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Check out this guide on how to start Bible journaling for beginners. Get Bible Journaling ideas, tips, and printables to teach you how to get started Bible journaling.

Our Bible journaling Ideas are just what you need to get started with what has become very popular as an expression of faith, a way to be creative, and a way to dig deeply into God’s word or simply to reflectively meditate.  Yet these days there are so many supplies and tools, so the whole concept can be a bit overwhelming, especially to those of us who were taught NOT to write in our Bibles. 

If you are wondering what this is all about, keep reading because we’re going learn together how to start Bible journaling for beginners.

Easy Bible journaling ideas for beginners who want to know how to get started Bible journaling.

Bible Journaling Ideas: How to Get Started

As you begin your Bible journaling process, you’ll be looking back to these great Bible journaling ideas to help get started and to keep up with this new way to really dig into God’s word.  As you grow in your relationship with Christ, your ideas for how to journal the process will also increase.

Don’t Miss These Posts With Bible Journaling Ideas & Tips:

Day 1: Bible Journaling Ideas: How to Get Started

Day 2: Make It Meaningful

Day 3: Top 25 Bible Journaling Supplies

Day 4: Get Creative

Bible Journaling For Beginners: Two Things You Need To Know

You Don’t Need A Lot Of Money To Bible Journal

All you need is God’s word and a pencil. Yup, that’s it!  You’ll see fancy stuff as we go and the “gimmies” can hit hard, but remember much of it is extras that are not required.

You Don’t Have To Be Creative

Stay focused on what matters, which is your time with God.

While some people are quite talented and creative, this is not a contest! Focus on your personal time with the Lord.


Why Bible Journaling?

Why should you start Bible journaling?

  • Bible journaling is an act of worship. Not just coloring or another art form, while working on these designs, meditate over the scriptures. Pray. Use your time Bible journaling as worship.
  • Document your walk with God. Like an old-fashioned Bible with a family history in the front, you are sharing your legacy of faith through your drawings, markings, and stories.
    Your Bible will become a treasured keepsake as your children and grandchildren see what you pondered and how you expressed your faith in your important times with God.  Bible journaling ideas abound, and how you use them to help document your walk will be a treasure for future generations.
  • Use your gifts to GLORIFY Him. Use the gifts of your time, talent, and treasures to bring glory to God who is your Creator and gives all good gifts.
  • Connect God’s Word to your life. The more you reflect on God’s word, the more you will see daily, meaningful connections to real-life situations. Then the more you can journal about those…it becomes a win-win situation.
  • Pray the Scriptures. Pray as you journal. Pray God’s word back to him, and you will discover you memorize large portions of scripture that you can pull out and use at other important times when you need it most.
  • Consider using the S.O.A.P. method. This is an old method but a goodie. S – Scripture. Read a passage of the Bible. O – Observe. What about this passage was especially meaningful to you? A- Application. How does this apply to your life today? P – Pray. Pray for guidance and direction as you apply this truth to your life.

Which Journaling Bible Should I Use?

Here are some great options for journaling Bibles.

A journaling Bible gives you space inside the Bible to add your own notes, drawings, artwork, and other designs.

Here is the ESV journaling Bible. You can see the extra space in the margins.

A basic journaling Bible such as the ESV journaling Bible or NIV Journaling Bible is blank with wide margins.

The main difference in Bibles is covers and width of margins.
How to choose a journaling BibleWhile you certainly don’t need a journaling Bible (see below for more ideas if you don’t have one), many people find it gives them room for creativity and space to take notes.

Also see this post: 25 Bibles for women.

These journaling Bibles are different in that they have pages with pre-done pictures that you can color.

There is also some room for your own drawings and notes, but not as much as a plain Journaling Bible.

These are great beginner journaling Bibles for getting started, for teens, and if you aren’t super-creative.

Click on any photo to see samples of some pages:

Do I Need a Journaling Bible?

No! Here are creative Bible journaling ideas when you don’t have a journaling Bible:

  • You can use a wide-margin Bible, a note-taker’s Bible, or a traditional Bible.
  • Use a blank or lined journal or sketch book. Use whatever you are comfortable with!
  • In Bibles with small or non-existent margins, journal responses on paper or vellum can be attached with washi tape.
  • You can also buy a Bible Journaling kit that has all the Bible journaling printables you need to get started.

Update (2019) The Illustrating Bible by Illustrated Faith

Illustrated Faith has recently released their new Illustrating Bible and this spiral bound, square Bible with thicker pages and wider margins is truly unlike any other journaling Bible on the market. Read our full review of the Illustrating Bible here.


What Do I Put in the Margins?

Here are a few Bible journaling ideas to get you started:

  • Pictures or illustrations, doodles, circled words, lines, and arrows, highlighted sections or phrases, stars or exclamation points
  • Song lyrics
  • Devotional thoughts
  • Prayers
  • Sermon notes
  • A simple line down the page to make a connection
  • A word about THE LINE ~ It marks the spot and brings you back. It’s the familiar when you get lost and the life-line when you fall in again. It’s not “where [or] what was that verse?” but rather knowing you can find it and lean on it again until finally, it becomes a part of you!

