Stop Trying to Be the Light

Stop Trying to Be the Light  a bible journaling devotional with lots of freebies! ♥


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Salt and Light Devotional

I'm over at His Kingdom Come again today with a devotional all about Salt and Light.  As seems to be my style lately, it's not exactly what you've heard before, but I think you'll be encouraged and I hope you'll be inspired.


Fun Free Printable Downloads

I have some great resource links to freebies for you there too, including beautiful free artwork by Erin at Art by Erin Leigh and a printable calendar of quiet time meditations.

I'd love to hear your feedback here if you enjoy the devotional.

Hope you're having a blessed and joyful week!


Grace and Peace,


♥ Melissa~

“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
–John 1:4 (NLT)


We Implore You on Christ's Behalf

This week I'm the guest writer for the Take Me Deeper devotional at His Kingdom Come.  We're talking about what it means to be an ambassador for Christ and I may have a little different take on it than you've heard before. I would love for you to stop by and check it out!

What does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ?



Grace & Peace,



"We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God."  -2 Cor. 5:20


Thank You, A Printable and Boy Have I Missed You!




Hello My Friend!

I'm returning from an unplanned (but much needed) hiatus.  It's been an exciting, challenging, happy, sad, interesting, but above all, wonderfully blessed year for me so far, how about you?

I have deeply appreciated your messages of encouragement and prayers and wanted to tell you thank you so much for that.

And also give you a heads up that you'll start to receive more news from me.  I didn't want to show up all unannounced in your inbox so consider this my announcement, ha!. ;)


Free Printable Calendar

And I have a little gift for you too.  A printable 2016-2017 academic calendar!  It has one of my favorite scriptures in coloring book form so if you like, you can color it in and meditate on it as you begin this fresh, new, school year.


Just click on the image above to download it. 

The printable is in a large pdf that has been compressed into a zip file.

When you click on the download image you should have the choice to open or save the file.

If you are on a windows machine you can choose "open with windows explorer" and it will download and then open the file.

You should then be able to save that folder wherever you would like on your machine.


Take Me Deeper Devotional


                         A sneak peek at my artwork from tomorrow's devotional.


Tomorrow on the blog I'll be participating in the Take Me Deeper devotional  with the amazingly talented ladies from His Kingdom ComeOur theme this month is all about being an ambassador for Christ and I think I have a slightly different take on it than you may have heard before.



If you'd like to stay in touch, chat about bible journaling or see what I'm working on next for the blog be sure to come and find me on Instagram! @pinkpaperpeppermints  I'd love to see what you're working on too so tag me if you have something pretty to share! :)


Grace & Peace,



"God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life."
-Psalm 51:10 (MSG)






Happy New Year! Crafty Evening Mini Kit Freebie


Happy New Year Friend!  I've got a fun, Pixelscrapper blog train download for you today and Erin has the goods on what Faith Art Friday is going to look like in 2016!  

What a way to start the new  year!


Free Crafty Evening mink kit download from Melissa at Pink Paper Peppermints!


Just click on the image above to download the kit.  And be sure to sign up for my newsletter (in the sidebar, top left)  to find out when I have new kits & freebies available! 

To visit the other blogs on the train just head over to this thread at Pixelscrapper.


Hope you're having a wonderful New Year's Day!


Grace & Peace,



"This is what God says, 'Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.'..." 
-Isaiah 43:19 (msg)


Faith Art Friday - White as Snow



Merry Christmas!  This is our last Faith Art Friday for the month of December as Erin and I will be taking a break to enjoy the holidays with our families and we thought you might be doing the same.  We'll still be keeping an eye on our Facebook community and hope to see you posting your responses to today's prompt and previous prompts there!

In case you're new, each Friday Erin from Art by Erin Leigh and I will be posting tips, prompts, ideas and inspiration for your faith art journals!

We'll also be participating in our private facebook community  and we'd love to see you there posting your art!

If you love bible journaling and illustrating your faith, you are going to love Faith Art Fridays!!


Come and join us for Faith Art Fridays!  Bible art journaling prompts, tips & ideas + free printables!  There will also be lots of fun and sharing in our private community!


Come now, and let’s settle this, says the LORD. 
Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow…”
                                                        – Is 1:18


This Week's Prompt

Design a page inspired by snow or snowflakes.  What are some descriptive words about snow?  Fresh, clean, pure, white...ask the Lord to show you how this translates to your standing with Him.

Come and join us for Faith Art Fridays!  Bible art journaling prompts, tips & ideas!  "I will never again, remember their sin." -Hebrews 10:17  "Though your sins be as scarlett, they will be white as snow..." -Isaiah 1:18

For today's prompt I first painted my background pages with white acrylic paint and then sprinkled some fake snow all over the pages so that it would dry in the paint.


  Come and join us for Faith Art Fridays!  Bible art journaling prompts, tips & ideas!  "I will never again, remember their sin." -Hebrews 10:17  "Though your sins be as scarlett, they will be white as snow..." -Isaiah 1:18

I hand-lettered Hebrews 10:17 in the center of doily and glued it to the page.  I wanted to keep the page simple and focus on the idea that God has sent Jesus as the "once-and-for-all" sacrifice for my sins.

Come and join us for Faith Art Fridays!  Bible art journaling prompts, tips & ideas!  "I will never again, remember their sin." -Hebrews 10:17  "Though your sins be as scarlett, they will be white as snow..." -Isaiah 1:18

State vs Standing

Remember that while your emotional state may go up and down, angry or sad, frustrated or jealous, highs and lows, those feelings are simply that, feelings. 

They are your state but they are not your standing

As a believer in Christ, your standing before God is forgiven (Eph 1:7), redeemed (1 Cor 1:30), righteous by faith in Christ (2 Cor 5:21, Eph 3:22).

No Condemnation

When you make a mistake, or feel condemned for thoughts or actions, remember that those actions, thoughts and feelings are covered by the blood of Jesus. 

Once you have believed on the Lord Jesus, you have been washed white as snow (Is. 1:18) and God has promised never to remember them again (Heb 10:17).

I can't think of a better reason to celebrate this Christmas.


Merry, Merry Christmas.


Have a wonderful, blessed holiday my friend!


Peace and Grace,


♥ Melissa~
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us..." -Ephesians 1:7