How to Get Started with Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling is a great way to relax while meditating on Scripture! Here is how to get started with Bible journaling easily!
Bible Journaling is a great way to relax while meditating on Scripture! Here is how to get started with Bible journaling easily!

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What is Bible journaling?

Have you heard of Bible journaling? It’s similar to adult coloring, but with Bible journaling, you can relax and meditate on scripture. You can doodle in the margins of your Bible (or grab a Bible with extra margins for doodling) or between the lines of your Bible. You can write scripture in calligraphy, or simply draw whatever is on your mind as you float through scripture.

How to get started with Bible journaling

To start with, create a soothing atmosphere. I enjoy turning on some worship music and relaxing while meditating on some quality scripture.
As for the actual Bible, you mainly have three options. Firstly, you can use the Bible you already have, and doodle in the margins. This is what I did, and it’s great for practicing doodling!
I don’t have an official Bible journal (it’s on my Amazon wish list!), but love this beautiful NIV Bible journal, which lets you doodle in the blank margins of the Bible. If you’re not the artsy-creative type, this gorgeous, breathtaking Bible has the scripture already hand-drawn in the margins and is ready for you to color. Which Bible you use largely depends on how often you think you’ll use it, and how good you are at drawing 
I used some of my old Crayola pencils that worked well, but if you’re feeling extra creative, you can use gel pens or Crayola’s vibrant colored pencil collection. Washi tape is a creative way to tape Bible margin strips or encouraging words to the margins of your Bible. From my experience, washi tape isn’t as rough on my Bible either.
Not sure where to start, or if you’ll even enjoy it? Grab these Bible journaling freebies to try out!

A favorite Bible journaling kit of mine, The Holy Mess Bible Journaling Kit is currently on sale for $18 (instead of $21) this week only, which is a great deal for these resources! There’s a variety of Bible journaling pages included.

  • Bible margin strips/bookmarks (If you have a journaling Bible, tape them to the margins. I love using washi tape for this, and recently found a bunch at a garage sale for $5.)
  • Coloring cards
  • Bible doodling
  • Calligraphy practice
  • 30 Bible verses about trusting in the Lord list
  • Daily journaling schedule

I enjoyed how these resources are biblically focused, and you can let your creativity run free, which is a *huge* stress reliever for me. You can color in the words, and doodle in the margins how you see fit.
In my Bible margin strips, I colored stripes in the blank spaces for an extra pop of color. They allow you to be as creative as you want to be (or don’t want to be!) There isn’t really a right or wrong way to do it.

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