For the word of God is alive and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
More times than I can count, God's words have leaped off the page of my Bible and seared my heart. His Word is like a flame that purifies my heart in a refiner's fire. Sometimes my need for refinement is a daily event! I cringe when I hear that God's Word is no longer relevant. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is the most relevant, lasting, certain, absolute truth we have. In fact, there is no truth apart from God's truth. What's more amazing is that His Truth, His Word is rooted in His love for us. We can depend on His Word, we can rest in it and know that is will be true for us throughout our entire lives. It not only judges our thoughts, attitudes and actions, it brings hope, comfort, strength and answers for every need we have.
I used PrismaColor pencils for the images on the page and then painted a soft watercolor blue for the background. I decided on a little different interpretation of the image from the newly released stamp set, Living Word. The image actually shows a living plant coming from the Bible and as God's love waters us we will grow. But I could also see flames of His Word, and just wanted to create the imagery that God will continually pour my heart into the crucible of testing and refinement. I think it works!
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