So, you want to begin Bible JOYnaling. There are so many different ways to jump in!!! When I began my #Biblewrecker joyney, I was very scared, hesitant and extremely nervous. As I have shared in my previous post, What is a #Biblewrecker? I was raised with a VERY strict reverence for any Bible. If you have not read that post, you can find it here:
When I began my joyney, I HAD to give myself permission to begin. There were so many reasons why. If you are anything like me you may be so afraid of "messing up" that you just cannot jump in with both feet. I get it! I am here to give you this encouragement, God WANTS to spend time with you!!!!! God WANTS you to spend time IN HIM and HIS Word! He is NOT complicated in His want of you and to just BE with you while you are meditating in and on HIs Word.
Let me repeat, God WANTS to spend with you. He WANTS you, your heart, your time, your creativity. Also, one of my MOST favorite things to say to anyone beginning to joynal, has been doing it for years or those occasional folks who scold me for it, "Journaling is NOT about how you mark the Word. It IS about how the Word marks YOU!"
Before I begin joynaling, if I need it for my own heart and mind, in a new Bible, I give myself permission to REALLY use it! I have so many journaling Bibles and sometimes they are just so beautiful on the outside that I, even now, have to give myself permission to use it for joynaling purposes.
Permission pages are so helpful and a wonderful reminder to you that your particular Bible IS for joynaling, for coloring, for writing, doodles, praising, learning, worshipping, renewing and for YOUR connection to God. Give yourself permission to take risks, to grow in God, to use art as a form of healing, worship, praise, meditation and expressing your love to God.
Along with reminding yourself what your journaling Bible IS for, I find it helpful to add in what my journaling Bible is NOT for. WHAT? Yes! That is correct. I remind myself what is NOT allowed in my Bible. My Bibles for joynaling are NOT for my Type A personality perfectionism. They are NOT for being neat. Unless it is a specific Bible that I am creating specifically for someone like my daughter or son, my journaling Bibles are not for showing off, impressing God or anyone else. My joynaling is ONLY for me, God and my praise, worship , prayers and reflection of my communication, meditation and relationship with God.
Give yourself "permission" to let go of all of your preconceived notions about what Bible Joynaling is "supposed" to be or "supposed" to look like. Only you can describe, show and express your relationship with God. You might want to consider giving yourself a reminder of possibilities of things that "could" happen in your joyney. Art/craft supplies can be messy. Some are trial and error. Markers are going to bleed through pages at times, Pens are going to ghost sometimes. Pages are going to wrinkle when too wet. Sometimes pages will rip. Beautiful paper clips may damage our pages. Believe me, it is OKAY! Things happen. Give yourself permission to ALLOW all of these things. Focus your heart and mind on your WHY! Why are you joynaling?
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (ESV)
Remind yourself why you felt drawn to Bible Joynaling in the first place. I pray that you grow so wonderfully close to God in your joyney! Love and blessings to you as you grown in the Lord. Below is my very first permission when I began my joyney. I hope this inspires you to just jump in!
Daughter, Sister, Wife, Momma, Friend, Warrior Princess, Sold out follower of Christ. There is more to me than meets the eye. A beautifully broken, messy, loving, imperfect woman praying to inspire others to find the JOY in this Joy-ney we call life!