Bible Journaling Prompts: 10 Questions to Ask

What if you’re interested in using Bible journaling as a way to study God’s Word on a deeper level, but you’re just not sure what to put in your journaling Bible? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! These 10 Bible journaling prompts will help.

Bible journaling prompts

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Bible art journaling is such an awesome and creative way to study the Scriptures, y’all. Every time I open my journaling Bible, I marvel at how it helps me meditate on God’s Word, and the stories and lessons in the Bible just really stand out and become that much more memorable.

There’s something very special about using a journaling Bible to record spiritual insights, lessongs learned from Scripture, encounters you’ve had with God, and so forth. Each person’s journaling is unique to their individual journey and relationship with Jesus!

And yet, I know it’s not always easy to get started journaling.

One question people ask me quite often, is “How should I Bible journal?” In other words, they want to know what to write in a Bible journal, which supplies to use, what kind of art to put on the page, etc.

The short answer is, whatever you want! There is really no right or wrong way to journal, as long as it’s enhancing your study of God’s Word, and helping you grow closer to Him.

What do you put in a Bible journal?

“But, SERIOUSLY”, you might ask: “What should I put in my journaling Bible? I need some good faith writing prompts!”

The good news is, you have lots of Bible journaling ideas to choose from! You can write insights that you received about the Scripture, lessons you’ve learned that relate to it, key words from the verse, things you’re struggling with, prayers, and so much more.

And in terms of artwork, you can put whatever you feel led to! Use symbolism, abstract art, or detailed drawings that depict the Scripture… Fill up the whole page, or just part of it… Whatever works for that specific passage.

Bible journaling with colored pencils - Psalm 1:2-3

You don’t have to always write or draw the same things, either. Each passage of Scripture may inspire you to do something different. There are sometimes when I simply write out the Bible verse in the margin. And others when I make a list, of qualities or characteristics about a Bible character or situation. In some cases, I’ll use stamps or stencils to create art that pertains to that particular Bible passage, and other times I’ll do something more abstract with swirls or patterns of color. It just depends on the situation!

Bible Journaling Prompts: 10 Questions to Ask

Like I said before: Bible art journaling is unique to YOU! It’s a reflection of your individual relationship with God, and your journey of studying His Word.

However, there are plenty of Bible journaling prompts I can give you, to help you know what to put in your journaling. Try asking yourself (and God!) these ten questions, and let the answers guide you as you decide what to put in your journaling Bible…

1) Ask God what He wants you to learn or understand.

The best of all Bible journaling prompts: Always, always, always, begin your journaling by asking God to help you! He may have a particular lesson He wants you to learn, a nugget of wisdom, or just a word of love and mercy for you. Ask Him to show you what He wants you to see in His Word.

2) What stands out to you about this Scripture passage?

The next thing you can do after praying about it, is “go with your gut”. If there is a particular aspect of the story, character(s), or message that resonates with you, then journal about that! I love it when God shows me something really impactful about a particular Bible passage, and I just can’t wait to journal about it so I won’t forget.

salt and light Bible journal

3) What do you want to remember?

One way that Bible journaling can be so helpful, is by giving you a memorable artwork to recall and refer back to later. So, what is it about this verse that you want to hang onto? What will be beneficial to continue to refer back to later? Put that on your page!

4) What symbolism comes to mind, when you meditate on that Scripture?

Symbolism can be a great source of Bible journal ideas. It may not happen with every verse, but certainly there are some that evoke particularly strong symbolism. For me, anything having to do with new beginnings, I automatically think of butterflies (as a symbol of transformation and renewal of life). For hope, I often think of rainbows. So, if something symbolic comes to mind for you, then draw (or stamp, stencil, or trace) that imagery in your journaling Bible.

symbolism in Bible journaling - butterflies

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5) What colors are most appropriate, to represent that Bible story?

Colors make great Bible journaling prompts as well! Once you decide on the best colors to symbolize the Bible passage, that can set the tone for your journaling. For example, choose a deep red to represent Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. There’s purple for the royalty, majesty, or creativity of God. Blue to represent the heavens… green for nature or newness… red and orange for bearing fruit… and so on and so forth. Check out this guide to color symbolism, and let your chosen color(s) inspire your journaling.

6) What about that Bible character or story do you want to emulate?

In the Bible, there are so many great lessons to learn from the mistakes, downfalls, successes, bravery, or wisdom of the people. So, when you’re reading such a story, what about that person do you want to learn from? (Or, what mistake did they make that you want to avoid?) Case in point, in the story of David vs. Goliath, I admire David’s confidence. He has such bold faith! So that’s what I wrote in my journaling Bible. I want that kind of faith!

Bible journaling ideas - David vs Goliath

7) What’s the key takeaway from this passage?

It’s the simplest of Bible journaling prompts: If you could sum up that Scripture in only a few words, what would they be? What’s the most important message or lesson about it? Record that takeaway in your journaling.

Bible journaling prompts - Jesus paid it all

8) How does it relate to your life/what you’re going through (or have been through)?

To use journaling as a spiritual discipline, it can be helpful to record where you’re currently at in life, what you’re struggling with, etc. If a Bible story really resonates with you, then write down why it does, and maybe where you’re at in your relationship with God, and how He’s growing you. You could write about successes, triumphs, setbacks, or anything in your life that this Scripture is helping you through.

9) What words or images would best bring this Scripture to life?

Sometimes, the Bible verse just truly speaks for itself! So, what Bible journaling methods might you use to bring it to life in a visual way? Whether you write, draw, stamp, stencil, color, or whatever…let God’s Word inspire you!

Bible journaling ideas - Psalm 19

10) And finally, how will you apply this Scripture in your life?

You know that old saying: “keep the main thing the main thing”. Well, I think you and I can agree, that the main point of studying God’s Word, is so we can apply it in our lives! So of course, this is absolutely a great thing to write in your journaling Bible. What actions will you take going forward, to apply this Scripture in your daily life? What changes do you need to make…old sins to let go of…new, better habits that you need to start…? Write it down, and let God change you from the inside out through His Word.

Bible journaling example - Matthew 16:24-25

I hope you found these Bible journaling prompts helpful! Remember, there is no right or wrong way to journal; do what works for you, and what is most beneficial for your study of God’s Word.

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