Why Bible colouring?
It sounds like something you’d normally relegate to kids, but colouring has proven benefits: it helps us relaxation, refresh and re-focus.
Combine that with the life-giving words of Scripture, and the incredible effect of slow, thoughtful meditation on the Word of God, and you have the answer as to why we love Bible colouring.
Lorien, the artist behind Meditations and Reflections loved the idea of colouring in too, because it was relaxing and meditative, but she wasn’t getting much out of colouring in ‘motivational’, feel-good slogans.
“When a friend suggested I take what I’d been doing in my devotional journal for years and add colouring designs around the edge, I discovered a whole new way to enjoy meditating on Scripture,” she said. “It’s about encouraging people to find their own ways to worship God with art and Scripture."
Lorien's work work is set apart by the fact that she begins with the verse, rather than simply adding words to an illustration. “The verse is the important bit,” she says. “The art is just an excuse to sit for a while to meditate on the Scripture, and enjoy a creative form of worship.”
Scripture-based colouring has been wonderful for people of all ages (and yes, men colour too), but the designs have been especially beneficial to people who have suffered grief, hospitalisation or who have mental health issues or chronic stress.
People who aren't artistic can feel 'creative' when they colour. People who don't think of themselves as 'crafty' can still end up with something beautiful. Colouring is something anyone, with any level of skill, can do, and succeed at.
Lorien's detailed designs take time to complete. Colourers can focus on the words of the verse, turning them over in their minds, repeating them out loud, and meditating deeply on them as they move their pencils.