How to Begin Bible Journaling

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With all judging and criticism set aside, it’s time to be totally honest with not only me but with yourself. Do you struggle to read God’s Word because you find it too difficult, or even perhaps, a bit boring at times? That’s totally normal for many people and something not to be ashamed or guilty about. So how to begin Bible Journaling? Make sure you check out this beginner’s guide to Bible journaling.

Even for the scholar, Old Testament verses can be extremely daunting, and hard for us to relate to in today’s world. In the past, you’ve probably wondered if you’d ever have a love and desire for God’s Word? 

Fortunately for you, you can! Bible journaling can take your Bible study time and transform it into a totally new experience that you come to enjoy. If you’ve never heard of Bible journaling, please continue reading on with this beginner’s guide to Bible reading.  

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What is Bible Journaling?

Many of us are visual people, and at times can find ourselves lost and completely clueless as to what we’ve been reading, especially when pertaining to the Bible. That’s why so many people grow up and lose the desire to read because it’s not personal and something that’s enjoyable to them. 

So how can we maintain our focus and reflect at the end of what we’ve read in an easier manner? Many Christians today have found Bible art journaling to be a wonderful tool in helping them understand and study scripture.     

Understanding Bible Journaling 

Do you remember growing up as a kid and being captivated by the artistic illustrations in children’s storybooks? It’s okay to admit if you still are drawn to those types of stories. A journaling Bible is about connecting yourself with scripture and drawing closer to God in a more intimate way. 

It’s kind of like you being able to draw your very own illustrated story of particular verses from the Bible, providing you with more meaning and understanding of what you’ve read. It doesn’t have to be pretty, and you don’t have to be an artist to do it. 

Memorizing highlighted scripture and zooming in on circled keywords are also an important part of Bible journaling. Writing down your own notes and thoughts that come as you are reading is also part of it.  


How to Start Bible Journaling?

There’s really no right or wrong way for you to get started on your Bible journaling, but here are several steps so that you can get the most out of the experience. After all, it’s about getting closer to the heart of God and applying his word into our daily lives.

Pray Over Scripture  

Before you start reading a particular passage, pray that God reveals to you what his word is trying to teach you. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal more of himself and his heart as you are reading. 

Read His Word and Study It  

As you’re reading God’s word, make sure that your eyes aren’t starting to glaze over from a difficult passage. Every word is precious and is there for a reason. Study those particular verses and see how they can be applied to your life. 

Let the Bible Art Begin

Now that you’ve prayed and poured over scripture, it’s time to let your Bible art journaling  creativity start to flow. 

  • Circle any words that stand out to you and highlight particular verses that caught your eye. 
  • Write down any notes, thoughts, or prayers that the Holy Spirit points out to you at this time as well. 
  • Draw or color a picture into the margin that helps tie it all together for you. 
  • If you’re a little uncomfortable when you’re starting out, you can use a pencil to sketch it first.  

Memorizing and Reflecting  

Once you’ve finished, take a look back at the verses that you have highlighted and commit them to memory. Also, reflect on your artwork and ask God to help you understand its meaning when you come across your Bible art later on down the road.    

What Supplies are Needed and Where to Buy?

When you’re first starting off, all you really need is a Bible and a pen. It doesn’t really matter what color of pen it is or what Bible version you own. But if you’re one for pictures that are colorful and pretty, there’s also colored pencils, watercolor pencils, gel highlighters, paints, washi tapes, and stickers to brighten your pages. Here’s a look at a few of my favorites.  


You will love these zebra zebrite double ended highlighters that are fine-pointed, and you won’t have to worry about them bleeding over to the next page. You’ll also have plenty of colors to work with as you highlight scriptures that you want to memorize.  

Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor pencils can help create beautiful and creative artwork that looks fantastic on the pages of your Bible. Derwent colored pencils are the way to go if you’re looking for the right brand.   

Oil-like Pastels

Are you looking to add stunning color and beauty to your Bible’s artwork? I’m going to tell you upfront that they are expensive, but better understanding God’s word while using Faber-Castell Gelatos Colors Set will prove priceless. 

Single Column Journaling Bible

I’d also recommend the ESV single column journaling Bible as a go-to Bible that provides you with plenty of space for your notes, drawings, and prayers that you may have. It’s also an excellent translation that provides you with more clarity and understanding.     

Where to Buy Bible Journals 

All of these items that I recommend can be found at your local crafts store, whether it’s JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels. If you’re looking to purchase your supplies from the comfort of your home, Amazon has plenty of supplies to choose from for all your Bible journaling needs. This is an important part of starting your beginner’s guide to Bible journaling.

Is Bible Journaling Disrespectful?

Overall, bible journaling can be seen as a form of self-expression and worship. Some people may see it as disrespectful, but that is not generally the intention of those who practice it. If you are interested in trying bible journaling, there are many resources available to help get you started. Some people choose to journal directly in their Bible while others choose to keep their Bible journal in a separate notebook or paper journal. Whatever you choose is totally your decision and really all that matters is that you spend quality time in worshipping God.

Bible journaling is a great way for you to not only hold that focus but an easier way for you to draw closer to God as you study His word. Here are a number of the best journaling Bibles that offer you a number of different preferences that fit your needs.  What would you add to this beginner’s guide to bible journaling?

31 Simple Bible Journaling Ideas (with free printable)

Gifts for those who love Art and Bible Journaling

How to teach Bible Journaling to your Kids

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