Thursday, October 13, 2016

Journal to Remember


A Scripture journal is different from a personal journal, and yet, Scripture journaling is very personal.

It’s personal because when we dig into God’s Word with Him, He reveals to us who He is. He opens our hearts and minds to what He wants to teach us. He might direct us to a particular verse we need at that moment. It could be a new verse He wants us to discover, or a deeper understanding of a verse we’ve read many times.

Individual one-to-one time spent with our creator is special and timeless. Just as you might take pictures to remember time spent with a loved one, Scripture journaling records time spent with God. It creates a memory of time spent together.

Throughout the Bible, God’s people were instructed to remember the times God was with them.

He told the Israelites to commit themselves to His commandments—to repeat them to their children, to talk about them while traveling and at home, to write them down and keep the writings with them. (Deuteronomy 6, 11)
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. Deuteronomy 11:18-21 NIV (bold mine)
Journaling Scripture fixes God’s Word in our hearts and minds. As we read Scripture and reflect on it through journaling, we learn. As we learn, we are able to share and teach. {Tweet this}

God directed memorials to be built to remember His miracles, and to teach future generations of His power and love. (Joshua 4)
We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:6-7 NLT (bold mine)
Someday, my journal, filled with Scripture and personal prayers, will be a memorial for my daughter. In it, she’ll be able to read the prayers I prayed for her, where my heart was when I cried out to God, and the research and notes I made as I dug deep into God’s Word. She’ll be able to read what I learned about God and what I learned about myself. And she’ll be able to share it with her children, teaching them what I tried to teach her.

Do you journal Scripture? What’s your preference—journaling through artwork or written word?

If you’d like to try Scripture journaling, but you’re not sure how to start, click here to download the free Scripture Journaling Worksheets I’ve created. 

Each sheet starts with a place to write the verse you’re studying, followed by word prompts, and extra space for notes, a prayer, or artwork. It eliminates the intimidating blank page, but also allows you to use the page as you choose so you can discover what works for you.


In Christ,
Laura


9 comments:

  1. I love these words Laura! I have started so many study journals on thoughts I glean from Scripture readings, but they are scattered. I need to get them collected into one place. Love that you will use your insights and pass them to your daughter. What a lovely legacy you are leaving her! :)

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    1. Thank you Nicki! And to think I never used to journal!

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  2. Laura, I love the organized worksheets you have shared. I tend to have notes in the margins of my Bible, on papers tucked away in my Bible and books, and in a notebook I always keep going. It is also the reason I started blogging as I wanted to leave a written record of my thoughts for my children and grandchildren. It is so important for future generations to know and see the faithfulness of our God.

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    1. Thank you Joanne! I make notes in the margins of my Bible too, but I never used to. When I was growing up, we never wrote in our Bibles! (Sadly, it didn't get read much either.)

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  3. Between my blog and my journal, most of what I study gets scribbled down somewhere. It's so good to have the accountability of a written record.

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  4. I have done scripture journaling for years and it has really helped me put the Word into my heart and life. It also reminds me that my handwriting is atrocious. ha. Thanks for sharing this encouragement to stick with it, Laura!

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  5. To be honest Laura. I have never heard the term Bible journaling until I became acquainted with the lovely ladies like yourself that blog/write about Jesus. I have notebooks I keep with verses that speak to me and I want to write about. I am always blessed by what you do here Laura. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!

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  6. I love the journal pages you're created! It's a great way to make our time in God's word more than just a quick read through a passage, but invites us to slow down and savor what he's telling us. Thank-you!

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  7. Journaling scripture always helps me meditate, and it seems the prayers flow more freely. What a beautiful treasure it will be to our children!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!