Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling

So, as I have fallen in love with this new and exciting pastime of bible journaling I thought I would dedicate a page on my blog to it. It is such an amazing way to express yourself and what God is saying to you through a creative outlet.

God is the creator of heaven and earth and gives us our creativity, so I want to embrace all that he has put within me, always for his glory and this is the perfect medium for that. I love the way that it makes me excited about getting into the word and it’s literally bringing it to life for me. I have always been a visual learner and I see in pictures so this is harnessing the way God speaks to me and allowing me the vehicle to draw and paint what I see.

I will post pictures of the pages I create and what God has spoken to me about as I have painted or drawn in my bible.

I am hoping that you will be encouraged as I post these pictures and through what God is saying and that you too may start your own bible journaling adventure with God.

I have a friend that has a bible journaling blog called Draw Close where she is working through the bible and actually teaching others by illustrating the verses as she explains them.

Inspirational bible journalers on Insta are:

Illustrated Faith 

Messy Bible

Beautiful.bible 

Bible Journaling Ministries

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I will start with one of my favourite pages so far…

gods-mouthpiece

This page was a battle cry for me as I have struggled for years with using the voice God gave me in the prophetic through fear and comparison. For so long I didn’t understand how God spoke to me and often doubted that I was hearing God’s voice!

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.

Thankfully I have been on a journey over the last 3 years and know that these are all lies of the enemy because he wants to keep me quiet and go after my God given destiny. I saw a picture of the loudhailer as I read through this scripture and felt God say I was his mouthpiece. For me this page is a declaration that I am who he says I am and that I will not stay quiet any longer! I have learnt so much about my identity as his daughter and what that means for me in my everyday life. I am a work in progress but I know who I am and whose I am which changes everything.

Every time fear or doubt come in I remind myself that I am His Mouthpiece and the enemy is the one who is then silenced and NOT the Daughter of the King.

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Trust

I was on the train one Saturday morning off on my way to hang out in one of my fave places in East London, Brick Lane. As I sat there on the train I realised from where I was sitting I could see straight down the train carriage from the beginning to the end. As it wasn’t very busy I had a really clear view.

Then the train turned slightly round a bend and suddenly what was a clear view straight ahead was gone and I could no longer see to the end of the train. It wasn’t a sharp turn in any way and simply a small bend in the track but it resulted in a restricted view for me. 

God reminded me of the scripture,

Prov 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,  and he will make your paths straight.

He asked me if I still trusted him when I couldn’t see what was ahead of me. Gulp!! He also said ‘you knew who was driving before you got on and they are still driving the train. Now you can’t see straight ahead are you still going to trust him to stay on the tracks that are laid down?’

In the season I am currently in I am unsure what is ahead and I am making some decisions in my life that require me to trust in God. As I read the verse I looked up the meaning of the word submit,

Submit: accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person.

Was I fully trusting God with everything? It was easy to trust him when I could see clearly where we were heading but once I could no longer see was I panicking about him not being trustworthy?

This is why I used the word trust on the page as it was the key word for me. In all things I must trust in God. He has never let me down and is completely faithful. When I look back over my life, through some really dark times I can see that God’s hand was on me. He was faithful and fully knowing of my situations and he brought me through, without me being aware that he was there. I was completely leaning on my own understanding and was far from God and it was a place I never want to go back to.

Lam 3:22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

He has proven himself fully faithful and I choose to trust in him with everything I’ve got and when I do this he WILL make my paths straight. Even when I don’t understand the direction I am going in I choose to trust in him because his plans for my life are always better than anything I can imagine myself.

Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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In The Waiting

Psalm 27:14 Wait for the Lordbe strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

This latest page is inspired by the lyrics in an amazing song by Kristene DiMarco. Iv’e had this song on repeat called Take Courage;

Take Courage my heart,
Stay steadfast my soul,
He’s in the waiting.
Hold onto your hope.
As your triumph unfolds,
He’s never failing.

As I listened to it I imagined the word triumph unfolding out of my bible and that’s what I tried to recreate here. It pretty much sums up what God has been talking to me about in the last few weeks. I have blogged about his too on Everything In It’s Time if you want to read about what God has been saying in this season of waiting. If you too are in a season of waiting I pray that as you read it you will be encouraged by my journey.

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Easter Sunday has caused me to focus on his EXTRAVAGANT love poured out for us.

Eph 3:14-20 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

It is so hard to grasp how wide, how long, how high and how deep is His love for us. We will never get to the end of it and it’s unmeasurable. It’s ostentatious, unwarranted, unrestrained, over the top, disproportionate and that’s just for starters.

While I was journaling this I was listening to Extravagant by Steffany Gretzinger on the new Starlight album by Bethel. The lyrics are amazing:

Extravagant

You were a lover before time’s beginning
You gave Your love freely withholding nothing
Jesus, my Jesus
You carried the weight of the world on Your shoulders
You stopped at nothing to prove You were for us
Jesus, my Jesus

It’s extravagant, it doesn’t make sense
We’ll never comprehend, the way You love us
It’s unthinkable, only heaven knows
Just how far You’d go, to say You love us
To say You love us

You don’t belittle our pain and our suffering
You comfort us in our greatest unraveling
Jesus, my Jesus
You are the dawn that is breaking within me
You are the sun that is rising around me
Jesus, my Jesus

It’s extravagant, it doesn’t make sense
We’ll never comprehend, the way You love us
It’s unthinkable, only heaven knows
Just how far You’d go, to say You love us
To say You love us

Here is all my love
It’s Yours, no conditions
When You pull me close
No I won’t resist

It’s extravagant, it doesn’t make sense
We’ll never comprehend, the way You love us
It’s unthinkable, only heaven knows
Just how far You’d go, to say You love us
To say You love us.

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Enlargement.jpegI had this scripture prayed over me recently and I love it so much because it’s so full of promise. I have been in a season of waiting but this season has not in any way been wasted time but has been a season of spiritual growth and a deepening of my relationship with the father.

I am so excited for all that God wants to do and for the vision He has given me, for his wanting to partner with me and use me to bring about the things He has shown me but I can be a little inpatient (cough, cough). When you see the tree but you currently have the acorn then you can often try and run ahead of God. But, His timing is always perfect and there is a season in life for everything.

Ecc 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Having this scripture prayed over me has given me a real sense of excitement, hope and security knowing that my God is faithful and will bring about all that He has promised.

Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.

I’m ready Papa. Let’s take some ground!!

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I looove my journaling bible.

I love the way the ribbons that mark the pages are a riot of colour before I even open it.

I love how the pages feel crisp and crinkly.

I love the way the pages sound as I flick through and look at them.

I love that it’s already crammed full of pictures that God has given me and words that He has spoken over me.

I love that it’s a visual reminder of His absolute gooey goodness.

I love that I am able to express my God given creativity within the pages of it.

I love that painting and drawing in it brings the words to life and gives me life.

I love that I’m excited and eager to get into the word.

I love how I spend time with Papa as I am journaling.

I love that spending time journaling is my happy place.

I love that it brings peace to my soul and joy to my heart.

Thank you for creativity Papa.