scripture journaling

I have been wanting to do a post on Scripture journaling for awhile now — but it never seemed like a “good” time. But, with the hymn study I am doing with my younger siblings, I figured it would be a right time to post about it now.

Several years ago — we’re talking back in 2010 — Mom woke us up with a strangely interesting statement: “I think  we’re Mormons.” It was one of those years when we older girls were getting older (of course), and the younger children were starting lessons, and it was getting harder and harder to incorporate the unit study type lessons we had always done into the school day with so many various ages.

So, having just recently gotten the convenience of the internet into our home — and by recently I mean within the past year. Yes, we survived ’til then without the internet :D — my mother ran a search, looking for fun school lessons for us to do. And apparently the Mormon’s do a lot of crafty-type things with their children. Things my mother would do. They create fun lunches with their children, do a lot of scrap-booking type things, and they put a lot of emphasis on family, which has always been important to my parents. Hence the statement of “We’re Mormons” — though a joke, it did render us all wide awake to hear that statement made in our house =)

One thing we were all amazed by was the dedication of the Mormons to study their Bibles and the Book of Mormon. And it was truly studying — not simply reading a portion in the morning and the evening and calling it done. The studies we looked at posed deep and interesting questions. The amount of time that was dedicated was immense, much more than most Christians dedicate. And they would do fun things to help them remember what they learned — things like scripture journaling.

So we adopted it in the following years. It became a part of our lessons each day, and something many of us continue as we have graduated. I’ll admit, while I like the idea, and while it will be an amazing heritage to pass onto my children one day, it isn’t my very favourite thing to do. I prefer to write about what I have learned. But my sisters who have been blessed with extremely creative minds — meaning everyone younger than me — do enjoy it. And I like doing it…..I just wish my mind worked like the other girls :D

So what is Scripture journaling? Or, as my Mom phrases it “Scripture-Scraps”? It is simply a way to journal what you have learned throughout Scripture. Whether word studies, topical studies, parables, verses, even catechism…..it is a way to creatively express what you are learning without writing a report on it. We have used scrap booking supplies — papers, stamps, stickers, embellishments — pictures, quotes from books, word art printables, and a myriad of other things.

I asked the girls if I could take pictures of their journals and share some of them with you all, so you could have a visual of what I am talking about. I must say, I have never sat down to look through them. Though not as personal as a writing journal, they are personal. I was awed to see what the Lord had been teaching each of the girls as I flipped through and snapped pictures.

Some of us decorated the outside of our journals to make them unique and special — they are only plain sketch books which we bought at Hobby Lobby years ago.

As you look through the pictures remember that we were all much younger in the beginning of the books — Respectively I was 14, and the next three were 12, 11, and 8. These weren’t something Mom went through to correct spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. She would check to see that we had done it, and left it at that.

Prayerfully this gives you some ideas of your own, to start such a precious work of art….and trust me, if I can do this, anyone can. Especially since my whole family inherited the all the creative genes between them and I was left out of that one. Cooking for a party — have that one handled. Decorating…..well, best to leave that to someone else’s doing =)

AND — since this is the last installment of the hymn study for this go-round, we are celebrating with a giveaway.

My sister, Bethaney, is a wonderful artist, and she offered her talent to me — a beautiful printable for someone to win. If you have time, hop on over to Chocolate Ink Designs and see what all she has created :P

Entering the giveaway is easy — simply leave a comment on this post of what the Lord has taught you through this study of consecration. The giveaway will close Wednesday, September 13 — next week. I will announce the winner next Friday =)

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4 comments

  1. Shannon says:

    I’ve often used a journal as part of my Bible study, but not in this way (I just write). I really like this idea, though. I’m not particularly artistic or crafty, but I can see myself getting into this. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  2. Bekah says:

    Lovely post! I have always enjoyed journaling about my daily life and what the Lord has been teaching me, but I have never tried Scripture journaling. I should give it a try in the near future for sure. I sympathize with you, Kaitlyn, because I am not talented in the kind of artistry shown in the beautiful pages shown above. But, I guess we’re all talented in different ways. I guess the most important thing is what we’re getting out of the Scripture, right?? :)

    Thank you for posting! I am looking forward to reading future posts.

    -Bekah

  3. ilovereading2 says:

    This is a great idea! I might have to try it sometime. :)
    What you are talking about in your consecration study has reminded me of what I have been burdened to work on lately- loving others. You were talking about having a good attitude when someone interrupts you, etc, and that is something that I really need to work on. :)

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