Updated: Feb 28
There are so many people out there who disagree with the idea of bible journaling, and with the hundreds of people deciding to Bible Journal because it looks cool, I can understand their sentiment. However, it has nothing to do with the look and appeal; although I don't mind that part, it's about the time spent in Yahuah's word. For me, my journaling takes time and care. Before I begin, I thoroughly study the word before journaling. This helps me truly encapsulate exactly what Yahuah is showing and teaching me through that scripture. Bible journaling, for me, is a way to zakar or remember the images evoked in my head while reading the scripture. Now, I say images, but sometimes it's words creatively spelled out in my head or quick notes of understanding from my own study led by the Ruach HaKodesh or the appointed ones over my development. Below are a few reasons why I bible journal. Your list may differ because Yahuah works with each of us in different ways, but I'm sharing my reasons with you in case you are trying to figure out whether or not bible journaling is for you.
Bible journaling is a physical altar of remembrance for me. This means that the things I'm led to add to my bible are relevant to and revolve around what's going on in my life at that particular moment. Additionally, it helps me commit scripture to memory. It gives me an opportunity to pause and selah on the written words in scripture and the spoken words given directly to me. I've learned, through this process, that Yahuah will confirm His word and promises if you diligently seek Him and listen. Some of my journaling entries in my bible may not be verbatim, but sometimes they are affirmations based on scripture.
Bible journaling is a way I grow my faith. It's not enough to say that you have faith; rather, we must understand that faith comes by hearing and reading the word of Aluah. When looking at Kephir's (Peter's) life, he said he was faithful to Yahusha. However, as soon as he was tested on his faith, he couldn't stand. In fact, he denied Yahusha three times. I don't want to stumble when I am faced with a chance to live or speak carnally because of carnal situations, so I read the word of Yahusha, committing it to my heart, and I just so happen to do that through bible journaling. I used to read scripture for the sake of reading it, but five years ago, I discovered that I can get lost in His word for hours when I bible journal.
Bible Journaling gives me the space to be free. I wouldn't say that I am the most creative person, but I will say that I feel the freest when I can be open and creative. That happens more often when I am alone or around people I know and love. When I read my bible, I know I am in a safe place. Yahusha knows the innermost part of me. He created me and understands why I act the way I do and what He desires to heal in me. Through my time reading, Yahusha finds ways to uncover things in me that I didn't know were there. When I start my journey toward healing, He helps me by giving me something to look towards, which is what I draw or write down.
As I mentioned before, there are so many reasons why I bible journal, and honestly, I could go on for days, but these are the main reasons. These reasons keep me going even when I feel disconnected from Aluah or unmotivated to read. As you figure out whether bible journaling is something you may be interested in starting or continuing, I hope you find this information beneficial. I pray that as you bible journal you develop your own reasons that are important for you. Write them down and reference them when you feel disconnected and unmotivated to read.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17)