Do you know the dangers of Bible journaling? Today my friend Carolina is here to share some reasons why not to do Bible journaling.
When I was searching on the internet for this blog post, I found a video that was a confirmation for me to write this post.
I will tell you what I found on the video in a little bit. But for right now I want to tell you that this post is not meant to judge you, criticize you or make you feel bad.
The reason for this post is for you to be aware of what is happening and to check yourself to see if you have fallen in the trap of being deceived by Bible journaling, so you can fix things.
Most of us, if not all of us have seen all the beautiful Bible journaling pictures on Pinterest or in Google images.
There are amazing drawings and paintings decorating the pages of the Bible. Stickers, washi tape, templates, paintings, markers, color pencils and more are used now days to do “Bible journaling”.
All that is beautiful to look at and entertaining, but that is not what Bible journaling is all about.
What is Bible Journaling?
Bible Journaling is praying for The Holy Spirit to give us revelation of His word.
Once He gives us revelation and understanding of what we are reading, then we write down what God is speaking to us. That is Bible journaling!
3 Ways You are Being Deceived with Bible Journaling
Is Bible journaling deceiving you? Let’s take a look at these 3 areas to find out.
You know how sometimes we are driving and all of the sudden we realized that we were not paying attention to what we were doing?
The same thing can happen to us when we do Bible Journaling, we just read the Bible verse or the chapter and then go on to decorating the page!
There is no prayer, there is no connection, there is no quiet time where we sit to hear God’s voice and write down what He is speaking to us.
Remember, it is not about the pictures, the colors, or the pretty fonts. It is about writing down what God is speaking to you.
How to fix it: Don’t just go through the motions. Pray and listen to what your Daddy God wants to tell you and write it down. It will help you develop a personal relationship with God.
2. What is really important
At the beginning of the post I talked about a video that I found on YouTube and what I found on there.
The video was made by a lady that is super talented and creative. Her Bible was full of beautiful pictures, and paintings, and awesome fonts. Yet most of her pictures covered The Word of God.
The pictures completely took over of what was really important, The Word.
The Word of God is life, salvation, it is a blueprint for success. We should not cover it with anything to the point where it is unreadable.
Pictures are great, but they are not great when they are used to cover what God is speaking to you. Please don’t be deceived by having beautiful images in your Bible but missing the message.
How to fix it: If you want to write, draw or paint in your Bible, make sure you take care not to cover what is really important. You should always be able to read the Word of God. Use light colors so the Word will be the main focus, not the picture.
3. Taking the focus away from The Word
This one goes hand to hand with the last point.
Sometimes we focus too much on the art. We spend more time thinking and planning and doing the art than the time we spend praying, reading and meditating on The Word of God.
All this takes away from the real Bible journaling but it doesn’t have to. It should be a compliment, not the priority.
How to fix it: Check your heart. Make sure you are focusing on God’s Word and giving Him first place. Let the time you spend decorating your Bible not be greater than the time you spend reading, meditating, listening and writing what the Lord wants to tell you.
I think you know by now that Bible journaling is more than a picture. Bible journaling is writing down what God speaks to your heart. It is writing down the revelation that The Holy Spirit gives you.
Are pictures bad? No, you can have beautiful pictures in your Bible. Just check your heart and focus on what is really important.
Know that nothing can take the place of the Word of God.
If you find yourself guilty of 1 or all 3 of the dangers of Bible journaling shared here, no big deal. Today is a new day. You can start doing things right today!
Bible Journaling is a great way to connect with God and His word. I pray that you have ears to hear what God wants to teach you through His word. Write it down and meditate on it. It will be a great blessing in your life!
This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Joshua 1:8
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Carolina was born in the beautiful country of Costa Rica. She is a wife, mom of 2 boys, and 2 dogs and a Sunday school teacher. She is proud to be a Texan and to call Houston her home. She studied Biblical and Ministerial Studies and graduated from Harvest School of Ministry. She writes at Our Kingdom Culture, a Christ-centered blog dedicated to help and encourage women with wisdom to live a beautiful kingdom life. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.