{illustrating her faith}

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lauren ashley gilmore


​Bible Journaling is a trend that I’ve just recently delved into after taking an Illustrated Faith class with my super creative friend Alli. It only took one session for me to fall hard for the idea of “doodling” in my Bible. Adding lovely elements and personal creativity enhances the ALREADY beautiful book and completing changes the way I study God’s word and memorize verses. If this is your introduction to the art of Bible Journaling I’m so excited to share a few pointers that I’ve learned. I have to recommend checking out “Permission Pages” by The Thinking Closet, where I first found my passion and instruction. A lot of women have the idea that “I can’t Bible Journal because I’m not crafty, creative, ________ (fill in the blank)” But all of these AREN’T TRUE! Anyone can illustrate their faith in whatever fashion they choose. Read the Permission Pages FIRST before we start our guided entry…

​Bible Journaling IS for :

  • entering into God’s presence
  • doodling
  • honesty
  • worship through ART
  • making mistakes
  • chatting it up with The Lord
  • working it out
  • confession

Bible Journaling is NOT for:

  • fear of failure
  • perfection
  • impressing God
  • impressing others
  • proving how spiritual I am
  • checking off a box on my “to do” list

These pages may :

  • be ugly
  • get covered in paint
  • crinkle
  • get started and not get finished
  • bleed through

Now that we know we DON’T have to be an artist to do this thing…Grab some art supplies, your Bible, and let’s create!


​{The verse we will be illustrating today is in Hebrews}

Hebrews 12:5-7 “6. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you, my children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him. 6. For whom the Lord loveth he chaseneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chaseneth not?”


We have been studying the book of Hebrews at church and this verse needed to be illustrated in my Bible. In my opinion, Bible journaling brings the words to life and saturates your mind, always. This verse talks about the way the Lord brings trials into our lives because He loves us.
“The Lord chasens those He loves”
The trials are meant to GROW us.
I loved the idea of illustrating the idea of GROWING a garden because HE is pruning us, tending to us, watering us in order to help us BLOOM for His glory.


​FIRST, place a scrap peace of paper behind your page so there’s no bleed through. I start by using a black gel pen of any kind and doodle some swirls at the bottom and top of the page. You can’t mess these up, the wiggly and squiggly the better.


​Next, add some vines and leaves…


I added little whimsical lines to a couple of the leaves for fun…


​…next, add in some circles. Feel free to add any more doodles that come to your mind…don’t limit yourself.


After you’ve completed your flowers, I like to lightly write out my “take away” or BIG IDEA from the verse, in pencil. Sometimes I write what my heart is thinking after reading a verse, my own interpretation, other times I will actually re-write a portion of the verse. That’s completely up to you! Next, use your gel pen and re-write your thought.


A little trick that my friend Alli taught me is to “double your downstrokes” when writing a word. That means, any time your pen would be going down, go back over the line to make it bolder. 


Once everything is drawn in, you want to erase any left over pencil marks. Now lets get to the FUN! I’m using a simple watercolor pallet from Hobby Lobby.


Begin coloring in your flowers and leaves and don’t be afraid to mix colors and blend with the water.


Watercolor pens or markers work great for fine detailing, like the little yellow circles.


After I filled in all of the florals, I used a light blue to fill in a background on the page.



I hope you enjoyed this entry and hopefully this verse will help you remember that whenever a trial comes in your life (and they will) that The Lord has allowed that trial to GROW you and refine you into His image. Keep studying, doodling, creating and meditating on scripture!

–Lauren Ash​

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  • Lauren
    May 26, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Beautiful post! 💜

  • Kimberly
    May 26, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Yeasss been waiting for something like this !! Thank you !!!

  • Bree
    June 11, 2016 at 6:42 AM

    I love this! And you do such a great job! My MIL just got one of the Bibles that have alot of the pictures already drawn in so that you just have to color them in, and I thought that is a great idea!
    But whenever you can be more creative and do it yourself.. all the more props to you! 🙂