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.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Threshold of a New Year

This year I'm re-reading the Streams in the Desert devotional book that Grandma gave me for my 30th birthday. This classic devotional was first published in 1925 and updated in 1997. It's been several years since I've read through it, and I'm looking forward to using it in my quiet time each day this year.

The reading for yesterday, January 1, is based on Deuteronomy 11:11-12. In this scripture, the Israelites are at the threshold of the promised land and Moses is speaking to the people.

But the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven, a land for which the Lord your God cares; the eyes of the Lord your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.

Similarly, our lives have hills and valleys. We have tough mountains to climb as well as times of living contentedly in the fertile valleys. As we are on the threshold of a new year, I want to be prepared for the hills and valleys. I took time to meditate on this thought as I illustrated these verses in my journaling Bible.

(I used a page I created last year as inspiration for the illustration, which I drew with Micron pens and colored in with Crayola Twistables.)

I love the idea that the Lord cares from the "beginning of the year to the very end of the year." Here's a closer look at my journaling and prayer.

I pray that the Lord will guide you through the hills and valleys in the coming year - go forward and take possession of it!


alexa said...

I am always intrigued by your Bible artwork, and how it intertwines with your life. That's a great visual image to remember travelling through the year.

Susanne said...

That is both a peaceful but powerful image, yes, memorable.