Are you looking for ways to get a child in your life more engaged with the Bible? Or perhaps you’d like to help them move from head knowledge to a deeper relationship with God? Bible journaling is a great way for kids to grow closer to God as they explore his Word through their own eyes and experiences. It can help kids think more about the Bible text and how it can be applied to their everyday lives.
Later when they review what they journaled, their Bible journal will make a great reminder of how God has helped them, and give them confidence that he will continue to do so through their entire life. Encourage your child to write down prayers related to the text. This is a great way to get kids more comfortable talking with God. Below are some tips to help get kids started!
Suggested supplies list:
- Colored Pencils
- Pen or Pencil
- Stamps and Inkpad
- Tape or Glue
- Adventure Bible Field Notes Bible journal or plain journal, notebook, etc.
Questions & Tips to Get Kids Started
- What was the Bible verse about? What does it mean to me?
- How can I apply this verse to my life?
- How can I share this verse with others?
- How does God show his love for me in the verse?
- Write a short prayer asking God to help you live out and share what you learned.
More than just words
Let your child express themselves through writing, drawing, coloring, using stamps or stickers, taping things to the pages and more!
DO IT TOGETHER
Set a dedicated time for you and your child to journal together and watch their creativity grow alongside yours!
Apply it to real life
Talk to your child about what they’ve been journaling—chances are they’re drawing from their own experiences. Pray with them about those specific situations.
Try it Out
Below are two “Live It!” journaling prompts excerpted from Adventure Bible Field Notes, Luke and Adventure Bible Field Notes, Acts.
How to Love Enemies
Love is not just a feeling. Christian love means caring about other people and doing nice things for them. Read Luke 6:27–36. Jesus wants us to love all people, even our enemies.
Do you know anyone who doesn’t like you or is mean to you? Here are some ways to show love to your enemy: Smile. Be friendly. Pray for her. Help him with schoolwork. Say nice things about her. Choose her for your team. Can you think of other ways to show love to your enemy? Write your ideas below.
Power in Praise
Do you ever have a day like Tyler’s?
Tyler was miserable. Dad had to work late and couldn’t take him to the ball game. Mom made him eat food he hated for supper. And now he had to do homework instead of watching TV. Have a “Tyler contest.” Ask each member of your family to show how Tyler will probably act by making faces or by the way they walk or sit.
Then read Acts 16:16–34. Together, in the space below, list some things Tyler might have praised God for, even though he was disappointed. Then make a list of things your family can praise God for. The list will remind you that praise gives us the power to be happy even when things go wrong.
You can download the free Bible Journaling Guide for Kids at http://bibl.es/kidsbiblejournaling.
Bible journaling is a great way for kids to grow closer to God as they explore his Word through their own eyes. Browse through some questions and tips to help get kids started, and let them try some journaling prompts from the Adventure Bible Field Notes on their own!
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