My Ideal Bible. It's not what you think.

If you are a crafter or an artist, you are no doubt aware of the new “coloring” trends today: Copic coloring, coloring books, and now  — journaling bibles. You know the ones — the bibles with the large margins that allow your creative genius to flow in word or illustration as you write prayers, praises, and journaling on each page.

While I absolutely adore the new journaling bibles, I have seen too many Instagram and Pinterest photos of beautifully illustrated, colorful, original artistic pages that will cause me #PinterestFail anxiety if I would try to embark on such a project.

For me, I find that illustrating my bible happens in a very different way.

It was quite a while ago, but I came across this meme on Facebook and had to save it.

Currently, I have a New King James Bible that I’ve had for almost 30 years. For the first 20 years, I only highlighted special verses with a traditional yellow highlighter.  In the last ten years, however, I have highlighted, underscored, red-marked, captioned, commentated, numerated and defined so many areas of my bible that it has become the most precious of items that will not easily be replaced!

While is it not on the verge of falling apart – just yet – this quote from Spurgeon is something that I want to continually strive toward each day as I read and study my little red bonded leather letter of Love.

Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all
who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
Luke 11:28 (NLT)

If you love the journaling bibles as I do, you may like these lovely ones through Amazon that have illustrations already in them — all you have to do is color!  Take a look at them HERE.

How do you study your bible?  Are you an illustrator or journaler? Underliner or highlighter? I’d love to hear of your ways of digesting God’s Word in the comments below!  

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