I’ve spent the last couple of months in prayerful thought about what I’m trying to accomplish here. There will be some changes coming soon to the website based on what I feel God is leading me to do. But one thing is certain:
Charles Spurgeon said, “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
Over the past year, I’ve become obsessed with a new form of worship and Bible study called Bible Journaling. It has revolutionized my time in The Word. And I can’t help but suggest you join in – regardless of your artistic ability or lack thereof.
Why should you try Bible Journaling? I’ve come up with my top 3 reasons:
- Most of us are visual creatures.
It is so much easier to remember the point or text behind a verse if you have a picture to go with it. I’ve read the Psalms many times, but I never noticed that God was bottling up the tears I shed until I read this translation. Or maybe I just skimmed over it. So I made a little sketch.
Whatever the reason that I missed this verse until recently, now I will always have this picture in my mind. The tears I shed in frustration or sorrow or joy are not ignored by Father God. He has seen and collected each one. The Bible says so.
- Paper remembers better than you do.
This is a statement that I used almost daily when I taught 8th grade, and I was trying to get my students to take notes in class. I’ve always been one to write things down – in a journal. I’ve taken notes or made doodles during sermons since the late 1970s. I even came across a collection of notes from that time period recently. (Yikes!) If I read a verse, I’ve spent a couple of minutes on it. If I write a note about it, there’s another 2-3 minutes. But, if I do art for a verse, I’ll spend several days on it. It soaks in. An hour here. An hour there. Planning. Sketching. Coloring. All the while, meditating on the verse.
- You get to spend time with the Author.
Since my novel came out, I’ve enjoyed chatting with readers and answering questions about characters and plotlines. It makes my characters come alive, and I’m bonding with my readers. Cool! But when you art in your Bible, you get to cultivate a relationship with the Creator of the universe! Spend time in His presence. This is the thing that gets me hooked.
This may not sound very Bible-y, but there have been times in my life when I would read a chapter in scripture (or 2 or 3) to say I read it and check it off my To-Do List. I wasn’t reading for nourishment. I was reading out of duty or obligation.
Let’s be honest. Wouldn’t YOU rather spend time with someone who wants to spend time with you than someone who feels obligated to do so? I would imagine God feels the same way. He wants us to want to be with Him. To crave our time at His feet.
?? Why did I mention making a “mess” in the title??
Because it’s not about beautiful art. It’s not about making your page look better than someone else’s. It’s not about impressing someone who looks at your Bible over your shoulder at church.
Give yourself permission to make a mistake in your Bible. Only God is perfection.
Go ahead. Make a mess. You might be surprised what He reveals to you.
Action Plan: Do you art in your Bible? Why or why not? Let me know!
Check back later this month for my new Bible Journaling page!by