The Flourish Bible Journaling Conference is being offered online right now. I’m not affiliated with the conference, but I am attending it via my cellphone! I just watched the Day One videos and thought they were fantastic. I am looking forward to what’s going to be offered for Day Two. I’m attending the free conference option because I’m a #poorschoolteacher. The site also has a beautiful free printable that you can use in your Journaling Bible by creating a tip-in with washi tape (the conference videos will teach you how to do that). I plan on using the printable with the students in my after-school Bible Journaling Club this week and showing them how to use it as a tip-in for their Bibles! Yay for free stuff, and a huge kudos to the women who are offering their wisdom, skills, and spirit-filled words in the videos.
Do you have days when you feel powerless? As Christians, we know that everything is not in our control. Yes, we have many choices that we make in the day, but God often puts us in situations where we must surrender to His guidance. Even as He communicates, we don’t see the whole picture — so we just have to trust.
Where is our power? So much more is accomplished in prayer than we could probably comprehend this side of Heaven. If you have asked Christ to come into your life, forgive your sins, and give you life eternal with Him, then you have the Holy Spirit as your helper.
You also have the sword.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Ephesians 6:17 calls the Word of God the “sword of the spirit.”
As we practice Bible Journaling, we have the opportunity to make the sword a part of our daily armor. That is one of the things that is so beautiful about Bible Journaling — encounters with the Word are what bring us strength.
We are reading the Word, speaking the Word, thinking about the Word, and putting that experience into a creative expression that will help us remember to practice the Word in our lives. In doing so, we are sharing our testimony about what God has done for us along the way, and there is power in shared testimony as well.
No, Bible Journaling is not just doodling a pretty picture. It is preparation for the day.
Pick up your sword! The Holy Spirit will bring the verses to mind when you need them.
In Luke 24:13-35, Jesus appears to his disciples after His resurrection, but they do not realize it is Jesus that they are talking to yet because they are so deep in confusion and sadness after the crucifixion. Jesus begins to remind them of scriptures as they walk together, and eventually they reach a place to eat together.
And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” Luke 24:31-32
Christ was literally among them, and he quoted the scriptures to remind them of the bigger picture. People have been martyred for the very Bible we read today. The man who translated the Bible into English (what was then Middle English, for those of us who really like to geek out on language) faced steep persecution for translating the Bible into a language that common people could understand.
When we open the word, we are connecting to ancient words, ever true. At one time, people were hand-copying the words into illuminated manuscripts. Now we are interacting with those same words in our Journaling Bibles.
Bible Journaling Challenge #2: The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit. What does that mean to you? Hand-letter a verse inside the shape of a sword, or draw yourself holding a sword.
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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