Bible Journaling – A Tool for Grievers –

Today’s article includes a special Bible Journaling introductory offer from my friend Sara Borgstede of The Holy Mess. The links are affiliate links, so I will receive commission when you purchase the kit.

How To Linger Longer

Bible journaling is all the rage right now.  It is a way to linger longer in God’s word while you pray, meditate or just zone out. I wish it was popular when Joe passed as it might have got me to spend more time in the Bible instead of throwing it on the floor. 

Some people are good at lingering in the Bible and there are those of us who need help as our minds do more wondering than the Israelite’s.

My Holy Mess Bible

My sister and I were always good about doodling on bulletins in church when we were kids. Well it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and draw in my Bible.

Here is what I’ve done in margin of the page for Matthew 15:


Yes, I doodled a vine with leaves and fruit in my English Standard Version Bible. If you can’t tell, I did it freehand instead of using a template. Needless to say, I did not inherit Dad’s ability to draw.        😉


All you  really need are:

  • Pen and / or Pencil
  • Bible.

That is it. You do not need a journaling Bible (wide margins) and any Bible will do. My Bible does not have wide margins but there is enough room to draw.

I also use highlighter too find favorite verses faster.

You will find an article from Bible journaling expert Rebecca Rios regarding her  recommended list of basic supplies on my friend Sara’s site The Holy Mess.  

Sara’s Kit

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Sara’s kit contains pages of drawings that you can trace, verse cards to color, but most importantly it contains a Bible reading plan designed to help you Trust in the Lord. Most Bible journaling kits do not contain a reading plan and this is what I believe makes Sara’s kit stand out from the rest.

I met Sara over 2 years ago when started Faithful Finish Lines online fitness program. She is a pastor’s wife and a Mom to 5 children. She has a strong faith in God and I have complete faith and trust in anything product she creates and offers. Sara is one of my inner circle friends and a might prayer warrior.

I am using the Bible reading plan but not the other pages as my printer is on life support. (UGH! just want I need, something else to break.) I will get it printed off at my local library and share pictures of my pages with you.


Here is my affiliate link to purchase Sara’s Trust In The Lord Bible Journaling kit (Regularly $21.00 on sale through 6/27 for $18.00)

This link will take you to the Facebook group so you can join the party going on this week. You will get access to awesome resources, support, give-aways, expert advice, and more. There is something going on every day starting today and ending on June 27th (except for Sunday 6/25).

Finally, here is a link to a Bible Journal giveaway Sara is doing. You are going to fall in love with this Bible. It is

A Golden Benefit

When my commission from kit sales reaches a $100.00 then 24% of everything will be donated to Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N). This the organization Joe and I were members of when we fostered Rommie’s cousins. For 25 years G.R.I.N. has been rescuing and rehoming golden retrievers – 3,603 is the current total.

Why 24%? In honor of our wedding 24 years ago (June 19th, 1993).

Thank You

Thank you for your support. May the Lord bless you with lots of joy, love, hugs and sloppy wet kisses.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives by seizing new opportunities. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while working as a call center team leader, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can view her photographs at OgleOhio.com because one blog is not enough.