Greetings, good friend! I’m very excited to be sharing with you a flip-through video of the gospel of John in my Journaling Bible.
This was my first time learning and journaling my method via a whole ebook of the Bible begin to end. And it was really a transformative expertise for me.
- 1 Honesty Second
- 2 Journaling Bible Flip-Through Video
- 3 1. “…grace upon grace.” John 1:16
- 4 2. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness….” John three:14
- 5 three. “He must become greater….” John three:30
- 6 Four. “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” John 5:eight
- 7 5. Jesus Feeds the 5 Thousand, John 6: 1-15
- 8 6. “I am the light of the world.” John eight:12
- 9 7. Free Certainly, John eight:31-38 & Oh Completely happy Day, John 9
- 10 eight. “I am the gate” sermon notes, John 10:1-21
- 11 9. “Jesus wept.” John 11:35
- 12 10. Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Ft, John 13
- 13 11. “Abide in me….” John 15:Four,5
- 14 12. “…that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
- 15 13. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!” John 16:33
- 16 14. Unite us! John 17
- 17 15. “Behold your King!” John 18:28 – 19:16
- 18 16. “I know you by name” & “God provides,” John 20 & 21
- 19 17. “…could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25
- 20 To Shut
- 21 Your Flip
If I’m trustworthy, learning God’s Phrase just isn’t one thing that has come simply to me or one thing I’ve been actually enthusiastic about in the previous. I can’t inform you what number of occasions I’d make a decision to learn my Bible extra…keep it up for 3 days, miss one, and quit utterly.
Some other perfectionists on the market with the similar drawback?
However this time, issues have been totally different. I didn’t simply keep it up, however I fell extra deeply in love with God and His Phrase than ever earlier than.
And all through the video under, I share what was totally different this time round and what God was educating me in hopes that it might encourage you in your religion journey. Particularly if scripture research has been a wrestle for you in the previous or one thing you’ve by no means explored earlier than, however are curious to study extra about.
The remaining of this publish is actually a transcript of the video, so be happy to reference it for assets and provides I point out (some of that are *affiliate hyperlinks). I additionally embrace video occasions for every entry under, so you possibly can simply hop round!
Let’s dive in shall, we?
Journaling Bible Flip-Through Video
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1. “…grace upon grace.” John 1:16
1:43 – three:08
Let’s begin at the very starting of John (an excellent place to start out).
This studying of John’s gospel all began as a result of our church is learning the life of Jesus this yr, and it simply so occurred that the morning of the first studying, our toddler Juniper was enjoying quietly together with her basket of sun shades. She’s knowledgeable sun shades organizer, and it will probably hold her occupied for a very good 30 minutes.
And so, although I didn’t even actually intend to do that entire gospel studying plan (as a result of why begin when you recognize you gained’t be capable of keep it up?), God gave me the present of time that morning of January 15th. And I made a decision to slap some watercolor throughout the first two pages of John.
And my journey started!
I feel what inspired me to maintain going after Day 1 is that in these first chapters of John, Jesus made it very clear that perfection just isn’t required of His followers. All He asks for is a prepared coronary heart. And God’s limitless grace takes care of the relaxation! “…grace upon grace,” as John writes in chapter 1 verse 16.
That is simply the message my coronary heart wanted to listen to as I began this journey. And perhaps it’s what you could hear at this time, my good friend.
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2. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness….” John three:14
three:08 – three:56
One factor that turned abundantly clear to me these previous few months is that God’s Phrase is sort of a inexhaustible gold mine. And there’s no finish to what we will uncover as we learn, research, and meditate on the textual content.
This entry was the outcome of wanting into a quick reference in John three:14 to Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness–and I found a deep significance in it.
I journaled my huge takeaway in the margin:
We will’t do a factor to earn our salvation. As a lot as we attempt, we’d like solely look to God. Simply as the Israelites in Numbers 21:Four-9 have been saved just by taking a look at the bronze serpent.
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three. “He must become greater….” John three:30
three:56 – Four:29
This entry was a blast from the previous–one I had labored on again in 2015 at a espresso store on the Jersey shore with my candy Mother journaling throughout the desk.
That’s one of the issues I really like most about this type of Bible Journaling–once I make investments a lot time and coronary heart right into a web page, it writes itself into the long-term reminiscence half of my mind. And I can recall what God was educating me in that season and in addition mirror on how far He has introduced me!
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Four. “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” John 5:eight
Four:29 – 5:54
Ahhhhh. A two web page unfold. Some encounters with God’s Phrase are so impactful, that I really feel the have to dedicate two pages to an entry. And that’s what I did for the story of the therapeutic at the pool on the Sabbath in John 5.
