Coloring intricate designs with random patterns forces me to make decisions about which color to use for each element and how they will all work together. The more I do it, the more decisive I have become. Where I once spent a long time thinking about the implications of each color choice, I spend less and less time worrying about the outcome and making a decision. Sometimes the result isn’t what I had hoped and I wish I would have chosen a different color, but I realize it’s not the end of the world.
The unexpected benefit of coloring has been that I’m finding it easier to make decisions in other areas of my life. The analyzing, paralyzing fear of making the wrong choice and “ruining” my project has given way to greater confidence and decisiveness. I learned from coloring that even if the results of my choices are not what I wished, it’s not the end of the world. I can live with it. I can choose a different color next time. I can try a different combination. I can make a decision because it really doesn’t matter.
Of course, coloring Bible verses has the spiritual dimension, too. As I’m coloring, I’m filling my mind with God’s Word by meditating on the words for longer amounts of time. It’s been reassuring to my broken spirit. Coloring God’s Word has been soothing and calming my anxious mind. I believe it helped me come out of depression and enjoy a prolonged “up” cycle.
I’m using the NLT Inspire Bible for Creative Journaling by Tyndale. It has more than 400 images to color in the margins or full-pages. Even though I’ve been coloring daily all summer, there are plenty of pages to color still. And the margins without images are lined for notes.
I knew I would enjoy this Bible, but I never expected the ways it would benefit my mental health. I’m more than thrilled at how God has used this Bible to help me with recovery.
Here’s a sampling of some of my Bible pages:
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|NLT Inspire Bible: The Bible for Creative Journaling, Teal
By Tyndale HouseInspire is a new single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible that will be a cherished resource for creative art journaling. It is the first Bible of its kind—with over 400 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout the Bible. Full-page and partial-page Scripture art is attractively displayed throughout the Bible, and the illustrations can be colored in to make each Bible unique, colorful, and customizable.
Every page of Scripture has two-inch-wide margins, with either Scripture line-art or ruled space for writing notes and reflections, or to draw and create. The generous font (8.65) ensures optimal readability, and quality cream Bible paper is great for creative art journaling. Inspire is the only single-column, wide-margin Bible available in the popular New Living Translation, and it is designed uniquely to appeal to art-journaling and adult coloring book enthusiasts.