For Lent this year I decided to do something different. Rather than give something up like chocolate, or TV, or Facebook, I wanted to add something instead. When I got to thinking about the purpose of Lent, I realized that I needed to add something to my life that would ultimately help me grow closer to God…that’s the whole point, isn’t it? So I got to thinking about possible ways I could challenge myself to do it.

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I thought about starting a “1000 Gifts Journal” or some kind of “Joy Journal”. Then I thought about making a plan to diligently and specifically pray for my kids every day during Lent. (I’ve been reading Praying the Scriptures for Your Children which has TOTALLY revolutionized the way I think about praying for my kids…but that’s another story!) And then I stumbled upon some “art journaling” posts on Pinterest. I was totally intrigued. THEN I realized that there is a whole MOVEMENT happening where people are turning their Bibles into art journals…and that I would be able to combine all the things I was thinking about into one Lenten challenge. So here’s what my first week looked like. Bible Journaling: Destroying my Bible for Lent.

Journal 5

I must admit, I was a little nervous to do this first entry. I’ve always been one to mark my Bible with underlining, highlighter, or notes in the margins…but this was different. Adding gobs of color and thick black letters was a little intimidating. Once I got started though, it felt totally normal to fill the blank spaces of my Bible with the things that God put on my heart. Now every time I flip through looking for something, I will see this giant, full color illustration of the fruits of the Spirit…and maybe they will start to sink in. I also added color to a prayer that I had written out for one of my children.

Journal 1

I saw a post on Facebook that had little birds like this sitting on a wire. I don’t remember what the post said but for some reason those birds reminded me of Matthew 6:5…

Journal 2

Here is one that just wraps around the edges. I think it’s worth noting that many people who are really into Bible Journaling have a special journaling Bible that they use. They are really fantastic actually, because they have giant margins. But I love my well-worn, marked, written-on Bible. So I decided to stick with what I have. I don’t have as much space as I would sometimes like, but I’m making it work.

Journal 3

This one was especially scary for me…the thought of COLORING on the WORDS gave me a bit of anxiety. But I can still see everything written underneath. I used regular Prismacolor pencils and Pixma Pens. For this one, I found an outline of an eagle online and copied it.


I love it that I’m filling all the little corners with color and bits of truth that I want to remember.


And there’s really no way to mess up…anything can be turned into a doodle. It’s kind of freeing. And something about sitting down to think about God’s Word while I create something bright and pretty┬áis refreshing.

Journal 7

So what about you? Is Bible Journaling something you like to do? Would you try? Want to join me for the next month or so? All you need is a Bible, some pens, and something to add color. What do you say? I’m excited to see how God uses this next few weeks of focused time in His Word!


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17 Responses to Bible Journaling: Destroying My Bible for Lent

  1. What a beautiful way to add meaning to your bible and bring color to your prayers!

  2. Samantha says:

    I am totally LOVING this idea! I think it is amazing ans something I really want to start doing! Pinned this to remember also. Thanks!

  3. Wow, this is such a great idea! I’ve never seen this done, but it is really something everyone should do. It makes things so much more meaningful! And you’re a wonderful artist – that makes a huge difference :)

  4. Janet Garman says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful idea. I think this would help me focus better and do more BIble reading. Would you consider sharing this on our Sunday Social blog hop sometime next week?
    – Janet Timber Creek Farm

  5. I’m so glad to see that Janet suggested you share this on our Sunday Social.
    I really appreciated this. Something use to do years ago in a very old bible of mine but not with all the pretty color. Thank you for sharing!

  6. This looks so beautiful! This would help me to finally get into just one bible. I have so many, it is hard to get attached to one. And most of the time it is my kindle that I read, not the book. But to have a book version that is so personalized would be great. Thank you for sharing!

    • says:

      It has REALLY helped me spend some quality time with my face in my Bible! I hope you decide to go for it!

  7. That’s gorgeous. I love the IDEA of doing it, but my artistic skills are “lower elementary school”. :( So I’ll just drool over yours.

    • says:

      There are lots of people who use stencils, stickers, and even free printables off pinterest! Don’t let it hold ya back!

  8. Chelsea says:

    I like this idea!! I’ve always seen and used Bible Stickers to put inside of stories to help illustrate it for my kids when we read to them, but this is awesome!! I think it would be a great way to get my kids into journaling and reading their scriptures all on their own :)

    • says:

      Oh YES! I love the idea of doing this with kids. Mine are still a bit little. But in a few years, I hope they will love it as much as I do!

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  10. Kat says:

    Hi There!
    I really loved your post, although i will admit to being a little intimidated by coloring in my Bible. But I can see how it could be very freeing indeed!! And apparently you struck a cord with people who visited The Sunday Social!! Your post was the favorite last week, we would love you to hop on by and grab your “Featured” button to proudly display. And we sure hope you visit us this week! ~Kat

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