Today, I’m sharing my Bible Journaling Habakkuk with you. S0, yesterday I asked the girls which book of the Bible they’d like to read through together and Laura said she’d been wanting to read Habakkuk so that’s what we did. After reading the book I was inspired to journal Habakkuk 3:19 and I love the way it turned out! Bible Journaling has really become a special time each week for me. I can’t wait to share more of my Bible Journaling ideas with you!
Hannah, Laura, and I took turns reading out loud, pausing to discuss things that stood out to us until we read all three chapters. Of course, Habakkuk is a short little book in the Bible! If we had chosen a longer book, we would have bookmarked our place and come back later to continue reading.
Habakkuk is considered a minor prophet and very little is known about him. According to the Blue Letter Bible, “It’s hard to say with certainty when Habakkuk prophesied. Since he speaks of God raising up the Babylonians (Habakkuk 1:6), we can guess that he wrote in the 25-year period between the time when Babylon conquered Nineveh and the Assyrian Empire (612 B.C.) and the time when Babylon conquered Jerusalem (587 B.C.).”
The opening lines of Habakkuk Chapter 1 really stood out to me:
“How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.” Habakkuk 1:1-4 NIV.
Have you ever felt like that? I know I have often struggled with feeling like God was not listening to my cries for help. Sometimes I wonder why things don’t get better when I ask God to help me. If you’ve ever faced long term struggles – whether it be relationships, financial struggles, housing situations, or something else – you may have wondered if God had abandoned you.
But look at God’s response to Habakkuk’s cry: ““Look… and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” Habakkuk 1:5
There are things that I have struggled with for a very long time. Issues in my life that have left me feel discouraged, depressed, and often distressed. Things that are beyond my control. It’s hard when you’ve waited and waited and waited for things to change and yet, year after year things are the same.
How long, Lord, must I call for help and you don’t listen?
Trusting God when you’re hurting isn’t easy, but we can have faith in His Word. He’s going to do something you would not believe! When life is hard and we feel weak, remember we have a God who hears our cries and he will make you strong.
“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19
Bible Journaling Habakkuk 3:19
This was actually the first journaling art that I’ve come up with on my own. I usually gain inspiration from other folk’s art on google or Pinterest and that’s totally okay! I’m not a natural artist and being inspired by other’s makes it easier for me to enjoy the creative part of coloring in my Bible.
- NIV Jounraling Bible
- Twistables Colored Pencils
- Crayola Erasable Pencils
- Micron Pen Set
- Mechanical Pencil
Since I’m not a natural artist, I searched good images for a deer drawing I liked and I based my drawing off it. You can see the image here.
I sketched everything out with a mechanical pencil first. I erased a lot! So don’t feel bad if you don’t get it right on the first try! The trick is to use a light touch with the pencil.
Next, I traced the pencil sketch with pen. I love these pens because they don’t bleed through the paper – really essential!! Typically, I trace the drawing with a pen size .35 mm and use .45 mm on the words. Anything that needs a very light touch I use the size .25 mm pen. After you trace with the pen, you can erase all of the pencil marks.
And then it’s time to color in the lines! I used two different shades of brown colored pencils for the deer. I so happy with how this turned out. If you journal Habakkuk 3:19 I’d love to see it! Tag me on Instagram @melissa.ringstaff.
To learn more about the book of Habakkuk you can read notes on The Blue Letter Bible.