Whether I want to or not. Â Buying pencil crayons, markers, paints…whatever…leads to materialism and coveting. I have to remember that, too. Â, Defacing something is solely for the purpose of ruining it, for destruction. Â Oh, my, if people ever felt like that after reading any of my posts, I’d be quite concerned about what I was writing! Do whatever is easiest for you to start a new spiritual discipline of journaling through the Bible. You are choosing to judge that person without knowing them based on what their profile picture is and what they have said on their page. Â Because we are uncomfortable with things that are out of control. ).Â, Another argument was that painting or drawing over the words in scripture is defacing God’s word. I don’t think we intend to do this when we write in our Bibles. Â Yes, my heart. Â The above statement is simply me thinking the best of someone rather than, BUT, if it is changed, then the issue is not with Bible journaling. You know how you read a post and the author sounds angry…or judgemental (maybe both) – and you leave the siteÂ feeling condemned? Â It is very visual, I see it fully. If you want to run away from the nightmares and embrace the dreams, then make sure that you are: Interpreting the Bible according to Godâs interpretation and not your own; Reading the Bible every day I have a wonderful 'Life Application Study Bible" Over the years I have highlighted scriptures, circled page numbers, and made short notes where I felt I needed. Â This is, If you know my story – if you know what God has brought me through, then you would expect to find a woman who reveres God with her whole, I’ve read in some posts that God’s word can becomeÂ secondary to my own ‘self-expression’. Â I have a very serious problem with the condition of my what??? I see that you linked back to one of my comments from my post on this topic. The person in the Bible who told the most parables is Jesus. My bible is also plain, so is it wrong to put christian stickers on it? Please pray for me to be more humble, understanding, and empathetic towards others who are different from myself. Â Bible art journaling actually quotes scripture, usually word-for-word. Â Â, I read a comment on one post where the commenter went as far as to say that Bible journaling is another way the devil is corrupting faithful people…then I look at her gravatar (from Nightmare Before Christmas, perhaps? So is a Bible verse. If you liked this post, you might enjoy some Bible & prayer journaling posts of mine. Â Again, the issue here is the condition of the, Hey, you know what? Â And you’ll see that it simply does not apply to sharing photos of Bible journaling. She works from home as a homeschool support teacher and she homeschools her own children as well. BUT, if it is changed, then the issue is not with Bible journaling. Am I going to listen to someone who dines at McDonald’s regularly and who is sick from it? The login page will open in a new tab. Bible verses about Righting Wrongs. This right column is widget ready! Aimee, the story of Thomas Jefferson is true. Luckily, I change my opinions when presented with new information and I was wrong. Â I can understand this idea and IÂ would not hesitate to respect that belief. This is the same for spiritual matters. Or do you say, âHoney, remind me later to tell you aboutâ¦ââ I blinked. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. And thank you for the kind words. No, as long as you are not marking or writing in your Bible to deface or desecrate it, there is nothing wrong when you do so with good intentions. That’s just common sense, too. Your characterization of her is unfair. And writing/drawing in a Bible is the concern??? Good points. It heightens my ability to skim the book if I ever need to go back through it. How To Create A Simple Prayer JournalÂ – includes HUGE subscriber freebie of a prayer journal! Here’s the link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-thomas-jefferson-created-his-own-bible-5659505/ Sad but true story. 8 Tips For Engaging with Your Bible Devotionally January 05, 2017 Reading the Bible devotionally is about engaging with the text at the heart level. I seem to have offended you and I think my point was misunderstood, perhaps. If you want to remember to share something with your sweetheart when you have time, do you write a note? If I’m reading John 3, my eyes are going to be drawn to verse 16 because it’s one of the most well-known sentences in the English language. Â There are some strong opinions out there! Â Reading that entire chapter will help you understand the idea of praying in your room. Itâs actually good to write notes in your Bible and study it. We get into arguments about such things and yet we have so many broken people on our ‘doorstep’, looking for Hope. Â When I read a passage of Scripture, meditate on it, consider what God is saying, what God wants to teach me, and think of how I can apply it to my life – that’s when I might be inspired to journal. And you know what? Maybe it will give us a greater vocabulary with which we can share our faith. Â This kind of behavior is just to make trouble, cause strife, and divisiveness. Â The pain lasts a very long time. You see, Bible journaling ideas and inspiration don’t just magically pop into my head out of nowhere. Markings from an incredible study in Romans. The same with advice on eating healthy. Here’s a link…he was a deist but was also a follower of Jesus Christ. Or would it be more prudent of me to seek the advice of someone who has their finances in order and honoring God through it? 3) Youâll remember more of the Bible. Â The scars never quite heal. Â Â Â, I am working on an in-depth Bible study of the book of John and there is a chapter that touches on this kind of divisive behavior. Instead of writing in the margins of your Bible, which gives you about enough space to write one word, maybe two, with which to summarize your thoughts, write in a journal. Writing in my Bible and drawing in my Bible Journal helps my heart honor God (see, it’s about my heart. I had a great experience with the verses I underlined, so I naturally want to hover over those verses again at the expense of the rest of the verses in the chapter. And I think this fact is either overlooked, ignored, or not even considered by those who are against Bible journaling. âDonât write yourself a note.