What is Bible Journaling?

Bible Journaling

I have found a new creative tool to help me consume God’s word in a way I remember longer. Bible journaling and art in the margins is where you draw, doodle, write in the margin of your Bible for the purpose of getting God’s word into your heart.

I first discovered Bible journaling from a sweet sister in Christ, Erika, who lost her daughter last year to a drowning accident at just two years old. I was randomly reading Erika’s story via her blog and was bawling at what they were going through. And then I saw something incredible. She turned to the scriptures and poured out her heart to God in the margins as she processed her grief through the grid of God’s word. You literally saw her heart in the margins of her Bible. I was intrigued. Moved to pray for her and have been since reading her story. But I’ve also gained a new practice of Bible journaling for myself. And I love it.

This week I’ll be sharing with you all that I’ve learned so far about Bible Journaling – which isn’t a whole lot since I’m only about two months into this newfound meditation practice.

Okay, the conservative colors are about to come out of me for a second. When I say “meditation practice” I get all weirded out because I’m afraid someone might think I’m wearing yoga pants with outstretched arms humming crosseyed and getting in touch with my inner self. This is not what I mean. What I mean is Psalm 1:2 -But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. And now let’s add color to that.

Like this:


And this is Bible journaling in it’s most simple form.

There are layers and layers of Bible Journaling and I will be sharing websites and supplies in the posts to come.

You guys……this is so awesome! You don’t have to be an artist to do this. Look at my picture above. You.do.NOT.have.to.be.an.artist to do this. Ha! Ha! Seriously, I’m not an artist yet I love love love it.

Can’t wait to tell you more later.

Oh, I’m curious…..have you heard of Bible journaling before? How do you feel about writing and drawing in your Bible? I respect all sides of this and understand not everyone is okay with writing in the Bible. I’ll talk more about that as well since I had to process this through myself.



  1. I asked for a journal with wide margins this Christmas. I had a friend who journaled prayers for his kids in margins and later gave one to each child.

  2. Oh my goodness, melody. I’m so pleased this has touched your heart so. Isn’t it the most amazing connection with God? Such a gift to my life and I can see it’s already becoming the same for you. Honored to have you sharing my story and Libby’s story as well. Pretty beautiful all the means God will use to connect us, isn’t it? <3

    • Yes….it really is an amazing connection to God, Erika. I will be following your blog this year as I’ve narrowed down to a small select list of blogs for the sake of time. I love your heart for God and I’m praying for you and your family as you continue to grapple with the grief and loss of sweet Libby. I just wish you lived closer – we’d totally have coffee on the front porch and share how God’s Word came alive to us.

  3. Lovely my friend! We did a Bible Journaling talk at a recent conference and the women were so responsive and excited about it.