When I first heard the term “Bible journaling,” I figured I knew all about that. Writing in my Bible things I had learned or things I wanted to remember was something I had done for years. So I dismissed it. But it kept popping up in conversation, and so finally I googled it to see what all the fuss was about. And what I saw was amazing. Bible journaling was an art form. Some of the things people were doing in their Bibles were unbelievable, inspiring, and beautiful. It was obvious to me that Bible journaling was a way to connect with God in a new way—through art.
Bible journaling was intriguing to me; however, I didn’t think I could ever do it. While I love the written word, art was never my thing. My brother got those genes. He could have worked for Disney—his drawings were amazing. I could barely do a decent stick figure. I can come up with the analogies and the word pictures, but drawing them or expressing things with paints and colored pencils was never my forte.
That is why the new line of Faith That Sticks journaling/scrapbooking stickers is perfect for me. These stickers take Scripture and do all the design work for me. I can easily take a sticker and put it in my Bible, and suddenly my journaling Bible is just as fancy as some of those other bloggers’ Bibles (okay, not really, but it is an acceptable offering).
I know that God doesn’t care if my Bible has art in it or not—and that the important thing is to engage with Scripture and a relationship with him. But having options and fresh ways to engage with God in my quiet time is how I keep that relationship vibrant and alive. Bible journaling provides an opportunity to let Scripture come alive in new ways.
For those who have not tried Bible journaling yet, check out some of the pages our team created below for inspiration on how to use these stickers. Maybe it will spark something inside of you and inspire you to try Bible journaling. You don’t have to be an artist to engage with God this way. You just have to be willing to create a beautiful mess—which is really just a metaphor for life anyway.
Amie Carlson is the author of six children’s books and several devotional books, including 365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers. She is also a product and marketing manager at Tyndale House Publishers, where she works on children’s products and plays with stickers all day. Apparently she has some creativity inside her after all.