FOUR DIFFERENT WAYS TO JOURNAL THE BIBLE [notebooks, journaling bibles, etc.]

Saturday, January 13, 2018

F T .   F O U R   W A Y S   T O   J O U R N A L   T H E   B I B L E

for the past couple of years i've picked up various forms of journaling the bible -- i think i'm the type of person who takes things in more if i write them down?.. there is no specific or right way to do it, but here are a couple of things that I do! and, to do any of these all you need is your bible, any kind of notebook (spiral bound recommended), and pens (I think I own like....uh, a lot of pens *cough in background*, but you really only need one. having extra colors is always fun, though)

[also, I'd totally recommend listening to music/audio books while doing this sort of thing cuz MUSIC OBVIOUSLY xD]
D A I L Y   V E R S E   J O U R N A L   [ j o u r n a l  :   g i f t e d ]

this is actually an idea my friend send to me (thanks, girl!!) it was actually pretty spontaneous for me to start, but it was the first day of the year (and since my OCD wouldn't allow me to start later) I grabbed a journal and went at it. basically, it's a journal where you write down a verse every day that you read, or spoke to you, ect. it's just a neat thing to be able to look at throughout the year/after the year is over and be encouraged and inspired by

don't feel like your handwriting has to be perfect in this thing. I mean, goodness, that at that messy handwriting. that could possibly be due to the fact that they are often written at midnight or later #oops

I'm excited to start doing some more doodling and art work in this thing soon. also wanting to make it a thing I do earlier in the day (instead of right before bed), so I can dedicate more time to it. I've only just started this, so it'll be exciting to try some new things with it!
V E R S E   D O O D L I N G   N O T E B O O K   [ w a l m a r t   $ 4 ]

this notebook it's my fav for obvious reasons: it has adorable little whales all over the cover...but I just realized I forgot to take a pic of that whoops. but anyways, SUCH CUTENESS xD I also totally recommend spiral bound

this is something I've sort of always done?? whenever we sit down to read the bible as a family I always have my notebook with me to doodle (or sticky notes, random bits of paper and such). I just find it really enjoyable and freeing just to use a random notebook and not feel any pressure of ruining anything.

i'll often grab my bible, pens and notebook and sit down at the table and doodle (with my headphones + music on, for sure xD) this really doesn't take much time at all + it's fun to use so many colors
N O T E T A K E R S   B I B L E   [ f r e e ]

I actually got this for free for one of those review programs LOVE THOSE THINGS xD this actually isn't a notetakers bible, but I use it in that way, lol. this is just something I picked up a couple years ago simply because I like taking random notes and looking back on them. boxing in, circling, highlighting and underlining is also something that I do as I read, and when I flip through my bible later, things stand out more.

this bible I actually got with the purpose to go through and read the whole thing (so I could track which books I've read and gone through easier)

you can also find bibles with wider margins for this kind of thing (personally, I just write all along the edges and inbetween and wherever I can find room - which may result in some upside-down reading later but *cough* thats okaayy)
J O U R N A L   T H E   W O R D   B I B L E   [ christianbook.com ]

this is something I've really been wanting to try for a while and my parents got this for me for christmas (!!!!!!!!!!) so I'm totally new to this but LOOK. HOW WIDE THE MARGINS ARE.

I'm far from being any kind of artist (a pen addict, for sure xD) but this is a fun way to keep everything in one place and work your way through the bible. since this takes more time, I make it more of a weekend thing that I like to take the time to do in the afternoon and just relax. even my perfectionism self finds this calming (odd, right??)

you could do many variations on this kind of thing! you could doodle, or hand letter, or use it to write down notes and thoughts (or do all). there are so many things online that could be used as inspiration 

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there are so many more things out there to do, but these are a couple that I've picked up throughout the past couple years. you don't have to be an artist to do this kind of thing (gosh I have a limit of probably three creative fonts in my head and i'd hardly consider any of these things artistic, but they are mine so WHATEVES) basically, you just have to actually take the time, want to do it, and do it.

