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.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
May The Fourth Be With You
They're the three Jewish men who refused to bow to the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar installed. Their story is told in Daniel Chapter Three. The king had commanded that anyone who did not bow to the image would be cast into the fiery furnace, so these three men were bound and cast in to the fire.
However, when the king and his counselors looked into the furnace, they said, "Look!...I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
Star Wars fans will recognize the quote I've used on this illustration as May the Fourth is Star Wars Day because of the pun on the movie catchphrase "may the force be with you." The Jedi use the power of the force to combat the "dark side."
Truly, the way to combat the darkness in today's world is through the power of the Fourth Man in Nebuchadnezzar's furnace that day! In the king's words - Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!