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Bible Journaling the Cross

The more I Bible journal, the more I learn and fall in love with Jesus and want to spend time in the Bible, God’s love letter to us. During this season of Lent, and in the first year of my new e-course, Bible Journaling with Stencils & More, a new BONUS lesson has been added. This one doesn’t use stencils, but instead, shows the step-by-step process of making the cross journal page above and some research into some of the last words of Jesus on the cross. The lesson demonstrates the same technique of a cross page I did a few years ago, which has been my most pinned Bible Journal page on Pinterest.

On the original Bible page (shown directly above) I made all sorts of mistakes, being new to Bible journaling. In the lesson, it shows what I learned without all the mistakes. The lesson for this cross page is done in an Interleaved Bible.

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Activate your God-given creativity while doodling, coloring, and Bible journaling in ways that deepen your relationship with God and give you the opportunity to grow your artistic skill. This book encourages conversations with God by engaging the imagination through visual examples and easy-to-follow techniques for experiencing the creative process as a way to listen and respond to God.

The visual prayer techniques shared in Prayerful Doodling are some of the processes that have integrated my creativity and spirituality. Spiritually they have helped me pray, listen to God more, work through problems and emotions, gain insight, and even receive answers. Creatively these simple activities have helped me develop a visual language of personal symbols, new ideas, growing in visual expression and sharing meaningful imagery to bless others. Here are some photos of the inside of the book:

In Prayerful Doodling, visual prayer processes are simple and adaptable to themes and any skill level. Many of the activities can be done directly in the book and/or in a journal. The book can be gone through in order presented or an activity chosen as desired. It can be helpful to an individual working on their own, but individuals could also work in their books and share with a group for meaningful discussion and prayer.

Prayerful Doodling provides a starting point for developing personal symbols with workbook space to experiment and step-by-step borders to draw. Sprinkled throughout the book are samples from participants in the Prayerful Doodling Workshop who have generously allowed me to share some of their visual prayers in the book.

For decades, symbolism is something I have been passionate about learning and expressing through visual art. The circle is a symbol of wholeness in nearly every culture. It provides a shape to begin a visual prayer with Christ as our center. The possibilities are vast and Prayerful Doodling explores a variety of visual prayer processes using circles as a starting point.

An introduction to the symbolism of shapes and color is provided, and experimenting with doodling personal symbols using shape and color is encouraged.

Bible Journaling has been another way to connect with God and collaborate using creativity. Included in Prayerful Doodling is a step-by-step method for digging deeper into a word study in Scripture, and making an art journal page. Four Bible Margin inserts are included that can be colored, cut and glued into the Bible margins.

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Here is a list of inspirational prompts and pages included in Prayerful Doodling:
  • Warming up with doodling to music and scribbling
  • Expressing emotions through line and color
  • Developing personal symbols and symbolism of color, shapes, and Christian symbols
  • Visual Ignatian prayer
  • Variety of step by step circle prayer processes
  • 10 pages of Bible journaling and 4 Bible margin inserts
  • Step by step building of doodles and borders
  • 9 coloring pages

Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:

Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:

Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:

About exploring a word of the year:

A surprise that led to an animal of the year:

“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.

If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”

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Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out:

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Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
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URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2018 & #everydayjournals2018




Valerie: (this one :-))

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  1. Dear Valerie – enjoyed seeing your lovely cross in the Bible. Took time to read a couple of your previous posts. Being a Christian and artist I found inspiration in your posts. Have kept a prayer journal for many years and will look forward to reading more about your prayer journals. Take care and have a blessed day.

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