I started reading through the Bible for the second time a couple of years ago and decided I’d write down my favorite verse from each chapter as I went. I try to read a chapter + journal every night, so thus far I’ve made it to Psalms and filled up nearly six journals! Sometimes I write the verses in beautiful hand lettering and other times… well, I just write them. XD
I’ve really enjoyed this method so far! It helps you slow down and think about the verse or verses, plus it’s fun to look back on the notebooks you’ve filled. Speaking of that, I thought I’d show you guys some of my favorites today. 🙂 Hopefully you enjoy the tour and maybe gain a little inspiration for your own journaling!
We shall start with this beautiful passage from Numbers. The pastor at our previous church often used it for a benediction. 🙂
I like how the simple but bold style of lettering fits with the simple but bold words.
I try to not just write down the “feel good” verses because they’re only half the story – God’s mercy isn’t mercy without sin to forgive.
Isn’t this such a reassuring promise?
Ahh, I love this! No matter how grand our house is or how tightly a friend hugs us, they will both eventually will let eventually let us down. Not so with an eternal dwelling place. Not so with everlasting arms.
This verse can be both comforting and sobering: God doesn’t judge us by the way our body looks from the outside like humans are prone to do – instead, He sees how beautiful (or ugly) our heart is.
I feel like this so often. What have I done, Lord, to deserve these abundant blessings? But it’s not what I have done for Him but what He has done for me. ❤
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What a marvelous thing that the Lord of all creation hears our prayers, the big and the small!
This one was fun to write. 🙂 In case you can’t read it, here’s the verse: The heart of Asa was wholly true to the Lord all his days. – 1 Kings 15:14 “Wholly true to the Lord” – wow, that’s something.
I like to incorporate little drawings or shapes when I can because it really adds interest. These verses are part of the amazing story of the widow’s oil.
The reference here should be “2 Kings 19:25.” Oops! Anyway. It’s comforting to realize that although humans might break their promises because they or their circumstances change, God is unchangeable and so is His Word.
I’ve found that mixing up the format of words so that they interact with one another makes the layout more dynamic. (I spent so long trying to remember that last word! :’D )
The difference between the courage our culture promotes and that of the Bible is that the world’s courage is based on us and our own strength (which is pretty puny), while Biblical courage is founded on God and his strength (which is limitless!).
I honestly chose this as one of my favorites because I like how I lettered it. 😛 Block lettering is time-consuming but looks really neat.
Joy founded in God is a powerful testimony, particularly during hard times when the world wonders why we aren’t crumbling.
Again, I chose this one more for the picture. XD I’m pretty terrible at drawing people without a reference (especially at 10:00 at night), so I’m pleased with how this little sketch turned out. 🙂
Job is an incredible book, and this is an incredible verse. Can you imagine how much faith it would take to say this after God had tested you in such a way as He tested Job? Wow.
Another sobering verse. I think occasional reminders of death help us truly value life.
I like the thickened cursive-type writing I did here, as well as the strings of “pearls” interspersed. (I didn’t know how to draw wisdom, so… :’D )
This is not my best lettering by any means, heh, but isn’t this verse lovely? Such a good thing to remember when worries are keeping you up at night.
I love both the verses and the way I wrote them. 🙂 I think everyone instinctively can resonate with this as we look at the stars and feel awed and humbled by the immense expanse above us, reminding us that we aren’t the center of the universe after all.
Sometimes you don’t have the strength to say anything but this…
This one’s unique, but lovely and relatable. What a beautiful inheritance we have as God’s children!
(Sorry for the dark picture. :) I LOVE this verse and pray this would be true of me.
I really like the swirly font here and, again, the dynamic layout.
I know this is out of order (we’re back to the book of Ezra now), but I wanted to end with this beautiful verse. The reality is that since we are sinners who have “broken faith” with a holy God, we deserve no hope, but rather punishment. But… the good news of the Gospel is that we don’t get what we deserve. Christ has taken our sins and exchanges them for His righteousness when we put our trust in him.
Remember that when you’re tempted to despair: “But even now there is hope.”
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my Bible journals! Since my journals tend to be a bit messy, I wanted to real quick show you guys that I don’t always draw that way. 😛 Here’s a sneak peek of an art print coming soon to my Etsy shop! Flowers and leaves are always a great choice for flourishes to add to otherwise plain handlettering while journaling or in other art. 🙂
What Bible verse from this post was your favorite? How do you read or journal the Bible? And what verse should I paint next?
Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!