Writing To God Through Bible Journaling
There are a variety of ways to study God’s Word. Some people like to open up the Bible together in fellowship and explore Scripture through discussion. Others might enjoy meditating on Scripture by memorization of key verses, which is also known as Lectio Divina. Whichever method one prefers, the ultimate goal of a quiet time is intimacy with and obedience to God’s Word.
I have discovered the method that works best for me is Bible journaling. Through journaling, I can take my tangled-up thoughts, feelings, and realities and realign them on the page according to God's truth. The purpose of Bible journaling is to understand Scripture in a way that is both meaningful and relevant to your life. In my journal I can literally write to God; I can ask Him questions and plead with Him. I’m free to be silly, cranky, spoiled and selfish. No matter what I’m feeling, He's still God and I'm the one on my knees to receive His grace.
Why should you consider Bible journaling?
Journaling helps you remember important information. When you actively engage with Scripture, your mind will naturally recognize how it applies to everyday situations. Better decisions come from an informed conscience. James 1:22 calls us to be doers of the Word, not just hearers.
Journaling allows us to discover God’s Word for ourselves. As we look to our pastors, Christian bloggers, and other spiritual leaders for guidance, it’s important to remember that we are only human. Don't fall prey to misleading theology. Journaling will help you look at Scripture “with great eagerness” and help you understand what you believe (Acts 17:11).
Journaling helps us apply God's Word in our daily lives. The Word of God is living and active, and it’s meant to change us from the inside out. What use would the Bible be if you read it but immediately forget what it says? (James 1:23) You can make connections in your own life by writing your thoughts down and taking ownership of them.
Journaling is better than cramming. Studies show that we learn best in little spurts. A little bit of journaling will go a long way. Remember, there's no heavenly standardized test to look forward to. This is real life, and the fruit of our discoveries is relevant right now. Inaccurate recall of Scripture may cause us to operate under false wisdom and even lead others astray, which is not a good outcome (Galatians 5:7-12).
Journaling can be whatever you need it to be. Maybe you want to study a specific verse or even a whole book of the Bible. Journaling lets you write down your thoughts and prayers as you go through Scripture verse-by-verse. Had a hard day and need to vent? Write about it and listen for God's response in Scripture. Need to forgive someone but it's too hard? Look up verses related to forgiveness and ponder them in writing. There is no wrong way to journal. It's a wonderful way to invite God into your "here and now".
Questions for Reflection
How do you currently prefer to engage with God’s word?
What would you like to try?
Spend some time in prayer with God over this verse:
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Molly writes from her home in Ojai, CA where she also works full time as wife to Marco, mama to Lydia, and account specialist for a software company. She loves rain, early morning runs, and long road trips. Her happy place is a certain table at a local coffee shop with a pen, an empty notebook, and a few hours (and probably a few lattes!). Her writings can be found over at mollylgonzalez.com or follow her on Instagram at @mlgonzalez86.