For about three weeks now, several people have asked me about bible journaling and the entries I post on social media. So, I decided to do a Periscope video today, to share a little bit about bible journaling and how to get started. Also, I thought the month of February would be a perfect time to start a new challenge about…**drumroll please**…LOVE!
So we are going to be learning how to creatively connect with God through bible journaling and learn about love through His Word at the same time. I’m challenging you to journal and spend some private time with God daily, and we will be learning more about His love for us, how we should love one another, and some awesome examples in the bible of love that we can model.
Make sure you are following me on Instagram at @thegemteacher to join in the fun! Tag me and use the hashtag #JournalingHisLove when you post your beautiful entry and to be inspired by others participating in the challenge. You can also tune in on Periscope (@thegemteacher) every weekday at 12:30pm EST for #GemClass and we’ll dive in together! All month I will be sharing techniques, inspiration, tutorials, and of course we will be getting our girl talk and God talk in too. I would love for you to join us, and invite your friends! It begins Monday, Feb 1st 2016. Feel free to share! The more the merrier! Here are the prompts we’ll be using for the challenge:
Bible journaling has really become a movement! When I see how God’s word has spread across social media and the world through all of the paint, stickers, and stamps I am in awe. It was started by Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith and her idea was to use art and journaling as a form of worship, and to deepen her personal relationship with Christ. I don’t think she knew that it was going to take off the way it did, but I’m so glad it caught fire! I was scrolling through Instagram one day, and ran across some scriptures that had been painted in a bible. It was so pretty! I clicked the hashtag #biblejournalingcommunity at the bottom of the post, and down the rabbit hole I went. It’s been on ever since. It has been an amazing journey for me and such a freeing time to learn God’s Word and connect with Him in my own way. I’ve grown so much in Him, learned so much about myself, and even found a “crazy-awesome” community of people who are creatives just like me, and love Jesus as much as I do.
So how do I get started?
Before you get started, there are two things I want to clear up:
1. You do not need a fancy bible. When I first began, I would doodle my scriptures and art on paper until I had the money to buy the bible I use for journaling now. Get a notebook, a journal with blank pages, or a bible you already have and use that. If you would like to use a bible specifically for journaling, I shared the one I use below.
2. You are bringing God’s Word to life in your own unique way, as it inspires and ministers to YOUR heart. I’ve been asked by many people, “Am I defacing the bible? I don’t want to cover the words up.” My answer is “No.” Deface by definition means to destroy. To mar the appearance of something. Have you ever seen a journaled bible page? The colors leap off the page. They are gorgeous! The scriptures leap off the page, and you want to just read it more and more! It is an outward display of what’s in YOUR heart about the God you serve, and your relationship with Him. If you are still uneasy about covering up the words or using your only bible to paint in, I have two suggestions. One is to use a separate bible. Even though I’m comfortable with painting and decorating, the bibles that I study with and take to church for service I don’t paint in. I may jot a note or two from the message, but that’s it. The other is to use different methods when journaling, that don’t cover the words and still look beautiful. Many of which I will be sharing during the challenge!
I’m ready. So what do I need and where can I get it?
Here I will share a list of some of my favorite tools to use, and also some others that I’m experimenting with. Amazon is one of my favorite places to go and get crafty tools. (When I know what I’m looking for.) I also ALWAYS find great items at the Dollar Tree, Target (in the dollar spot), Hobby Lobby, JoAnn’s, and Michael’s. You don’t need anything particular. Just pick up whatever inspires you. You are exercising your creative freedom in Christ. Do what you want! When it comes to embellishments, I keep a running stash of fabric scraps, stamps, sticker, pretty cards, sequins, charms, etc. I always keep my eyes peeled for a good sale on them.
I also check the bible journaling community on Instagram. Many of the women own Etsy shops and have beautiful and unique stamps, cards, and other pretty things to use when bible journaling. When it comes to what I use to journal the page I have a few staples, that I’m going to share. Don’t feel like you need to have a bunch of stuff all at once. As your journey continues and evolves, so will the tools and things you use to journal with. So here are my favorites I shared on the broadcast today:
- ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
- Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils, Assorted Colors, Set of 18
- Staedtler Pigment Liners
- Sakura 38176 10-Piece Gelly Roll Assorted Colors Blister Card Moonlight 10 Bold Point Gel Ink Pen Set
- Water Brushes
- Jumbo Paper Clips
- Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
- Old Gift Cards
- Washi Tape
- Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels, 10 Colors
- Master’s Touch Acrylic Paints
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Hyped up yet?! Awesome! I will see you February 1st for the #JournalingHisLove Challenge! I can’t wait to learn and create with you. It’s going to be fun!