Friday, October 3, 2014

Bible Journaling & More

I have been seeing blips & peeks the past few months on Bible Journaling & decided it was past time I did some art in my Bible & make my studies more personal.

Before I got to journaling, I had a slight problem with my Bible. I like tabs that make it easier to find the books quickly especially during sermons & studies. But the pages of my new The Voice Bible are pretty thin & the tabs were crinkling the pages & tearing. The Voice Bible is the newest translation on the market. I really like it a lot. It's easy to understand & gives a fresh perspective on God's Word.

So I got the idea to add washi tape to the edges to reinforce the tabs & add some color to my Bible. I understand this isn't an original idea, as I have met someone else who did this but it was original for me when I thought of it. It's lots of fun & adds color & personality to your Bible.

Then a few days ago, my SU! upline Connie Smith pointed me over to the Facebook Bible Journaling group & I asked to join. It's a closed group so you have to be invited or approved to join. Heaven!

Many, many years ago, one of the art groups I was involved with had a discussion about doing Altered Art in a Bible. To say the discussion went to extremes & everywhere in between is an understatement. As much as I wanted to do an Altered Art Bible, I let general consensus say it wasn't right or cool. Lesson learned, if you are OK with it & it helps you draw closer to God, God is OK with it.

I decided for now that I want to stick with my The Voice translation instead of a traditional journaling Bible. The smaller margins may prove challenging but I know I can also add in "pages" to enhance my journey.

So here is my 1st foray into Bible Journaling. I used a Sharpie Pen & Staedtler Watercolor Pencils. Until my daughters wedding is over, I won't have a lot of time to Bible Journal, but I will enjoy working on it every chance I get. So as I read & am inspired by the Spirit about a truth, I will make note or start a sketch related to it so I can return to it & create a page related to the inspiration received.

Doing art in your Bible is not for everyone. It's a personal choice & reflects your walk with God. We were all created to be unique by design. Embrace your uniqueness & the grace God speaks to your life.