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:
Another worship sketch:
If I finish this picture or create another one I will post it here.
I have just started a new painting, looks like it might be a series of Christmas Ornaments! I love to watch as the paintings take shape and to learn of their meanings!
This one is called A Gift of Peace.
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
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)
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. Why do we celebrate easter? 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:
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!
This painting isn't finished quite yet but I love it so!!!!! 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. Sometimes symbols emerge to me later so I may return to add them as I learn of them.
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.
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