An Illustrated Story: Life Above the Mountaintops

Welcome back from part 1 of the holidays!  Today's post has a different spin in that it's a story that I wrote a few months back....A story which I was lucky enough to have some great friends illustrate.  Here it is:

Our life in Jesus Christ is essentially an entirely different reality than life outside of Him.  The scriptures tell us some pretty lofty statements which seem almost too good to be true…..Like that we are actually inside Jesus Christ and Christ is actually inside us.   And even more mind-boggling: “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms” (Eph 2:6) ….where He happens to be “far above all rule and authority, power and dominion.” Eph 1:21

But what does this reality look like?  And do we actually live with this heavenly mindset throughout the day?  This is what this story is about.  It is about the idea that we get to enjoy and live from the High Places NOW….not just when this life is over…by drawing from the life of Christ inside of us.

The book is written a bit (but not quite) like a children’s story and is loaded with pictures, thanks to some great artistic sisters/friends here in Florida.  The scripture links below the pictures are a rich read if you’d like to explore these thoughts further.

This story is dedicated to my dear sister and friend, Hannah, who recently left this life and is now in the presence of the Lord Jesus and is experiencing life in the High Places fully.  She is one of the most beautiful people I have ever known, inside and out.

Without further adieu…

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Art credit: Meg Fanelli

Art credit: Meg Fanelli

Art credit: Meg Fanelli

Heb 2:10, Rom 11:36, Matt 7:24-25, Heb 12:26-28, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matt 24:35, Heb 1:8, Dan 7:27, 2 Cor 4:17

 

Art credit: Stephanie Brady

Art credit: Stephanie Brady

Ps 91:9, Heb 12:22-24, Dan 7:18

Art credit: Debbie Tozer

Art credit: Debbie Tozer

Dan 4:17, 2 Sam 22:39, Acts 7:48, Rom 16:20, Ps 8:5-6, Gen 11:1-9, Isa 14:13-15, Dan 7:27, Ps 20:8, Eph 1:22-23

 

Art credit: Megan Fanelli

Art credit: Megan Fanelli

Isa 1:19, Gal 3:27, Rev 3:4-5, Rev 7:9, Rev 19:11, 14, Rev 20:11, Gal 3:28, Eph 3:5-6, Eph 2:13, 15

Art credit: Amanda McMullen

Art credit: Amanda McMullen

Amos 4:13, Eph 1:20-21, Eph 2:6, Heb 4:13

Art credit: Melody McCloud

Art credit: Melody McCloud

Isa 26:4, 1 Peter 2:6, 1 Sam 23:25, 28, Rev 21:18-20

Art credit: Melody McCloud

Art credit: Melody McCloud

Micah 1:3, John 1:1, 14

Art credit: Megan Fanelli

Art credit: Megan Fanelli

1 John 5:4, 2 Sam 22:34, Matt 14:25-29

Art credit: Megan Fanelli

Art credit: Megan Fanelli

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Art credit: Juliette Houston

1 Cor 1:30, John 20:22, Job 33:4, Acts 17:28, 1 John 4:8, Luke 6:35, 1 John 2:9-11, John 15:9

Art credit: Ashleigh Wynn

Art credit: Ashleigh Wynn

John 14:6, John 1:17, John 8:32, Isa 40:28, 1 Cor 3:18-23, 1 Cor 1:20-21, 27, 30, 2 Thess 2:8

Art credit: Amanda McMullen

Art credit: Amanda McMullen

John 6:67-68, Ps 84:2, Isa 26:9, Ps 73:25, Ps 63:1

Art credit: Ashleigh Wynn

Art credit: Ashleigh Wynn

2 Chron 20:6, Ex 14:14, Ex 15:6, Ps 7:10, Ps 97:5

Art credit: Megan Fanelli

Art credit: Megan Fanelli

Heb 11:1, Gal 3:26, Mark 9:23, Heb 3:19, Eph 2:1-3, Gal 3:22, Hosea 11:7, 1 John 2:15, 17, Matt 13:15

