Stay Strong Bible Journaling Templates

This year our church has adopted the theme “Stay Strong,” and we are focusing on one chapter per week Bible reading plan. It’s a simple plan that focuses on more in-depth study and meditation as opposed to speed reading the whole Bible. I am going to attempt to create a Bible Journaling Template each week as we work through this study. As you all know, I’m not great at following through on big projects like this. I get bogged down in the “day to day” stuff far more often than I like to admit. So, we will see how this progresses.

However…weeks 1 & 2 are done! Happy Dance! So I will share the first one here today!

Our first chapter is Ephesians 4, which is often known for the ONEs…One Lord, One Faith, One baptism. But as I read through it, I was drawn to one thought – Unity. This chapter was about living as one with each other. How do we do that when we all are so different, with different backgrounds and lifestyles? “Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.” It seems so simple, right? I will be at the head of the line for “humble and gentle” training. Far too many times, I fall on the “blunt” side of things and am often guilty of using honesty as my justification. I’m adding this verse to my prayer journal to help remind me throughout the year, that blunt honesty is not the answer. Humble, gentle, patient words of love should be my goal.

New Bible Journaling Templates

I was recently contacted and asked to create 4 new Bible Journaling Templates…so I did. šŸ™‚ The four verses include Jeremiah 29:11, Philippians 4:16, Proverbs 3:5-6 and 1 Samuel 16:&. They are all available in my Etsy store for $2.25 each.

Several people have asked how to use them. The primary use is to trace them into a journaling bible and then color or paint them. You can also color them and use them as bookmarks or inspirational mini posters.

Here are some photos of other verses I have created and colored. I’ll be coloring these 4 new verses soon and hope to make a video when I do so.



Great Joy! Bible Journaling Template

This week is a busy week and it is only Wednesday. I hope yours is not as busy, but I hope it is as productive as mine has been so far. I started off this week with a cleaning mission. I have to confess that our bonus room has become a hoarding stash of crafts, fabrics and other miscellaneous items. So Saturday, I started the decluttering and disposing of my hoard. By Sunday evening, I had made a ton of progress and had sorted out 6 bags of trash and a heap of recycling. But after all that work, I needed a creative break. Let’s face it, I needed an excuse to quit cleaning!


For the past week I’ve had a verse on my mind. I don’t remember when I jotted it down, but it’s been in my planner for a while and I ran across it last week. Philemon 1:7 – “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lordā€™s people.I also have little sketches in my planner and I had one for a mason jar. So budda bing, budda boom, I put them together in this cute little piece of work. I adore drawing these little art deco looking flowers. They remind me of dogwood blossoms, but with more petals than just four. So I colored them pink in honor of my favorite color of dogwood blossom. The love banner is also pink, because I LOVE pink. LOL. The whole piece came together quickly. After refining it Monday , I traced it into my journaling Bible last night after finishing (mostly) my cleaning mission. It was my reward for all the hard work I have done cleaning that room!

It has been my unofficial resolution this year to let go of the judgemental nature I can sometimes have (wait, I’m surely not talking about myself, am I?) and focus on being an encouragement to others instead. It all started last fall with a sermon that smacked me in the face and I haven’t been able to let go of it. It still smacks me and I am trying to work through the pain and see what it is that God want me to do. It’s hard for me, and I’m hoping this little bit of joy in my Bible will keep spurring me onward.

So, why is my resolution unofficial, you might ask. Because if it was an official resolution, I’d resent the fact that I was failing in keeping it and that resentment would lead me away from doing anything and that is not the path I want to travel…so, it is unofficial, no pressure, just JOY.

BTW, if you would like a template to add this cute art to your journaling Bible or to make bookmarks, it’s available here in my Etsy store.

My Bible Journaling Journey

IMG_0912.JPGBack in the spring I got all excited about Bible Journaling. It had all the artsy crafts aspects that I loved and promised to get me in the Word. So I jumped in with both feet and after lots of positive encouragement, I began offering templates in my Etsy store.

Then life happened. Summer started, church activities stole my free time and there’s that small renovation in the children’s area that needs new murals, and there went my Bible Journaling plans.

Now enter fall. I think this year for the first time I truly understand why I really love fall. It’s because the madness ends. Being married to a professional Boy Scout, fall hails the end of summer camp. Being a mom, fall rushes in the school year and the beginning of structured life again. As a children’s ministry worker, it means that Bible camp and VBS have ended, new teachers are in place for the fall quarter, and calm is returning. Fall is my time to take a deep breathe and let lifeĀ settle back into place.

It’s during this peaceful calm that I start getting the bug…the crafty bug. It’s always with me but when I have time to breathe, that longing inside of me awakes and is followed by trips to the art store to buy watercolor paper, new brushes and a tube or two of paint. Designs start flitting through my mind and those daily scripture readings start turning into imagined art. So, while I still mull over what my next design will be, take a trip over to my Etsy store and see what’s already there.

Happy Fall Y’all!