One of the risks of Bible Journaling for me is being too targeted on “the finished page.” I’ve typically discovered myself scanning a passage for that “nugget” to encourage my artwork.
However there’s nice blessing once we can take our focus off of the end line and relish in the pleasure of simply being with God. Of not dashing that have, however letting it’s a forwards and backwards dialog of listening to Him and responding to Him in prayer earlier than even choosing up a paintbrush or pen.
That was one thing I discovered whereas working my method by means of a Jan Johnson’s guided meditation of John 5 in her e-book, Assembly God in Scripture. It’s a fantastic useful resource for anybody interested by the apply of lectio divina!
And I made a decision to sort up some of the sweetest moments from my conversations with God and print it on white sticker paper, so I might squeeze extra into this tiny margin. My handwriting is somewhat giant!
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5. Jesus Feeds the 5 Thousand, John 6: 1-15
5:54 – 7:02
So, one of the superior issues about learning the life of Jesus this yr as a church is that we’re getting hit from all angles with the similar texts. So, oftentimes what we’re studying in the gospel studying plan aligns with the sermons being taught and the household theatre performances I get to direct every month. It’s superior.
And so turning to this 2 web page unfold for the story of Jesus feeding the 5000, I’m taken proper again to the theatre sketch I received to carry out and the reminder that Jesus doesn’t want to make use of us in his ministry, however chooses to make use of us. He might have snapped his fingers and fed these 5000, however selected to make use of a boy’s small lunch of 5 loaves and a couple of fish to satisfy the wants of the large crowd.
We might imagine what we have now to supply to God is small or insignificant, nevertheless it might be a miracle ready to occur. What an encouragement to us!
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6. “I am the light of the world.” John eight:12
7:02 – eight:02
The brilliant colours on these pages make my coronary heart completely satisfied. I used the proper margin for some hand-lettering of John eight:12 and the left-margin for a visible image of this passage. Shout-out to Melissa from @FischTales for uplifting the lightbulb design.
And you might have already observed that I date and tab all of my entries. The date helps me keep in mind what God was educating me in every season. And I make my very own tabs utilizing a tab punch or scissors and double-sided tape.
I wish to match the tab to the type of the web page and sum up my massive takeaway in a phrase or phrase at the prime in order that when it’s closed, you possibly can learn all of them from the prime of my Bible, and if I’m on the lookout for a reminder of being “free indeed” or that “Jesus heals” I can extra simply discover it.
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7. Free Certainly, John eight:31-38 & Oh Completely happy Day, John 9
eight:02 – 9:30
I actually see Bible Journaling as a really private act between the journaler and God. Meaning, some individuals are snug masking up the textual content with paint as a result of they’re utilizing their Bible as extra of an artwork journal. Others aren’t snug writing of their Bible in any respect and like to doc their religion journal in a separate pocket book. Or perhaps you fall someplace in the center like me, and need to colour in your Bible, however nonetheless learn the textual content in your entries.
If that’s the case, I’ve a enjoyable new provide to share with you: Avery Clear Full-Sheet Delivery Labels. I bought a set of 10 pages on Amazon for $12.96. Then I nabbed some lovable digital designs in the Illustrated Religion Print & Pray Store: the Beloved Society gal and the title starters brush lettering. I simply printed them on some label sheets, minimize them out, and slapped ’em on the web page.
And guess what? As a result of the labels are clear, you possibly can nonetheless learn the textual content beneath. The spotlight paintbrush and the alphas on my “loaves and fishes” entry have been additionally printed on clear sticker labels.
How cool is that?! I really feel like this can be a game-changer for the Bible Journaling group.
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eight. “I am the gate” sermon notes, John 10:1-21
9:30 – 10:34
Now you may need by no means recognized this from taking a look at it, however that is one of these entries that I assumed was going to be straightforward as pie…just a few easy sermon notes in the margins. However boy, did it give me hassle between cheesy paint and eraser smudges and the black textual content transferring onto the white area on the reverse web page.
There was so much of winging it. And lots of errors.
The irony wasn’t misplaced on me that as I used to be journaling about surrendering management, I used to be engaged on surrendering management with this entry’s design.
I really like how God makes use of imperfections in my Journaling Bible entries to remind me that this isn’t an artwork contest. That I’m free from the strain to be good in life and in my Journaling Bible as a result of of Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. We’re free!
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9. “Jesus wept.” John 11:35
10:34 – 12:19
This lovely mess was created by sending swimming pools of watercolor throughout the web page by blowing air via a straw, a way I used to be impressed to attempt because of @Arden_Elise. Right here’s one of her movies of the course of.
It’s rather a lot of enjoyable to do and never as scary as you assume. Simply drop swimming pools of extremely saturated watercolor in your web page and ship it the place you need it to go. Use a warmth gun or let it air dry in between totally different colours.
