Journaling & Sermon Notes


Disclaimer: Let’s get this clear, y’all.  I love Jesus, but I {insert drink, curse, watch Game of Thrones} a little.  Ok, a lot.  I acknowledge that I’m not the perfect Christian, but really, who is?  Isn’t that the whole point?  Listen, I’m not going to get deep into a theology discussion and defend my religion because you saw me in a bar acting a fool in my 20’s *coughlastweekcough*.  So let’s keep going here, shall we?

There are so many options when it comes to journaling.  You can do a personal daily diary.  Or maybe you’re the type of organized soul that can master bullet journaling.  For me, I prefer sermon journaling.  Here’s how I got started:

So Pinterest is my crack. About 6 months ago I came across some articles with bullet journal tutorials.  Have you seen this? I love this one and this one and thiiiiiiis one. Yesterday, posted an article (read it here) about bullet journaling and the dude that came up with it.  Mazel tov to that guy, because it’s the best idea ever.  In a nut shell, the concept is a journal meets a planner, they fall in love, and combine to make a log of your life that keeps you sane.  It’s on my list to try.  Gah, I love it.

But if I’m going to be totally honest here, I have to tell you that I’m a little intimidated by the whole concept.  I mean, these bullet journals are meant to help you plan out your whole year.  Now, I like control as much as the next overly obsessive crazy lady, but a year is a bit much.  I want to get there, I really do, but let’s try baby steps.

Back on Pinterest (of course), I had been admiring folks that had those fancy journaling bibles and crafted the fire out of them.  Seriously, they’re putting paint and stickers and templates and that printed masking tape stuff and making the most beautiful artwork out of scripture.  BUT WHAT IF THEY MESS UP??  These are their BIBLES, people!!  Hon, it doesn’t matter how much I practice, I will never be confident enough to put paint in my bible.  Nope nope nope.  Oh, and also because they’re waaaaay expensive.  For example, a ESV Single Colum Journaling Bible is $140 on  Whut.  Granted, there are cheaper versions, but still.  Painting. In. Your. Bible.  My hand shakes just thinking about it.

Still, I love the idea of taking what you’re learning in your faith and creating art to go with it.  I like to pretend I’m artsy-fartsy, especially at Painting With a Twist with Mama after we’ve had a glass of wine. Or three. Whatever….  But back to Jesus.  So, for my birthday I got myself a Moleskin Art Plus Sketchbook Journal.  Sounds fancy, right?  Basically, it’s a blank journal that I take to church and take sermon notes in.  I write my note on the left side and use a bible verse or meaningful message as my art inspiration for the right side.  Here are a few examples:

See, I’m not a crazy talented artist, right?  But this method helps instill the sermon’s message into my memory and I get to play with my pretty colored pencils at the same time.

Bottom line: Journal how you want.  If you have the foresight into your future to plan it out in a bullet journal, knock yourself out.  If you want to invest in a journaling bible and have the confidence to put permanent marks in it (my palms are sweating again), go for it, pal.  For me, I’ll stick with my sermon journaling.

What about you?  Have you tried any of these journaling idea?  I’d love to see what you’re created!



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