Your mistakes do not define you. Psalm 37:24
Good morning! It’s a good day for all camels.
This morning I’ve been thinking about Bible journaling. For a long time I kept my Bible in a box in pristine condition, except for when I was using it of course. It was beautiful and I was taking care of it. I know that sounds a little crazy. One day I saw someone making notes in their Bible. I thought, wow, that’s a way I can leave notes for my family when I’m gone. So, I started highlighting and making notes throughout my Bible. This turned out to be a great idea, because sometimes I’d forget what I’d learned before. So, it served two functions for me.
Last year I noticed people creating Bible journals. These are so cool. They drew pictures and made notes in a notebook around the scriptures that they had studied. I liked it so much that I bought a journal and some colored pencils and began to make my own. I love this idea, but I have to tell the truth. After two days, I put it down. I just couldn’t find enough time to keep up the beautiful art. My art wasn’t so beautiful either. I even received two journal books last year for Christmas, where you can color the artwork that is provided. It is so relaxing to color the photos, but I didn’t keep it up. I do like to make notes as I study, but I have now started using several online apps, where I can make notes on my tablet. Last year I also noticed people drawing beautiful pictures in their Bibles. There are even journaling Bibles – So beautiful! I bought one for a friend . I would love to have one.
There are also many different ways you can read and study the Bible. Some people like to meditate on a verse, memorize it and make notes. Some people will read the Bible from front to back, which I find a little challenging. Some people study a chapter at a time. Others study topics or characters in the Bible. There are devotional books and Bible study guides. I have about 20 apps, each of which does something different. Most apps allow highlighting and provide notes. Many also provide study plans. Some even provide video guides.
Some people study an hour a day. Some study a few minutes throughout the day. Some people don’t set a time limit.
I tell you all this, because I want you to understand that there are many fun and relaxing ways to study and enjoy the Bible. It matters less about how you are doing it, as it does that you are just studying your Bible regularly. As my blogging sister told me yesterday, the more she reads and studies, the more God’s word flows from her mouth. Isn’t that wonderful!
As you use your gifts to make a difference today, begin or continue studying God’s word. God bless you.