Taking the time to look a bit more at this process of Writing in the Margins. Sharing some helpful insights garnered from author- Lisa Nichols Hickman.
The blank spaces around your Biblical text is an invitation. The margins provide an opportunity for:
- "a life-giving
- creative conversation
- between you and the eternal God."
Margins can be a spiritual discipline. How do we allow space in our hearts, days, soul and calendar for being available?
God shows up here in the space we give Him. He is a God of dynamic interactions. We just often do not pay attention. Margin notes can help with the discipline of PAYING ATTENTION. We are called to pull ourselves out of this world long enough to notice what God is doing IN IT.
Part of the experience of Marginalia is that it creates:
- and memory."
A marginalogist studies what is in the margins. The notes that are in our Bibles can be:
- "markers of interpretive activity,
- visible traces of the reader's attention,
- incidental notes of reflection,
- and memory-aids."
God loves to see the story He is writing in each of our lives- illustrated. It can be simple underlining and highlighting, with notes and thoughts coming together in the sacred edges of His Word.
When our Heavenly Father rejoices that we see Him in small details and in the shadows and margins of our lives, imagine His delight to bring majestic things forward- front and central.
Simply put - writing in the margins is one of the open doors for God to bless our lives.
Visual Faith offers free bible margins located in our Resources for you to download, color and put into your Bible.