2018 is off and running quickly…we are already half way through January! In a new year people become expectant about hearing from the Lord and anticipating what they can look forward to in the next twelve months. It is exciting to to hear what new beginnings and hope our lives will experience in the days ahead.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is speaking to our hearts about His purpose for each of us in this season. Our purpose will become more and more defined as the year progresses. As we surrender all to Him, this defined purpose will begin to change our identity. We will see more of His moving in our lives, our outlook, and perceptions of who we thought we once were. This will be characterized by our deepening relationship with Him. He is looking for hungry people. Hungry people draw attention to His favor and anointing. This is a year of new beginnings, begin yours now.
I begin each new year with a Detox…
The detox I’ve used for years is the Lemon Detox. I have more than enough lemons growing on one tree to last me a couple of years. I really makes you feel good with energy to spare; great liver cleanse.
This detox recipe is easy and the ingredients are readily available, but it only gives you the amounts for one glass and I usually drink about a gallon of it in one day. No other food (except coffee which I can’t ignore…busted)!
2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
2 Tablespoons of organic, grade A or B maple syrup
1/10th teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
10 oz. of filtered water. Stir and enjoy.
I’ve begun new paintings and creative projects, can’t wait to share them with you! Coming soon!
This is a partial snapshot of a painting I’m working on, continuing my “Angel” series, done with a pallet knife and finger painting. The big reveal coming.
This week on Instagram I was posting pictures to guess where I would be going on my next adventure…it seems that the only people who correctly guessed were the ones I already told! Take a look at this collage of some of the pictures that I posted and see if you can find where I’ll be in the world.
If you guessed correctly, I will be going to Israel and Jordan (Indiana Jones and Petra). This has been a “bucket list” item for about forty-five years, a true heart’s desire. I’ve wanted to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to go where He was, to experience the Holy Land and its tremendous history. I am going with a group that will be touring the sights and also following the Holy Spirit to pray for the nation and hopefully to walk in Matthew 10:8, as the Lord leads*.
Most of the time that I am doing ministry I bring along my artwork; when traveling I make postcards to give personal prayers and words of knowledge for the people I encounter. Here are a few that I’m working on before I go. I pray over the cards to be anointed for the specific person that I meet, to encourage them in God’s great love for them, and it becomes a memory of what the Lord was speaking to them. I’ve run into people that I’ve done “art” for after 25 years and they tell me how much the “words” I gave them were significant to their lives. I want those encounters to be blessed and living for each individual.
Cards in process.
Sometimes I embellish them.
(The two following are just examples to show what a finished card would look like. I may write a scripture or a personal word for a person on the back.)
One Last Thing
To encourage you, my faithful friends, I posted this on Instagram today:
(Even little ol’ me at 4 – God had me in His thoughts.)
Just imagine…you were chosen from the foundation of the world to host the presence of a holy God, to live in such a time as this, and to do incredible things!
Think big and pray bigger!
God is speaking to your heart right now about the dreams, inspiration, and callings on your life.
I’m finding some time in my exhaustingly busy schedule to set aside “practicing” my artwork. I’m trying new techniques and mediums, and learning what works well together and what could be a tragically incompatible. Life is a learning process. We cannot expect all things to be perfect but it is in doing little things often that we acquire great skills, success, and achievement. It is a journey of trust and confidence in the One our heart loves.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
This weekend I took a one-day class at a local scrapbooking store, taught by Stephanie Ackerman. Stephanie is a doodler and artist associated with her Etsy Shop, Documented Faith. She does awesome work in illustrating art journals and illustrating the Bible. I appreciated her teaching style and her dedication to the purpose that God has given to her. Really, I had so much fun learning new processes and techniques.
We started with penciling in our designs, then used a fine-tipped marker to outline our work.
Our next challenge was to fill in every space with watercolors. I think it gives this piece a little BOHO feel.
At this season of my life the Lord is challenging me with all kinds of new things; things so outside my box that I sit back and ask,”Is all of this really Him?” I know it is for me, because of the peace in my Spirit and because He asks us to walk by faith. Yikes! Have you been challenged lately to do new things, to think differently about everything around you, or to associate with people that you are not normally attracted to as friends? It is scary but He never calls you to do anything that He doesn’t back you up on, and He holds you tight right through the challenge.
Go where you’ve never gone before, try new adventures, find new friends, bring life to others, and definitely have fun! Step out of the boat onto unknown waters.