I took pictures as I journaled through Matthew 22. Some days I journal old school–pen and paper. Other days I pull out my journaling Bible and art supplies. To show you how simple it can be to artistically journal in your Bible, I used simple supplies: Washi tape, stamps, a hole punch and some string. Let me share my Bible journaling with you.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 22
P –On those days when I just don’t “feel it” Lord; when I don’t feel like sitting down and reading my Bible, please remind me of a prayer I earnestly prayed a while ago, “Lord, please give me a desire to read Your Word.” Thank You Lord for answering that prayer a few years ago and continuing to answer it now.
O –Maybe it’s just me, but again, as I move through Matthew and get closer to the crucifixion of Jesus, the pace seems a little more hurried. As I read Matthew 22, I felt like Jesus was trying to get it all in. I felt like He was teaching and asking questions and answering questions, all in anticipation for the day when He would no longer physically walk with the apostles and disciples.
W —vs 39…The second most important commandment is like it: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’
E –This is a tough one sometimes isn’t? Love my neighbor…As I Love Myself. What happens when I’m not lovin’ myself? How well do I love someone else when I’m kicking myself for this and scolding myself for that?
R –“Where there is no love, put love — and you will find love.” –St. John of the Cross If I want to love others, I must first love myself. If I want others to love me, I must love myself…and them…and most importantly…You Lord.
Here are the steps I went through to journal Matthew 22.
- I turned to Matthew 22 in my journaling Bible and realized that a verse in Matthew 23 I had used water colors for, bled through.
- I grabbed some Washi tape and tore it the length, or almost length of the page. I then placed it in the area I wanted. Washi tape added color and covered the bleed through.
- Next, I used a hole punch to make two holes across the top of the page.
- I added some colored twine with a piece of pretty paper attached. On the tag I wrote verse 39.
- To finish, I used some alphabet stamps to stamp out verse 37 on top of the Washi tape.
I love using Washi tape in my journaling Bible. It’s pretty and easy to work with. Most times, if I need to move the tape around, I can gently peel it and re-position it.
If you have the desire to try Bible journaling, but are afraid or don’t feel artistic enough, I hope this post will encourage you to give it a try! You might also enjoy this post, Bible Journaling Tips for the Hesitant.
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