This week I invited fellow blogger Teresa Cavagnaro from Biblejournalingjourney.com. She is a former journalist and a school teacher. She was a full-time mom and remembers that stage very well. Teresa is married and has a son, a Sheltie, and a hound dog. Her favorite way to spend a day is hiking, reading, baking bread, or Bible journaling. Please welcome Teresa!
The Bible Journaling Journey: How to Impact Your Family with Bible Journaling
But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
Bible journaling is a creative way to draw near to our creator, but it’s more than paint and pens on a page. It is an act of worship toward God. It is also a source of strength as it connects us to the Word.
On my new site, Bible Journaling Journey, I talk about the ways that Bible journaling can become a powerful tool for Christian women in their daily lives. What really matters is not how great the page looks. It’s the intent of your heart, the way that you honor the Word, and how you communicate with God in the process.
Bible Journaling for Your Family
A woman in the Word can make an impact wherever she is in the world. If you are a stay at home mom, spending time Bible journaling can refresh you and get you in the right mindset for the day.
Being a full-time mom is not easy; unless you live in an area where there are other moms, it can feel isolating. You will need to draw near to God at those times because trying to motivate yourself outside of Him will not work. You will want to remind yourself of the truth about how God sees you and how His values are different from the world’s values. If you are a working mom, Bible journaling can be a way to press pause on the chaos too.
A good process to get you started is to pray, read the scriptures, ask what the scriptures are communicating to you or showing you about God, and then create your Bible journaling page based on that. All of the washi tape and bling are fun, but you can do this with a regular art sketchbook and your child’s colored pencils if that’s easier on your budget.
Bible Journaling with Your Family
Bible Journaling together as a family is a cool idea, but you will want to keep the age of your children in mind. A younger child (like my Pre-K son) will do better with a sketchbook than a Journaling Bible. After all, you will want to teach your child to honor the Word; a younger child might have trouble understanding why it’s okay to color in the margin but not on the words. I know some people feel okay about covering up the words in the Bible when they journal, but I am not one of those people (I still like to look at what they are creating, but I personally do not want to cover the verses).
Middle school aged children do great with Bible Journaling. I know this because I lead a small Bible Journaling Club for middle school students. Since Bible Journaling incorporates prayer, reading the Word, and thinking about the Word, it is a great opportunity to communicate your faith when you do this together. Yet, Bible Journaling as a family has a different dynamic than using Bible Journaling alone as a quiet time. The quiet, alone times are important too.
Thinking Long Term
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Just as family Bibles used to be passed down in families, think about your Journaling Bible as something that you can use to communicate spiritual heritage. It could be passed down in your family someday. I plan to dedicate a page to my spiritual heritage through my grandma soon; she was a devout woman who loved God with all her heart. Even if the art is not always perfect (or even pretty bad), it is a tangible connection to you and your spiritual journey. Remember to write down times that God answers your prayers or He teaches you something new.
Join Me on the Bible Journaling Journey
Stop by Bible Journaling Journey for some journaling challenges. I plan on doing a giveaway for site followers next month. I hope to see you there!