My son has been watching me do Bible journaling over the last little while and this week, he asked if he could do some in his Bible! Um, yes!
He’s struggled with learning to read. We finally found a method to learn to read that works for him and it seems to suddenly have clicked, so I’m thrilled that he wants to read in his Bible more. Even if the attraction started out more as being able to draw in his Bible, he still has been voluntarily reading it in order to decide what to draw for the different stories and verses.
Should children be allowed to draw in the Bibles?
I guess that’s up to the parent. Some people feel very strongly that Bible shouldn’t be marked at all and that’s fine. Personally, I have no issue with marking my Bible but I do make sure to keep the text legible. I did give my son some rules about what he was allowed to do but I have no issue with him writing in his Bible. The rules I gave him were to stick with pencil crayons for now (he has a regular Bible, not a journaling one, so there are no large margins and the paper isn’t as thick) and he has to keep his journaling relevant to the verses. Basically, this is a way to do Bible study; it’s not a colouring book.
If you don’t feel comfortable with your children writing in their Bibles, you can get them a blank notebook to do their journaling in, or even let them use loose sheets of paper and they can put it in a folder or duotang when they’re done.
I wish I had learned about or thought of the idea of Bible journaling before. It’s a great way to study the Bible; it makes you really think about the words and the meaning, and express it in your own way and make it meaningful to you. The Bible can be intimidating to anyone, especially to young children, so I love that this is motivating him to want to read the Word and make it relevant to him.
If you aren’t sure how to involved younger children, you can either print off pictures of Bible stories (you can find lots for free online) or you can read a story and have them draw their own picture of the story.