Updated: Oct 27, 2022
I'll walk you through one of my first pages I did 3 years ago, when I was just beginning to be more intentional about seeking out key scriptures on specific topics.
I wanted to gather Bible verses relating to STRENGTH. To kick off my page, I used stickers to create a title then drew a border around it using a small ruler. (I now include small rulers in each Bible Quilt journal because they are so handy!)
I added some washi tape around the outside edges of the page to create a border, then I began selecting my verses.
"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
Philippians 4:13 has been a favorite of mine since junior high, so I started with it. I simply wrote the verse and highlighted the word "strength" by stamping it onto the page. Then I used my little ruler to draw a box around the verse to outline it. I drew hashmarks around the edge, then sought out another verse. I kept adding verses, outlining them with a simple border and adding hashmarks to "stitch" them together.
Sometimes I used a different colored marker to highlight the word STRENGTH or stamped it to give it a more visual interest. I wasn't focused on making it "fancy" or even for other people to look at. I was simply harvesting the Word in a way that was meaningful to me.
Gradually, the page filled in with verses. Each time I came back to work on this page, I read through the previous verses and occasionally added a little doodle.
I loved seeing the combination of verses from both the Old and New Testaments! It was empowering to see this theme of strength throughout the entire Bible as a reminder to us of God's provision and presence. As I returned to this page again and again, the verses became very familiar and I realized I was committing them to memory in a way that I hadn't before...being active in a creative process with scripture synthesized them in a new way for me.
Somewhere along the way, I added a tab and a few strips of washi tape. I kept the color palette simple. I probably created this page over a couple months, adding scripture as I encountered STRENGTH verses in my devotionals, listening to podcasts, or in Bible study.
Please keep in mind that Bible Quilting is a gradual process and allows you to personalize scripture in a way that uniquely impacts you. I hope it becomes a frequent tool for you to use in your own devotional time, enticing you to linger in His Word a little longer!
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