How to be creative in your Quiet Time with Jesus through Bible Journaling
You might be the woman who thinks you have no creative gene in your body!
Most of us who are sharing our ‘artwork’ over at our Jesus Journaling Facebook group had not drawn so much as a stick figure since we were in elementary school!!
So, pull up a kitchen chair and grab a cup of mocha and let’s sit down for a chat about Bible journaling.
Yes! You can do this!
Remember. It doesn’t matter whether you went to art school or not. All that matters is that you love Jesus and want to have daily breakout sessions with Him while you are reading your Bible.
You might want to start journaling through the book of James.
Creative time with Jesus
Have your Quiet Times grown stagnant? Are you pushing through each chapter as you rush to complete your ‘To Do List?”
Adding Bible journaling to your time alone with Jesus will bring it alive.
Maybe you are like me when my kids were little, and you are never alone for your Quiet Time! Include your kids in journaling art and teach them to color quietly while you spend time with Jesus.
- Bible journaling helps you to refocus your time spent with God.
- Makes you feel like spending more time with Him.
- Engages you in Bible reading.
- Forces you to slow down and meditate.
- And internalize God’s Word.
- Not just check it off a to-do list.
The whole process of creating a journaling picture in your Bible allows you the time to meditate on Scripture.
The process of penciling out the drawing, outlining it with your pen, and then coloring it in with your crayons (or paint) will help you internalize the verse you are including.
The time it takes you to draw, gives you the time to soak it in and apply it to your life.
You can see how wonderful these aspects are to creative journaling. It would not matter if you ‘think’ you are artistic or not. Either way, you will grow closer to Jesus.
Examples of Creative Time with Jesus by Kathy Avery
Kathy Avery is a wonderful friend who helps me with the administrative responsibilities of our Jesus Journaling group over on Facebook. She loves the Lord and enthusiastically shares examples of her artwork.
Psalm 119:35 “Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.”
The words I journaled in my Bible are the words that describe JESUS JOURNALING. Worshiping and praising JESUS is what we are all about! (Kathy Avery)
by Kathy Avery
Directions; “God will get you where he wants you to be, but he won’t ask you for directions”. Kathy’s Pastor Mac Brunson.
Prov 19:21 Many are the PLANS in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.
Proverbs 16:9. The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his STEPS.
Proverbs 15:21 Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks STRAIGHT ahead.
What’s Holding You Back?
Fear can hold us back from stepping out of our comfort zone in any area of life!
Even if you create for a few minutes a day and take a week to finish journaling in your Bible, that is OK. If you are uncomfortable drawing in your Bible, you might want to try a notebook.
If you look back at Kathy’s first journaling example, you see the words she colored that give wonderful reasons to step out and draw closer to Jesus through journaling.
- To draw closer to JESUS
- To soak in each word in your BIBLE
- To be CREATIVE
- ART – to learn to be artistic
- To JOURNAL (write and draw) about God’s Word
- To WORSHIP God
- To PRAISE God!
Are you excited about getting started? OR how are you already creative in your Quiet Time with Jesus?