senior daughter just asked for a journaling Bible for graduation, so you can bet I clicked right over here from #FridayFrivolity. Thank you so much for this guidance!

  35. Thank you for all these wonderful ideas!

  36. Pauline says:

    Fabulous Bible journaling.
    Thank you for joining us for our Anything Goes challenge at Digi Choosday.

  37. titbelsoeur says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at Creates and Makes

  38. Iwona says:

    Nice work. Thank you very much for joining our challenge at Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper.
    Hugs, Iwona

  39. Helen says:

    Great ideas and tips.

    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Helen DT   http://classicdesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

  40. Lisa says:

    I have a Bible journal Bible. I do not journal as much as I used too or should. I got annoyed with my “special Bible Journaling pens” bleeding to the other side or “ghosting”. Thanks for the tips. Now I want to get back to it.


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