A few years ago I put together a set of Bible Journaling Printables. I made these for a couple for reasons that I will go into below but today I wanted to show you how I break them out separately from each other. I went to print some off and realized two things: one, I’m concerned a “set” might seem overwhelming to a beginner or a momma with little time. And two, I’m ready to update them, so be looking for that hopefully later this month. The easiest way to stay in touch is by signing up for my emails.
There are so many people who want to start Bible journaling but don’t know where to start; they are only familiar with traditional Bible study techniques and cannot figure out how to make them translate into Bible journaling. (Don’t worry, I have a Bible Journaling Printable that follows a more traditional method of Bible study coming soon!)
Bible Journaling Printables
Another common concern, other than not knowing where to start, is how to start? Especially if you don’t have a Journaling Bible. By the way, you absolutely do not need to have a Journaling Bible to practice the spiritual discipline of Bible journaling. These Bible Journaling Printables are a great starting point, Journaling Bible or not. They can easily be printed off, three-hole punched and kept in a Bible Journaling binder.
Even if you have a Journaling Bible, you might be hesitant to just start writing all over the place right? You can start using these Bible Journaling Printables to practice and gain confidence. You might find these printables provide extra space for you to dig deeper than maybe you would in your actual Bible. The purpose of these Bible Journaling Printables is to give you options.
Daily Bible Journaling Printables
The first printable I want to share separately from the set is the “Reflections” page or the “Daily Page” as I think of it. This page is helpful for day to day Bible reading, study, and journaling. The top line and box have a space to write the verse and the date.
The next section has two boxes, one for “Lord I Hear You Saying” and the other for “Lord Hear Me Saying.” I really love these two boxes! I can’t just “fill them in,” I have to listen to what God is saying to me. And I surely don’t want to skip the listening part just to quickly fill in the box! So this first box forces me or reminds me, depending on the day, to stop and listen. And honestly, sometimes this pause seems a little longer than I think it should be. But I never regret making time for the pause. I can even go back and fill in other conversations God has had with me through the day; He doesn’t just speak to me while I have this Bible Journaling Printable right in front of me!
The next box is for others. God and I have met in His Word. We’ve had a conversation where I’ve listened for and to Him and then responded. Now, it’s time for others. And please, do not think of this sequence or layout as selfish. We cannot give what we don’t have and our heart and soul must be in the right place, properly ordered, or at least a valiant effort made on our part so we can be sensitive to the needs of others.
And finally, a space for gratitude. It’s always encouraging to walk away from this time with God with a thankful heart. St. Paul instructs us, “…in everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you.” Quickly, did you realize there is a difference between giving thanks and being thankful? This might be a little hair-splitting, but a quick distinction never hurts for a better understanding. Feeling thankful is more concerned with trusting our feelings while giving thanks is more concerned with trusting God.
There are technically six lines for a gratitude list or eight depending on if you’re an, “I only write on the lines provided” person or not, lol! If you filled out six items everyday of the year after your Bible reading time, you would have a gratitude list of 2,190! And if you filled out eight, 2,920…almost 3,000 “Thank You God!”
When I was in counseling years ago for anxiety and obsessive scary thoughts, my counselor challenged me to write ten things everyday–NO repeats. Would it be scandalous to report that was hard some days?
I hope this explanation of how I use the “Reflections” or the “Daily” page from the Bible Journaling Printables. Like I said, I know if you’re new to this or feeling overwhelmed by a rough ride in life, seeing the set of Bible Journaling Printables might seem overwhelming. They’re not. Just start here and watch for more posts on the rest of the printables.