May 21, 2015

Inside Debbie's Bible Journal

Today we get to sit down with Debbie and flip through her Bible Journal and see the works she did through the book of Acts.  In February I shared 28 days in Acts and Debbie hopped along for the ride creating her own pages! Love them!

I remember reading that you wrestle with wanting to do it all. That's me too! And I am a perfectionist, so I have to do everything perfect too!  LOL  Then my stress level zooms up and I have to give myself a reality check. It was during one of these "crashes" that I came upon your 28 days in Acts in February and thought - I could do this! So, I launched into yours. I really copied your style completely. I fell in love with the simplicity of the drawings. 

I loved that I could draw my own conclusions and journal the most important parts to me instead of what someone else thought I should learn. And they appeal to my creative side. I love art, drawing, painting, scrap booking etc, but rarely have enough time for it these days, so, as they say, kill 2 birds with one stone - art & Bible Study. I love watching you create your pages on the videos, so I'm excited that you are doing more of this in the Galatians study.

I like that I can take it easy doing these studies - read a chapter, pick out some highlights, draw a couple pictures - done!  Or - I can do as deep as I want - pulling out reference materials, studying Greek roots etc and then incorporate those things into my page. I love the versatility of the studies in this way. And there is also versatility in the creativity portion - I can just "copy" your page - at least the drawing parts - OR I can create a whole new page based on my creativity level that day.

Thank you so much Debbie, for sharing your thoughts and journal pages!

You can find all the currently available Journal and Doodle Bible studies by clicking here:

And the all new study through Galatians comes out Saturday, May 23rd!

May 20, 2015

A peek inside Carolyn's Bible Journal

Carolyn took some time to share her Bible journal and some of her pages from the Journal and Doodle Bible studies with us!  THANK YOU Carolyn! Love them!

The Journal and Doodle studies are a common sense approach to the Word. They guide you through each passage, taking little pieces at a time and expanding on them. There is no feeling of guilt or shame if you "fall behind" because it is your own pace, with suggestions if you want to dive deeper.

These studies are total inspiration on how to draw out what I am reading and commentary and insight from a woman who doesn't even pretend to know it all!

My Bible is my personal letter from God and I write Him back in it. When I am also inspired to draw out my replies to His Word,it makes me feel closer to Him. Plus, I am better able to use my creative gift!

Thank you for sharing with us Carolyn! I love it!

You can find all the currently available Journal and Doodle studies by clicking here:

May 18, 2015

Lisa's Bible Journal and Interview

Lisa was kind enough to take some pictures of her gorgeous Bible Journal and the work she's done with the Journal and Doodle Bible studies to share with us!  I love LOVE looking through other people's journals and seeing what God is teaching them!  I hope you enjoy your time with Lisa too!

I stumbled across Kari's bible journaling pages on Pinterest in the winter of 2013. I had been marking up my Bible fairly regularly, but I wanted to improve my study skills instead of relying on the notes and writings of others. 

My biggest struggle with most Bible studies is subject matter and the length homework assignments that go with them.  I find most Bible studies directed towards women are either topical devotions with little real meat from scripture, or lots of theological studying with little emphasis on practical application. I'm most strongly drawn to studies that balance the two and equip me to study the Word leaning on the Holy Spirit for clarity.

What I like most about the Journal and Doodle studies is that Kari gives good guidance to facilitate diving deep in the Word, without telling you how or what you should be thinking. The doodling aspect is helpful to me because as I literally draw out what I'm reading, the lessons become more meaningful and memorable and I start to see the connections throughout the books of the Bible. 

I'm an artist by nature, but I don't want to get lost in art and forget the reverence for the holiness of scripture. The emphasis cannot be on my artistic ability, but instead on His truth. The Journal and Doodle studies help me keep that in check. I can get creative in my Bible and journal, but scripture and revelation is the main focus. 

These studies are along the vein of in-depth inductive studying, without being overwhelming. There are gentle guided suggestions with the freedom to be as creative or simple as you'd like, creating Bible and journal pages that help you retain the messages and teaching in scripture and help you unfold the truths within the pages.

I like that they are in small manageable bites that make digging deep in the Word attainable for a busy mom of many children.

 Lisa is currently working through the test version of the Galatians study and has helped me edit and revise to help it be the best it can be.  Here is a sneak peek of it!

Thank you so much Lisa! 

If you'd like to see the currently available studies, 
please click here.  And be sure to check back this Saturday to get your own copy of Journal and Doodle through Galatians!

