This post is taken from my new blog that I am currently working on.
So I have decided to take my bible studies further. As the post suggests I have started a bible journal notebook. In my bible journal I will be studying biblical Hebrew alongside the Old and New Testament. I chose a theme of pink blue and purple because they are my favourite colours.
Below are 3 Pinterest ideas done by others that inspired me.
I have been reading the bible for years and scribbling notes in diaries and notebooks. Recently I came across the idea of having a specific notebook dedicated to scripture and bible studies. Some people choose to add notes to their bible or buy specific bible’s for journaling. There is a craze at the moment for adding art paint and crayons, and personalizing your bible. I have to be honest I do not have the guts to even underline a sentence in my bible.
I have been reading the bible for the best part of 20 years. There is only so much scratching of the surface that you can do without becoming bored. Now I mean no disrespect to the bible, and I love it but when you read it for 20 years in your own language it becomes repetitve. I have always wanted to study hebrew and aramahaic knowing that these are the languages spoken by the prophets.
My purpose for my bible journal is to learn hebrew and understand the bibles message on a deeper level. If you decide to stick with me on this biblical study I recommend you purchase a notebook for bible studies if you dont already have one. There comes a point when you have to do something different to take your understanding to the next level. Bible journalling in a notebook is a way for you to explore the bible and its key messages in a way that is personal for you. You can also chose to make your bible journal notebook asthetically pleasing visually to you.
You are going to need some supplies:
Basic pens black, blue, for writing with that you enjoy.
Various coloured pens,
Crayons or paints
Coloured and patterned washi tape.
Old magazines and sermon hand outs.
Any bible notes you have already made that you want to include.
The supplies above are basics and depending on your level of creativity you can chose to include or omit my suggestions. To get started all you really need is a pen notebook and bible. I found that raiding my child’s supply of crayons and felt tips saved me money on buying special supplies for this purpose.
If you have no interest in art or creating art work or doodling you could chose to keep this type of journal without the art in bullet form for example.
Bible journaling has no rules and we all learn differently. This is the method that I chose to use, below. You may find that you have another goal or purpose during your study. Feel free to modify and adjust anything that does not work for you.
My bible study technique
Read a psalm a chapter or about a particular event that I am drawn to studying. I try to study something every day for 10-60 minutes depending on what time allows. I will normally stay on a topic for 2-7 days. Once I have found a event or statement that I want to study I write it down. Read the story take notes.
Chose key words to study I will then see what words jump out at me or seem to be important in the passage or verse. I will then look at different translations of the word and the descriptions for the word. If it is a passage I will look up different versions, I tend to stick to The King James and New Living Transalation of the bible. To analyse the word I look up the Hebrew word and what it is made up of. I also look up the root word and its forms and translations.
Review specific articles and lectures about the specific area that I am studying. I like to listen to the analysis of others about a specific subject to see if I missed any key points.
Apply the word I then write a prayer based on what I have read or affirm the key message to be true in an affirmation. At this stage once you have broken down the message in the particular scripture you are studying I apply it to my life.
|What Does S.O.A.P. Mean?|
|S: The S stands for Scripture. As you write out the passage, you’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just because you took the time to slow down and write out what you are reading!O: The O stands for Observation. What do you see in the verses that you’re reading? Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?
A: The A stands for Application. God’s Word becomes personal when you discover how to apply it for yourself. What is God saying to you today? How can you apply what you just read to your own personal life? What changes do you need to make? Is there an action that you need to take?
P: And finally, P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess any sin He has revealed in your life.
Studying God’s Word like this can take as little or as long as you have time to give. Some days it can take just ten or fifteen minutes; other days, longer.
Get creative turn your favourite doodles into works of art that bring the living word of God to life. If your not very artistic then pick up some colourful post it’s, stickers wasi tape, and stamps and save yourself the hassle of creating your own designs. However, if you are looking for a way to unleash the artist in you this bible journal notebook is a great way to start.
Below is an image of my study of the word Salvation and grace. This journal is a work in progress so later down this page you will see that my grace and mercy page is now complete.
The set up of my bible notes journal
I chose to have a dashboard as the first 2 pages immediately after the front cover. On these 2 pages I have the S.O.A.P method and my goals for the notebook and my scripture study. I chose to use post it notes in this area. If I want to change or add anything I can just remove or replace the post it.
I covered the pages with a sheet of gift wrapping paper that I cut to the size I wanted. I also added a quote from a Jehovah’s witness booklet which I cut out. I am not a Jehovah’s witness but the information in their booklets will definitely help me to reflect on the word, and bring my notebook to life.
I then decided to put the ancient Hebrew Alphabet in its different forms at the beginning of the journal. I later added a dashboard where I keep some spare post its. I will be referring to the Hebrew alphabet alot so needed it at the start.
In yoir bible journal you can create sections that are relevant to you. I chose to have sections on YAHUAH GOD, YAHUSHA, JESUS, Prayers for spiritual warfare, Praise and worship section, Prayer section. Common sections to include in a bible Journal notebook include Family, Spouse, Children, Prayers for yourself and people, Scripture section.
I inserted this piece of card as a divider and added some quotes about Mercy which was the topic I was studying in that section.
For the career section that you see below, I made a post it dashboard so I can replace the goals as they are completed. I have 6 post it’s spread across the 2 pages to create my dashboard.
You can experiment with the layout
You can experiment with paint
The possibilities are endless.
I wasn’t sure that the book would be enough space for me to start my studies. I decided to make a notebook out of spare paper. At the time I didn’t have a stapler to hand so I used washi tape and glue stick to secure the pages. I made a front and back page from 1 sheet of card. I decorated the front with some decorative paper and washi tape.