Words are my love language – particularly words of affirmation. They carry weight, power, life, and hope. I want to surround myself with words that speak of goodness, kindness, mercy, grace, restoration, and renewal. I want to sink into the loveliness of words that hold me together. As a woman of faith, I often turn to the bible for encouragement, wisdom, and life. One way I move from words on a page to memory, is bible journaling. I think of it as a way to get rooted and grounded in truth, to visualize meaning, and apply it to my life.
I haven’t always been an bible journaler, and my current practice is inconsistent. I began my version of bible journaling with the old fashioned writing in the margins of the pages, highlighting, underlining, and jotting sparse notes. It’s something I still do, but something of creating a visual of verses seems to help those written, holy scriptures come to life in a different way. It’s like a meditative practice for coming back to spiritual balance. I like that.
If you’re looking for a pathway to meditating on God’s words and making it a habit, then give bible journaling a try. Whether you draw, make art, are take notes, it’s more about the connection you’re making to God. It’s the kind of thing you can do to practice listening and hearing God’s voice. I believe He speaks to us through His word into our right-now moments. Though the words are thousands of years old, they are just as relevant and powerful today as they were when they were first written. I read the bible to gain perspective and to remember who and Whose I am. Journaling helps me commit it to memory and reconnect to the Lord as my eternal source of life, healing, and abundance. That’s not woo. It’s just solid truth. Making it a creative practice is practicing application of faith so I can understand at deeper levels, and it’s good for my soul.
I encourage you to try it, and see what new revelation comes to you. God is always speaking, and there are so many promises to help us hold faith and fight the good fight. Below, I share some things I do though not always in the same order, and it’s not set in stone. Do what works for your spiritual, creative practice. May you discover more of just how much God fiercely loves you.
- Create space.
- Create margin.
- Time and quiet are helpful.
- Prepare your heart and mind in thoughtful prayer.
- Direct your focus and attention. I often ask God to point out what my heart needs to hear most as I’m reading based on whatever I’m walking through currently.
- Ask God what He what He is saying to you as you spend time getting to know Him through His word.
- Pray. Tell God what you need. Ask Him to for what you need.
- Write what you’re thinking, feeling, or hearing.
- Journal what your feeling, hearing, or how you’re responding to revelation.
- Draw what you hear.
- Sketch what you see.
- Pray – talk to God like a friend, because He really is. Your relationship and connection with Him is important to Him.
Are you a bible journaler? Tell me your experiences. I’m always looking for technique to try in my own practice.
In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.