Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”Daniel 3:24&25
Even though we are not physical thrown into the flames like Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (you may know them by their Babylonian names: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), we still endure seasons of fire in our lives. Seasons where we feel alone, heartbroken, and left wondering why? Seasons filled with sickness, death, or disappointment. These seasons can last days, weeks, even years.
No one wants to go through the difficult seasons, and no ever asks to go through the fire. Trials are a part of life that no one can escape from. The apostle Peter says, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (1 Peter 4:12) If you are a believer in Christ, you know that no matter how hot the flames are He is right there with you through it all. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrew 13:5).
Creating this page was so much fun and took some time to complete. I started with stamping down the flames with a chalk ink and heat embossing with a clear embossing powder. I used 3 different color inks, starting with a red and fading to a light orange. I love the texture and movement that embossing the flames gave this page. It is hard to see the embossing in photos but, it adds gorgeous details in person. I could only do one or two flames at a time because I did not want the ink to dry before I got the embossing powder down. The next step I did was to use a black Neocolor II to create paint splatters on the page. The splatters give even more texture to the background. Using the stickers and stamps in the kit, I wrote out my title. One of my favorite elements in this month’s kit is the beautiful wood grain heart stamp. I included it in this page by using VersaMark Watermark ink and embossing it in gold. Then I used the gold enamel dots scattered throughout the flames like embers. I punched out a tab from the back of the devotional card and layered a piece of paper from the digital printable at the top of the page. And as always, I finished off with my date stamp.