Welcome to the beautiful world of Bible journaling! Are you ready to learn how to Bible journal in 3 easy steps? My name is Amanda Schenkenberger (creator of Move the Mountains) and I’m here to help you get started in learning how to Bible journal!
Are you new to Bible journaling or did you just get your first journaling Bible and you need to know where to start? Even though you may feel overwhelmed with how to Bible journal because of all the possibilities, Bible journaling is actually very simple once you’ve answered a few questions.
Let’s start with some basic questions first and then move to our three steps:
What is Bible journaling?
Bible journaling is a creative technique used to study the Bible, get inspired artistically by the Word of God, connect with Him and worship Him, and it is an opportunity to share your faith with others.
It is writing, painting, doodling, poetry, sketching, and more. You can use it to hear God, to learn how to be led by the Holy Spirit, to allow Jesus to heal a broken heart, to begin an adventure with God, to fall more in love with His Word, and so much more.
Bible journaling is more than you dreamed but it is more simple than you think. Bible journaling is about God, His Word, and you. It limitless and freeing, but before you get to that stage, you are probably going to need some guidelines.
What do I need to start Bible journaling?
Paper, pen or pencil, and any Bible. Yep, that is seriously it!
Is a journaling Bible nice to have to Bible journal? Of course it is! But all you need is paper and a writing utensil, you can even use a Bible app if you don’t have a physical Bible!
However, I LOVE my journaling Bible. I used to journal my thoughts and doodles in random journals and I would have to search high and low if I wanted to review a memory or mediation of God’s Word, but with a journaling Bible, all of my heart to hearts with God are kept in one beautiful place, next to the very words that inspired them.
If you would like to see the journaling Bibles Move the Mountains offer, please click here.
Are you ready to learn how to Bible journal?!
Step 1: Ask God this question, “How do You want me to Bible journal?”
If you are not used to hearing God’s voice yet, that is okay! Think about what you are already naturally inclined to do: writing, painting, drawing, rewriting the Word? Choose a few options that stick out to you from the list below. There are so many options in learning how to Bible journal! (You should probably best to stick with an option for which you already have art supplies for the moment)
- rewriting the Word
- drawing word pictures
- hand lettering
- pencil drawing
- writing my thoughts about the Word
- advanced artistry
- song writing
- prophetic art
- writing stream of consciousness
- graphic designing
- writing for the purpose of applying God’s Word to my life
If you struggled with this step and you really want to begin to hear God more clearly, I have a Bible study titled, “Hearing God” that uses writing focused Bible journaling to learn how to tune into His voice! You can check out the study by clicking here!
Step 2: Pick a devotional or Bible study to get you started.
I have many Bible journaling challenges for you to choose from! My wonderful friend Angie Gordon from Gathered & Sown, helped me created the 31 Day Free Bible Journaling eCourse Challenge that is perfect for beginners in learning how to Bible journal.
Bible Journaling eCourse Challenge
Breathe out Grace
If every day seems a bit much for you, I also offer a free 8 week series called Breathe out Grace that was created for Tuesdays to Create. Every week of the series you will receive a video in your email with a heart focused lesson and a free printable. Most of the videos also have guided art tutorials!
Tuesdays to Create
Monthly, I also create a free Bible journaling challenge called Tuesdays to Create. It is designed for Bible journaling beginners and is also delivered via email. Tuesdays to Create has a devotional portion as well as an art tutorial with every video. This is also a great way to stay up to date with what is new in the Bible journaling world!
These are all free options for you to get started in in learning how to Bible journal! We always start with God’s Word and teach a different element of Bible journaling alongside the Word. Many women also like to pick and choose what they would like to learn, so visiting my YouTube channel might be very helpful! Click here to see my YouTube channel.
If you are currently in the midst of a devotional, you can also keep using that and just tailor it to the Bible journaling style you like. Many women have found the “Jesus Calling” devotional helpful for Bible journaling as well.
Step 3: Set aside at least 15 minutes to get into God’s Word uninterrupted. Use the Bible journaling option that speaks to you the most!
Yes, God deserves your full attention. This can be hard for most women, whether you’re are a mom or single, women are just busy. We have to take the time and slow down for God so that He can speak to us, pour into us, and mend us. Even if we are fully mature Christian women and need none of that, God deserves the first fruits of our energy.
What works best for me is getting up 20 minutes earlier every day. I have three little boys who require massive amounts of time and focus. I start by praying in my prayer language while I do my make up and hair and then when I sit down, I’m all ready to hear God.
Sometimes we talk business, sometimes we talk motherhood, sometimes He just wants to tell me He loves me and that I’m beautiful. If I don’t have a prompt, I ask Him what He wants me from me that day.
Whether you are following a devotional or a challenge, I find it is best to set aside the time in the morning. This way the day won’t get away from you and you’ll set the right tone for your day. When I don’t start my day this way, my heart’s posture does not line up with God’s Word and my perspective is put through a grumpy filter instead if a God filter.
Establishing this habit is not necessarily easy, it takes discipline and that isn’t something taught well in our culture. But ultimately, what is more valuable, God or sleep?
To make it easier on yourself, you should consider asking a friend to do this with you to help keep you accountable. Sharing your heart and being vulnerable in a safe environment is something the Body of Christ is suppose to do! (Galatians 6:2)
With all that being said, are you ready?
Bible journaling for the first time is like trying to convince yourself to jump into a slightly chilly pool: It is a little intimidating and you might be dazed at first but you’ll soon be splashing around and trying all sorts of dives!
So, what are your Bible journaling plans?! Did a certain method speak to you? Are you going to try one of my Bible journaling challenges? Please share in the comments below what you’ve decided to do to help other women such as yourself get started!