Back in January we went on our Church’s weekend away to the Quinta Centre. It was a great weekend with Bible teaching on the book of Zephaniah – not a book I had been through in much depth previously. The children’s work was amazing and my daughter (3) can still remember a couple of the memory verses she learnt. We recently put the “Seeds of Praise” CD by Seeds Family Worship in our car and she was so happy when track 8 was “Mighty to Save” – Zephaniah 3:17. We’ve been listening to this song, at her request, nearly every time we’ve been in the car and it’s a great verse to remember so I thought I’d give it a go in my journaling Bible.

You will need:

  • A bible (journaling or otherwise), paper, or notebook.
  • Tracing template (available to download free below)
  • A pen or pencil
  • Watercolours or colouring pencils

Download and print the tracing template below.



We’re going to use a tracing template for this tutorial. I’ve used the words of the song but also included on the template are NIV and ESV versions of Zephaniah 3:17.

Print out the template from below and then cut out the version you’d like to use. Then place it underneath the page you’d like it on and start tracing it. It’s best to do this in a well lit room. I’ve used a Faber small fineliner for doing this, but any pen should work fine.

Keep going until you’ve traced the whole of the verse.

Next, either paint or colour the page.

I chose green watercolour. I didn’t water down the paint too much so that the green would stay bright and to try not to waterlog the page too much. I always put a sheet of paper or card under the page so that the water doesn’t seep through on to the other pages.

The paint or colour some little blobs in a row. Once dry, get out your pen and draw a small circle in the middle of each blob and roughly draw some petals. Then add a stalk and leaves to each one.


Next paint the shape to form a bird in a darker colour. Once dry draw around it adding some tail feathers, a wing, a beak and legs. I also added a couple of musical notes too.

Then add a little yellow oval. Once dry, drawer around it and add stripes, wings, and an eye to turn it into a bee.

Then you’re done.

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