This month I’d like to spotlight Bible Journaling—something that has proven invaluable to me in my Christian walk.
But I’m not a writer. I don’t even like to pick up a pen: I can already hear what some are saying. Let me encourage you. Nobody will see your journal except for you so you don’t have to worry whether your words are spelled right or if your grammar is correct. And you will be amazed at the spiritual insights, the peace, and wisdom you’ll receive from the practice.
FYI: Toward the end of the month, I’m going to share personal experiences with journaling and pictures of some of my old journals.
But let’s start at the beginning. If you’ve never journaled before, here are some simple steps to begin this rewarding practice.
- Go to the dollar store or your local Christian book store and purchase a blank journal. You may also want to pick up some colorful markers, especially if you are artistic.
- Choose a time of day when you can sit down with your Bible and read the Word. Try to find a time with the least amount of distractions.
- There are many ways to read your Bible. Some people enjoy reading it through in a year. Others read selected passages. Whatever you’re doing, spend time in reading God’s Word.
- Label the first page in your journal with the date. You can do several things now. Some like to choose key words found in your passage such as God, love, believe, eternal life. Jot those words down and write a brief sentence about what you felt God saying through each.
For example: Let’s try John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Here are some key words.
God – The creator of all things, the beginning and the end, all knowing and all powerful
Love – Love has three meanings. Eros – as in romantic love, Filial as in the way you love your family, and Agape, the way you love God. Here, I think God is referring to Agape love.
Believe – to put my faith into something. Faith is closely akin to trust.
Eternal Life – Life after this earthly one.
My reaction to the passage: The creator of the universe is letting us humans in on an amazing truth. He actually loves me and wants me to put my faith in Him. My reward will be life in His presence for all eternity.
If you’re artistic, you can illustrate the key words and/or the conclusion.
Next week: I’d like to share a great method of Bible journaling from my pastor at Northbrook Baptist in Cullman, Alabama.