When Journaling Bibles first came out, I was pretty immediately smitten, though I didn’t purchase one for many months. I’m always a little nervous to get a new Bible, which may sound kind of weird. I get pretty attached to the current Bible I’m using. I love taking notes, underlining, high lighting, putting dates and little notes in the margins. I have Bibles that I’ve used for years with so many notes in it that it becomes like an old friend. I am not always eager to replace them!
However, in recent years, I had been through 4 or 5 Bibles that kept tearing on me. I was ready to get a new Bible with a quality cover on it that wasn’t going to tear or have pages start falling out.
So, I started looking into the journaling Bibles with the leather covers on them. 2 Christmases ago this was my Christmas gift to myself!
And, oh, how I love my Bible! Do I worship my Bible? No. But I worship the God whose words are contained and through it I come to know and love Him even more. He transforms me through the pages of His Word. He allows me to know Him more through His very words. So, yes, His Word is very precious to me. Through His Word we can behold our God, we can know the God of the universe.
Now that Journaling Bibles have been around for awhile, there are so many options! So, I wanted to show some pictures of my Bible as well as some other lovely options!
WHY a journaling Bible?
If you already have a Bible that you LOVE, getting a journaling Bible may seem unnecessary…and I say stick with the Bible that you already love! But, if you’re trying to decide on a new Bible, I want to just share with you the reasons I love my journaling Bible!
3 Reasons I Love My Journaling Bible
Wide Marins — My very favorite thing about journaling Bibles is the wide margins. For many years I’ve been one to write little notes in my Bibles. Usually only a few words will fit. I will mark a phrase or verse that a pastor shares in a sermon or maybe a few words of a prayer for my family.
But, with a journaling Bible, you have wide, lovely margins with which you can write entire sentences! Even paragraphs!
Prayer Journal + Bible — because of the wide margins, you can have more room to write in prayers, answered prayers, the date you prayed something and prayers for your family members. I love this idea so much I wrote a whole post on using your journaling Bible as a prayer journal!
Artwork — or not! You do NOT have to be artistic to use a journaling Bible. But if you DO want to add color, illustrations or even just washi tape, you can add your own unique touch without covering the words! If you need help in the artistic department, Dayspring has these adorable KITS that have short devotionals and all the supplies you need to create beautiful pages! (A few are on sale at the time of this post!)
I would love to hear from YOU! Do you have a journaling Bible? What do you love about it?
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Im not artistic but I received a free journalling Bible and was so excited until I saw how small the print was. I NEED large print now! Lol! Fortunately I was able to find a large print with wide margins-not as wide as the journalling Bible but wider than my previous one. Im still looking for a journalling Bible with a good sized print though!😉
I have an ESV Journaling Bible for my everyday reading and note taking. I also have a Beautiful Word coloring Bible if I just want to doodle or color. I love being able to read my notes later, as I date my entries (most of the time). I use many different Bibles, so when I started with the Journaling Bible, I put the date so I can see how much I have learned since I started the new one.
I’m more a “study Bible” gal than a “journaling Bible” gal. 🙂 But I will admit that the NASB study Bible I have is falling apart a bit! Torn pages, cramped notes in margins, and all those markings from inductive studies. I could definitely use more margin space for note-writing!!
I’ve kind of wishlisted the new ESV Reader’s Bible set though–looks beautiful. Maybe someday…
Michelle Vargas says
Yes I do have a journaling bible! I have the beautiful words nkjv and yes I LOVE my bible! I am too one who writes tons of notes and even with the wide margins I’m still finding at times and in certain areas I’m still squeezing in notes but that’s a good thing! It’s great God is good! My last bible I used for years and years and it was falling apart so I do feel like my current journaling bible does have a better seam and cover so another reason why I love it!
Hi! Thank you for the wonderful post! Do you use your journaling Bible as your “main” Bible? Meaning, does it go with you to church, etc?