Bible Journaling 101 – Everything You Need To Know About Bible Journaling

Bible journaling. Bible marking.Bible journaling: it’s the process, NOT the product.

My Confetti Bible! Where faith, worship and scrapbooking all come together!

Pages filled with illustrations, underlining, highlights, cross referencing, prayers, thoughts, pictures, date stamps, notes and/or whatever else. All coming together harmoniously in the holiness of His Love Letter to us.The love story that God Himself is writing in each of our lives, coming to life all throughout this brilliant life guide and in our daily life.

Your Bible should be unique as you are; Make it YOURS!

The Bible: it’s God’s story. And gloriously + graciously enough, it’s your story. VISUAL FAITH. Effective study. JOYFUL self discipline. {Remain steadfast, you will never regret immersing yourself into God’s Word.}

A faith-strengthening practice.

“Physical evidence” of what’s intended to be a lifetime study of God’s love + obedience to (& fruit of): [Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”]

Honestly all you need to get started are 3 things: God, your bible (it doesn’t even have to be a journaling bible), and a pen.

Pictured below is the first Bible I ever Bible journaled in, as you can see it’s just a standard NKJV Bible with hardly any margins, but that didn’t stop me from pouring my heart out onto the pages.

Not having a Bible with wide margins is no excuse not to dig into the Word! πŸ˜† The rainbow Bible book tabs are from cbd.com.

Bible journaling can be intimidating. It’s easy to say, “Wow! I wish my Bible looked like hers.” But, much like our lives, our Bibles aren’t meant to resemble anyone else’s.

What you
DON’T need to Bible Journal: 

An art degree, all the colors of the rainbow, templates, a digital single-lens reflex camera, the brightest crayon in the box, wifi, spellcheck, satellite insurance, BPA-free plastic, a #2 pencil, social networking, hand lettering tutorials or classes, a commercial driver’s license, essential oils, an Apple ID, a tie-dye kit, a 3-tier rolling cart, a paint brush, Michelangelo’s skills, Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing, an extensive knowledge about paint, beautiful handwriting, money, Photoshop, coupons, a Morse code translator, 8 hours of undisturbed sleep, perfection, a semester of seminary school…

Helpful items to have for Bible Journaling: 

  • Pigma Mircon pens (they can be found on Amazon or cbd.com. They don’t bleed through the pages of my Bible much. I also use basic “no brand” pens in my Bible)
  • Highlighters (I use Sharpie highlighters from Walmart as well as a bunch of “no brand” highlighters from Dollar Tree and Walmart)
  • Washi tape
  • Stickers
  • Post cards and any occasion cards (I love tapping in cards I’ve received that correspond with certain scriptures)
  • Index cards
  • Paint
  • Watercolor crayons
  • Stencils
  • Colored pencils
  • Gelatos
  • Crayons
  • Sticky notes
  • Bible tabs
  • Stamps
  • A color code
  • Old (or new) magazine cutouts
  • Glitter
  • Tassels
  • Lipstick πŸ’‹
  • Card stock
  • Playing cards
  • Jewels
  • Ribbons
  • Maps
  • Modge Podge
  • Paper clips
  • Coffee filters
  • Pressed flowers
  • Ultrasounds and photos of loved ones
  • Love notes
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Church bulletins
  • Scripture cards

Job 1:21 “… the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away;…” The last ultrasound of my beautiful angel baby, Abel. The day we found out his heart wasn’t beating anymore (6.22.15, and he was delivered into God’s glory on 6.23.15, never having to face the troubles of this world/life but also never meeting his mama, daddy or siblings πŸ’”πŸ˜”). Bible journaling is SO personal to me! Just flipping through it, I can truly see the story that God is writing in my life. Even the parts that I don’t like very much… (ex: losing my angel, Abel).

A card that my mama πŸ’• sent me whenever we first moved into our home. The inside has a scripture relating to Numbers 6, so I washi taped it into my Bible. ❀️

Bible journaling does not have to be expensive. I made these Bible tabs by simply using post-its from Walmart and Dollar Tree.

