Bible Doodle: Ephesians 1:1-2

Join me in the book of Ephesians on Wednesdays. I’ll be reading through this epistle and doodling what I’m hearing. I will use some doodles from previous reads as well as some new ones that I draw this time through. I am in a new place and stage of life as I’m reading through it this time. I am also going through a new study of this book of the Bible. God always has something new for me to build into the new-transforming-me.

I greet you with the grace and peace poured into our lives by God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 1:2, MSG

What a wonderful verse to wake up to in the morning. I am greeted—my wake-up preference is quiet and gradual. I can lay under the covers and feel God’s grace and peace filling me up. Thank you, Lord.

Have you ever read your Bible using the practice of Lectio Divina, where you read the passage three times, each time asking God to reveal His word for you today?

Doodling the Bible is very similar. You read the passage. Then read it again (in a different translation if you prefer). As you take in God’s words you ask for a picture or a phrase that He has for you today. Then you sketch it out. It can be stick figures, a pencil sketch, or a photo. The level of artistic skill is not important.

When you read the Bible this way, you take God’s words into yourself. Then you express them through your filter in a way that shows you what the message was for you today. (Tomorrow it might be different.) You can use the sketch to remember God’s words or to aid in explaining them to someone else. I often find myself sketching them on a napkin as I tell someone else what I learned when we meet up for coffee.

If you are looking for a new way of digging into the Bible, give this a try.

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