Visited Abundant Life Fellowship in Chesapeake, Va. Here’s my notes from today’s sermon.
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.
In my last blog I showed you some sketches and a finished piece of art that was inspired during a 23 prayer gathering called David’s Tent 757. Well, here is the finished piece for the last sketch.
The name is “Living Water,” it was inspired by a song which of course I can’t remember right at this second. It took me a while to get the picture finished due to all kinds of lifey type stuff interfering. So without further a due, here is the process of it coming together!
And please feel free to tell me why you like this picture, how you connect with it, how it makes you feel.
In our area we know have started a celebration of Praise and Worship once a month called David’s Tent 757,https://www.facebook.com/DavidsTent757/, we spend a full 24 hours of Praise and Worship with live music, sometimes streaming music, art worship, and flag waving. Below are a couple of the sketches I have done during David’s Tent 757. (We are distantly related to the David’s Tent, https://www.facebook.com/DavidsTentDc/, that has been going on in Washington, DC for over a year and a half.
Here is the first sketch but haven’t done a finished piece as of yet:
I called it “We pour out our Praise.”
The finished piece:
Will add the finished piece if I get to finish it or create it another.
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.”
I just finished reading a blog on “Why do We Celebrate Easter” and found it quite thought provoking. I have provided the link if you are interested in reading it.
Being as I tend to do things somewhat different than most I enjoyed reading it and here is my reply to it… hope you enjoy it!
My family doesn’t really celebrate Christmas in the commercialized way ( it tends to sneak up on us before we realize it is here), we have a tree because I like a tree, in fact I still have mine up right now for two reasons: 1) It is a light source coming from that area of the room) and 2) it has a special meaning to me…. reminds me of when I lived in the mountains of Upstate NY at a Bible School that was located in the woods in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and back then we had tons of snow (the snow levels have shrunk since I left, no kidding! Every time I call up there during the winter they have a snow storm and I went for a visit this Fall and they got a lot more snow than usual! 😀 ). I loved seeing the snow on the pine trees and taking long hikes in the woods in very deep snow. We don’t give gifts, neither of our families get together with us – husband’s brothers go to their wives family’s houses, my sons have moved and live far away, we do often get together with friends for dinner and if not then we just fix dinner for us and kick back. When I was a child I use to watch all the religious movies that actually came on TV back then: The Greatest Story ever told, Ten Commandments, the Robe, Ben Hur. etc (it was usually just me) and that is something I still do most of the time, it is my own tradition of sorts, it always made me feel closer to God. We’ve tried to participate in helping feed the homeless but were told that many of the usual groups either don’t do it anymore because there are so many Churches in our area taking care of the homeless during the holidays that they had such a small turn out or they have down scaled and you have to sign up months and months ahead of time to help out.
As for Easter, I don’t like that name because it is the name of a fertility goddess and yes, just like Christmas, Easter was christianized by Constantine when he made Christianity the State Church (because his mother became a Christian) even though he was still a practicing pagan. We celebrate this holiday the same as Christmas. This year I have been watching a different Gospel movie each day and other Christian movies, I feel closer to God and learn a lot at the same time.
Our church is a very small and growing church and are in our first building. We have a Street team that goes out every Wednesday evening to a nearby shopping center to gather prayer requests from people that we talk to and then go back to the church and pray over them. Being new to the area there we had a Friday evening service which was open to the neighborhoods around us in which Matthew 26:1 – 27:65 was read aloud. A few came. Saturday night we will have our regular Christian Coffeehouse Christian Concert with live music and Sunday we will have our regular Sunday service which will be about the Resurrection then some of us will gather at someone’s house for dinner and fellowship. My husband goes to speak at a Nursing facility every Sunday in the late afternoon and will do so this Sunday, too.
To me it’s not a traditional way of celebrating the Holy Week, it is more personal.
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!