I just love receiving emails from readers, especially when I receive multiple emails asking the same questions! You help me know how to help you and it makes writing for you a piece of cake! So thank you and I feel spoiled by you.
Today I wanted to give a little Bible journaling for beginners since I’m receiving a lot of questions about Bible journals. My email backlog is a little deep at the moment (sorry for that! Trying to keep up!!) but providing this Bible journaling update will help many of you. When I categorized the emails, I found four basic questions repeated. So here we go!
When I first began to see Bible art journaling in my Pinterest feeds back in May, it sparked my interest. Around that same time I was reading a very inspirational book with one particular chapter about marrying your passions, interests, and goals. I love the Bible. I truly do. Reading and studying the Bible ignites my soul like nothing else does. So while I’m not a drawing or painting artist, I chose to start from scratch to learn how to letter and begin to draw a little. You can check out this post about all different types of Bible journaling.
What Bible should I use?
No, you don’t have to use a Bible. You can get a $2 journal at the dollar store. So don’t let cost hold you back. I started with a journal because I didn’t want to “mess up” my Bible. Even though I have many other Bibles that are all marked up and highlighted and noted.
If you want to use a journaling Bible, there are many types of journaling Bibles in all different translations and styles. After making a special shopping trip of investigation and spending an afternoon of research, my favorite is this HCSB journaling Bible. The key factors for me are thicker pages that allow for erasing (which I do like a mad woman) and this Bible had the widest margins I could find. I also learned more about translations through this Bible, so that was a bonus. For the full scoop and my recommendation on journaling Bibles, check out my journaling Bible post.
I didn’t know anyone personally who was Bible journaling when I started months ago. But I stuck with it because I was enjoying learning God’s Word in this fashion. Through using my hands, my heart was more engaged in Bible reading and reflection. A few weeks ago, I provided my how-to Bible journaling guide to you with the supplies I first began using through what I love to use now, even as an “un-artsy” person. Print out the how-to Bible journaling guide to get you started with reading God’s word faithfully!
You can join in any time and all the details for the One More Step Bible reading challenge can be found in this post. The Bible reading plan coordinates with the scriptures in the Pillars of Truth section at the end of every chapter of my new book , One More Step: Finding Strength When You Feel Like Giving Up.
A Beautiful Reader
Alright, Friends. Thanks a ton for sending in your questions and my hope and prayer is that this Bible Journaling roundup will help many of you draw closer to the Lord in your daily walk with him. I received the SWEETEST email from a reader this morning:
Thanks for your resources. They are just a blessing to me. I have seen
a change in my Bible reading since I started the challenge. At least I
can’t finish a day without reading the Bible. God bless you big!!
Oh this email just made my day!! Because of course I want you to read the book I’ve written, but it’s a tool to point you to THE WORD and I want everything I do to reflect that intention. Thank you, Kate, for this encouraging message you sent this morning!
Have a terrific Tuesday!!