This week’s theme was to create a scene with a tree that depicts a fairy tale or a scene that has an element of fantasy that a child can relate to.

Children love magical places. I love magical places too, and I know heaven is a magical place.

I realize my whimsical illustration doesn’t come close to describing what heaven looks like, but the last book in my trusty manual sure paints some dazzling word pictures.



Here are just a few of those heavenly word pictures:

  • That wondrous city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of the skies from God, was filled with the glory of God and flashed and glowed like a precious gem, crystal clear like jasper.
  • Its walls were broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels.
  • The city itself was pure, transparent gold like glass.
  • The wall was made of jasper and was built on twelve layers of foundation stones inlaid with gems,
    • the first layer with jasper,
    • the second with sapphire,
    • the third with chalcedony,
    • the fourth with emerald,
    • the fifth with sardonyx,
    • the sixth layer with sardus,
    • the seven with chrysolite,
    • the eighth with beryl,
    • the ninth with topaz,
    • the tenth with chrysoprase,
    • the eleventh with jacinth, and
    • the twelfth with amethyst.
  • The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl.
  • There was a river of pure Water of Life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb, coursing down the center of the main street.
  • On each side of the river grew Trees of Life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month.
  • Its gates never close, they stay open all day long. There will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will be their light.
  • Nothing evil will be permitted in it—no one immoral or dishonest—but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

If you want to learn more about what heaven looks like, read Revelation 21. I’m certain your child would also love to listen as you read all about that magical, fantastical place.

Here’s a snappy, happy music video produced by Bill and Gloria Gaither—When We All Get to Heaven.

Have a heavenly day,


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36 Responses

    • Sparkly, happy, and peaceful. I can’t wait to get there, Sherry. And congratulations again on the release of your latest book. When will it be available in Canada?

  1. Great to know that our price of admission has already been paid……..great posting……we are also told that we should be childlike in our wonder……..this is PERFECT !!!

    • Thanks for adding that we should be childlike in wonder, Terrol. And yup, sure is great to know our admission has been paid and all because of Jesus Christ. 🙂

  2. Well done! I love that you wrote the scripture descriptions in your post. I think this would make any child excited to go there some day. I can imagine the color version too with all those sparkling jewels 🙂

  3. Tracy, I love your rendition of Heaven–so joyful. We need to remember where we’re going and therefore reap more peace on our pilgrimage. It will encourage us not to swim in the “Slough of Despond”. <3

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀
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  4. Kids would love to visit this playground scene. I especially like the entrance. I’m wondering if it leads to tunnel. You must have had fun brainstorming about the layout of Heaven. I did!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Linda, it appears this scene would work beautifully in your playground too. 🙂 The door leads through a maze of dazzling, brightly lit, glass ceiling tunnels. Well, at least that’s what I imagine. 🙂

  5. When I think of heaven, must say I don’t think of “fairy tale” per se, being that it’s real (in my book anyway)! Well drawn though and cutesy.

    Thanks for your feedback and especially the supportive note to Linda.

    • Oh no, I didn’t say heaven was a fairy tale, I said it was a magical, fantastical place and so very real. And that’s what it says in my trusty manual too. 🙂

    • Janis, that chapter and chapter 22 make me smile and excited too. Glad you want to color my picture because I don’t have time right now. LOL 🙂

    • Hi Charu, just noticed your wonderful comment. I’m so glad we connected too. Can’t wait to get my little hands on the book you illustrated for Sherry. 🙂

  6. WOW! This is awesome, Tracy. What a talented artist you are! I love this illustration…and the whole theme behind it. I just wrote a 15 word ms about a little boy whose father is a wizard…your post has put me in the mood to try some art for it myself. 😉

    • Love your enthusiasm, Vivan. 🙂 I didn’t know you were an artist. Why have you been hiding your art? And a 15 word MS…only 15 words? Sounds like flash fiction. Yes, do get your art supplies out and start working on your book. 🙂