This is a new drawing I did. I’ve been doing more work on paper lately and I am loving it! Drawing was always my first love and it feels good to get back into it. I mean I sketch often, but there’s a whole different thing when I let myself really follow through with finishing a drawing and get into the shading. I just love it! I also put a lot less pressure on myself when I am working with paper and with smaller pieces. I don’t get stuck over thinking what to paint.
On this drawing I don’t even know how the elephant really came to be, but it got in there, and I really like how it all came together. After I was done the words “Never Forget” kept coming up in my spirit and then the meaning of the drawing came to me more clearly. Often times I don’t why I am drawing or painting something until after the fact. God often reveals what he is telling me as I go or not until after it’s done.
In this drawing the Elephant symbolizes unforgetfulness and how I must never forget all God had done for me and how he saved my life. The girl playing the piano represents how I must share my testimony and not keep it to myself. There’s so much he’s done that I haven’t shared like I should! Each one of our lives is a story needing to be told and I know I am so encouraged by hearing others testimonies. There is SO much God has done in my life that I never want to forget or take for granted.
I just began writing some of these things down and this is what became of it:
May I never forget where I came from; Who I used to be and who I am now
…and that it is only by the amazing grace of God!
May I never forget what Jesus Christ has done for me.
May I never forget how he saved me from myself.
How he met me right where I was at -in all of my brokenness.
How he loved me when I was at my worst.
I will never forget when I called out to God, desperate for an answer
“Are you real? do you care? I hate my life! I see no purpose! no point for my existence.”
I will never forget when I thought God would answer me by saying “get up and try harder. I’ll give you one more chance!”,
but instead He said “I Love you, I am your Father. You are my daughter. I forgive you.
I made you and know everything about you. I have great plans and eternal purpose for you. Follow me. You can trust me. I will make you new.”
May I never forget How he showed me mercy, love, compassion, grace and forgiveness when I expected judgment, anger, punishment, and condemnation.
I will never forget how I lived wild and reckless, to party and have fun and how it left me worse off.
I will never forget how I chased after my dream with all my heart and became a successful artist
but no matter how much I achieved it was never enough.
May I never forget how only the love of Jesus was able to fill my emptiness.
I will never forget how God flooded my darkness with his light.
How His presence melted my hard heart with his all-consuming Love.
May I never forget when I met Jesus and discovered who He really is rather than who I imagined Him to be.
May I never forget how He saved me from suicide and self destruction;
How He set me free from 10 years of addiction to alcohol,
from the prison of depression, mental torment, chronic anxiety, and panic attacks
I will never forget how he forgave me and set me free from the shame and guilt of ending the life of my unborn baby.
May I never forget all the healing tears of joy and utter thankfulness for all Jesus has done for me.
May I never forget when I began to love my life and myself again.
May I never forget all of God’s endless blessings and favor that continually chase me down.
May I never forget Jesus gave up His life on the cross so I could be free and forgiven; so I could know the love of the Father.
May I never forget that every time I think knowing God couldn’t get any better He always surprises me with more.
May I never forget the power of the Holy Spirit hitting me like a lightning bolt of pure love and bringing me to the floor.
I will never forget when I realized I was beginning to truly love people for the first time as God broke down my walls of self protection.
May I never forget that I was made by God for God. God is love and I was made to become love.
May I never forget that I am saved by his FREE gift of grace and that who I have become and who I will become is only by the grace of God
May I never forget the precious gift of living in His presence;
it is worth more than anything money could buy.
May I never forget how amazing it is to worship God. It is the greatest privilege I know.
May I never forget the thrill of hearing His voice and knowing he’s heard mine.
May I never forget the endless list of answered prayers.
May I never forget to seek Him first in all I do
and that as I do He has been faithful in His promise to provide every need.
May I never forget heaven is home and life is eternal.
May I never forget to share my testimony of all he’s done for me.
May I never forget that He loves you just the same.