Be who God meant for you to be!

Sometimes there are people that come into our life that feel they have the right to form you into what they think you, as a believer, should be, they may be well meaning but mislead. They can cause a lot of pain and harm within a person which can take a lot to straighten out.

I had some people like that in my life once and it has taken me a long time, many years to overcome what they tried to do. Today, as I was journaling, they came to mind and I decided to write to them about what they did. I thought I would share it with you:

“It was wrong of you to try to make me be someone
” You thought I should be”

instead of letting me be

“Who God made me to be!”

He made me to be me – not someone else or someone’s ‘Mini Me!” He made me to be a particularly special example of who He is – the creative God – and creative people are just as spiritual as anyone else – we just ‘illustrate’ God in ways some other people weren’t created to. We still learn, pray, worship, preach, teach, serve, minister, share, witness to others, and are used by the Holy Spirit, just like you do.
You shouldn’t have judged me because you didn’t understand me, you shouldn’t have tried to change me because YOU thought there was something wrong with me! There was nothing wrong with me, I was just as much as a spiritual person as you, I just ‘had’ a different calling than you, different talents…

Each of us has God’s DNA in us, each one’s DNA is different so each of us displays God with a different sparkle.”

I forgive you.

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WIP: A Gift of Peace

I have just started a new painting, looks like it might be a series of Christmas Ornaments!

Here are the Scriptures written on the painting:

John 14:27Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

John 14:27Amplified Bible (AMP)
27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]

Acts 2:38Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2:38Amplified Bible (AMP)
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways, accept and follow Jesus as the Messiah] and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ because of the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:38-39The Message (MSG)
38-39 Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.”

WIP: Washes White as Snow finished painting and story

Here is the story behind this picture: A few Sundays ago I was on the platform helping to lead song service when suddenly my husband appeared and whispered in my ear “It’s snowing out.” Now anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to see snow falling, unfortunately I couldn’t see it at that time. Now under normal circumstances he would never do such a thing but this was special…. the interesting thing was: we were singing ” Oh the Blood of Jesus,” and the words we were singing was “it Washes White as Snow.” As soon as song service finished I hurried over to a window and saw that it was still snowing! Shortly after I sat down it stopped. And this is the picture that popped in my head while watching the snow falling.

Here are the symbols:

It is a Christmas ornament of the gift from God that starts with “The Christmas Story of Jesus Birth,” the Heart stands for the Father and His love for us, the Cross stands for Jesus, the Wings stands for the Holy Spirit, the twigs in the wings are symbols of peace and promise (like the dove that brought the twig back to Noah in the Ark when the earth was drying up), the wings have the rainbow in them which stands for the promises of God, the snow stands for the fact that through the shedding of Jesus Christ’s blood we are “Washed as White as Snow.”

There are two scriptures written on the bottom of the picture which I will type out here:

Is 1:18 (Amp)

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord.
“There was a legend among the rabbis that on the Day of Atonement a scarlet woolen thread was tied to the door of the temple, and when the scapegoat reached the wilderness (Lev 16:10), if the sins of Israel were forgiven the thread would miraculously turn white.Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be like wool.

Ps 51:7 (HCSB)

Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Especially at this time we all need to fall to our knees and pray for forgiveness and for our leaders!

WIP: Washes White as Snow

There is a story behind it and many symbols in the picture

When I am totally finished the picture I will add the finished painting and
I will then tell the story and tell all the symbols. God will often inspire me to create something and then the symbols emerge a little at a time.

So bear with me!

My normal medium is colored pencil so needless to say I started this painting as I would one of my colored pencil pictures: making patterns and tracing them on the canvas.

As you see I have traced them onto the canvas.

Beginning of the painting process.

Adding the heart, the cross, and the wings.

Painting in the wings.

Adding the clouds.

Adding some color, ornamentals, small snowflakes,and beginnngs of larger snowflakes.

Adding the larger snowflakes and the leaves of peace.

Adding Scripture

Here is the story behind this picture: A few Sundays ago I was on the platform helping to lead song service when suddenly my husband appeared and whispered in my ear “It’s snowing out.” Now anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to see snow falling, unfortunately I couldn’t see it at that time. Now under normal circumstances he would never do such a thing but this was special…. the interesting thing was: we were singing ” Oh the Blood of Jesus,” and the words we were singing was “it Washes White as Snow.” As soon as song service finished I hurried over to a window and saw that it was still snowing! Shortly after I sat down it stopped. And this is the picture that popped in my head while watching the snow falling.

Here are the symbols:

It is a Christmas ornament of the gift from God that starts with “The Christmas Story of Jesus Birth,” the Heart stands for the Father and His love for us, the Cross stands for Jesus, the Wings stands for the Holy Spirit, the twigs in the wings are symbols of peace and promise (like the dove that brought the twig back to Noah in the Ark when the earth was drying up), the wings have the rainbow in them which stands for the promises of God, the snow stands for the fact that through the shedding of Jesus Christ’s blood we are “Washed as White as Snow.”

There are two scriptures written on the bottom of the picture which I will type out here:

Is 1:18 (Amp)

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord.
“There was a legend among the rabbis that on the Day of Atonement a scarlet woolen thread was tied to the door of the temple, and when the scapegoat reached the wilderness (Lev 16:10), if the sins of Israel were forgiven the thread would miraculously turn white.Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be like wool.

Ps 51:7 (HCSB)

Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Especially at this time we all need to fall to our knees and pray for forgiveness and for our leaders!

Just had a God thing happen!

As I was pulling up to my house after “paying my taxes at the post office” I said to myself: Mersea you go inside, pick up your guitar and play “Good Good Father” then attempt to paint a picture.” (I’ve had a dry spell in which I haven’t been able to draw or paint.)

All of a sudden “Good Good Father” came on the radio and I sat in front of my house and cried. So beautiful! He knows what we need before we speak it!

This isn’t the version played on the radio but this is my favorite version!

Here are some pictures of the picture I am starting paint…. now I know how a lot of people paint but my medium is usually color pencil and the picture I have in my mind is detailed so I am doing my drawing geeky thing!

Here is a skeleton sketch on the matt: