Bible Journaling. Is it something for you?

This prayer technique has not yet been described in Polish, so the following is used: Bible Journaling. What is this method? Is it a new invention?

Bible Journaling: What is that?

First of all, you have to ask yourself what it is at all logging. Simply put, it’s about keeping a diary, notes from the day, often in a creative form. To the written words, the cultivators logging they add visual notes, drawings, highlights. Bible Journaling they are notes of encounters with the Bible, and through it – with the living God. As the authors of the supplement to the Saint Paul edition nicely put it, the so-called The Paulist Bible is a sign that someone who reads the scriptures has been in a certain place, stopped on it, reflected .

Can you write in scripture?

The habit of writing on books is deeply opposed by some readers. The book is precious, it must be taken care of, it must not be altered in any way. Others have a working approach to books: they write, underline, leave comments in the margins in order to deepen the subject at the next reading.

How is the Bible? In the same way. Some mainstream believers can’t imagine they can write on the Bible. Others appreciate the possibility of leaving notes there, as they are often a point of reference for the next meditation of the same passage or a sign that God has touched the heart, given an answer, sent on a mission.

The publishers of the aforementioned Paulist Bible encourage note-taking on the pages of Holy Scripture. “Use pencil, crayons, markers, bookmarks that can help you pause on any given Bible text. So that you can say: here I have been and I have stopped. The patriarchs erected stelae and altars, remembering what God had said or done for them. Don’t be afraid to mark something on the pages of the Bible. It is yours and it is the first instrument of your prayer,” reads the appendix to the issue. In bookstores, you can even find specially published scriptures with wide margins where you can write freely…and draw.

Drawing on the Bible is not a novelty

Bible Journaling encourages us to go further. That the encounter with the Word will result in a specific image that will be placed on the pages of Sacred Scripture. Such a Bible then becomes not only a holy book, but a very personal meeting place with the Most High. Is this new? No, because something very similar was done by … monks centuries ago, rewriting the Bible and illustrating it in the margins. The impressive biblical illuminations had several tasks. First, they allowed the porthole to spend more time with the word. Rewriting scripture passages, carefully illustrating the pages, selecting colors and images – all of this contributed to a calm and thorough meditation on the biblical passage. The completed illuminations have also been a source of inspiration for the reflection of others who see and read the Holy Bible thus prepared. It is not without reason that it is said that a picture is worth more than a thousand words. And while no one seems to be illuminating the manuscripts these days – that’s not the case, as evidenced – in the following Facebook post:

It is the same with Bible Journaling. Understood, this is not just another creative technique using the scriptures as inspiration, but a prayer technique. Drawing helps you stay focused on the text longer, find the details that touch your heart, be in the company of the Living Word and appreciate its presence.

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Who is it for Bible Journaling?

First of all, for people who want to combine deepening their faith with creative passion. Not everyone is able to create beautiful illustrations for the Word, but this prayer technique is not about perfecting the drawn image. The goal is to deepen the text of Scripture, and the drawing, note taking, writing, underlining are (and even) only to help build this relationship.

Like any tool, the technique Bible Journaling is just one way of reading the scriptures. It is worth trying if there is a chance that it will revive our encounter with the Word, inspire us to seek in it the gaze of God and suggestions on how to live so that life may be wise and good. . Often, a new prayer tool with the Holy Scriptures allows us to rediscover its content, to see in another light what serves our faith.

About your gaze on Bible Journaling This is what writes Jagoda Kwiecień, a Catholic blogger, who encouraged to pray with this technique: “The most important thing for me in all this is that Bible journal it is a form of prayer. Practice comes first here, and expressing it through art is a nice addition.” Known online as @jagopeppermint, she tries to spread the technique and shares her fascination with more than a dozen thousand people who follow her on social media.

What if I don’t want to write in the Bible?

For people who don’t like to write in books or don’t want to leave their very personal thoughts and sketches in the scriptures, the solution may be to start a spiritual journal and copy scripture fragments into it, then decorate them. Such a diary becomes a trace of the journey, of encounters with the Word, of discoveries and revelations. I myself am co-creator of the series of “Spiritual Notes” published by the Pallottinum publishing house, which was intended as a gospel with a place for notes, but it turned out that many people treated successfully our place for notes as a space for Bible Journaling.

There are many solutions. A wide-margined Bible, a notebook containing a book of Holy Scripture or annotated sections of the Bible, a plain notebook or a “dotted” notebook, generally used for bullet journaling, sketchbook, practical notebook that fits in a bag or pocket. Bible Week is a good time to try something new in your Bible reading. It might just be that Bible Journaling?

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