How to Bible Journal the Beginners Guide*
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.
I’m hoping my experience will encourage you no matter where you are starting in your journey. Hopefully these tips and printable will make your journey easier. So far I've been consistent with Bible Journaling I've only missed one day thus far. 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.
I feel so uplifted because I finally completed reading the entire book of Matthew from beginnging to end. I have been trying to read the book of Matthews since the age of 11 years old. Years ago while visiting a church the preacher spoke to me after the sermon and told me I needed to read Matthews. 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.
A week in my bible journal
Every morning after having breakfast I would read my Bible passage for the day usually 1 or 2 versus and then journal. The process of Bible journaling has been therapeutic. It is an opportunity to learn something new. While also taking the time to reflect on your thoughts about what you've read, which I believe is the most powerful part. The process has really helped me develop a better prayer life.
bible journal Step by Step guide
As far as where to start in the Bible it is completely up to you. You can start with a book that speaks to you or if there is an issue that bothering you search the term and start with the verse that speaks to you. The key to a powerful Bible Journal experience is starting where your heart leads you.
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.
SOAP or SOAK Method
Scripture: Read however many scriptures you would like. Once you are finished choose 2-3 verses that speak to you and write them down in your journal.
Observations: Based on what you read, what were your observations, what was happening, what was the sentiments. You don't need to be technical, using scriptures to explain. Simply summarize the key things that occurred. What about the scripture you read stood out to you?
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.
Kneel (or Pray): 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.
Create a Legend here are a few options
- 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
If you are Bible journaling for the first time here are my personal recommendation.
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.
Don't have a journal or prefer a binder don’t worry. I've got you covered, Join the Tribe and get your password.
bible journal Resources
Bible, ESV Black Bible
Journal, Pink All Things Are Possible Journal
Study Bible, The ESV Study Bible
Binder, 3 Ring Binder
Colored Pens, Ballpoint Pens, Assorted Colors
Highlighter, Sharpie Accent Colored Highlighters
War Room Movie, War Room: Prayer Is a Powerful Weapon
BIBLE JOURNAL FOR YOUR PRAYER LIFE
One of the greatest benefits of the Bible journal process is how much it has shaped and helped me create a prayer life. A prayer life is so important to your faith. I have never been extremely confident in my ability to pray which is why I don’t do it aloud. 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.
WEBSITES & ONLINE COMMUNITIES
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
Bible Journaling Facebook Group- Open forum and resource for all things bible journaling
GMG Devotional Sisters Facebook Group- There are weekly reading and discussions
Rebekah Jones- She blogs and teaches all things bible journaling with more of an art perspective