Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Bible Journaling- Teaching Frameworks

As we move about to equip coaches 
for teaching others in community, 
it is helpful to have some framework
 to help them - help others.

Bible Journaling is simple.
Helping others to see the depth and breath
 of the possible responses is NOT EASY.
For a couple of reasons:
1. Our churches have members that are trained 
and experienced in broadcast information sharing. We are taught,
(or preached to, or informed) without much expectation of dialogue or response.
2. If response IS DESIRED and WELCOMED- there is very little process or planned system of help along the journey. (In other words if you figure something out that is great- but it is your own personal "thing".)
3. Our overworked church workers may themselves see 
Visual Faith as just "one more thing" they have to implement or find time to initiate.

                                                                                               Pat Maier
So--- in an era when communication has moved to interactive, and perhaps a social media response IS DESIRED, what do we do? We equip the laypeople to be coaches to teach others. We go where the Holy Spirit is already at work, and we look for people of peace. (There is no need to convince someone of the worth of the practice, as that takes too much time and energy.)  Find the receptive hearts and souls and GO THERE.

                                                                              Eden Keefe
We have found these FRAMEWORKS for teaching Visual Faith helpful:

1. Jann Gray of Illuminated Faith uses this: 
SEE and REMEMBER.  That is how she helps people look for what God is saying in Scripture, mark the spot of the teaching and how might it best be remembered?  Illuminated-Journaling-Book-Jann-Gray

Jan lists 3 categories of margin response for Bible Journaling:
Typography, (words)   Image  (drawn or traced )and Collage (Mixed media)

2. READ, REFLECT and RESPOND--This is the movement in spiritual formation from head knowledge and mastering the text, to heart transformation and praying for the text to master OUR HEART.
Jessica Meier
3. Bible Journaling (in Bibles, journals and other faith resources) and Visual Prayer are both found in the Visual Faith framework. Prayer is both the foundation and the umbrella for Bible Journaling teaching. The Holy Spirit leads the way in all of this spiritual formation process. Every response for marginalia can begin with prayer and becomes the final blessing.

4. The margin response can be seen as a "mini-billboard" created as a personal reminder. What will help me to instill this Scripture right to my very soul? (and my memory then can recall it)

5. Bible Journaling sets the mark on the journey, becomes the legacy, provides the blueprint for "telling the story" to others, that we may be His witnesses.

Mary Moore

6. It is a grace process. It always welcomes and says- "glad you are here" and never chastises and says-"where have you been?"

7. The simple act of coloring or tracing or writing helps to create “sacred space” for each of us. It can be the child-like quality that Jesus talks about in how to approach life in the Kingdom.  Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:23

8. If we think of God's Word as His love letter to us, His TEXT-MESSAGE to us, we know that a message deserves a response. So the margins become simply "our response to a text message."

9. All of the time, energy, and processing becomes a part of each person's IEP- Individual Education Plan.  This is designed by the Holy Spirit for each and every person, and no two journeys will be alike. Our own personal experiences become the groundwork used to empower us with inner strength- in our inner being.
 Ephesians 3: 14-20.

Prayer for Spiritual Growth-

14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

10.The Lord blesses time in His Word and it brings JOY to His children.

May some of these FRAMEWORKS 
be a blessing and help to you 
as you explore Bible Journaling- Visual Faith
 and especially if you seek to teach others.


  1. perfect summary of our conversation!!! thanks for writing this down. Love you

    1. always great to "faith-storm" with you dear friend

  2. This is an awesome blog. I am very much interested in sharing bible journaling with others. This informs and improves my practice.

    1. send me your email and I can add you to a leadership team for encouragement for teaching this-- also join DC Metro Bible Journaling on FB-- there are all sorts of teaching helps under FILES

  3. Another wonderful, helpful post!. You and Pat continue, in your own ways and even when you don't know it, to give me encouragement in teaching Bible Journaling.....this post came at a perfect time for me. Thank you!

    1. and I always love knowing that the Holy Spirit is "working in the field" even when we don't see the way or know the story-- thanks for being open to His leading


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