I’ve been sharing photos of my Bible journaling on InstaStory and I wanted to share my experience with Bible journaling. I consider myself to be like a beginner Christian, although I have always been a Christian and had a relationship with God. I don’t have it all together and I know I have a lot more work to do.
I’ve been enjoying learning more about the word through Bible Journaling. Being a beginner I know I am not the only person whose a believer but still working on building a better relationship with Christ.
If you enjoy this post, you may find these Bible Study blog post helpful when it comes to reading the bible as a beginner:
- Bible Study Tips for Beginners from a Beginner
- 5 Ways to Pray Consistent
- How to Dig Deeper during Bible Study
- Bible Journaling Challenge – download your now
I’ve just been enjoying this whole journey. I learned something new every time I read the Bible and I take something different from it every time I read it. My biggest takeaway from Bible Journaling is that reading the Bible is more rewarding when you begin to study and read the bible outside of worship service.
Don’t get me wrong I definitely tried but I just didn’t understand what I was reading. But now as an adult years later with my English Standard Version Bible I’m proud to say I’m done reading the book of Matthews. I’m sorry old school Bible folk I just can’t get down with the Kings James version, believe me I tried.
While also taking the time to reflect on your thoughts about what you’ve read. Reflection is the most powerful part. The process has really helped me develop a better prayer life.
Bible Journal Step by Step Guide
I’m personally not into the artsy Bible Journal, although I don’t see anything wrong with it. It is not my style, I like to keep it simple and easy. The soap method is a simple method for gaining your own understanding of the Bible.
Application: How does what you read apply to your life? What lessons can you take away? How does what your read still apply to today’s times and environment? How did it make you feel? This is also a good place to write any questions you have about what you read.
Pray (or Kneel): Based on what you read, your observations, and applications how do you feel. What do you want to tell God as a result, what do you want to thank him for as a result of what you read, what do you need his help with.
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- Use different color pens for each sections
- Write the title of each section
- Use certain image for each section
- Make sure you indicate your questions with a different color, image, or title
- Use the printable provided (which the sections are indicated)
- The choice is yours, but whatever you choose. Stay consistent and write you legend in the front of your Bible journal.
Beginners Guide to Bible Journal
- Purchase a Bible (in the text your prefer) skim it before purchasing and make sure it is easy to read. If you can I would recommend purchasing a Study Bible, you can use it to reference the notes and see the opinions in the fore note. I have both and I personally enjoy drawing my own understand.But it is nice to read the notes and see what the fore note state.
- Purchase highlighters, sticky tabs, colored ink pens, and a journal.
- Do it first thing in the morning or at night. Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa and get cozy with your books.
- Make it a part of your daily routine. Plan for at least 15-25 minutes of just quiet time.
- You can read as many or as few passage as you would like.
- There are no rules! So make it your own.
Bible Journal Resources
I hope that this post has encouraged you to bible study, because you don’t need to be an expert! These are my favorite bible study resources for beginners! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (meaning if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you anything)! Thank you so much for your support as this helps me afford the expenses of my online ministry. Click here to read my disclosure policy.
- Bible, ESV Black Bible
- Faith Journal
- Study Bible, The ESV Study Bible
- Colored Pens, Ballpoint Pens, Assorted Colors
- War Room Movie, War Room: Prayer Is a Powerful Weapon
Bible Journal for your Prayer Life
But Bible journaling has helped my confidence. Writing your prayers down is powerful. I can honestly say I didn’t expect to gain this much from this experience. Not that I was skeptical but I just thought it seemed simple and didn’t realize how I would leave this process feeling empowered.
Bible Study Resources
- Open Bible-Great for searching within the bible for keywords and types of passages
- Blue Letter Bible– for searching for the summary of each book of the bible.’