This morning I was reading 1 Peter 1:3-9. Guys, this is one of my favorites. I won't even make you look it up. Here it is from the ESV:
1 Peter 1:3-9
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
I love that this verse points out that Jesus gives us a LIVING HOPE. If we are born again, that is to acknowledge that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then we are guaranteed a joint inheritance with the King of Kings! We can rejoice even if we are in a season of grieving, pain or unrest BECAUSE we love Him, we believe in Him and the outcome of those actions is SALVATION - eternal bliss with Jesus.
I wanted to add this art to my Journaling Bible but the page is already painted, so I printed it out on a sheet of watercolor paper and painted and stamped all over. This form of worship allows me to really meditate on The Word. I have to slow down and drink it in. I'm not sure what I will do with this yet but I am sure I can come up with something ;)
I used the Proverbs 31 and Marquee Alpha Stamp sets from my shop. I used several kinds of acrylic paints because the ink in my printer will smear if I use watercolor over it. I went ahead and made the verse printable for you in case you want to use it you can download if HERE.