Take Me Deeper

One of my goals for 2015 is to me more intentional with my time.  I want to be present in the moments that take place throughout the day, but even more so, I want to see God’s  presence in these moments.  I want to KNOW God’s heart, and I want to be His hands and feet all day long, everyday.

I have always had a relationship with my maker, I have also always really struggled with spending time daily at His feet.  To be brutally honest, it’s always been boring to me.

After attending christian schools my entire childhood, reading the bible feels like reading a textbook.  It’s not alive to me, and I HATE that.  How can the words of my God feel so dead in my heart as I read them?  How can I possibly know God’s heart when his very word bores me?

I passionately LOVE my God with all my heart.  I hunger for more of Him every day, and it grieves me that I do not find life in reading God’s word.  This is why I’ve decided to join Take Me Deeper.

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Every week, for a year there will be a new bible verse to read as well as a devotional to accompany it.  Then throughout the week we are to create a piece of art inspired by the verse.  I know this is going to be a challenge for me.  I have yet to stick with something like this for the entire year, but I really hope that I do.   I hope that it helps me find a renewed hunger for reading the bible.  I also hope it helps me learn to hear God’s voice in creating art.

Week 1 : Romans 12:1-2

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Trust

If I am to choose one word for the New Year, it is “Trust”.

Although this will be the second year that I have worked as a self employed artist, it is the first year that we are supporting our family with the income.  As we move into 2015, I feel like I am stepping out of the boat to walk on water.  This year, I am fixing my eyes on Jesus, and placing my trust in Him.

Being in this place is an exciting dream come true, but it is also scary.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. ~ Proverbs 3:5

Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden sketchbook

I created this piece after coming through a difficult period in my life. During that time I had stuffed a lot of emotion inside my heart. A year later I was still carrying the weight of all this built up emotion. It felt compressed, and packed down leaving me no room for any new emotion positive or negative. In praying about this I was reminded of the scripture Psalm 55:22 that says “Cast thy burdens upon the Lord and He will sustained you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” As I spent some time meditating on this, working through all the old emotion that was stuffed down inside me, I could feel my heart becoming lighter. As I cast my burdens upon the Lord, I sensed them fluttering away like birds. This a reflection of that experience.

 

 

The desire of my heart

It is every artist’s dream to be able to do something meaningful with their art, and I am no different.

hope sketchIf you have been reading this blog for awhile, then you know that I have been searching for some purpose and meaning to my artwork.

In the last year, my art has become a form of worship for me as I seek God in my creating.  It has become the desire of my heart that other people will be able to connect with my art and see the heart of God.  God has given me this desire of my heart.

A few weeks ago, I shared a couple posts with you about hope. (here & here)

I had been asked to design and paint a mural for the oncology unit of the hospital.  The only requirement was that the painting inspire hope.

I started painting last week.

The opportunity is amazing!  Many people come by daily to see the progress, and I’ve heard all kinds of positive comments!  My best experience painting at the hospital happened yesterday when I could hear an old man grumbling about how much farther he had to walk to get to his room.  The nurse and therapist were trying to get him up to get some exercise.  I heard the therapist say ” your room is just up here.  You can do it. You’re doing a great job.”  Then the little group came around the corner and this patient saw the mural I was working.  Suddenly, he was bright & witty with comments.  For the moment while he paused to chat with me, he was no longer in a hurry to return to his bed feeling tired and achy.

The director wants to create a gallery of murals that will encourage patients to get out and walk around the halls to see them.  I don’t know how many murals that will be in the end, but so far the response has been amazing.
Just a month ago, I was praying that God would use my hands as his own to create art that penetrates peoples hearts.   Now here I am painting God inspired murals to encourage cancer patients.  I feel blessed, and incredibly honored to have this opportunity!

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Psalm 19:1-4

"Heavens declare"This is one of my favorite Bible verses.  I am especially in awe over the last section.  God’s creation proclaims His glory to the ends of the earth.  Let’s replace the word creation with artwork, and we learn that God’s artwork, transcends all languages so that ALL can hear it’s message!  A piece of art can speak to the heart of a person from any tribe or nation.  Art knows NO language barrier.