A first hand account of how I wrecked my Bible and how it helped me grow in my faith.
This post was inspired by Lynette at Lynette Cretu.com and her Bible wrecking post.
Please click on over to her blog and see her wonderful methods of study and bible wrecking.
I Wrecked my Bible (and you Should too!)
I got lost.
I realized that I was putting more emphasis on the finished product with my Bible journaling than in praying, praising and journaling.
It’s not a pretty thing when pride starts rearing it’s ugly head. But satan likes to throw big wrenches into things that are spiritual. And that includes bible study and bible journaling.
And I became a casualty.
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It’s shameful to say… but it’s true.
As I prayed and turned my mind to the Lord… something happened.
I stopped trying to be artistic.
I stopped trying to please people.
I stopped worrying about what other people would think.
Is Bible Journaling Disrespectful?
Is Bible journaling disrespectful?
Only you can answer that for yourself.
Let every man (or woman) be persuaded in his or her own mind.
I am not anti Bible journaling and personally feel that it’s okay.
But I would never ever try to convince someone who thinks that it’s wrong to do it.
I could never push someone to go against their conscience.
But I also know MY personal experience.
Something happened to me as I shifted gears and journaled in my Bible margins with abandon.
I started digging into the Word and prayed over it.
I started studying topically.
I read and re-read to absorb.
I did word studies in the Greek and Hebrew.
I started highlighting, analyzing and taking notes.
And I was set free from the desire of perfectionism and I simply enjoyed the Word again.
The Right Motives in Journaling and Studying
And can we talk about the elephant in the room?
I see it and I know you see it online in Bible Journaling groups.
Ladies are posting their beautiful Bible journalings and it starts stirring up feelings that my work isn’t good enough.
The beautiful artwork gets hundreds (if not thousands) of likes and the simple outpourings of a heart who just started and who isn’t artistic only gets a few responses.
It makes me sad and grieves my heart. There is no respector of persons with God.
The focus should never be on the finished artistic result but rather on what God writes on our hearts and how we express it.
It’s okay if your writing is only legible to you.
It’s okay if your highlighted words on the page aren’t perfectly circled. s
It’s okay if you don’t use stamps, watercolor paints, acrylic paint, pretty pens, gelatos, devotional kits or anything else.
Our study of God’s word is only for HIS eyes- for an audience of One.
I’ve found my happy place of reading/studying and margin journaling in my Bible.
Are you struggling with perfection in your Bible Journaling?
Are you ready to cast aside the pride of what others thing and journal just for you and the Lord?
If so, I’m so glad!
I have a personal invitation for you to a daily Micro Bible Challenge that guides you through how I do my daily Bible studying and journaling in the margins of my Bible. No special tools are required!
I’ll be walking you through various verses on the topic of love and you’ll be challenged to journal daily as we read together.
You can join the challenge by signing up HERE or by signing up below. (It’s FREE!)
I look forward to studying with you in the future, lovely friends!
Let’s dig into the Word together!