A Modern Day Fairy Tale: Why Bible Journaling? A Look at Illustrated Faith {& A Giveaway}

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Why Bible Journaling? A Look at Illustrated Faith {& A Giveaway}

When it comes to talking about Bible journaling, I find that there are primarily two groups of people. There are those who are intrigued by the topic and want to learn and see more. And there are those who are shocked and cannot believe that you would color or paint in the Bible.

"It looks great, but if you want to paint, why not a separate journal? Why BIBLE journaling?"

First and foremost, I must say that Bible journaling isn't going to be for everyone. As much as I personally love it, I realize that some people are just not going to be comfortable with the idea. And that's perfectly okay. Each of us has to find our own ways to worship God in a way that makes sense to us. For me, Bible journaling is one such way. I was not raised to believe that there was anything wrong with writing in my Bible, but instead always believed that it was meant to be used and studied. Looking back at my old Bibles from high school I discovered notes, highlighted verses and even a few doodles here and there. I didn't journal in my Bible in the way that I do now, but I certainly used it well.

So, when I discovered this Bible journaling movement, it wasn't a far stretch for me. I was intrigued- though admittedly apprehensive because of lack of artistic ability- and ready to hop on the train. I have only continued to fall more in love with Bible journaling the more I dig in. Just as those notes and marks in my teenage bibles helped me to study and reflect upon the words I was reading, Bible journaling allowed me to do the same in a much more creative-and fun- way.
For myself, Bible journaling was a creative way to make reading my Bible more fun again, but for many, it's inspiration to start reading their Bible for the first time. So many times in Bible journaling forums I see comments that say, 'I never could find the motivation to read the Bible, journaling gave me that." That's a pretty great thing, isn't it?

I'm sure people have been journaling to some degree in their Bibles for many, many years... so why the sudden interest now? That can in large part be credited to Shanna Noel, creator of Illustrated Faith. Long story short? She shared her own Bible journaling on her blog...and well, here we are!! Illustrated Faith has grown into a large and passionate community of Bible journalers, sharing their faith through art!

Illustrated Faith has also grown into a beautiful collection of products that are perfect for Bible journaling! They have stamps, stickers, pens, and so much more. I love going to the craft store and browsing for new supplies, but I often find myself wondering how these would be incorporated into journaling. Because these were created with just that in mind, they work perfectly! They're full of faith, full of fun and quite frankly, they're absolutely beautiful. They provide inspiration for journaling and can truly take it to the next level. I loved how easily these products allowed me to share my faith unlike any other crafting products on the market! Just take a look at the pages in this post- all created with Illustrated Faith products!

Want to learn more about Bible journaling and Illustrated Faith products? Visit the links below:

Visit the Website.
Shop for Products.
Like on Facebook.
Follow on Pinterest.
Follow on Instagram.

And to help you illustrate your faith, one lucky reader will win a $50 Illustrated Faith prize package. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery


  1. This is a really neat gift. I see IF stuff a lot, but it's not something I would ever splurge on buying for myself!!

  2. Omgosh what beautiful additions to your own drawings!! Just gorgeous!!

  3. This is such an a amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

  4. I've just recently learned about Illustrated Faith and Bible Journaling, but I love it so much. I'm so totally excited about exploring faith and gaining a closer relationship with God. I'm so happy!

  5. What a wonderful prize package! Found you on another FB page and I'm going to like it here. Your bible journaling is beautiful!

  6. Love this! Thank you. :)

  7. These are great items for journaling and also for offering encouragement to others in other mediums.

  8. I am so excited to get started on Bible Journaling. It's been fun watching you as you work on your's! The prize package looks pretty awesome. :)


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