My First Bible Journaling Page In The THRIVE Bible

Bible Journaling Matthew 11:28-30 – Rest

I recently began reading THRIVE: A Devotional Journaling Bible For Women during my devotional moments and I cannot begin to tell you how blessed I have been by this particular Bible! I think that the special features found in this Bible – particularly the devotionals that are written in the form of love letters from God and the in-text prayers – make you feel as if you’ve sat across the table and had a personal conversation with God!

As if that wasn’t enough, there is more room to write and journal in this Bible than in any other Bible I own – plus, its shabby chic design makes it one of the prettiest you’ll ever find! For more information on the beautiful THRIVE Journaling Bible and for a chance to win one of your own, be sure to Enter Our Bible Journaling Giveaway and subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a single post!

I couldn’t wait to create my first Bible Journaling page in the lovely THRIVE Bible – but I can’t help but wonder if I’m the only person who has difficulty finding the right place to begin? The right spot, the right verse, the right way to make your mark…

I ended up starting with Matthew 11:28-30 – a verse I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on this year. I spent a good portion of time looking up the meanings of the words in the original language to get a better understanding of what the passage means. Here is what the verse says in the New Living Translation (the version the THRIVE Bible is written in):

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

There were several things that stood out to me as I worked through the passage. First, the invitation that Jesus extends to us to “come” to Him is the very same invitation that He extends to the apostles Simon Peter and Andrew when He invites them to come, follow Him, and be His disciples – He uses the exact same word in the original language in Matthew 4:19!

Second, Jesus is inviting us to find freedom in Him from the heavy religious burdens and responsibilities that we often carry – burdens imposed by man, not God.

Finally, I realized that, when left to our own devices, we will often bury ourselves under self-imposed burdens as we try to please everyone around us and do everything that comes our way – but God designed us for rest! He created a day of rest specifically for us! So, are you feeling weary and burdened? Jesus is inviting us to follow Him so that He can teach us how to find rest for our souls!

Originally I planned to journal in this Bible using monochromatic tones – but that plan ended as soon as I opened my washi box and found the pretty floral tape in the middle of the page that picked up the blue but also added the bright pink florals to the mix. A color scheme was born! Out came the paint, stamps, washi, transparencies, and color pens, and soon my first page was completed!

Bible Journaling Tip

Are you afraid of writing in your Bible because you might make a mistake? Well, no need to worry – I’ve already done that for you! It happens – it’s a reminder that only God is perfect – and here’s a tip on how to move past that!

I created this page in the wee hours of the night and was horrified to discover a few days later that I’d actually written the wrong verse on this page! (John 4:19 should read Matthew 4:19!) But, it’s not the first time I’ve made a boo boo in my journal and it probably won’t be the last! Here is how I plan on fixing it:

When I have a moment, I will place a white label over my boo boo and write the correct book name on it – that way, no messy lines and no gloppy white out! For all practical purposes, you and I will probably be the only ones who know about it (promise you won’t tell?)

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What’s On Your Desk this week? I shared the first Bible Journaling page I created in my THRIVE Devotional Journaling Bible – be sure to enter our Bible Journaling Giveaway through June 11, 2017 for a chance to win one of your very own!

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36 Responses to “My First Bible Journaling Page In The THRIVE Bible”

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    Thank you for sharing your Bible journaling work with us at Jo’s Scrap Shack. God’s Word is so amazing, and it’s wonderful that you are meditating on it in this manner. I’ve been thinking of getting a journaling Bible and appreciate your recommendation of the Thrive Bible. I’ll give it a look. So glad you joined the challenge at Jo’s Scrap Shack this week.

  2. Annette says:

    Very nicely done bible journal.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at “A Perfect Time To Craft” and best of luck with your entry.
    Annette DT for

  3. Sherry says:

    Beautiful I’ve still yet to do my first bible art journaling .. Thanxx For Sharing With Us At Jo’s Scrapshack .
    Sherry Lynn
    JSS DT

  4. Jeanie Ellis says:

    Great job with your journaling and coloring! Such a blessing to see it! 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.
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  5. Denyse says:

    Truly a project which has been created with joy! Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes June Challenge. Good luck! Denyse x

  6. Esther says:

    Beautiful journaling and coloring! Love the floral washi tape! Thanks for sharing with us on the Cropstop blog! It’s always a pleasure to visit your blog and view your creativity!

