Only Weeks Left in Maryland + Bible Journaling... What? #OldSchoolBlogging

9/29/2015

Only Weeks Left in Maryland + Bible Journaling... What? #OldSchoolBlogging — a Modern Mrs.
It's National Coffee Day, y'all. /sips latte. I was so busy yesterday putting up this week's Plan with Me video, and trying to finalize my upcoming fall sampler sheet (printable), that I didn't get around to writing a blog post. So, this morning I was like, "I'm going to get a post up today," but as I sat down to write it, I wasn't inspired. Naturally, I took to Twitter to pass a few mins, sip my Pumpkin Spice Latte (No chai?!), and let the creative gears in my mind spin around. I was seeing a whole lot of National Coffee Day tweets, photos, etc., and it hit me. I was like, "Oh... I could do a chit-chat post. I haven't done one of those in a while."

Chit-chat it is. Next step, an image. Coffee Day equals coffee image, right? Of course. Somehow in my search for photographic inspiration, I stumbled across a photo of "bible journaling." Wait a minute.... I've seen this before. But what is bible journaling? More on that shortly, because before I get into that, I have to tell you about our cross-country move progress.

October and Out

We are aiming for October to be our last full month here in Maryland. I hope to have the house packed and shipped by the end of the month, and wait out the first week of November (to allow our stuff to make it to Oregon) with a neighbor. Then, we hop a plane and officially become Oregonians! That's the plan, anyway... We still have to either a) sell the house, or b) find a renter. It's a whole thing. In either case, we will be out of here soon enough. Time to get cracking!

I'm super excited to finally be getting out of our stalemate, but I'm also super nervous. There's a lot that needs to happen in just a few weeks, and I have to manage it alone, so things are going to be that much more stressful. Phew! Prayers, friends. I need 'em.

Which leads me to the more interesting (at least for me) next topic of the day....

Bible Journaling

So, back to this bible journaling thing. If you aren't religious, or remotely interested in religion, you can skip on out of this post now. Thanks for hanging out! I've got lots else you can read, and two giveaways happening — you can check those out here, and here. Come back soon! ♥

If you are religious, or are interested in finding out what this bible journaling thing is, let's get to it!

Only Weeks Left in Maryland + Bible Journaling... What? #OldSchoolBlogging — a Modern Mrs.

Here are three examples of bible journaling. On the left, a little bit of washi, and a quick note in the margin of a standard bible. In the middle, a "journaling bible," which has wider side margins to accommodate more writing. In this case, it's blank, but some have lines, and there are some bibles that have these margins on both the left and right sides of the bible. (These bibles are also referred to as "note-taker bibles.") On the right, there's a journaling bible, complete with side decor, underlining, and hand-drawn letter art. I saw some bibles where they've watercolor-ed beautiful paintings onto the pages!

Why does this intrigue me? Two reasons, actually. But first, a quick backstory. For a time several months back, I had a second blog. It was on Tumblr, and it was strictly faith-related. It was nice, but I didn't want to abandon AMM, and I wasn't always feeling "spoken to," so I decided to let it go and implement future faith-related posts here. Well, since this decision, I haven't written a single faith-related post, because I wasn't feeling inspired. I have prayed on it, and then randomly came across this picture today:

Only Weeks Left in Maryland + Bible Journaling... What? #OldSchoolBlogging — a Modern Mrs.

Washi.... in a bible? Whaaat! In light of my recent planning obsession, I feel this is God's way of helping me find a way back to His word. I mean.... I get to decorate my bible? And coordinate a notebook complete with stickers and vividly-colored pens? Sold!

Currently, I'll highlight a verse that speaks to me, or doodle a quick little note in my tiny margins, but I have also been in the market for a new, bigger bible. I had my eyes set on the same one as my step-mom, but this? This is better. It allows me another creative outlet in a functional way, and helps me to keep God's word on my mind (and fingers).

Basically, bible journaling is a creative and decorative way to study the bible, and it seems to be a trend that's not going anywhere anytime soon. I even found where people have used binders instead of notebooks, and have designed/purchased printables to correspond with their notes/studies. Printables? On it!

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