Tuesday, June 24, 2014

my "fruitful" series

It is with the proudest little heart I give to you my latest work the "fruitful" series. Can I just say I am over the moon about the way these turned out, not only because of the way they look but mostly because of what God has whispered to my heart in the process.
If it's okay, I just want to share a little testimony about this season I've been through lately. A couple months ago I wrote a blog about how I used to paint for myself. Sharing that for the past year or so I've felt pretty starved creatively and somewhat in a fog of purpose when it comes to my art. I used to always know who I was as an artist and since becoming a mother I've felt just lost in it all.
So before starting this series, with the support of my priceless husband we decided that I would just paint, paint for myself and seek God for a series that would be just what He wanted to bring to his people through my work. Instead of painting for others or trying to create work that would sell I just wanted to paint for the sake of worship and creativity, the purpose he'd called me to 8 years ago.
I truly felt that if I was to paint what God inspired me to paint and if it was true to my heart as the artist then God would do the work of selling it and providing for our family. He is after all our provider.
So...it didn't come right away but with some prayer and experimenting came my "fruitful" series. All I can say is Thank you God! My heart is full and just so thankful for this work he's given me.
In preparing to list them for sale I received a message from someone I love telling me they wanted to buy the entire series of originals. I feel in one way it's God saying yes, I will bless your labor, and maybe to follow my heart and paint for myself. And just for all those preconceived notions that I'm overwhelmed with orders and sales every week, I'm not.

I love that life with Him is a journey and in your craft, whatever it is, He can use it to sharpen you and draw your heart to His. Thank you for letting me share! and I would LOVE for you to buy a print of your favorite. You can visit my shop here to do so.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Everyone is not a leader

Lately I've been working through the question of... what if I'm just a worker bee? I mean let's face it... there's only one queen. Growing up a thought I was a leader but sometimes the thought of leading something big overwhelms me. This morning Robert and I were reading through Romans 12 and verses 3-9 spoke to the heart of it.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

The gifts we do have are ours because he's given them to us right? and they're the best for us because HE GAVE THEM TO US. In the last couple verses Paul names out seven gifts from God, and only one of those gifts is being a leader. SO maybe I'm not a leader, I will say that looking at the list I feel much more comfortable with some of the others listed, I love to encourage and I can say confidently that I am a GOOD helper. If I'm working with someone and they give me a job- I will get it done, with bells on. I guess what He is showing me is....if I'm not a leader- THAT'S OK, and I'm going to find freedom in that. What I am- is the one he's made. And my  job is to say to God, "show me my gifts according to your will and show me my place in the body".

I love how he says, "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but with sober judgment".... yes, so many days I need that. Remind me Lord that I am not "the body" but just a part of the body whose only job is to make you famous. And the best way to do that is know who I am in the body and then be the best member I can be. 

SO... maybe I'm not a leader but here are a few things that I think I am: 
an example
an encourager
an inspirer

What are you?