It’s been a year now since I first started Bible Art Journaling – and I can honestly say it has been life changing for me. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about; “Bible Art Journaling” is basically a type of bible study that uses creative expression to document what you are studying. It’s taking notes in art form if you like. Lots of people use a wide margin study bible for this but you could easily apply the same principles in a sketchbook or journal. Because of it’s new found popularity Christian publishers are now producing lots of resources, everything from colouring bibles to stickers and stamp sets, but you really don’t need any of this to get started – it is really about spending time in God’s word and allowing Him to speak to you. Because God is The Creator and we are made in His image, we are creative too and so there is no end to the ways we can connect with Him.
Now I know God’s word is vital for me to grow and to learn more about Him but, if I’m brutally honest, personal bible study has not always been the greatest joy of my life. God doesn’t want us to just endure His word but He wants us to have a living relationship with Him. For me painting and drawing in my bible has been such fun that I literally cannot wait to open my bible and see what the Holy Spirit will show me. The creative process obviously takes some time so, instead of reading a chunk of bible and rushing on with my day, I am pausing to chew over and meditate on what the verses mean – I have even found myself waking in the night thinking about scripture! Often when God speaks to me prophetically it is in pictures, so I think this method has helped me tune in to God’s voice in my everyday life too and because the right half of your brain, which produces creativity, is also used for memory it means you can visualise and remember the things God has said.
If you fancy having a go at Bible Art Journaling yourself then there are a few things to consider;
- You do not need to be an artist – everyone can express themselves creatively
- Be yourself – other people may inspire you but don’t fall into the comparison trap! You are unique and you are free to be who God made you to be.
- Mistakes will happen – sometimes things go wrong. Your pages might stick or tear or your drawing looks funny. It’s OK. God loves you. This is about being with Him not producing a masterpiece.
- Enjoy the process and get free from perfectionism.
- Pray – ask the Holy Spirit to help you
- Read – I highly recommend working through a whole book of the bible, a bit at a time, so that you get context. It’s often the tricky passages that are the most rewarding.
- Expect God to speak to you – His word is alive and He loves talk to you.
- Create – use whatever you have available and express what it is that God shows you.
- Have fun
If you want to learn more about bible journaling or follow more of my journey do pop over and have a look at Draw Close Blog.
Much love Rach x