What are the Best Beginner Supplies for Bible Journaling?

We have a beautiful new Bible Journaling Kit made especially for beginners and people who aren’t especially creative. Click here to check out the Trust in the Lord Bible Journaling Kit.Trust in the Lord Bible Journaling Kit|The Holy Mess

Foundations Bible Journaling Kit $44.95

Grab the Illustrated Faith Starter Kit for only $35!

Bella Blvd 1256 Illustrated Faith Basics Stickers, 6″ x 12″, Bible Tabs #2, Multicolor  $5.75

Sakura 30068 8-Piece Pigma Micron Assorted Colors 01 Ink Pen Set  $13.79

Prima Marketing Art Basics Gesso, 8.5-Ounce, Clear $9.78

Faber-Castell FBR770169 FaberCastell Gelatos Set – Brights  $21.37

Accu-Gel Bible Highlighters (Pack of 6) Plus Pigma Micron Bible Underlining Pens (6 Pack) Deluxe Study Kit $24.95

Paper Smooches Clear Stamps, 4 x 6″, Have Faith  14.99

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 48-Count    $23.99

Prismacolor Scholar Pencil Sharpener  $1.49

Tip! Don’t sharpen your pencils to a tip that’s too sharp or it could tear your Bible pages.

Speedball Elegant Writer 4 Calligraphy Marker Instructional Set  $6.13

Gel Pels probably do better in a separate journal rather than your journaling Bible — be sure to test them first:

Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 8-Pack (31128)   $7.27

Pilot G2 Metallics Gel Roller Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Color Inks, 8-Pack Pouch (34405)  $11.50

Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, Dozen Box (31020)    $10.42

Delta Creative Stencil Mania Stencils, 7 by 10-Inch, 970660710 Script Alphabet $5.80

DaySpring Illustrated Faith Starter Kit, For Christian Bible Study (0790670)  $29.99

Bible Journaling Kits

Bible journaling kits are great because you get a group of supplies that are of one theme. Plus it’s a little bit like Christmas morning when you get them. When you are getting started, a kit can be a great way to not feel quite so overwhelmed.

Our favorite kits include those from Illustrated Faith and Creative Retreat. Here are some examples for you to explore. Try investing in one and see how you like it:

Illustrated Faith Less Hustle More Jesus Devotional Kit

Illustrated Faith Only One You Devotional Kit

Illustrated Faith All Things New Devotional Kit

Creative Retreat Devotional Kit


Is Bible Journaling a sin?

As Bible journaling has become more popular, some controversy has risen up about the practice. There are people who believe that writing in a Bible is sinful, or that the creative artwork takes away from Bible study time.

While each of us is ultimately accountable to God for our own actions, I have spend the last several years interecting with the Bible journaling community. I have been blown away by the depth of faith I have seen among these women. I have been honored and humbled when I’ve seen how women are pouring over God’s word and studying scriptures.

Bible journaling example

Meisha B Bible journaling page

Does the artwork pull people away from studying God’s word? Yes, at times. Is it a distraction? Sure. Lots of things are distractions in this world.

But overall I have seen so much more that is a tremendous blessing in this art form and creative expression.

Bible journaling is not sinful.

As far as using the Bible as a medium for artwork, I have never seen anyone who is doing so as a way of detracting from God’s word. Bible journaling is done as an act of prayer and worship. 


Bible Journaling with Momentum

Momentum is a monthly Bible journaling kit subscription program.

This program is specifically designed for the busy Christian woman who wants to grow in faith yet doesn’t have hours to spend searching through Pinterest for ideas and techniques.

With this program, all the work is done for you, so each time you open your Bible everything you need will be right at your fingertips.

Click here to learn all about Momentum and your get FREE 10 day Bible journaling course to get started.


The Best Bible Journaling For Beginners Resources

If you are looking for even more great Bible journaling ideas, check out this list of some amazing resources from other bloggers.  You’ll learn and find great tips for how to make this experience uniquely yours.



Pinterest pages:

The Holy Mess

Connie Denninger

Bible Stories from the Heart

Patricia Maier

Heart of Wisdom

Shannon Noel



The Holy Mess Bible Journaling Facebook Group – click here to join us

Visual Faith Learning Community

Praying in Color

Great Lakes Visual Faith Community

Creative Worship Bible Journaling

Creative Coloring, Journaling, & Planning

#It Is Our Day

Bible Journaling Digitally

Bible Stories from the Heart

I’m indebted to my mom, Jeanette Rorabaugh, and Bev Wicher, pastor’s wife from the Eastern Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod District for sharing their Bible journaling tools, resources, and wisdom for these posts.

Thank you to Emily Abraham for the photo on today’s cover.


Have you started Bible journaling or do you want to start? What supplies and resources do you use?


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