Hello Friends! I completely missed last week’s blog post, but not because the creative flow has finally ceased. Last week was an amazingly intense God week and I simply didn’t have the grace to sit down and provide an update. Amongst the variety of ways God moved last week I was able to work on a piece for two upcoming birthdays, begin bringing a dream to life, and gained clarity on continued steps towards becoming a full-time artist.
With one satisfied Momma, I prayed for another. This mother requested a piece for her son’s dream to come to life. He had a very vivid dream one night regarding a Bible design – and even sketched it out. Details shared, formulated in my mind. My experience as a product development designer assisted in allowing me to create very precise features of the elements described. The first iteration was not "dead on", and I am continuing to refine towards the final piece, but the initial response from the gentleman with the dream? “Wow. That is amazing!!!” He provided direction on how specific elements needed to be modified to align with his dream and I am excited for the next chunk of time to meet with the Lord, then incorporate. I would LOVE to see this Bible to become reality for him!
Speaking of dreams becoming a reality, the Lord continues to provide EUREKA moments and clarity on the steps to take to transition into being a full-time artist that will support my family and the Rise Up ministry. In December, I really didn’t know the timing. All I had was a moment I had shared with my Husband just before Christmas. I was communicating to him what I sensed God revealing, literally sketching out a divine schematic for how I sensed the Lord intended the uniquely fashioned art to support the ministry He’s raised in my life.
I was like a “mad scientist”, feverishly scratching arrows and circles filled with words to depicting the seed of a plan. It all seemed to make sense. This would appeal to his senses and logical mind. He would TOTALLY get it and be on board. When I looked up to make eye contact with him expecting to share the same buy-in… C-R-I-C-K-E-T-S. To help him finally make the leap, I added “and when I said to the Lord I can see this being a three year strat-plan, aligned with the timing of Kendra (our youngest babe) graduating, Holy Spirit near-instantly replied “Why not a year?”” “Uh… Ok.” He didn’t make the leap and I felt like I had fallen from the cloud I was frolicking around on.
“Do you remember when we stood in the kitchen and I was sharing what I sensed God wanted to do? Do you remember how I shared I thought it was a good three year strategic exit plan and God right away asked “why not a year?”
Like a light bulb went off he replied, “Yeah, I do.” He actually gave a head nod to reinforce the significance of his awareness.
“I said that. Now here we are and it will be just around one year, not three”, I could tell God was communicating more than I was saying, and it was registering with my hubby.
“Yeah, you did”.
Is this really happening? Alright, Holy Spirit, I trust you with our lives and Your plans…
Six years after laying down the dream of being a full-time artist, God is handing it back. Spirit shined and polished, the artistic gift will be a conduit to creating a variety of works intended to usher in God's glory-presence in any atmosphere, encourage through personalized works, and provide peace in the market place.