Think back to when you were a student…was there a method you used to help what you were learning to stick? I was a doodler. The margins of my notes from high school through college are filled with doodles. Sometimes the doodles were related to the lecture or class discussion, others were random patterns. When I was a new Christian, I wanted to study and learn God’s Word, but I had difficulty recalling and relating what I read. I wish I had treated this studying to my days as a school learner and used those methods. Drawing and doodling through the Bible makes perfect sense when you think how the brain works.
Engaging Both Sides of the Brain is the Best Way to Remember
There are many types of learners and ways of learning information. There are right-brained learners, left-brained learners, audio learners, visual learners and kinesthetic learners. But those are just the broad categories, which often utilize more than one method that works well for how our brain is wired. Research has shown that the more methods used to learn a specific bit of information, the better it is retained. Engaging both sides of the brain is the best way to remember more.
Studying God’s Word is a Habit I Hope My Children Find Joy In
I am talking about more than creating beautiful works of art in your journaling Bible. If you are like me, you enjoy looking at the pages, but feel too intimidated to try this yourself — or with your children. Studying God’s Word is a habit I hope my children find joy in, as well as sustenance for their souls. I don’t want them to feel they cannot measure up when the goal is to learn how to hide God’s Word in their heart.
The Retention of our Lessons and Joy in Learning God’s Word are the Main Goals
We have used a Bible study curriculum that describes itself as “Stick Figuring Through the Bible”. With simple drawings, varied colors this was something even my younger children could join in on. They even have sets for the littlest to trace if drawing stick figures is beyond their abilities. These activities are hitting several methods and engaging both sides of their brain. The retention of our lessons and joy in learning God’s Word are the main goals. This simple curriculum has ensured that this simple method is one we keep around.
Leaving Out the Creative Component Was Quickly Seen as a Mistake
We Found We Could Be as Creative as God Created Us to Be
You Do Not Need to Be an Artist to Draw and Doodle Through the Bible
Some children still choose to do the stick figures, utilizing the color references from our earlier studies. Others are getting really artistic and creating beautiful works to treasure in the pages of their journals. Some of us contentedly in the middle. Above all, we are delighting ourselves in His Word and our time spent learning. If you’ve been equally intrigued and intimidated by the Bible art journaling that has become so popular, let me encourage you. You do not need to be an artist to draw and doodle through the Bible. You simply need to open your Bible, open a journal (we use cheap composition notebooks) and open your heart.
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