Art credit: Kate Read

Art credit: Kate Read

1 Peter 1:8, 2 Cor 5:7, Heb 12:2, John 11:40, Matt16:24, Eph 2:4-8, Phil 4:13, 2 Peter 1:3, Matt 6:33, 2 Cor 9:8, John 15:4-5, 7

Art credit: Kim Leino

Art credit: Kim Leino

Col 1:27, 1 John 4:4, Eph 3:17, Gal 2:20, Eph 3:20-21, Luke 17:21, 1 John 4:15, Eph 2:6, Eph 1:4, John 3:3, Acts 17:28, 1 John 4:7, Phil 3:20, Ps 90:1, Heb 13:14, Col 2:10, Gal 3:26

Art credit: Isabella and Aubrey Gough (6 and 4 years old)

Art credit: Isabella and Aubrey Gough (6 and 4 years old). God is drawn in lighter pencil because you can’t see Him 😉

1 John 5:5, Eph 2:6-7, Ps 48:8, Ps 33:16

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  7 comments for “An Illustrated Story: Life Above the Mountaintops

  1. December 2, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Wow! What a Christ! And what a glorious display of his attributes. Thank you so much sisters for sharing our Lord with us in such a creative way!

  2. November 30, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    From Dotty — O my word….I LOVE the book !!! Gorgeous book…Saints…and a beautiful description of life together in Christ. Others will want this book ! Is it going to be published ????? It’s toooooo lovely to keep in a small space…since the Story covers Eternity and our life and victory in Him ! And I love it ending with Psalm 91. 🙂
    Love and hugs to you all ! And little artists…Wonderful !
    Dotty & Jon

    • November 30, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Dotty! I hadn’t thought of it. If there is enough interest, we’d certainly consider it 🙂 And love and hugs to you guys too!

      • November 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

        Yay for a book ! 🙂
        love and hugs, Dotty

  3. Joy
    November 30, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Joelle, how beautiful this Story. Thank you. I thought, ‘she knows Him well’. I received two emails this morning that seemed to go right along with this.

    Fly the Flag – God at Eventide – November 30
    In your life and on your home you have unfurled the flag of My Kingship. Keep that flag flying.
    Depression, disobedience, and want of faith, these are the half-masts of My Kingdom’s flag.
    Full and free, above earth’s fogs and smokes, keep My flag flying high.
    “The King is there, they serve the King,” should be upon the lips and in the hearts of all who see it. Those who know you must, too, join those who fly My Flag.
    ————————————————————————————————————————————–
    From Self to God – God Calling – November 30
    The eternal God is thy refuge. Deuteronomy 33:27
    A place to flee to, a sanctuary. An escape from misunderstanding, from yourself. You can get away from others into the quiet of your own being, but from yourself, from the sense of your failure, your weakness, your sins and shortcomings, whither can you flee?
    To the Eternal God your refuge. Till in His Immensity you forget your smallness, meanness, limitations.
    Till the relief of safety merges into Joy of appreciation of your refuge, and you absorb the Divine, and absorbing, gain strength to conquer.
    The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee: Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion. Psalm 20:1,2

    • November 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Wow thanks for sharing. These are great thoughts and go right along with the story. He is truly our King and our Refuge!

    • Bonnie
      December 15, 2015 at 5:28 am

      I have to say first, that this story blends creativity, beauty, power and testimony into one. Amazing how God pours himself into His children to be able to fill all of our hearts with joy. Funny how there are about a million different names for Jesus. Love “The Most High” JoL-E. The illustrations are stunning.

      Joy, the flag really hit me. The symbolism of Christ’s Kingdom then paired with our human struggles and how much God grieves for us when it is “flown at half mast” has given me something to think about. Waving Christ’s flag is a struggle and something that I lose sight of often but when it’s there, there’s no better feeling. I’ll try to carry Christ’s flag with me as I go through my day today 🙂

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