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I can’t remember how long ago it has been, but within the past few months, I began to see open Bible pages with large side margins in my Pinterest feed. And what made them so noticeable was that within this large side margin, beautiful hand-crafted letters and artistic elements echoed the meaning of the passage.
I grew up highlighting and underlining Bible verses in my Bible and I have an entire box of my old Bibles with tons of scribbles, half of which you can barely see now. But this new way of highlighting and scribbling caught my attention.
Now, let me be fair, and say, that I didn’t run out and buy art supplies and I haven’t tried to do more than take a sharpie and write a verse in artistic lettering. In fact, when I was in elementary school, apparently I read too fast and too much so my teachers thought that art would be a good thing to help me enjoy life in a different way. Guess what? I wasn’t a horrible artist;however, I LOVE to study the art of others. The beauty and meaning intrigues me. I truly appreciate the creative touch of others on whatever medium they choose.
I said all that to say: There are many wonderful ways to read and study the Bible using journaling techniques.
- You can highlight and write in the side margins in your normal handwriting, the way many readers have done it for years.
- You can use the wide-margin Bible and expand your notes to include artistic elements, either stamping, drawing or any other medium you enjoy.
- You can journal through Bible study journaling, either writing in a separate journal or using a journal-type study.
My new friend, Kari, just happens to teach and write incredible Bible studies that use art and doodling techniques. I can’t remember the last time I hosted a guest post on the blog, but when I heard that she had written a new study on Galatians, I couldn’t wait to share her words with you because she is one great Bible study chic!
Enjoy her post and be sure to enter the awesome giveaway available for a short time!
How My Bible Journal Ruined Me
Hi, my name is Kari and my Bible journal ruined me. It changed me from a scattered Sunday note taker to pulling out hands and feet application from God’s word. It gave me a thirst to dig in deep for knowledge and action. It ruined my comfortable go to church Sunday, take notes, go back to life Monday existence.
I started my very first Bible Journal a few years ago when I finally got tired of writing and losing notes on great insights from sermons or books. I’d jot them down on whatever piece of paper was handy from random notebooks to backs of receipts or church bulletins. Then they’d get lost. So originally I created my Bible journal just to be a place to gather all those bits of thoughts and keep them in one place.
I quickly began to realize, however, that keeping a Bible journal also helped improve my learning. At first, it was just words and lists, but then I began to take a “less is more” approach and distill and condense thoughts and texts to a more visual format and found that I was remembering more and was able to pull out some real life application…which meant my days of comfort and safe were ending. My introverted, quiet loving self didn’t like that much.
It’s a scary prospect… to have your Bible take you from your comfortable, safe life into the lives of other people. Part of me just wants to continue to write good points about the Greek form of the word LOVE on the back of an envelope that I throw into the recycling bin a week later. It’s hard to take that Greek form of love and form a to-do bullet point list that requires action.
But when I get to see my Jesus face-to-face, I don’t want to point out all my notes to Him. Or explain my plans to do something. I want to be ruined for normal. Damaged goods. Battle worn. I want to cross into heaven with scars on my knees, broken nails, and a heart full of love and joy from proving God’s word in the reality of my world.
As I was creating these action lists the Bible in my journal, I found it was a technique anyone could use. I tested it out on my boys. They loved it. I shared it with a group of women on Facebook and got great feedback. So I started writing out how to dig truth, promises, and action out for others and eventually the Journal and Doodle through the Bible studies were formed.
This week is the release of the newest study on the book of Galatians. It’s exciting because it has been totally reformatted to make it even more actionable and real-life usable. It helps you dig in deep, chapter by chapter. In each chapter we’ll work in our Bible, reading and titling each chapter. Then we’ll work in our journal with simple doodles, overviews, and journaling prompts. And we end each chapter pulling out real life application and reflection. Many chapters have a “Going Deeper” section that you have the option of working through also.
There are free videos to take you step by step through the doodles, and there is no daily schedule. You can work as long or short as you need. No guilt. Just grace.
GIVEAWAYS AND GOODIES
Today and tomorrow only, I’m hosting a giveaway for Kari! YAY!
We’re giving away one free copy of the DIY Bible Journal workbook AND the Galatians study to one blessed winner. The workbook is designed to take you by the hand and guide you into creating your first Bible journal and get you over the “staring at a blank page syndrome”. It’s fun, fast, and will give you lots of ideas as you continue the journey. It’s designed to go hand-in-hand with the Doodle and Journal studies. Just follow the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway!
Have a thriving Thursday!