How to Start Bible Journaling : A Guide for Beginners and Non-Artists from the Child at Heart Blog

Bible journaling is all over Instagram and Pinterest and there are so many people that I have talked to that want to do it but don’t know where to start.  Now there are lots of great tutorials that show what materials to buy and ideas but if you aren’t an artist, these tutorials might seem a bit overwhelming.

I  wanted to show you my simple process for bible journaling that doesn’t take really expensive materials or lots of artistic ability.  Now I love to write calligraphy on my Instagram account but when I do my journaling, I just want to focus on writing a phrase or word without worrying if it’s perfect or Instagram-worthy!  🙂

These are the steps that I use during my study and journaling time:

1.  Get your favorite drink and snack because that just makes this time even better!  I usually drink my Dr. Pepper and eat some Dove chocolate.  🙂

2.  Choose your small passage to read.  I only read about 10-15 verses a day and really meditate on them.  I will probably read it five or six times and even read a different version to understand it fully.  Every day I move that yellow arrow sticky note to where I left off so that the next day I will know where to start.

How to Start Bible Journaling : A Guide for Beginners and Non-Artists from the Child at Heart Blog

3.  Next I will take my Jot Bible Life Notes (that I’m giving away at the bottom of the post) and I will write some notes about the verses that I have read.  This is basically an empty bible with the chapters and verses to guide your notes.  I change the colors of my pens each day that I study just to remember the different days.  This is a great way to sum up what a verse means to you and a great way to quickly read over your notes before your study every day.  The paper in this journal is similar to a bible’s paper but thick enough where a pen doesn’t bleed through.

How to Start Bible Journaling : A Guide for Beginners and Non-Artists from the Child at Heart Blog How to Start Bible Journaling : A Guide for Beginners and Non-Artists from the Child at Heart Blog

4.  After I write my notes in my Jot Bible I choose a verse or two from the day and write it in another small journal.  I use Crayola Super Tips markers that are about $6 and they come in every color you would ever need!  I love these markers and have a lot of fun writing out different verses or thoughts.  Don’t worry about perfection or perfect drawings…just write and you will be surprised how these verses stay with you for the rest of the day.  I always write the chapter at the top of each page that inspired that thought or verse so that I can remember for later.

How to Start Bible Journaling : A Guide for Beginners and Non-Artists from the Child at Heart Blog

This is about 1/5 of the markers that come in the Super Tips pack.  I also have a package of colorful pens for writing or underlining in my bible.

How to Start Bible Journaling : A Guide for Beginners and Non-Artists from the Child at Heart Blog

Some other tips and information about this study:

I am not perfect and don’t do this every single day.  There are times I miss for a while and then when I come back to it, I have this peace and calm that makes me wonder why I missed.

Find a great place to study that is quiet.  I study on my couch in my bedroom and I keep my study materials there so that it doesn’t take me 10 minutes to get everything together.

Find a time that actually works for you.  I do this during my kid’s nap time because I am NOT a morning person.  My mom and dad read together every morning before the sun comes up and that works for them.  Just find a time and try to stick to it because it really makes your day so much better and your knowledge grow so much more.

This type of bible reading doesn’t focus on a schedule.  You can read different books every day or read slowly through an entire book.  There is a lot of flexibility which makes it less discouraging than missing a week on a reading plan and just quitting.

How to Start Bible Journaling : A Guide for Beginners and Non-Artists from the Child at Heart Blog

Ok now for the giveaway:

Jot Bible Life-Notes asked me to try out their journal and then I asked if we could give one away to a reader and they said yes!

This bible is made of leather, lays really flat which makes it easy to write in, and could make a great keepsake for my kid’s someday to have my thoughts and notes.

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