You don’t have to have an artsy bone in your body to Bible Journal. In fact, you don’t even have to draw in it. I rarely draw in mine. If you would like to draw or paint in yours, but feel intimidated, simply draw or paint your scripture depiction on an index card and washi tape it into your Bible.

You can do the same thing as far as notes go. Don’t want to write in your bible? Write your notes onto a sticky note or index card and insert it into your Bible. I do this a lot, simply because some of my margins are exploding with notes!

Numerous notes, prayers and quotes that are now washi-taped into my Bible.


Color Coding and Symbols
Color coding is SO helpful during Bible Study, click HERE for a Bible Color Code if you don’t have your own already. This link also provides a help Bible study method!
Want your own Bible coloring code that’s just for you and unique?

Here’s what I did years ago (2011/12) before Bible journaling became a big thing like it is now: Start off with 4 colors and write down what’s most important to YOU.

For example: Wife/mama/marriage duties – pink. Christian living/commands – yellow. Sin – orange. God’s promises -purple.

It may seem like a little bit now but I promise you, your Bible color code will grow as you study more and things just start to jump out at you!

You can even do this with specific words!

For example: God/Jesus/Holy Spirit – yellow with a blue box around it. Names – blue. Locations – green.

Before you know it, you’ll be running out of colors and will have to start getting a bit creative with your marking by using symbols and different colored underlines!

My simplest method of Bible study: just reading a chapter and analyzing what each verse means and how I can apply it to my life.

I love using symbols to enhance what I get out of my Bible study. Here’s some helpful ones:

  • Whenever I see the word love or heart, I draw a heart on top of the word ❀️
  • For the word devil or Satan’s name, I draw a pitchfork over the word
  • Fire, hell = a small flame πŸ”₯
  • Rejoice, sing etc. = music notes 🎢
  • Happiness = a smiley face 😊
  • Bodies of water = small waves
  • Earth, world = a small globe 🌎
  • Rain = raindrops
  • Heaven, glory = blue clouds
  • Raise, arise = an upwards pointing arrow
  • Mercy, grace = pink rectangle
  • Hope, faith = orange triangle

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to come up with your own symbols.

Frequently asked questions:

Why do you mark in your Bible?
For many reasons.
Because I study it.
It causes me to slow down and to focus.
It helps me to stay interested.
It helps me to retain what I’m reading.
As a form of worship, not worshiping the Bible but worshiping God through my time, love and dedication of studying His word in depth.
I think it’s beautiful!
It makes studying the Bible very enjoyable!
What a beautiful way to show my children the physical love I had for The Lord and His Word, and to leave precious notes behind for them one day long after I’m gone.

Again, it’s the process, not the product. The pages in my Bible didn’t get marked up with in one day. Studying God’s Word takes days, weeks, months, years– a lifetime, as we go through life’s ups and downs, and grow stronger in our faith. Not every page in my Bible is marked. But I would love for them to be one day [#biblegoals] πŸ˜‰ (in multiple bibles for each of my children), as I study His word even deeper.



How could you deface the Word of God like that?! Complete blasphemy!!!!!!! The Bible is not a coloring book!
We worship God, NOT a book. God commands us to study HIS Word (Joshua 1:8) and to carry out in life, what we learn. This is how I study, whether is the Bible, a textbook or anything else. So read it (not just familiar passages and β€œfavorites” but the ENTIRE Bible)! Study it! Highlight it! Mark it! Underline it! Write it out! Journal it! Share it! Draw it out! Blog about it! Instagram about it! Tab it! Take notes! Pray about it! Meditate on it! Do whatever YOU have to do so that it truly has an impact on YOUR life & walk with God, because we’re all different!I’m afraid of messing up my Bible. What do you suggest?
Your Bible should be as unique as you are, so there’s NO way to mess up your Bible. If you don’t want to mark in your expensive Bible, simply purchase one from the dollar store or a thrift shop. Problem solved. πŸ˜‰ If you’re still afraid of marking in it, just write your notes onto sticky notes or index cards and washi-tape them into your Bible. This method is known as a “tip-in.”