This system actually helped obtain the look of tears I needed to create atop the famously brief verse in John 11:35: “Jesus wept.”
Even figuring out He might and would increase Lazarus from the lifeless, Jesus cried–validating the ache we endure in dropping our family members. Dying feels fallacious as a result of it’s mistaken. Dying was not half of God’s unique design.
So, right here’s the loopy factor about God’s timing: I learn that passage and heard the highly effective Audrey Assad track, “Death be Not Proud,” in church on February 11th. The day I journaled this entry. After which just some days afterward February 15th, my 94-year-old grandmother handed away.
And like Jesus I wept.
And I felt free to weep and actually mourn dropping her. Even understanding she was in heaven and free of ache, I felt heartbreak. Heartbreak we’ll all really feel till that day when “death will be no more.” That’s the hope I’m clinging to when the tears come.
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10. Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Ft, John 13
12:19 – 13:46
Paint is a standard denominator in so much of my entries. I really like watercolor as a result of you possibly can see the textual content by way of it. And I’ve beloved enjoying with acrylic paint, too.
Shanna Noel, the founder of the Journaling Bible motion and Illustrated Religion, launched many of us to a simple method for making use of acrylic paint to Bible pages thinly with an previous present card, so you’ll be able to nonetheless see the textual content beneath. Right here’s a video tutorial from Shanna. It’s also possible to apply it with a child wipe for much more management.
Any model of acrylic paint will do. The brilliant colours on this entry are Hand Made Trendy paints from Goal. And sure, these flowers and the brush lettering have been simply digital designs printed on clear delivery labels.
This two-page unfold was the outcome of a deep dive into the passage about Jesus washing His disciples ft. And you may see from the date stamp that I labored on it over the course of a number of days: proof that you simply don’t want an enormous block of open time for scripture research or artwork journaling in your Bible.
Even simply small pockets of time meditating on a passage over a number of days could be so significant!
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11. “Abide in me….” John 15:Four,5
13:46 – 16:16
This verse in John 15 is my theme verse from John’s gospel. The one which rises above all the others as God’s massive message to me on this season: “Abide in me.”
Once we abide with Christ–once we’re current with Him and in fixed contact with Him like branches on a vine–we will expertise the present of “oneness” with God the Father.
That “oneness” is one thing I’ve craved for for a very long time. And my time spent learning God’s Phrase extra persistently this yr and documenting my religion in the margins of my Bible has been feeding that starvation. And making me hungry for MORE time with God. The extra I abide, the extra I need to abide.
It’s variety of like train, proper? That first run after months and years of not operating, isn’t essentially going to be enjoyable. You might not need to run once more the subsequent day. However after every week of operating, you’ll begin to expertise the fruit of operating. The way it positively impacts all areas of your life from sleep to consuming to psychological well being. And also you’re going to need to run!
That’s been my expertise with spending time with God in His Phrase. It was one thing I needed to work into my schedule with intention at first…however that “oneness” with God has been bearing fruit in my life to the level the place now I’m working every thing else round my time with God. It’s been an entire precedence shift for me. As a result of I do know that even good issues–achieved aside from the vine and accomplished alone power–are fruitless.
Right here’s the excellent news for these are feeling a sudden strain to do-all-the-things and go on a Bible studying rampage to get that good fruit rising in your life: it’s not on you. God is the one who will produce the fruit in you. You’re simply displaying as much as spend time with Him in His Phrase and in prayer.
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12. “…that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
16:16 – 17:05
Altering gears, I’ll share a time-saver that I’ve been doing now that I’m journaling at a a lot quicker tempo to maintain up with our church’s gospel studying plan.
I can are likely to belabor little selections like what medium I’m going to make use of on an entry or what colours–whether or not I’ll use stickers or hand-lettering or each? 30 minutes can go by in a flash earlier than I’ve even begun.
So, these days, I’ve been permitting the entry on one web page to tell the different. So it eliminates some of my decision-making.
That’s precisely what I did right here: I pulled inspiration from my vine entry when creating this balloon doodle and entry on John 16:24.
Shout-out to @stephmiddaugh whose watercolor and hand-lettering fashion impressed my very own on these pages!
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13. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart!” John 16:33
17:05 – 17:59
Some other youngsters of the 80s develop up listening to “G.T. & The Halo Express” cassette tapes? They featured Bible verses put to music, and John 16:33 was sung in a rustic twang, which I beloved to mimic as a seven-year-old.
All these repetitions of that track time and again dedicated this verse not simply to my reminiscence, however to my coronary heart. As I grew up and did face hassle, I might return to the fact I sang. And a wave of peace would wash over me. That’s why I’ve declared this to be my life verse.
