5 Fun Ways To Bible Journal

5 Fun Ways To Bible Journal

Bible journaling has helped me connect with God in amazing ways.
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Bible journaling is one of the best things I have ever stumbled upon. It started from a simple picture on Pinterest to a hobby that I will never want to give up. While Bible journaling is not for everyone (and it’s okay if it isn’t for you), it is still fun and nice to look at. There are many different ways to journal in your Bible that will leave you happy and feeling creative.

1. Stickers.

While it may sound silly and almost kid-like, using stickers in your Bible is fun and, believe it or not, creative. There is a wide variety of stickers you could use when making your journal entry, such as letters, puffy, animal, and so on. It’s also nice to find ones that correspond with the chapter you had just read or a verse that sticks out to you. My favorite sticker set is from Create 365’s But First God.

2. Watercolor Paint.

Some people are opposed to using paint in their Bibles, as it will cover the words, keeping you from using the Bible later on. However, watercolor paints are not like acrylic, leaving it easy to read the passage after making your entry. There is so much you could do with watercolors, ranging from painting the side you want to put your notes on, paint the whole page, or paint a simple but mesmerizing design. Channel your inner artist and go crazy. (It’s a good idea to have paper towels nearby to dab the page after applying the paint. It will absorb the extra water, leaving less risk of bleed through.)

3. Stamps.


Stamping can be a bit tricky with Bible journaling. With many inks, they bleed through the page, making it look a little out of place. But despite that, stamping is fun, as you can mix and match many designs and colors, truly making it your own. (I’ve found the best inks to be from Illustrated Faith, a Bible journaling company. They also have amazing kits to use through your Bible journaling process.)

4. Transparency Paper.


If you’re one of those people who doesn't want to make a design right on the paper, have no fear. There is transparency paper you can use that look amazing in your Bible. Whatever design you choose, it will still be easy to read the words on the page without conflict. And if you choose an extravagant design that keeps you from doing so, you can easily lift up the paper as if it were another page in your Bible. (I recommend using sharpies when drawing on the paper. It makes for better designs and dries immediately, leaving no smudging and won’t come off on the other page.)

5. Writing.

As fun and exciting as all the other options sounded, writing might be the better option for you, and that is completely fine. There is so much power in using words in your Bible and making notes to passages or verses you relate to. Plus, there is no right or wrong answer.

As mentioned before, Bible journaling has become a huge part of my life. It has helped me with my faith I a more creative and hands-on way. Plus, it’s personal and something I can truly relate to. Not everyone has to understand your entry, only you do. But no matter what you decide to do, remember that it isn’t just for you, but also for God. Bible journaling has helped me connect with God in amazing ways.
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Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

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You won’t go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

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You won’t get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won’t be there to wipe away your mother’s tears when she finds out that you’re gone.

You won’t be able to hug the ones that love you while they’re waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won’t be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won’t find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won’t celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won’t turn another year older.

You will never see the places you’ve always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

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You can change lives. But I hope it’s not at the expense of yours.

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You don’t have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It’s not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

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For help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Allergies: because your immune system kinda hates you.

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Allergies have the reigns on your life, and it's a struggle to live with them. In a way, they're a lot like a bad relationship. Here's why:

You can't go anywhere without them.

Everyone enjoys time to themselves sometimes, but it's especially annoying when you can't get away.

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There is no tricking or evading the questions. If you're around nature, they know. Trying to take extra medication to prepare or your friend is putting the dog that you're allergic to outside? Nope, won't work. Your allergies will find out and you'll react to not just that dog, but the dog that your friend had seven years ago in their old house.

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Not a day goes by without an uphill battle. You can take medication and go most of the day without symptoms, but, at some point, you may still experience a small itch. Even the best medications can't protect against everything.

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Or anytime for that matter, it's pretty much disappointing year-round.

Your immune system just hates you. Can someone explain why some of us have pollen allergies in the middle of winter? Isn't everything supposed to be dead? Tell that to my sneezing fits and itchy eyes.

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At least you've usually had allergies for long enough at this point that you know tips and tricks on how to survive. You're experienced and prepared for whatever tries to tear you down. So good luck as we head into another year of allergies, whether they are seasonal or continuous, and if anyone has any secret tips, let me know.

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