If there was ONE habit that would change us from the inside out, it would be spending time in God’s Word every day.
I didn’t always do this. Throughout my college years and my early mom years, I was a hit-and-miss daily devotional girl. When I was in a group Bible study, I got into the Word regularly but there would often be dry spells in between.
It wasn’t until I wanted my kids to have Bible time that I began to really prioritize our time in Word every day. And it wasn’t until I desperately needed God to even get through my day that I prioritized it at all cost.
Without a doubt, that we will be different people this time next year if we’ll spend time in God’s Word every day.
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God speaks to us through His Word. He may use a passage to convict of an attitude or habit or sin that we need to change. He may use a scripture to remind of us who He is — His power and holiness and patience. God may use a verse to remind us of His promises.
God’s Word challenges us, lifts our head and – best of all — reminds us of Who He is and what He does.
So ask yourself: who will you be this time next year? When this year is wrapping up and you’re just about to turn the calendar to the next, what do you most want to change?
Here’s a story about the impact of daily time in the Bible. A first-century rabbi sitting beside a stream noticed a great hole in the rock below. Looking up, he noticed a small drip. Year after year after year, the steady drip had carved out the great hole in the rock.
See the impact was made not through a sudden rush of water but from a small, persistent drip.
That same principle applies to our Bible reading. The daily drip of God’s living Word on us and in us makes a huge impact over time.
Habits will change, emotions will stabilize, hearts will fill, questions will be answered, souls transformed, strongholds defeated and truth known.
How to Start Daily Bibly Journaling
Here are my favorite tools for Bible journaling.
The Journal the Word Bible from Thomas Nelson is my favorite journaling Bible. This Bible has wide, lined margins with pages thick enough to hand-letter or illustrate your favorite verses.
There are several options including cloth or hard-back covers in King James and New King James versions.
Use archival quality pens that won’t bleed through or fade over time. I use these Sakura micron pens for precise color and no bleeding. They are my favorite!
Colored pencils are a great way to color and shade your illustrations as are Crayola twistables. Neither colored pencils nor Crayola twistables will bleed through the pages of your journaling Bible.
These Bible journaling supplies will get you started but if you want to really doll up the pages of your Bible, Dayspring’s Illustrated Faith has a great line of themed units. The Illustrated Faith materials include special paints, custom stickers, themed washi tape and other supplies for a full Bible journaling experience.
For the non-artist
You do not have to be an accomplished artist to start Bible journaling!
Along with pictures, you can use the margins of your journaling Bible to:
- copy a favorite verse from your daily reading
- write out a prayer based on scripture
- re-write a verse with your name to personalize it
- record & reflect on what God teaches you
- memorialize promises or answers to prayer
- write the date next to memorized passages
- let your children sign their names next to scriptures they memorize
- keep sermon notes
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