Preview: 6 Easy steps to creatively doodle through BIble studies and your devotional time
God gave the ten commandments to Moses by writing on two stones.
A hand ominously scribbled “Mene Menu Tekel Upharsin” on the wall of the palace as Belshazzer partied in mockery to God.
Even Jesus scribbled in the sand as a lesson of distraction to teach others not to cast the first stone.
Writing played a most important part in the history of the Bible and in the gospel being handed down to you and I as modern day saints. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the written word of God.
When passing down truth from generation to generation it’s easy for verbal communication to get diluted and for the entire meaning to be changed. It’s kind of like playing the childhood game telephone- and we all know the end result of that game!
Writing things down gives a steadfast eyewitness report to what was seen that can’t be misconstrued.
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How to Get Started with Scripture Doodle Art
Fun Fact: Did you know that Jesus scribbled in the sand? Yup, he sure did!
The act of doodling is defined as an aimless or casual scribble, design, or sketch in the Merriam Webster dictionary.
Can you imagine the writing of God on the commandment tablets? I wonder what it looked like!
Can you imagine the penmanship of the invisible hand as it wrote ‘Mene mene tekel upharsin’ for all to see?
What did Paul’s penmanship look like?
And what exactly did Jesus write in the sand when they caught the women in the very act of adultery?
We’ll never know these details, but one thing is for sure, As Creative Christians, learning and embedding God’s truth into our heart is of utmost importance for our growth in God.
“Now, wait a minute, Lil. You can’t be comparing doodling to tablets of stone, Paul’s epistles or Jesus drawing in the sand.”
And I would get that.
But David’s prayer to God was to hide God’s word in his heart in Psalm 119:11.
Hiding God’s word in our heart looks different for each and every one of us.
My Bible is well loved and full of journaling and Scripture doodling. If doodling helps me to absorb, digest and remember God’s word, then it is a very good thing because of the result of solidifying God’s truth in the heart.
I’m convinced that if you doodle through Bible studies and your devotional time, you will enrich your walk with God in ways you never would have imagined!
Are you ready to get started and dig in to these 6 easy steps to doodle your quiet time with Scripture Doodle Art?
Let’s get started in doodling your devotional!
Release your Expectations to Start Scripture Doodle ARt
If you’ve ever been on Pinterest, you’ve seen the stunning works of art of Bible journalers that will literally make your jaw drop. I would love to be able to create like that, wouldn’t you? (and if you do create stunning works of Bible journaling art, you’ve got me cheering you on from the sidelines, Sister!)
Bible journaling can be difficult, especially if you don’t have much experience or have an art background. I am learning that by managing my expectations, I can really embrace who the Lord created me to be and simply create in the medium that works best for me. Casting down expectations in Bible journal doodling also gives us freedom to fully create! Go ahead Sister- release those expectations and journal in the margins of your Bible!
Steep your Bible Journal Doodling in the Word of God
Your expectations are gone. Now it’s time to build a firm foundation of truth in God’s word.
The first step in Bible journal doodling in the word is to steep your Bible journal doodling in the word of God. Watching television preachers and listening to podcasts can be helpful but can never take the place of a daily time with God in prayer and in His word.
Stay focused and allow God to speak to your heart through His word. He WANTS to speak to your heart.
Know the Benefits of Bible Doodling
Studies have shown that doodling improves focus and concentration. A recent Harvard study shared how doodling can relieve stress. Annette over at In All You Do shares that engaging both the right and left side of your brain while doodling helps memory retention.
Get Education and Inspiration from others who do Scripture Doodle Art
Educate yourself/get inspiration from other Doodlers scripture doodle art
There is a wealth of information via blogs, instagram and youtube with and inspiration to help you learn how to do Scripture doodle art!
Blogs that Teach Doodling
There are so many blogs that teach doodling to hone your doodling skills.
Sue Carroll of 1Arthouse has a wealth of doodled line drawings to help you get started in doodling and is such a great inspiration and to teach you how to Scripture doodle. I love that her doodles are faith based and perfect for your christian doodling- she’s my definite favorite! You can follow her on Pinterest here and on Instagram.
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Sweet Planit features doodling in a planner with simple line drawings in a very small space.
Sparkle Tart has a unique take on doodling shapes
Tara’s journalings at Doodle through the Bible are beautifully simple and usually colored in crayons which gives them a soft and airy look that I love.
Instagram accounts that teach doodling
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Appy.doodles is another fun Instagram account to follow that features easy doodles to learn how to draw.
Youtubers that teach you how to doodle
Doodles by Sarah shares how to doodle for beginners with easy to replicate line doodles that are creatively shaded and colored like these cute potted plants.
Sarah also shows how to draw cute little ice cream doodles.
Mira Byler has some unique doodling tutorials that sometimes incorporate watercolor painting. One of my fave videos by Mira is easy doodles to fill your sketchbook.
get started in doodle Bible journaling without delay
I love this quote by Chris Riddel referencing how to get started in doodling. This wonderful truth still applies to us when perfectionism kicks in!
Do you have hands? Excellent. That’s a good start. Can you hold a pencil? Great. If you have a sketchbook, open it and start by making a line, a mark, wherever. Doodle.
Doodle Bible For Adults- Resources
My favorite resource for Scripture Doodling is this devotional that I recently started called the devotional doodle journal.
It has a daily Scriptural devotion with some a creative doodle prompt that aligns with the daily theme. You can check out my Day 1 devotional in this video:
Perhaps you’d like to purchase a doodle bible for adults- there are many feminine Bibles, some that have pre-drawn doodles in the ample size margins to help you get started.
Here are a few of my favorites:
If you want to do your doodling in a seperate journal, Dayspring has some beautiful journals– just click on the image below.
Dayspring also has Bible journaling Bibles and devotionals. I love to support businesses that align with my faith and beliefs.
As a recap, here’s a quick summary of those 5 steps to get started in doodle through Bible studies and devotionals
- Release Your Expectations to Scripture Doodle Art
- Steep in the Word of God
- Know the Benefits of Bible Doodling
- Educate yourself/get inspiration from other Doodlers
- Just do it- get started in doodle Bible journaling without delay
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