Back in January, I started bullet journaling for the first time, using the journal as a way to take notes while reading the Bible, eventually adding gratitude and prayer list spreads. In February, I posted about how gratitude journaling has helped my mental and spiritual wellbeing, so if you’d like to check out that post, you can do so here.
As promised in the Gratitude Journaling post, today I’m sharing how my Christian bullet journal is set up! Please keep in mind, due to privacy’s sake, the photos I share will be depictions of how the spreads looked when I first set them up (minus one notes page).
Disclaimer: Some of my spreads are inspired by images I found on Pinterest. I do not take credit for being the original creator of those spreads, nor do I make any money from bullet journaling. This is just a creative outlet I’ve come to enjoy.
Word of the Year and Bible Bookshelf Spread
My first spread in the bullet journal is dedicated to my Word of the Year, which is Purpose, and a Bible Bookshelf to fill in as I read the Bible.
Taking inspiration from Pinterest, I decorated the Purpose page with sunflowers, and added some aesthetically-colored Bible verses about purpose on the page. For the Bible Bookshelf, I basically found an image on Pinterest I liked and added some of my own decorations to the bookshelf. Since I had extra room near the bottom of the page, I added a More Christian Reading shelf, where I’ll add in nonfiction Christian books I’m reading this year, such as The Holy Spirit by Billy Graham, and Earth’s Last Empire by John Hagee.
Daily Bible Reading Tracker and Genesis Spread
Next, we have the Daily Bible Reading Tracker and Genesis Notes spread. The reading tracker is one of my favorite pages in the bullet journal, as each day, I’m filling it in with different colors in a rainbow format, depicting God’s promise in chapter 9 of Genesis. Starting with red and ending with violet for a seven day period, it starts over with red on the eighth day and continues on throughout the month. The next month begins with the next color in the sequence.
The Genesis page just shows the header I drew before taking notes. For a more detailed Notes page, just scroll on!
Exodus Notes Spread
When I first started bullet journaling, I aimed to draw depictions of each book of the Bible. So far, my spread for Exodus has turned out the best. It’s a little difficult to draw illustrations for the Kings and Chronicles duologies, so they’re pretty much just notes. XD Hopefully, drawings will return when I’m taking notes on upcoming books of the Bible.
Again, for inspiration on the text dividers, I turned to Pinterest. They have tons of amazing bullet journal how-to’s and tips available. As you can tell, I love arrow-themed dividers.
Here we have my first Gratitude and Prayer List spread. My first Gratitude page was definitely my favorite of the three I’ve drawn so far. At the time of writing this, I haven’t drawn April’s yet. Oops. 😉
Starting from the bottom of the Jar of Blessings and working upward, I wrote one thing I’m grateful for each day. For the Prayer List, I basically just decided to keep a simple list format and just decorate that. In the Please Help section, I list everyone and everything I want to pray for. On the Answered Prayers side, I write down areas where I’ve seen God move on things or people I’ve prayed for.
If you’re wondering, no, I did not draw the January heading for the Prayer List page. XD For each month, I use the monthly stickers that come included in Zicoto’s Gold Foil Planner Stickers set. I got the sticker set for Christmas for my planner, and absolutely love the quality of them. I am not a paid affiliate of Zicoto, but I love and use their products, and wholeheartedly stand by them. ❤
For further decoration, I’ve used washi tape that also came from Amazon.
For another example of the Gratitude and Prayer List spreads, here we have March’s pages. Please excuse the different sized thought bubbles. I was scared I was going to run out of room. 😛
I’m also pretty sure washi tape was added near the March sticker on the Prayer List, but the picture must have been taken before that was added.
Thoughts on Bullet Journaling so Far
Now that I’m four months into bullet journaling, I have mixed feelings about it, though it’s no fault of the hobby itself.
At the time of writing this, I have successfully read my Bible and taken notes every single morning since January 1st, so I’m really happy about that. Unfortunately, since mornings are busy and getting ready for work takes precedent over filling in the bullet journal, I often forget to fill in the Gratitude, Prayer List, and Bible Tracking pages on a day-to-day basis. Lately, I’ve just bulked it on a weekly basis when I have free time on the weekend.
Drawing, coloring, and learning how to do calligraphy and detailing with highlighters and fineliner pens has been extremely therapeutic, and I’ve really enjoyed scoping out new ideas to try on Pinterest. I just wish I had more free time to dedicate to decorating it more. Right now, there are several note pages I haven’t decorated yet from weeks back. Hopefully soon, I’ll be able to take a self-care day away from the stress of work, wedding planning, and writing and update the journal for a few hours. 🙂
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Do you use a bullet journal? What do you use your journal for? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. In the future, I plan on doing a post about the supplies I use for bullet journaling, so be sure to stay tuned for that!
Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.