Christmas season is upon us, and for many the celebration of Advent has begun. Oh what a great time of the year this is- the perfect time to stop and reflect on the greatest gift of all- the birth of Jesus! Whether you celebrate the Advent traditions or not, now truly is the time to focus our hearts and minds on the true spirit of the season.
What better way to do that than with Bible journaling!?
I must admit, when I first started Bible journaling just a few short months ago, I was already looking forward to the holidays...what a fun time of the year to journal! But why was I so looking forward to my Christmas journaling? (And why should you start too?) For me, it comes down to a few simple reasons...
First and foremost, the inspiration! Christmastime is not short on inspiration! We can have fun with red and green. We can have fun with snowflakes. We can have fun with our favorite Christmas hymns like 'O Holy Night' or 'Away in A Manger'. We can incorporate more mainstream Christmas imagery like trees and ornaments and gifts and holly. The possibilities for WHAT to journal are limitless. The real trouble is finding places beyond the Christmas story to fit it all in!!! (But don't worry, I've included some ideas at the end of this post!)
The second reason, and perhaps the most important reason, it's such a great way to spend a little time focussing on God- not just at Christmas, but throughout the year. The way I see journaling is that it is simply another form of worship. Some people sing, some dance, some preach. Some serve others, some play an instrument, some write. All of these mediums can help us use the passion and talents that God has given us to draw us closer to Him. Journaling is just another way to do so.
If you're already celebrating Advent, journaling is the perfect addition to your celebration. You can journal your daily and/or weekly scripture readings, or just use it as an extra way to prepare your heart for Christmas. Not celebrating Advent? Bible journaling for Christmas is STILL a great idea. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it gives us some time that we can spend in the Word, reflecting on the true spirit of Christmas.
Isn't that something we all need? The holidays are always so jam-packed with family dinners, holiday parties, shopping, volunteering...the list goes on. We know the reason we celebrate, but it can be easy to forget to take the time to reflect on it in the midst of it all. Bible journaling gives us a fun way to just stop and focus on Jesus.
Like I said, there are many great reasons to love Bible journaling during the holiday season, but only limited pages in the actual Christmas story! The good news is there is no reason that you have to be confined to that specific story. Use your imagination and think outside the nativity. Need a little inspiration? In addition to the story of Christ's birth (found in Matthew and Luke), here are some great places to start:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.- John 3:16
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.- Isaiah 9:6
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.- Isaiah 7:14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. -John 1:1-2; 14
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. - 1 John 5:11
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.- James 1:17
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. - 2 Corinthians 9:15
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23
If you're already a Bible journaler, I'm sure you're already enjoying incorporating the Christmas season into your entries! If you've not yet started, what are you waiting for? There truly could not be a better time to start! If you're ready to get started, Family Christian has everything you need to get started! From the perfect Bible in your favorite translation to colored pencils and pen sets, you can get it all in one stop! Find out more and connect at the links below:
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