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.
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.
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…
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.
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 is refreshing.
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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