What is the heart behind the art?
Bible Journaling is more than paint and pens on a page. It is an act of worship toward God.
I want my worship to be acceptable, pleasing to Him. Hebrews 12:28 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”
Every time we Bible Journal, we have the opportunity to worship in an acceptable way that shows reverence and awe. For me, personally, that means I pray and read the Word before I journal. As I journal, I am careful not to cover up the actual words — the whole point of Bible Journaling in the first place.
Without the Word, we would have no reason to do Bible Journaling in the first place. Some people use light watercolors that allow the verses to still be seen and read. That feels okay to me — but ask yourself, and ask God in prayer, how can I keep this practice pleasing and reverent to You?
This is not scrapbooking or mindless doodling. No, I don’t have to be Picasso or Leonardo or Monet to Bible Journal. In fact, a little reminder of my own humanity in the process is just fine with me. I’ve heard that the Amish sew mistakes into their quilts on purpose to show humility. Jesus was the only perfect person, God in human form, and that is something to be glad about. I don’t have to be perfect.
I do need to make sure I’m doing this with the right heart, though. I shouldn’t be doing it for compliments (Although, hey, if you have some words of affirmation, I do like that. Shout out to the Five Love Languages. Just sayin’…). I shouldn’t be doing this as a mere creative outlet.
The reason I Bible Journal is that I have actually heard God speak to me in his still, small voice through the process. God has communicated with me through it. That’s why I do believe it is pleasing to Him.
I have learned a lot too. I never thought much about the Hebrew or Greek words in verses until I started Bible Journaling and looking words up in their original translation. As a true word geek, that is fascinating. Your understanding of the scriptures can become so much richer when you do this.
Why do you Bible Journal? You don’t have to tell me, unless you want to, but definitely think about it.
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Bible Journaling Challenge #1: What does it mean to worship God with reverence and awe in your Bible Journaling? Create a page based on Hebrews 12:28. What is the heart behind your art? Do you see Bible Journaling as worship? If not, ask God how you can turn it into a form of humble worship.
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