I recently started my Bible journaling journey! And by “recently” I mean: only been doing it for about two weeks.
I’ve wanted to Bible journal for a loooooong time. Just go ahead and look at my Pinterest boards filled with colorful pages, and perfectly scripted calligraphy spelling out meaningful verses and sayings. I think it’s so visually pleasing, but also terrifying, as I don’t necessarily think of myself as the “artistic” type. Let’s be real, I struggle to draw a good stick figure. (It’s so hard to get the right proportions!) So to say I felt intimidated by creating these beautiful acts of godly worship is a bit of an understatement.
That is, I was intimidated by them. Until I met Carrie. I first came across Carrie’s instagram when a friend of mine shared a giveaway she was a part of. I immediately was drawn to her journaling printables. (I am a sucker for pretty things and watercolors, y’all.) After doing some thorough Insta-stalking, I noticed she was accepting applications to be a part of her creative team called the Visual Faith Family. I felt called to fill out the application. And let me tell you, it was definitely a God thing, because I seriously didn’t know anything about Bible journaling. None. Zip. Nada.
And by God’s grace she chose me as one of her team members!
Let me paint you a [really crappy] picture: Up until this point, the most “Bible journaling” thing I had done was draw/color a couple pictures with colored pencils that you couldn’t even see. (Seriously, it took J 5 minutes and me telling him what it was for him to figure out I drew two hands pinky promising. *insert facepalm here*) Like I said, not very artistic.
And she chose ME!
TO BE PART OF A CREATIVE TEAM.
I am so grateful and thankful for this opportunity because I finally am forced to put my fears aside to be artistic and creative for God. This team is holding me accountable, praying for my success, and I learn so much from them! I could (and do) spend hours just scrolling through their instagram accounts, because they are THAT talented and inspirational.
As of this post, I have completed a few entries. [See pictures at the bottom] And while I’m overall happy with how they turned out, I can’t wait to see what I’m going to learn, and be creating three months from now!
I just want to thank Carrie, (AGAIN!) for putting her trust in God when she chose a complete beginner, and to God Himself for giving me the push I needed to dig a little deeper in my relationship with Him. I’m a firm believer that living in faith is not comfortable!
With that being said, I am always looking for people to learn from, as well as new tips and tricks that a beginner like me might need. (Like how to get digital printables from the page into your Bible. Yes, I did legitimately Google and YouTube how to do that. Turns out wax paper works REALLY well!)) If you’re a Bible journal-er, tell me all your secrets!
If you’re considering getting into it, or if you’re like I was and aren’t sure you have what it takes, I’m here to tell you: you do. What I didn’t realize before is it’s not about creating the prettiest pages, it’s about using art and creativity as a tool for worshiping and praising God! Once I got my mind around that, I didn’t care so much what it looked like, I just wanted to glorify His message! I dare you to give it a shot! Even if it’s only one page. After one entry, I can tell you that it’s already done wonders for my spiritual life, as well as my confidence.
Check out Carrie’s shop at five17digital.com to get some beautiful, (and reasonably priced) printables to get started! You can even use the code LIZZIE20OFF to get 20% off your order!
(Then share your pages with me!)
& Find a reason to smile today!
P.S. Here’s some pictures from my first few entries! And you can always follow me on Instagram to see my latest creations!