Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday Musings - Genesis

The word "Genesis" means beginning. At the start of this year, I began reading through the book of Genesis again, this time using my journaling Bible. My goal is to take time to really ponder these scriptures and illustrate what I'm learning and hearing from the Lord. In previous posts, I've shared about beginnings & creativity, resting on the Sabbath, ruling over sin, and obedience. Here are a few other thoughts and pages from my reading and illustrating through the first few chapters of Genesis.

God created woman as a "helper comparable" to man, and man and wife become one flesh. I love the idea of including photos in our Bible as a way of personalizing the scripture and as another form of memory-keeping.


We must obey the Lord and not allow the darkness around Satan to overtake us and blind us to the truth (like Adam & Eve did). I traced this snake and apple from a coloring page and shaded around the snake to illustrate the darkness that surrounds Satan.


Illustrating the first ten generations of mankind helps me remember some of the important things noted in the Bible about these men.


The story of Noah is such a great example of obedience and how God protects and leads those who are righteous before Him.


When the dove returned to Noah in the ark with a freshly plucked olive leaf in her mouth, he knew the waters had receded from the earth.


And every time we see a rainbow, we should remember that it represents God's covenant that "never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."


I recently enjoyed Lesson 2 in the free Heaven is Calling Bible Art Challenge series by Rebekah Jones. She shares a new insight into the scriptures when God is calling for Adam and Eve in the garden after they had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Since I'd already illustrated this scripture in my journaling Bible, I used my NISB Bible and Rebekah's free printable to illustrate a reminder that God calls us and wants relationship with us.


It's amazing how many lessons and insights are in the Scriptures - these all come from just the first nine chapters of Genesis! When was the last time you read through this first book of the Bible? Where you reminded of lessons you'd learned before or did you see something new in the Scriptures?

2 comments:

alexa said...

Interacting with a meaningful text often helps to make deeper connections with our own lives. I like how your creativity helps the words to resonate more fruitfully for you. Another from of meditation?

Missus Wookie said...

I like that you've included a photo - and that is a funky snake :)