May 14, 2015

My Big Problem with Bible Study

Before I can get really into my big problem with Bible study, I have to first share a bit about where I've been...

I became a Christian in my early teens without any opportunity to really grow.  I went to a youth group event at a church I didn't attend or know anyone and met Jesus in a barn, sitting on a hay bale.  Soon after, I realized I had a horrible allergy to hay as my eyes puffed up and my throat began to constrict.  I looked like I had a hugely emotional experience all coughing and red and swollen... but in reality I was introduced to my Savior with awe, surprise and wonder, and severe allergies.

I'll just let you soak in all the 80's awesomeness
 that this picture is...

May 13, 2015

A peek inside Kimberly's Bible Journal

 Kimberly was kind enough to answer all my interview questions, PLUS include pages from some of her work through the studies.  These journal pages are from the 1 Cornithians study Journal and Doodle study.

May 11, 2015

Interview and a peek inside Janna's Bible Journal

Janna was kind enough to share her Bible journal with us and some of her thoughts on the Journal and Doodle Ephesians study.  (If you haven't gotten your free study, be sure to subscribe on the side bar for an instant download!)

I love Janna's journal because of its clean simplicity and the deep meaning she's drawn out from the Word!

May 9, 2015

Start your own Guernsey-style Summer Book Club

I am currently in the middle of reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and LOVING it!  I was so inspired by how the characters set up their book club that I wanted to try it out in real life and see how it translates.

May 8, 2015

Marie's Bible Journal and Interview

Marie is another awesome subscriber who sent me her thoughts and pictures of her Bible journal with the Bible study through Ephesians (You can get yours free by subscribing on the right).

What I am loving about these interviews and photos is the difference that the journals have yet everyone has been enjoying their time in the Word!  You don't have to be an artist or graphics designer or page layout expert.  You just have to want to have fun and learn!  The Bible studies take you step by step through the process, but you get to add in the fun!

Okay, enough of me talking, here's Marie's interview and Bible study pages.

May 6, 2015

Kristen's Bible Journal and Interview

I got a chance to interview Kristen who has done the free Ephesians Bible study. 
(Get your copy by subscribing on the right!) 

I love her insights and thoughts and awesome sense of humor! Thank you so much for sharing your journal pages with us Kristen!  Here is her interview and journal.

Q:  How did you find out about the Journal and Doodle through the Bible Studies?
I was about to start studying Ephesians at my church's women's bible study and wanted to try something different...something that would make me excited to study & not my typical dry, boring approach. My previous journals are entirely composed of paragraphs and lists. Looks like a bunch of notes - not bad, but I wanted something different.  I went to pinterest and searched for "Bible journal" I got a bunch of results, somehow in my searching I found someone had pinned your 'in Christ' doodle (from Ephesians) and I was wowed...I was like " THIS!" 

May 4, 2015

Melanie's Bible Journal and interview

The all new study through Galatians is going to be available on May 23rd!  I can't wait to share it with you!  Final edits are being made and videos are being filmed! It's going to be the best one yet!

As I was preparing the Galatians study, I emailed my awesome subscribers who have done a study before and asked if they would share some of their thoughts and journal pages.  I wanted to interview people and share their thoughts.

When they started coming in I had so much fun looking through the Bible journal pages and comments that I thought I'd share a few of them just as they are with you, because they are so awesome.  I love that artistic people and those who like to journal more than draw are all finding ways to make their time in the Word deep and rich.

Here is Melanie's interview and her very inspiring journal pages.  

These studies are awesome!  I really enjoy them and they have piqued my interest into learning scripture more than any other study I've ever done.  

May 3, 2015

April Review and Reflection

Can you believe April 2015 is now a memory?!  How did you do?  Did you hit any goals? Did you make any goals?
Here's how my month went down:

I was sick for about two weeks of it, one week was on my birthday.  On that magical day when I could have gotten a free coffee almost anywhere in town, I was instead hugging the toilet bowl with chills, fever, and feeling like I was sure my life was over.

About a week later, I got a nice head cold with exhaustion.

We did not keep up on school, and are now another week behind because the flu made the rounds through everyone.


I did manage to lose a decent amount of weight!  (Flu diet not recommended, however).

And we got quite a bit done around the house, after I had my oldest son change my Facebook password (WHY do I have no self-control with that?!)

I painted something for our dining room wall.  Still not sure if I like it or if it's done, but it was fun to play around with.