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When her son Cole was in the hospital with cancer, Mary Esther Elam needed a way to pass the time. Some friends urged her to journal, so she bought a journaling Bible. As she studied and prayed each day, Elam drew illustrations along with her notes on the page. She began sharing them on social media and they became an instant hit. Elam has created over 100 illustrations reflecting Bible stories, Scripture passages, and significant verses. She enjoys drawing and says, so far, her journaling has been shared more than 32,000 times. Elam says, “It’s hard not to look at it as the Lord providing a platform for His Word to be shared.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

MS woman's Bible illustrations go viral, By Kathryn Miller,, Accessed February 1, 2016.

Isaiah 55:10–11 (HCSB) For just as rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat, 11 so My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.”

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