Using a Wide Margin Scripture Journal
When I first saw the idea of a wide margin scripture journal, I thought it was a clever idea. Having my notes on the side of the scripture verses appeals to me. After creating my own and using it for a while, I have found it helpful in my personal scripture studies.
3 ways a wide margin scripture journal has helped me in my scripture studies:
- I take more time to ponder the few verses on the page. I look up definitions of words to gain a clearer understanding. Additionally, I write my personal insights as well as question I have. Also, I cross reference other scriptures that are similar, or that I find relate to each other.
- I can visually break the verses down. I highlight different thoughts within the verse(s) in different colors. Additionally, I assign a few specific colors to the Godhead, people, and places.
- I have room to color a simple drawing or quote that stands out to me. Admittedly, I keep this simple and I don’t do this on every page. If an idea stands out to me it’s easy to find later, when I have it emphasized through simple lettering or a drawing.
What I like about creating my own wide margin journal vs. purchasing one already made:
- I choose the amount of verses I want to have on each page (Easily my favorite benefit!). I don’t make any changes to the verses or skip any within the chapter. I can choose where I want the break within the verses to be.
- It’s more cost effective. I use a notebook from the dollar store and print pages as I go.
- I can easily implement other study pages within the journal. I’ll use pages throughout the book to keep notes about God or a character study of a person. Additionally, I have kept notes on a specific topic that has stood out to me or that I am interested in studying. I can take up as much or as little space as I want to.
- I can choose the location on the page for the verses. Typically, in a wide margin journal, verses would go in the middle of the page. Occasionally, I like to paste my verses on the side of the page for specific types of notes, such as a genealogy.
While I find creating my own wide margin scripture journal has added benefits, I’m not against purchasing one. The main idea is to find what works best for you in your personal scripture study. If you like the idea of creating your own CLICK HERE to read my post about how to create your own wide margin scripture journal.