  7. Robin in NC says:

    Your page looks great! I’m still a bit nervous thinking about coloring & writing in The Bible, but in my heart of hearts, I know that God loves creativity & enjoys seeing His children truly getting into His Word, no matter what their style or abilities may be. Thanks for sharing!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Robin,

      One of the things that helps is that many of us who do this have multiple Bibles – so we use one (or more) Bibles specifically for writing in, taking notes in, journaling in, and/or coloring in – and many of us have different styles. When I journal, I like to keep God’s Word intact so that I can still read what it says so I try to write around it and/or highlight the passages that I want to easily find. Others, of course, learn through a more artistic approach – but again, think of it as creative worship! I hope that helps! 🙂

  8. Marilyn Webb says:

    Beautifully done!! Thanks for joining our challenge this week with Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.
    Marilyn DT

  9. Vickie Yeakley says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing with us at The PIP Challenge.

  10. Melanie says:

    Beautifully done! Thank you for sharing with us over here at “A Perfect Time To Craft” and best of luck with your entry.
    Melanie DT for

  11. It is beautiful. Something I want to try in the future! Thank you for joining the fun at The Paper Shelter. Good luck and please join us again!

  12. amy says:

    Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Lil Patch, good luck!!! Amy DT

  13. Nicola Gold says:

    Wonderful embellishing. Thank-you for joining us at the Crafting with an Attitude Challenge ‘Anything Goes’ June 2017.
    Nicola, CWAA DT (Amethyst Lily Designs )

  14. What a wonderful idea to decorate your Bible Pages they look amazing. Thank you for sharing it with us over at Digi Choosday Challenge. Good luck with your entry. Hugs Andrea DT

  15. Thanks for joining the “Feeling Inspired?” linkup at Impulsive Artistry this week! See you next Wednesday!

  16. Julie Reed says:

    Very nicely done, thank your for joining us this week at Digi Choosday, Julie DT x

  17. Kerry says:

    Awesome job on your first bible journaling page! It’s beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us at the Art Impressions challenge! 🙂

  18. Lori Kobular says:

    Beautiful Bible journaling! Love the bright colors! Thanks for sharing with us at DL.ART Challenges!

  19. liz says:

    Fantastic Journaling. Thanks for playing along with the challenge at The Paper shelter, Liz (:(|)x

  20. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    I’m not really into Bible journaling yet, but the letters from God and the prayers you describe in this one remind me of one of my all-time favorite Bibles that is now out of print, the NIV Worship Bible. I will treasure mine until it falls apart! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week!

  21. Jacki says:

    great make thank you so much for playing along with us this time hope to see you again soon
    Jacki (PD DT) ♥

  22. RoRa says:

    Woow cool!! love your gorgeous journaling.. Thank you so much for joining our 59th challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.. Hope you can join our next challenge.. And good luck at the draw.. xx ~RoRa

  23. Jill v says:

    Very pretty creation – thanks for sharing with us at Time Out! Jill

  24. Carol Lutz says:

    What an interesting way to journal, thanks for sharing. Thanks for joining our Polkadoodles Paper Crafting Challenge, hugs, Carol DT

  25. Maritza Rios says:

    Wonderful project! Thanks you for joining with us at The Corrosive Challenge. Good luck with your entry
    Maritza DT

  26. Karen Letchworth says:

    This is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us.
    Word Art Wednesday

  27. anjie says:

    Great make. Thanks for joining us in our week 23 Anything Goes challenge at Digi Choosday
    Anjie (DT)

  28. Love the embellishments you have given to this page and Thank you for joining us at Time Out Challenges ! Jenny x

  29. Sarah says:

    Fab project – thanks for joining in the Lemon Shortbread Blog Challenge – Sarah DT –

  30. Jen Leeflang says:

    How lovely! Thank you for sharing with us over here at “A Perfect Time To Craft” and best of luck with your entry.
    Jen DT for

  31. Lyn says:

    Great project thank you for sharing with us at The Crafty Addicts – good luck
    Lyn – DT


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