As a fervent Bible studier, I’m always looking for ways to make my time reading scripture more fun, engaging, and effective. Although I love reading my Bible, I do go through phases where I’m not as interested in reading my Bible as I normally would be. I admit, it’s not always easy to pick up my Bible and read when there are a million other things I want to do. It’s challenging to say NO to worldly things, isn’t it? But if saying no to wordly things (even if just for an hour) means saying yes to God, it must be done.
I like to think that if I can find an hour of my day to exercise and work on my physical health, I can also find an hour to work on my spiritual health, as well. Those spiritual muscles need a workout too, don’t they?
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However, just like it’s challenging to find motivation to workout everyday, it’s quite challenging to read scripture everyday. Picking up a Bible can be just as challenging as picking up weights. Especially, if you have no motivation to read – when you just “read to read” Try doing a whole workout of only jumping jacks….not only will you get bored of repeating the same exercise over and over again, but you’ll get tired very quickly and you won’t be motivated to workout ever again. The same concept applies when reading your Bible. If you continue to read your Bible in a manner that does not inspire you to continue reading, you’ll give up reading your Bible all together. The key here is to NOT be repetitive, but to be creative. Find new ways to enjoy scripture. That is my trick when it comes to reading scripture. I read my Bible a different way everyday of the week (I’ll definietly share about this in a future post!)
And speaking of finding new ways to read my Bible, I have recently gotten into Bible journaling tabs and I am completely obsessed. They have made my scripture time much more engaging and effective! These journaling tabs help me read my Bible in a more detailed and conscious way. I don’t just “read to read”, I read with purpose. With tabs, I am able to categorize, label, sort my favorite verses, add reminders, make KEY notes and refer back to any topic. How fun and convenient, right?
NOTE: This is not my regular Bible. I have bought this particular Bible specifically for in depth studies and journaling tabs. I don’t carry this Bible around – I only use it at home (:
Since I have had such a lovely experience with Bible journaling tabs, I decided to put together this DIY. As always, I’ll be taking you through this DIY step by step. So, get ready to make some tabs!
- White paper or colored paper
- Colored Pencils
- Clear Tape
- Black Pen (I use the Pilot G-2 10 black pen)
- Cut out long strips of paper – whatever size you want! TIP: Don’t cut them too thin or too thick.
- Choose a few colored pencils (depending on the amount of color you want on your Bible)
- Color each strip of paper (you can use the same color for all strips or different colors)
- Store the strips of paper in a jar or inside of a drawer.
CREATE WHILE READING
1. Once you have decided what you want to write on your tab, grab one of the strips of papers (previously made) and label it.
In this tab, I have written “I love you Lord”
2. Once you have written on the paper, cut the piece of paper – leave extra space on the side that you will tape (just a few cms) that way you can see your tab when you close your Bible.
3. Now that your tab has been cut out, add a piece of tape over your tab to laminate it. Add the tape, fold down the top and bottom excess tape and cut out the excess tape from the sides.
4. Finally, grab the laminated tab and place it where you want the tab to show on your Bible. Cut out a small piece of tape and add the tape over the blank space you have reserved in step 2.
Tada! Your tab has succesfully been created. I like to highlight the scripture that goes with my tab, so I usually color over it, underline it or draw an arrow to connect the tab with the verse!
Now as you can see, I have tabs on both sides! However, the paper that I use is glossy on one side, so I can’t write on both sides. I have to manually create two tabs and tape them together. If I’m reading on the right side of a paper and I create tabs, I flip the page over and I go ahead and read and create tabs for the left side of the paper, too. That way I won’t have a billion of empty tabs on one side.
I hope you guys enjoyed this DIY & have hopefully found some INSPO to read your Bibles.
Have you guys ever tried Bible journaling tabs before? How do YOU like to study/read your Bible? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time,