As I mentioned before, I recently purchased the Blessed Is She Journaling Bible and I absolutely love it!

It is such a gorgeous Bible, with a rich blue hardcover and filled with beautiful quotations all throughout.

It includes helpful and concise intros, as well as thorough notations throughout the Old and New Testament.

There is also a ton of space for journaling and note-taking.  I didn’t think I’d use a Bible like this because I don’t journal much in Scripture, but I quickly realized that all the extra lined space is perfect for note taking!  img_2810

The only cons are that it’s heavy and the print is particularly fine. These cons don’t really bother me though, because I love the hardcover and understand that the extra weight is due to the ample amount of space the Bible accommodates for writing.  Also, there’s no way a journaling Bible could have much larger print without making the Bible substantially heavier.

This Bible has been a blessing I didn’t even know I needed!  While I still love and use my smaller copy of the Bible, there’s something so special about this journaling Bible.


I wake daily excited to pick it up and dive in!

Tabbing Your Bible: 

I first tabbed my Bible a few years ago, and now wouldn’t have it any other way.  Having tabs on my Bible saves me so much time!  When I first tabbed my Bible, I used these goldtone-edged tabs:


Tabbing definitely took me a bit of trial and error!  (And unfortunately some torn Bible pages, too!)  The guide that was included with the tabs was so hard to use, and it took a lot of mistakes to realize it was much easier to tab by sight alone.

Don’t tab your Bible in a hurry!  I’ve learned that tabbing your Bible well can take up to two hours!

When tabbing, begin at the top of your Bible with the first book (Genesis).  Once you’ve tabbed this first book, line that first tab up with the next book of the Bible (in this case, Exodus).  Where the previous tab ends, use your sight to estimate about where the next tab would fall.

It’s also helpful if you look at the previous tab that aligns with the tab that you are working with.  So in the video, when you are tabbing “Ruth”, try and align it with the “Exodus” tab that went before it.

Tabbing this way is much easier, and I found it to be easier to do than following the guideline.

One thing that you should be extra mindful of is the page that you are grabbing to tab.  The first time I tabbed my Bible, I struggled by accidentally tabbing two pages together.  This resulted in a huge headache because I’d have to try and remove the tab without tearing the paper. (Which is very difficult to do.)  If this happens to you, make sure you just remove the clear part of the tab, and not the labeled part, because the labeled part will be destroyed if you tear it apart.

I really loved the gold-tone tabs I used with my last Bible, but since the pages of my Bible are very thin, some of the tabs ended up tearing the pages if they got caught on anything.   I’ve had to tape a lot of the tabs to make sure they didn’t rip any of the content out.  (I don’t mind it though–it’s a sign that my Bible is well-loved!)

When I got my new Bible I decided to try these Catholic Bible Indexing Tabs that Jeff Cavins produced as part of his Adventure Timeline Series. img_2001

highly recommend these tabs!  They are color-coded according to the Biblical timeline! Jeff uses the following formula:

  • Turquoise (The early world)
  • Burgandy (the Patriarchs)
  • Red (Egypt and Exodus)
  • Tan (Desert Wanderings)
  • Green (Conquest and Judges)
  • Purple (Royalty/Royal Kingdom)
  • Black (Divided Kingdom)
  • Baby Blue (Exile)
  • Yellow (Return of Judah)
  • Orange (Maccabean Revolt)
  • Gold (Messianic fulfillment)
  • White (The Church)

I didn’t think I’d like them as much as the gold-lined tabs (because the gold ones are so sleek and gorgeous), but I love them much more than I anticipated!  They look beautiful on my Bible, make finding the books much easier, and help me remember which time period I am reading in the story of salvation history.

I hope you find this beneficial!  If you have anything to add, please comment below!  


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5 replies on “How to Tab Your Bible

  1. Thank you for this post, friend. I’ve been wanting to dive back into my bible in a deeper way, but I’m almost intimidated. Can’t wait to check out your resources and recs! Thanks for sharing your heart and motivating me to act. 😘

    1. You’re welcome! Don’t be intimidated! Over half the battle is just picking it up! I love the Jeff Cavins resources, and he says if you find three other people you can download a study for free! ❤

  2. This literally sounds like the most daunting task ever. READING the BIBLE?! Isn’t that what I do at mass on Sundays (insert the sweating nervous smiling emoji face here) Thanks for encouraging ❤

  3. I had the best time tabbing my bible! It felt so good to take some time, slow down, and just concentrate soo much on something simple yet vital for me! I have navy/gold lined tabs and yours look beautiful! Love it.

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