Sidenote: for those who wrestle with scripture memorization, put it to music! It’ll be caught in your head earlier than you realize it.
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14. Unite us! John 17
17:59 – 18:42
Should you couldn’t already inform, there are such a lot of issues I really like about Bible Journaling. I feel the #1 factor is that I’m capable of convey my love of artistic expression into my time with God and convey the Phrase to life in a means that speaks to my artist coronary heart. I additionally love the therapeutic nature of it. It’s reviving to my soul to play with artwork provides. It has been since I used to be a wee lass.
So, I introduced my internal baby alongside for this entry, and finger-painted with acrylics for this one. I felt like I used to be five-years-old once more, and liked each minute. For those who haven’t gotten paint beneath your finger-nails shortly, I extremely advocate it.
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15. “Behold your King!” John 18:28 – 19:16
18:42 – 20:27
I used to show highschool English again in the day, and so I can actually geek out over uncovering literary units in a textual content. And this passage about Pontius Pilate in John 18 & 19 is full of irony with Pilate unknowingly dropping fact bombs like, “Behold your King!” He was being sarcastic however the actuality is that Jesus was the King of all.
I painted watercolor flowers on this entry impressed by ones I had made on the reverse web page again in 2015 beside a Jon Acuff quote. Later, I noticed I used to be being unintentionally ironic with the selection of flowers behind the phrases, “Behold Your King.”
Jesus, King of all, can be deserving of individuals throwing flowers His means. However as an alternative, he acquired a crown of thorns, mockery, torture, struggling, and demise on a cross. All for our sakes. Superb grace certainly.
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16. “I know you by name” & “God provides,” John 20 & 21
20:27 – 21:55
My husband Mark says that when he flips by means of my Bible, it seems like every web page might have been created by a special individual. And it’s true! As a result of I’m regularly impressed by different Bible Journalers and love making an attempt my hand at their distinctive types, placing my very own twist on it.
This enjoyable swirly type you see right here and noticed on my first two pages of John is in the fashion of @muchloveilly. Fist-bump to her!
By the method, the Bible Journaling group is extremely supportive, and a method you possibly can present help is by tagging or shouting out the people who encourage your entries. Ship ’em some love.
I do know bleed-through is an enormous concern for people on the subject of Bible Journaling. And lots of ask if I prep my pages with gesso. Typically I do. However principally I don’t! As a result of in the event you lay down watercolor or acrylic first like I did on these entries, that’s a method of “prepping” your web page, so stamps and a thick huge brush pen like the ones I used on this entry, gained’t bleed by means of.
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17. “…could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25
21:55 – 23:08
Buddies, we’re on the final entry! You deserve some type of award for sticking with me by means of the finish right here. Seems I’ve been studying quite a bit this yr, and had rather a lot to say about it!
John on the different hand, was concise in his gospel. He was actually intentional in the tales he selected to inform, and enjoyable reality, he documened solely 30 days of Jesus’ three.5 years of ministry.
And I really like this verse he ends with:
“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” –John 21:25
Isn’t that an excellent picture? It’s the picture that impressed this barrage of books I doodled and painted with watercolors. It took me FOR-EV-ER, however was value it.
And since all scripture is God-breathed, we will belief that what we’ve been given in the Bible is enough!
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I hope my story and my pages have ignited a fireplace in you to abide with God, my pal.
You don’t want a Journaling Bible or fancy provides for that. Positive they are often useful instruments for rising nearer to God, particularly in case you are a visible learner, however they aren’t required. You could have the whole lot you want proper right here and now to satisfy God in His Phrase.
In case you are simply beginning off and feeling a bit anxious about drawing or portray in your Bible–or if worry of failure or making a mistake is paralyzing you–I’ve been there! I’m a recovering perfectionist and I’ve an ideal train to assist set you free referred to as “Permission Pages.” Click on HERE to learn the weblog submit. And click on HERE to take a look at my first Flip-Through Video the place I featured my Permission Pages!
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I hope you loved this flip-through as a lot I did take pleasure in sharing. And please be a part of the conversations in the feedback part to share what God is educating you as you search Him in His Phrase. I’d like to know what you’re studying and what you’re fighting.
This journey is so a lot better with buddies. I do know an enormous cause why I used to be motivated journal my approach by way of John’s gospel was as a result of I wasn’t doing it alone. I used to be following the similar gospel studying plan my husband and pals from church have been following. We might speak about it. Research it collectively. Course of our questions with each other. And that spurred me on once I needed to surrender.
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Let’s encourage each other to abide with our nice God by spending time with Him in His Phrase. As a result of He has nice issues in retailer for you and for me. Of that I’m sure.
For I do know the plans I’ve for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and to not hurt you, plans to provide you hope and a future. –Jeremiah 29:11
Catch you once more actual quickly!
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