"I started using a journaling Bible after seeing a glimpse of Shanna’s on Instagram, and it’s been enriching to my faith, if only because I am now so focused during sermons. It’s wonderful to have a record of all sorts of ideas about the Bible in a journal that includes the Biblical text itself.
Because this is not my main Bible, I feel like I can write all over it with happy abandon. The writing during church and the embellishing afterward help me dwell with the words and ideas. While stamping, coloring, sticking down, I think about the passage, the sermon or discussion, and my own reflections. I’m relatively new to the Bible journal, but I know that my work in it will help me remember where particular verses and stories are; like any annotation, this is blazing a trail for me. I am building my own personal relationship with the word of God.
What I have currently done involves stamping, adding detail and color with distress markers and mists, marking sections and books with die-cut tabs, labeling small-group studies, circling, underlining, and highlighting with arrows. What I would still like to do is date my notes with a date stamp, perhaps adding the initials of pastors (since I’m exposed to different sermon-givers). I also see this project as one that will evolve, so I’ll find new ways to make these pages my own. For instance, I can’t believe I have not yet used any washi tape!
Thanks, Shanna, for giving me the chance to share a few of my thoughts on using a journaling Bible. And thanks again for inspiring me in the first place!"
Jil! Thank you so much for sharing your heart, words and art with us today. I can't express to you how much it means to me. As I read your letter.. it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for taking the brave step to share such a personal project with us.
How are you enjoying your journal bible? Did you pick one up yet? Are you taking a new twist on it? Do you find that you are spending more time in the word, or understanding it in a new way? I love how Jill used the Amy Tangerine leaf as a book mark, and I just adore her little flower doodles. How adorable is that?
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If you would like to be a guest for our journaling bible series shoot me an email (shannanoelATgmailDOTcom), I would love to help share your journaling bible story.