So, What Supplies Do I REALLY Need to Start Bible Journaling?

If you have asked yourself, “So, what supplies to I really NEED to start Bible journaling,” I can help! I first ran across the idea of Bible journaling on Pinterest, and wow, it knocked my socks off! But, before I could even find my socks again, I was quickly overwhelmed with this beautiful and awesome form of worship! Sure, I make notes in my Bible, and highlight here and there, but this is way beyond all of that. This is watercolors, and acrylic paint, and hand lettering beauty!  Stickers and stamps and tip-ins and tip-outs….whew.

I did not know some of this stuff existed, let alone that I could use them in my Bible. So many supplies, where do you even begin? And, don’t get me started on the price of my “wish list”! Yikes!

So, I’m going to tell you, like I told myself, “breathe, slow down, think about this Cookie Monster!”

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A Mom’s Story of Losing Her Son Puts Bible Journaling in Perspective

Perfection…how many of us try to achieve this on a daily basis? I know I do. Perfection is wasted energy, especially in the eyes of Jesus. He’s not wanting perfection from us. He’s not interested if your page is cuter than Jane’s page. He wants YOU, just as you are. Messy hair, don’t care!

When I first started Bible journaling, I would get a little upset if my page wasn’t turning out the way I had hoped, or if ideas weren’t flooding my head at a rapid pace. Who am I kidding? I still get a little upset at times and strive for perfection.

Sweet Joshua

Let me tell you a story that puts that stinkin’ thinkin’ in perspective. There is a lady that is part of the Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Community on Facebook, her name is Amy, and one day she posted a testimony that hit me straight in the gut (and heart). She posted a sweet picture of her little boy Joshua’s handprints in her Bible . She went on to say that those handprints were placed in her Bible by the funeral home after her son had drowned. She shared how she understood that we all want our Bibles to be pretty and look just so, but she would give anything to have her son with her to write in her journaling Bible.  There was a bright spot to her story, though, when she shared of her son’s love for Jesus.  He told her just that day that Jesus lived in his heart.

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Launch Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of Forty-Two and Two, I am giving away this super cute starter kit from Illustrated Faith . This kit is perfect for the beginner or the more advanced creators! Follow the link provided above to see what is included in the kit! To enter find the items for the scavenger hunt listed on this post then comment your findings! Have fun and good luck. I will choose a random winner on May 29 and announce them on Instagram and on the blog! Follow @fortytwoandtwobiblejournaling on Instagram!

Scavenger Hunt

What is the book of the month for June on the Book club page?

What are some of the services that I provide?

At the bottom of the Bible Journaling page there is a quote. Who is the quote from?

Comment your answers on this post!

Here is an example of a page I created in my Bible using the Illustrated Faith Starter Kit. The possibilities are endless with this kit 🙂





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Book of the Month for June

Hello everyone. This month’s featured book for the book club is A Woman’s Place by Lynn Austin. Visit the book club page for more details! Please let me know if you have any questions. This is the first month for the book club, so it is entirely possible I may have overlooked a detail, so please let me know. Or, if you are an experience book-clubber please share your suggestions on how to improve this process!

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God’s Plan ‘vs’ the World’s View

I shared a little bit with you about having my son at age 40. If I can be honest with you all, it was a TOUGH time for me. When I first found out I was expecting, I cried for a solid month. Not your typical response to expecting a child. I was very selfish at that time, focusing a lot on ME and how MY plans were going to have to change. To sum it up, I didn’t want another baby. Jeremiah 1:5 came up a lot during this time. Thank GOD! “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God already knew my baby and had formed a relationship with him!

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Hesitant to Journal in Your Bible?

When I am admiring someone’s amazing Bible journaling skills on Pinterest or Instagram, a lot of times I come across a comment that someone will leave saying, “I love your journaling, but I could NEVER, EVER, EVER do that to my Bible.”

Can anyone relate? I can. When I was a young girl, I went to a Pentecostal church with my grandmother, and I can clearly remember her views on what you should and should not wear to church, and it was well-known what you could and could not do in the sanctuary — you get the idea.

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