Slowing Down with Bullet Journaling
This year, I feel like I am living a fast-paced life, yet I don’t leave my home most days (I work from home). It is my mind that races from meeting to meeting and task to task more than my feet race from place to place. I’m thankful and excited about the daily opportunities that I am afforded to use my mind, and to serve in my work and home. Still, I continue to seek time and space to slow down.
Mark 6:31 NIV: Then because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.”
I love this verse in Mark. It acknowledges all that we do and invites us to stop and go to Jesus for peace and rest. Quiet time helps us show up better in the noisy world.
One of the ways I’ve been slowing down and going to Jesus for rest is by bible bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is inherently a slow task, especially for those of us who are less artistic. When I sit down for bible journaling, I know I will be there for a while. I get out all my bibles, notebooks, pens, and highlighters to write and organize what the bible is teaching me. I am currently doing a bible reading plan, so I am able to organize my journal by the chapters assigned that day. but there are no rules to how you setup a journal, it is however you like. See below for an example of how I organized four days of reading. Also see here for more examples of how to organize a bullet journal.
The other awesome thing about bullet journals is the opportunity to draw! I don’t draw much, but when I do, it’s a ton of fun! Bullet journals encourage small doodles to provide decoration to your page. I try to pick one verse a week to do a doodle for that will remind me of what I was reading. Here are my drawings for Genesis and Job. I hope they are fun and helpful to you. What pictures would you draw for Genesis or Job?
Bible journaling is something that has been working for me, but I know it isn’t for everyone. Here are 6 other ways to slow down: [Note: listen to an audio bible is #1 and this can be combined with many of the other activities]
1. Listening to the Bible
2. Make and Drink Hot Tea
3. Practice Yoga
4. Go For a Walk
5. Write in a Journal
6. Listen to Jazz or Worship Music
How will you slow down this week? Let me know in the comments.
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I hope your week is filled with faith, focus, and fun!