Journal Through The Bible – Week 2 {link up}

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2017. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. I will also have a linky for anyone who would like to participate to share how their Bible reading and journaling is going!


Journal through the Bible week 2


The Reading:

{Genesis 28:6 – 41:57, 1 Chronicles 1:35 – 2:8} My reading this week had me in the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. These are pretty well-known stories for most of us and passages I’ve read many times. What really stood out to me this week was how AWFUL these people were to each other. From Lot selfishly taking the better land and offering his own virgin daughter to the rapists in Sodom, to Joseph’s brothers thinking nothing of his own life and being willing to commit murder out of jealousy (apparently their parents forgot to tell them about Cain and Abel). You also have Isaac and Rebecca choosing favorite children and Rebecca and Jacob deceiving Abraham and Laban repeatedly cheating and abusing Jacob. Wow…..with family like these who needs enemies?


The Journaling:

I love studying the names of God. So, I chose to journal El-Shaddai; God Almighty, from Genesis 35:11 (it also appears in Genesis 17:1 from last week’s reading). I looked it up in my Knowing God By Name Bible study book to get more insight. This book gives the Hebrew of each name, which I love. (I have discussed my interest in the Hebrew and ancient Hebrew versions of God’s name and my desire to study them further before.) I found El-Shaddai in week 3 day 5 (page 72) of the Knowing God By Name book. From this reading, I included words relating to this name around the names in my Bible margin. I also listed several cross references that were included in the study of this name. I thought it was interesting that one of my favorite verses, Ephesians 3:20-21 was included as a cross reference.


Knowing God By Name El-Shaddai Knowing God By Name book


Something to note – this journaling entry is not an amazing work of art. I did several trials on scratch paper first to decide how I wanted to do it, and yet still messed up. Let me use this to encourage you to journal even if you don’t feel like an artist. Your journaling could just be words or it could be art but it doesn’t have to be amazing art. This is an expression of worship and a way to meditate on scripture, not a competition!!


El-Shaddai Journal entry


What I used for this entry:

Pilot G – 2 Gel Pens
Speedball Elegant Writer Calligraphy Markers 2.0 and 2.5
Micron Pens
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible


The Link-up:


I want to mention the two posts that linked up last week because they were both really great!!

What I Learnt About Bible Journaling from Hebrews 12 Endurance is an excellent article about journaling with the materials you have available and wherever you are at in your artistic ability. Much like I mentioned above, she discusses not getting hung up on comparing yourself to others.

In her post about What Is Possible in 2017 JoDitt Designs talks about setting God-sized goals. She brings up a great point in that while we are taught (and I even mentioned in my last post) to make goals that are “realistic,” God is able to do that which would be unrealistic in our own power. (Again back to Ephesians 3!) With this knowledge we should feel confident in setting some God -sized goals if we feel God is leading us to something unrealistic! As a bonus, she is offering free coloring pages with verses to inspire you in your God-sized goals!


Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.


Linky Rules:

  • Link up ONE post from your blog relating to reading through the Bible in a Year OR Bible Journaling in general.
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!


Kids, Crunch, and Christ Journal Through The Bible


Scripture and SnapshotThis post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life. Click the link below to see more lovely photography and scripture.



    • Oh yes you definitely could, fascinating though how each name gives a different perspective of His character. Thanks for following along!

  1. Good read this. 🙂 I like how you journal in the margins and don’t cover up the Word of the Lord.

    Query: Can one link up devotionals? Like currently I am reading through Ezekiel and writing down my thoughts, can I link that up OR is it specifically for reading through the bible in a year?

    • I think whatever you are reading in the Bible is fine even if it isn’t specifically a “read through” plan :). I can certainly expand it to accept anything Bible reading related!! And yes, I don’t really feel comfortable doodling over the words. In an older post I showed a method of using transparency paper to draw over the scripture but not actually draw over it-I’m going to try that eventually. Or I’ll just do it on another sheet if I want to draw something bigger. For now the margin is plenty of room for me :).

  2. I love that you show a non-artsy perspective on Bible journaling. Being the non-artsy type myself the idea of writing in a Bible seems so off for me. I LOVE looking at what others have done, and maybe one day will venture into trying Bible journaling. In the mean time I will continue to enjoy coloring in already pre-made Bible verse coloring sheets., separate from my Bible.

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