â âBut if I donât, Iâll forget again.â âWriting a note is religion,â he said. No, itâs not wrong to write notes in your Bible. Â This is NOT the kind of accusation to make against the Bride of Christ casually – or spitefully. Â And my God is so much bigger than my ‘self-expression’. While I don’t personally agree with the points you made, I do love how you thoroughly presented all the facts and your opinions. Â If you are interested in this study when it releases this summer. There are those who believe that for someone to write or draw in their Bible, they are adding to Godâs word, which is clearly wrong (Prov 30:5-6, Rev 22:18). Beholding (seeing) leads to meditating, pondering, and processing. As emotions rise and become tangled, jumbled thoughts, it can be relieving to find the words to untangle them and put them on paper. If I can be lead astray to materialism so easily over coloring tools, then I think I have bigger problems than Bible journaling. That being said, I think it’s worthwhile to reflect on how underlining/highlighting verses in God’s Word affects the way we interact with Scripture. Lucky for me our Internet is back up, Comcast has been down. Â, Is your concern over a secondary (or even tertiary) issue such as Bible journaling greater than the welfare of a person? I then brought my personal Bible that I use for Bible studies for the stuff I wanted to remember to tell my friends. Â My notes, highlights, and ‘doodles’ help me to remember who He is and who I am. But seeing certain verses underlined and other verses left alone leaves me inevitably with the impression that the underlined verses are what matters and the rest of the verses, while important, aren’t the main thing. Â So, I thought I’d address the questionÂ Is Bible Journaling Wrong?Â Or Even Evil? Â However, things get a bit dangerous when that belief leads to accusing other Christians of not honoring God or being deceived by Satan because they do write (or draw) in their Bible (see above). Â On Sunday, I could glare at the young mom sitting in the pew trying to keep her toddler quiet – or maybe just be judging her in my heart. And it is weird. And open to what the Lord wanted to show you! It’s not defacing the Bible. We need to be encouragers not dividers. There is nothing wrong with writing in a Bible. Â I honor God by keeping my Bible clean and wrinkle free. Compare versions to see how different translations of the Bible express a given passage. I think itâs a great way to honor God and his word; signs of a feast . Â It helps me root the word of God deeply within my. Bible Journaling Tips for the Not-So-Artistic Artists. In each instance where the Bible contains a contradiction about an alleged historical event, at least one of the accounts is wrong. Â As I scroll through her wall, I see it is littered with OMG, wtf, and other curse words as well as posts with sexual innuendos. But I would think that would be just common sense. I’m not trying to knock something that the Lord is using for you in a powerful way. God chose to reveal himself through a book. * I also don’t want to discourage the practice of writing in your Bible for the sake of tracing the argument of the text. Yes, we need to be encouragers, building up the body of Christ instead of getting into foolish arguments. 8 Tips for Engaging with Your Bible Artistically January 06, 2017 God invites us to meditate on his Word (Ps. I would much rather be an encourager. You have a teachable spirit, and that goes a long way in learning to be more humble and understanding! Â And it has nothing to do with Bible journaling (can you guess where the issue is rooted? The Bible was not meant to be read as an inspirational verse calendar. No surprise. She loves writing abut her faith and decided to give blogging a try in 2013. Here is my concern with writing in your Bible: In my personal reading (of all books), I tend to underline and write in the margins. Â Someone who is Bible journai\ling is more likely to have a softened heart full of love and respect for God’s word. The rest is history... We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I wonder what he was thinking when he did that. Bible journaling is being called the work of the devil by some. Thank you for tackling such a tough subject. Signup now and have "A+" grades! Â At least we try. Because I am careful to whom I listen to does not mean I am ‘judging’ the other person – I think some solid teaching on the subject of ‘judge not’ would be beneficial here. Thanks for sharing, Gaye! Maybe putting our emotions into words as we read Scripture will help us grow more confident in sharing our love of the Lord with those who don’t know him. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Quotes âIâm a little pencil in the [â¦] There are a few arguments out there against Bible journaling – let’s go one-by-one. I would guess the latter. Some people love to, some preachers make all of their notes for their lessons in the margins, while others think it is down right heretical to write in their Bibles. Interesting, hey? Again, I don’t want to tell you to stop writing in your Bible. Â In other words, are you more concerned about being ‘right (in your own eyes) than about the person you are arguing with? The following two tabs change content below. It’s almost standard wisdom that if you want to read your Bible well, you should underline and highlight in it. But think about taking the next step in your interaction with God’s word. Question: "Is it wrong to pray written prayers?" Or open a Word doc on your laptop. 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