Over the summer I found myself doing less Bible journaling than I did before the children were out of school. I think we were spending so much time outdoors that it was just a natural progression for the season. This week I’ve been preparing to lead a Bible journaling workshop scheduled in a few weeks. So I’m back into the creative mode. One of the most common questions I receive about Bible journaling is:
How do you choose which Bible verses to journal?
So today I’m excited to share 5 ways to choose verses for Bible journaling. These ideas are designed to prompt you to find a method that works for you personally. I have my favorites, but you might enjoy something altogether different. Ready? Here we go.
1. Use a list of inspirational Bible verses.
A couple years ago, I assembled this particular list of Bible verses that encouraged and inspired me. Gathering this list took a few months because I highlighted them all the same color in my Bible app as I was reading and then went back over them to create the list. With 30 verses in the list, it’s perfect for a month of Bible journaling. You could do one a day or just work your way through it as you have the time to create.
2. Create your own list of favorites.
A friend of mine waited and waited for her journaling Bible to arrive. And once it did, she left it sitting on her desk for two weeks. When I asked her if she had started, she replied that she just wasn’t sure where to start. My advice was to start with her favorite verse! And if you have more than one favorite verse, like I do, then make a list of your favorites and work your way through those.
3. Enjoy a topical Bible reading plan and create a list of focus verses.
If you’ve been around here much, then you know I truly love topical Bible reading plans. Using a concentrated plan of this nature will focus your attention to a particular need in your life. I’ve discovered that when I create a Bible journaling page, God will often use that page to encourage someone else just as much as he encouraged my heart. Need to win over worry? Trying to remember how much God loves you? Check out the free printable topical Bible reading plans to enjoy.
4. Journal whatever reading plan you are following for daily reading.
Some churches have their own monthly Bible reading plans. There are folks who use their devotional reading to guide their daily Bible reading. Others love Bible apps and use the Bible reading plans provided by the app. No matter your method of reading, you can make a list of how God is speaking to you and then work your way through the list.
5. Choose a verse from a topical list of verses that are meaningful to you.
Yes, I love topical Bible reading plans because they offer a daily focused reading purpose, but sometimes you need to focus on a topic for the moment or day. In those cases, a list of Bible verses by topic will target the very issue you are dealing with in the moment and point straight to the heart of the matter. This list includes Bible verses for when you’ve lost a loved one, when you’re feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or feeling like giving up.
Learning to Bible journal? My prayer is that this post helps you take that first step and choose a verse to meditate on and love as you create with your hands the way God created you to do.
Happy Bible journaling!
By his grace,
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