MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT BIBLE JOURNALING
Bible journaling has been popular for a few years now. I often thought it would be a fun way to meditate on the scripture I was reading. I even won a journaling Bible with blank spaces ready to be filled with artwork. For someone who loves art journaling, you would think I could jump into it with no trouble. But something always held me back.
Those who do journal in their Bibles assure us that there is no one right way to do it. But when I looked at some of their finished work, I thought mine couldn’t possibly measure up. I guess I was afraid of making a mistake or doing it wrong. That is what happens when we start to compare ourselves with others. Because of my fear of messing it up I hesitated to begin. So my brand new ready-for-journaling-Bible just sat there waiting to be used. Oh, I did read it but never tried any type of art in it.
I felt much more confident making collages in my art journal or writing haiku and sharing on photos.
We often let fear keep us from trying new things.
DON’T LET FEAR STOP YOU
Finally, today I decided to jump right in and see what I could do. And you know what? It’s true that there is no one right way to do it. I’m just happy I finally started. Each week I’ve enjoyed seeing the Bible journaling of Dani Chapman.
The photo below is what I finished this morning. It’s not the best writing or artwork, but it’s a start. For the background I used yellow and orange gelatos. I had first written in the words on top but the pen didn’t work right and it was not that legible. So I found a photo that had a partial rainbow in the sky, cut it to fit, then wrote the words again there. The scripture is from Mark 16:6, the good news that Jesus is risen!
What about you? Have you ever tried journaling in your Bible? If you do, what are some of the materials you use? I’d love to hear your thoughts.