HAVE YOU TRIED ANY TYPE OF BIBLE JOURNALING?? //
WHICH ONE OF THESE IS YOUR FAV? //

38 comments

  1. Hey, this is a neat idea! I'll have to start doing this.

    D.G. Snapper | silverphoenixwriter.blogspot.com

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    1. you'll totally have to let me know if you try any of these!

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    2. By the way, I tagged you for the Rising Author Tag if you want. :D

      D.G. Snapper | silverphoenixwriter.blogspot.com

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    3. thanks so much, I'll be sure to check it out!!

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  2. These are some great tips! I've been wanting to get more into journaling to get deeper in my Bible studying, and this post helped a lot!

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    1. thanks, Hannah! and it's totally a good way to do that -- it also helps me get my little bit of "artistic" out haha. so glad, girl! <33

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  3. I'm going to have to look into this now, thanks! :D

    -Gray Marie | graymariewrites.blogspot.com

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  4. These are all great ideas! I'm currently sort of doing one and four. I read one or two chapters a day in the book of the Bible I'm in and then I write down my favorite verse from what I've read. I also have a journaling bible like the one you have so sometimes I'll write a verse in the margins, but I'm not that artistic so I prefer to just write it down. XD Sometimes I'll do a bit more though. :)
    I loved this post, Sarah!

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    1. oh so neat!! that's basically what I do regularly *nods* oohh really? I was so excited when I got mine. hahaa, well it still works! it's really nice to have space to actually write xD you should look into some colorful pens or highlighters! you can get some reasonably priced ones online -- that way you can write in it, but still have some color

      so glad, Megan! <3

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  5. I REALLY NEED TO TRY THIS. I've known about bible journaling for a while but the perfectionist in me either won't let me write in a bible or is afraid of messing up in a notebook xP I really like the idea of a verse doodling notebook though. That way I can try to be semi-artistic ;)

    Loved this post! <3
    audrey caylin

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    1. YES YOU TOTALLY DO -- that's true, I just find it easier to keep it all in one place but I /completely/ understand that too. in that case, I'd really recommend doodling in a notebook! lol, right. I'm far from artistic but this helps me to be able to do something xD

      thanks, Audrey! <33

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  6. So glad you posted this Sarah! I have been trying to get more into note take the bible! Going to keep this post in mind when I do that!
    Simply Me

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    1. awe great! hopefully something here will be help you out, then! <3

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  7. YOU GENIUS GIRL I MUST MUST MUST START DOING THESE!!! I recently started Bible journaling like writing spontaneous blog-post style entries on paper and it's really cool!! But takes time!! And I've wanted to go buy a Bible in which I can just write (I don't really want to mess mine up :P). I LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH ^.^ You inspire me <333

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    1. AH YUS YOU TOTALLY MUST. ohhh okay that's a really neat idea. it would probably be super freeing that way, considering we bloggers are so used to writing posts xP XD it's been totally worth it for me to have one dedicated to that, so I'd really recommend it. and AHHH, Lisa, seriously thank you! you all inspire me, so, there <33

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  8. Eeep I love all these! Especially the daily verse and verse doodling ones. I TOTALLY GET THE PERFECTIONIST THING THOUGH. Like I'll write in a notebook and then criticize every little thing agh. What do you mean messy handwriting?? I love your handwriting, mine is awful. XD

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    1. they are seriously so much fun to do, especially the doodling one! UGH RIGHT?? I've gotten better at it, thankfully. it's also nice because it can be something that just you see, so it for sure doesn't have to be perfect, just little doodles and musings. ha ha ha, well, thanks XD. Haaannnaaahh don't go criticizing yourself again, k?? <3

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  9. I LOVE BIBLE JOURNALING. It’s like, so much fun!! I really like the idea of writing down a verse that stood out to you that day. Just might have to do that!

    Awesome post!!
    ~ riley aline

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    1. SAME. I think it's just the coolest thing. you totally need to post what you do sometime, i always find it so neat to see the way other people do it! thanks, Riley! <3

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  10. i loved seeing how you journal, i'm all about journaling. it totally is the bomb <333

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    1. thanks, Paige! oh same, I've tried sooo many different type of journaling throughout the years too, haha

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  11. These are all great- thanks for sharing! The first one especially interests me, since I have no artistic ability at all... definitely going to try it soon!

