Hey everybody! Happy Friday! As you can tell, Fridays make me a lot happier than Mondays, and for good reason too! Fridays mean that the weekend is almost here and I am almost done studying and taking tests and solving extremely long math problems that have no actual use in real life.
But back to the point the blog post: Bible Journaling! I love journaling about the Bible but it wasn’t always this way. I wasn’t very motivated to wake up earlier every morning to spend time with God, because I hadn’t experienced a REAL relationship with Him yet. So today I’m going to tell you 5 things I did that made it easier for me to Bible Journal.
#1: I Stopped Always Just Writing
Okay so this is a big one because I had always assumed that because something was called a “journal” it meant that you could only write in it. Which made it super boring because who wants to sit down and just write five paragraphs when I also have to write every day for school. There didn’t seem to be any point. But now, I doodle and do hand lettering, and just draw pictures for God in my headings. (Examples Below)
#2: I Made It My Own
I used to just look at my notebook and sigh because it was devastatingly boring. I always use just simple composition notebooks, because they have lined paper, so the covers are just boring. So now I’ve painted the covers, and I have decorated the inside of the covers with my favorite Bible Verses and Prayer Requests and Words of Life cards (I’ll explain those another time!) God doesn’t need me to pretend to be someone who I’m not when I’m writing to him, so I write and doodle in my journal how I would normally talk and write.
#3: I Started Writing About Real Life Issues
I feel like this is a big one, because no matter what adults say, us teens are affected by events in today’s world. We are the next generation, which means that we have the power to change the world. So I write and pray about real life issues when I’m in my Bible Journal. I ask God to heal the division of Racism, to protect my fellow classmates and I as we go to school, and that he would heal injuries and cure sickness. Because praying about issues can and will change the world. So I ask God to change these things believing that he will.
#4: I Became “Pen Pals” With God
This is important because sometimes would feel like God is this huge being who can’t understand what I’m going through because he isn’t experiencing them, kind of like how a teen feels when talking to an adult. What I didn’t realize was that God feels the same pain and heartache that I do because he lives inside of me, and God doesn’t like seeing His children unhappy. God doesn’t like seeing me get a bad grade, he doesn’t like seeing my friends talk about me behind my back, he doesn’t like seeing me bullied…I think you get the point.
God feels pain when you feel pain, and he understands what it’s like to be in your situation, so don’t be afraid to talk to him about it and ask him what he says through the form of a letter. Yes, maybe you aren’t starving to death because you live in a third world country, but you have problems as well, and God has time for your problems just like he has time for the kid in Africa. That’s the beauty of it.
#5: I Started Writing Down Encouragement God Gave Me and Read Them Every Day
Sometimes, when I was stuck in a rut, God would send encouragement in the form of a friend, and they would say something to me in his name, and I always write that down and read it later on, because not only does it remind me of how God has delivered me in the past, it encourages me still even today. Even if it’s something as simple as a friend telling me I’m beautiful and loved, I write it down, because self love is something that I struggle with every day, and I constantly need reminders that I am loved just as I am and that I don’t have to change for God to love me.
So there you go! Now what are you waiting for? Go pull out that composition notebook and your Bible and spend time in God’s presence. Because he’s waiting for you, and he always will be.
What are some things you include in your bible journal? Got any tips for the other readers? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a wonderful weekend,