Hi there! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Debby is such an inspiration to me, not only in her creativity but her bold faith! She has so generously joined our creative and education team here at Illustrated Faith and I am excited for her to share some of her process with you! Please welcome Debby!!!

Hi! I’m honored and humbled and excited to be a part of the Creative and Education Team here at Illustrated Faith – it’s amazing to see how God is using this expression of our art to help us fall in love with His Word in a whole new way and get so many people reading their Bibles! I love it!

One of the most frequent questions that I see is, “Where do I start?” I thought that, for my first post here, I’d start at the beginning and share one of the ways that I find the verses that I illustrate in my journaling Bible.

I read my Bible in the morning most days – on my phone, using the YouVersion Bible app.

Just recently I started reading using two different plans that you can see on my phone in the photo. I like reading a little bit here and there and using a plan keeps me on track.

Often when I’m reading, a few verses will stand out to me, so I’ll copy them into my journal, usually changing the wording to make it personal – writing it from me to God or from God to me. Sometimes this inspires me to get out my journaling Bible and illustrate those verses there to help me remember them. Recently I was reading Psalm 145 and it meant so much to me that I decided to write the whole thing out in my journal.

As I was writing it, I began to see a pattern in the words – lots of “You are” and “I will” – so I started highlighting those things in my Bible with a colored pencil.

I outlined those phrases with the Zig marker that I love and colored them in some more. From there I underlined some verses and drew a little scallopy cloud around my favorite verse in the chapter and colored it in.

Then it was time to pull out my scrapbooking supplies. I keep a basket with stickers and rub-ons handy to use in my Bible. I started with the pretty leafy circle – a rub-on from Crate Paper. I added the letter stickers and worked my way out from there. I love the word “awesome” here – it shouts that God is awesome! It is a rub-on from My Mind’s Eye. The heart and cute little globe are stickers from Crate Paper. I had highlighted in the passage all the great things about God, so in the margin I listed all the actions that I should take that the verses say to tell how great He is!

Here’s a look at the full spread of two pages – I don’t usually try to coordinate the two pages – this time they just both happened to have my favorite color… pink!

Now, how about trying it yourself? Psalm 145:13-21 has a perfect list for you to highlight and practice on. Here’s mine… It’s a love letter from God to YOU this Valentine’s week!

I’m looking forward to sharing this adventure with you in the months ahead! You can visit me on my blog and follow me on Instagram and be my friend on Facebook.

 

 

Thank you so much Debby, I love how your bible perfectly reflects not only your style but your walk!!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
Shanna

13 Comments
  1. debi 5 years ago

    Hi Debby, I love your Bible pages! Your beautiful work is so inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cheryl wagner 5 years ago

    Debby so glad to see you here too!!! Excited to start this journey. Thanks for the inspiration. I love your process!!!

  3. Adel 5 years ago

    I love Debby’s process. As a literacy teacher, I love the bible journalling process. It’s far from shallow doodling and coloring. It’s reading with a purpose – it’s not just a surface understanding . This process makes you look for key words, symbols, themes, and you are making connections to hymns, choruses and other scriptures.. It’s all those higher level reading skills of analyzing and synthesizing. Harvard tells their students that annotating their texts and articles is one of the best ways to gain understanding while reading. I’m pretty sure bible journalling is just the most creative of annotating.

  4. ToriBissell 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your process with us. I find it so inspiring to hear how people do things and I always learn something. I absolutely love that you copy some of those verses and make it personal to you. That is so cool and I have never thought of doing something like that before. What I love about that is that it’s like God is writing a love letter to you. What a great reminder that it’s suppose to be personal and intimate.

  5. Cricket Rawlins 5 years ago

    thank you so much Debby for sharing your process! I love your pages and have been a bit hesitant to start “creating” in my journaling Bible. I do a ton of highlighting but wasn’t sure how to take it to the next level with art! You’ve inspired me and helped to show me how I too, can add artwork to my pages!

    Blessings,

  6. judyinhuntsvilleal 5 years ago

    Love this so much Debby!

  7. Deb J 5 years ago

    Debby, I was excited to see your process for highlighting things in your Bible. I enjoy seeing it every time you show it on your blog. I think it is a awesome way to praise an awesome God.

  8. Julene Anderson 5 years ago

    Where did you buy your journaling bible, please?.. I love what you do with it..

  9. Chanda B 5 years ago

    Thank you so much. This has really helped me find my own process.

  10. emily 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this post! I have a Bible reading plan I really like but have had a hard time personaling the daily reading instead of just checking it off the list. I love what you said about making the verses personal and pulling it into the margins. I’ve done it before but got out of the habit and this was just a perfect reminder!

  11. Glyn Alice Fuller 4 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this post, seeing your example and then practicing. This has been a huge help
    to me as I begin my journey into Bible journaling.

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