An example of multiple tip-ins. I NEEDED to write this beside Titus 2 to serve as a reminder, but lacked the space to do so due to previous notes. Hooray for scrap paper and washi tape! πŸŽ‰πŸ˜‰


What do you write in your Bible?
Definitions (lately, I’ve been enjoying word studies [analyzing each verse, word by word] with the help of my Strong’s Concordance)
Notes pertaining to the text
Prayers
Cross reference verses
Quotes
Song lyrics
Reminders
Biblical goals
Notes from online Bible studies
Notes to my children for when they are older
And anything else that I find helpful

Study questions from an online Bible study I participated in. Since Bible journaling, I’ve discovered that it’s just a lot more easier for me to keep all of my notes in one place (my Bible), rather than having multiple journals to keep up with.

A word study example in Psalm 27.

Another example of a word study in Psalm 1. Bible journaling can be fun, creative, colorful and exploding with confetti! BUT this page shows that, that’s not just what it’s all about. Not every page has 12 different colors and bright highlights. And that’s OK. What you get out of your studying will always be what’s most important.

A prayer for America πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’™. A journaling Bible can be many things: a scrapbook, a smash book, a scripture art journal, a gratitude journal, a personal diary of our relationship with the Lord and so much more. Mine also serves as a prayer journal. There’s countless prayers scattered all throughout my Bible and I LOVE coming across them every now and again to see how far God has brought me. I use some of the blank pages in the back for prayer list. ❀️ The Bible is just SO great for prayer! Praying the Scriptures back to God as well as writing out your own prayers, and simply jotting down the names of friends + family members, political leaders, names mentioned in touching news stories and cities/states/countries to pray over.


What type of Bible do you have?
My oldest Bible is a standard NKJV. I’m currently using a Cambridge wide margin KJV. It’s available on Amazon! I also use a small-sized, compact (“easy” to read) Bible.

Quotes and Inspiration about Bible reading and marking (things to remember):

It’s not how you mark your Bible, but how your Bible marks you and has true impact in your life.
Don’t be guilty of marking your Bible without letting it mark you.

Biblical Goals that I wrote down on my 25th birthday. πŸŽ‰

Psalm 118:24, my 25th year life verse! I read one of my devotionals on the morning of my birthday and this verse was noted so I decided to make it “my 25th year” verse, and written beside it on the pink sticky note is a copy of the actual devotion written down that corresponds to this verse. This is something that I do often with my daily devotions whether it’s my birthday or not.


Messy Bibles are the prettiest Bibles! But I’m a little biased. πŸ˜‰

Visit many books, but live in the Bible. – Charles Spurgeon

This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from it. 

Reading the Bible is an education within itself. 

No one ever graduates from the Bible; they study it until they meet its author (God), face to face. 

Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years. – Charles Spurgeon 

The Bible is the constitution of Christianity. – Billy Graham 

Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ. 

The Bible is… as necessary to spiritual life as breath is to natural life. There is nothing more essential to our lives than the Word of God. – Jack Hayford 

Do not carry a Bible in which you cannot write. The Bible is not a book to be admired and given a place of honor on the bookshelf. It is your reference book for daily long. By doing this sort of writing in your Bible, it becomes yours. 

The most learned, acute and diligent student cannot in the longest life, obtain an entire knowledge of the Bible. The more deeply he works the mine, the richer and more abundant the finds are. – Sir Walter Scott 


If you’re not writing either in the margins of your Bible or a separate notebook, you are fooling yourself, because you aren’t studying, you’re simply reading, there is a big difference! 

A messy Bible leads to a clean life.

You can’t live out the Word if you don’t know the Word. Study the Word. 

I hope that you found this post to be helpful.
I definitely hope to share more on this topic in the future!
If you have any questions or comments please leave them below!

xo, Shar

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