Last Saturday I was privileged to fly to VA and attend the Illustrated Faith event. Connie Denninger put together the event with Shanna Noel and Lisa Nichols Hickman. Enjoyed hearing Shanna's testimony and an intro to bible journaling. Lisa is the author of "Writing in the Margins" and an excellent speaker.
I have to confess that I resisted bible journaling for a long time. Even though I am an early adopter of things, this was one, that seemed like a fad, and more about the art than about time with God. I couldn't see getting and starting a new bible, as my Life Application Study bible NIV has been my companion for over 22 years. I bought one of the ESV journaling bibles and when it came the font was so small I really was turned off by journaling in my bible, and actually gave it away to a friend. Then I decided that I wanted to use His Kingdom Come products in my bible, so gave in and purchased a used NASB In Touch bible. Font is larger and even though not a journaling bible, the margins are large enough to add art. In the past few months, I gave in and started bible journaling.
It still felt strange, and started to become more about the art than time with God. A few weeks ago I decided to get Lisa's book since I would be meeting her at the event. That was a game changer for me!
Lisa is a bible journaling historian, and her book is full of the meat of how to spend time with God. She calls the margins "sacred edges." I just love that. Reading this turned me around and I let go of my perfection and decided to just spend time with God and write love letters to Him!
In the foreward by Byron Borger he describes a "holy longing" to bible journaling. Wow, that hit home, and I had to ask myself if I actually had a "holy longing" for time spent with God. He also talks about the book is about" writing our own thoughts, feelings, frustrations and hopes next to the holy text, we discern the connections between God's Word and our lives."At the end of each chapter, she has prompts to allow you to work on the pages of your bible, slowly and deeply.
This was beginning to resonate with me! I love how Lisa led me to that holy longing, to spend time with him, to create my own faith legacy in my bible and to keep track of what he was teaching me. So I began to read, ponder, and write, not worrying about images, drawings, or colors, just sweet time with Him.
I decided to dedicate my bible with what I was learning with Lisa and created a first page with my notes.
It was freeing and I have spent more time with God in the past 2 weeks than before, when I was focused on "bible journaling."
If you are just starting bible journaling, or have been journaling for a while, highly suggest you read Lisa's book, it just might revolutionize your time with God.
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