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    1. aw, so glad, Emily! haha, well, I'd say the same about myself but the first one is def something to try! <33

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  12. I love journaling in my Bible as well as picking a verse that speaks to me and writing it down in my devos journal. Love your pictures by the way!

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    1. oh, that's great! what kind of art work do you do in your journal?? I'd love to be able to do that watercolor I see online but haha, nope. not me xD aww, thanks, Kara! <3

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  13. Ah this looks beautiful! I've been doing this kind of thing on and off, I get a monthly schedule from swtblessings.com on different verses to write each day. Some of the passages are pretty long tho, just warning you :P But this gave me some awesome ideas to do as well! thanks for sharing Sarah <3

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    1. haha, I know how it is. journals can be hard things to keep up, so I try to keep them pretty simple. and ohh that's such a neat idea! what are you trying to do give me anooottheerr type of journaling to do?? xD that website + idea looks amazing, though, thank you! and totally, Ash <33

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  14. hey girly <3 i love doing the daily verse thing ;) its my favorite way..that or just writing it down in whatever margin size i have left ;)

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    1. isn't it great? i've been loving doing it. and haha, so same. they need to have wider margins, don't they?? XD

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  15. I've been getting more into writing in my Bible/Bible journaling this year, and I'm currently in the 'writing all over the bible and in the margins' stage. I'm hoping to get an actual journaling Bible sometime soon (though being completely non-artistic, I'm not sure how that's going to go XD)

    I've also been writing down one verse from each chapter I read everyday and one thing I learned overall, so that I can remember exactly which things I read and learned and can look back on them!

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    1. lol!! that was totally last year for me, but I've been loving it for sure! well, I consider myself non artistic so oh well haha. pinterest is always a great inspiration, and nothing has to be complex. there are hand lettering courses out there and just writing in a bible journal is totally cool too - I see a lot of them out there that I love that just use a simple font and I love the look! you should try looking up some different types of bible journaling, and then decide what you want to do and try! :D

      that's such a great idea -- it's a good thing to keep track of things more, and I think it'll be really good to be able to look back on later :D thanks for commenting, Hanne! <3

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  16. I started a bit of a Bible journal less than a week ago, so this post was excellent for some ideas! I'm using a spiral-bound notebook - for some reason I just can't write in my Bible (or any other book), possibly because of the I'm-not-an-artist fear of messing it up?
    - Jem Jones

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    1. so glad!! and that's a great idea -- and YAS TO SPIRAL BOUND. I just bought another one of those today #oops xD but that is an awesome idea to bible journal separately in a notebook! and dude, I know. it can be a struggle, but idk, I find it freeing? but it depends on the person. I'll have to give your style a try, sometime, for sure!

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  17. These are beautiful ideas. I've really been wanting to get more into my Bible, so I may pick up that verse-a-day thing, that seems perfect for me. Thank you for this post <3

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    1. thank you, Abigail! I'd totally recommend that if so, it's a great way to slowly get into it. plus I find myself flipping through my Bible much more, rather than just sticking in one area which is always a good thing.

      you are totally welcome, Abigail <33

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  18. Ahhh I am such a huge fan of bible journals! I raved about how much I liked them and how cool they were for ages, and would always grab people's bibles if I figured out they had one. And then one day several months ago now, two girls from my church surprised me out of the blue with one! I have thoroughly enjoyed it and love making art, and also just taking little notes in it. Like you said, it's important to remember that your handwriting doesn't have to be perfect :P If I didn't let that go, I'd take so many fewer notes and that would be rather tragic! I also love journaling the Psalms in my spiral bound notebook. There's something very soothing about it :) Thanks for sharing this! <3

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    1. SAAMEE. I wish I could have the skills of all those pinterest people sometimes, I know I shouldn't think that but they are just sooo beautiful tho haha. oh my goodness! that's the greatest gift! and saamee. Psalms might be my favorite, I've been going through the whole book and it's just sooo inspiring (also, Isaiah) and btw you need to post pics of your bible journal on your blog sometime, I'd love to see it! <3

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