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.
It’s been my goal for a while to start taking what I know about journaling and begin to teach others about how to hear from God, and incorporate it by creating an art journal.
I have been journaling since I was sixteen, then about a road trip our family took to Arizona to visit my grandparents. Since that time I have written about important events we lived through and everything I could remember about encounters with the Lord. It is fascinating to read back and see personal growth and changing mindsets over the years, realizing that the Lord set a path before me and how that journey has taken me on a roller coaster ride to the present. Not everything was a smooth road but He has been so faithful and kind to lead me even when I got sidetracked.
A local church group of women came to my house and we had our time of creating art in my backyard. The day was beautiful and everyone said they loved the event and couldn’t wait to come back for more. In the craziness of teaching and managing the event, I didn’t remember to take pictures of the actual ladies and their art projects while they were here…worst blogging mistake ever! I did capture a few pics of the setup and decor. Of course, part of any successful event is food and we had plenty of apps (appetizers) and drinks
I started the Art Journaling class with waiting on the Lord – listening to what He may be speaking to our hearts, so that we could create a picture depicting what He was saying. Here are some examples of the techniques of layering paint and paper that I used to teach the ladies, resulting in creation of a journal page of “words” that we were hearing. Their projects turned out fabulously and many were surprised that the Lord actually spoke to them. All-in-all it was a very special day and one I won’t soon forget – I’ve actually journaled it, ha ha!