Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 1

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!


I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!



The Reading:

Sometimes when I’m reading Genesis I miss things because the stories are so familiar I find myself reading the words but not really paying attention. So I really try to look for things I have missed before. One thing I noticed is that in Genesis 15:6 it says “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” This is BEFORE Abram had any children, before Sarai gave her servant Hagar to him to bear children for her, and before Abraham laughed at God for promising him and Sarah a child in their old age. God KNEW that Sarai would not have faith and would try to take control of the situation in her own way, He also knew that Abraham would doubt God’s ability to give an 80-year-old woman a child….but God still “counted him as righteous because of his faith” IN THAT MOMENT. How lovely that when we do something right, even in our feeble, flawed, human way, God gives us more credit than we really deserve. It is like he is LOOKING for the good in us.



The Journaling:

This week was fun! I am determined to improve my art and expand my knowledge and techniques this year and, at least for this first week, I achieved that goal!! I was invited by a sweet friend to a hand lettering class and I thought that would be a perfect new skill for my journaling. I had a BLAST at the class and met some really wonderful ladies who I can’t wait to get to know better AND I learned a fun new skill! So, of course, I had to run to Hobby Lobby on my way home for supplies! Check out what I got:

New supplies for hand lettering in my Chronological Journaling Bible

The Pentel Slicci Pens aren’t for hand lettering but I LOVE my Metalic Slicci pens so much I picked up some in basic colors to use as well!

For hand lettering, I got Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and a Kuretake Bimoji Fude Felt Tip Brush Pen – Medium. Of course, I also needed a book and Creative Lettering and Beyond has been on my wishlist for a while!

In Genesis 17:1 Abraham calls God El-Shaddai. Y’all know I have a thing for the Names of God and love including that in my journaling so that was a perfect chance to try out my new lettering skills. I’ll be very honest, I cheated a bit. I was terrified to try the lettering directly on the Bible page so I cut strips of paper and worked on it on several until I had one I liked then taped it into my Bible.


My practice sheets for hand lettering in my Chronological Journaling Bible for the first week in 2018.


I definitely need to keep working on my lettering skills but I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. It includes the Hebrew word in our alphabet, the English translation and the Hebrew word in Hebrew (to the best of my ability) which I looked up in my Knowing God By Name book.


I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!


What I used for this entry:

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
Speedball Elegant Writer Calligraphy Markers

in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible


Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!


Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!


There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

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  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
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We have had a pretty good first week of 2018. We didn’t have many places to be so we were really able to start working on family routines. I’ve been focusing on smooth morning and bedtime routines with my kids and working on getting the baby to sleep better. We have another relatively slow week before more of our normal activities resume so I’m looking forward to more calm family time.

If you are a regular reader you may have noticed that I linked directly to the Facebook group above. I’ve decided to make it easier for everyone by linking directly rather than requiring newsletter sign up. I’ve also made this change for the Bookclub Facebook group where we are discussing The Life Giving Home. I hope this makes it easier for everyone to find and I hope you will join us there!



This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
Scripture and Snapshot                                                 



  1. Looking for the good in we flawed humans. I like that. And we can be right and have Faith in the moment and he sees us. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

    Peabea@Peabea Scribbles

  2. I’ve always loved Calligraphy but never really worked on it in earnest. Have been trying more lately. Even when young, I always had a fountain pen and loved them…then they went to cartridges which made adding the ink even better. It looks like you’re off to a good start with your lettering. Some are so talented with their calligraphy, and there are so many examples sites on the net that offer free printing pages to practice, but I may have to check out your book. Thanks for sharing and links to the book and pens.

    • Printing out practice pages sounds like a good idea! What I did here isn’t “true” calligraphy as I didn’t use an actual calligraphy pen. Instead, it is a marker that lets you change the thickness of the lines depending on how hard you press. I am not sure I find it easier. I have done real calligraphy before and think it may have actually been easier but it has been a while and I would need to practice that too!

  3. practice makes perfect eh? You did a good job, pulling out the name, seeing the meaning, without going overboard in the decorations. I like it. 🙂

  4. I think the Hebrew letters are so beautiful! Especially as I’ve started to learn a little about the pictures and ideas they represent.

    • Yes!! I’ve done a TINY bit of study on the ancient Hebrew letters and what they represent and it is fascinating. Someday I will study both more!

  5. Funny enough that just the other day when listening to Genesis I thought to myself that I need to focus more on the actual words and ideas because the stories are so familiar I sometimes loss focus.
    I am also trying to expand my Bible journaling skills this year. My husband bought me a beautiful journaling Bible last year but I used it mostly for reading (some highlighting and a few pictures).
    I hope to participate in your blog linky soon. Thank you.

    • Yes, focusing on the words and ideas! Great way to put it! I look forward to seeing your art when you are ready to link up!!

    • I totally understand!! Please keep sharing your journaling-no need to be where I am for the link up! I love your art, I’m hoping to learn a bunch of new techniques for mine this year.

  6. I also like doing hand-lettering of Scripture verses and thought that stick out when I read. I don’t write it on my actual Bible, because there are so many notes in there already, but I do it often in a journal ( or three).

    • Journals work great too!! I have this particular Bible specifically for art journaling, I have another I like to make study notes in!

  7. This is exciting! You did good with the lettering! You will have an awesome year of journaling through your Bible! I have done one or two Bible Art Journaling pages so I’m new at it also! Blessings to you!

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