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Storm #1

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One of those things about not living in the now is getting caught up in our storms–worrying how big they are going to get, thinking about past destruction.

I hate the new radar weather things on phones.  I find them ridiculous.  “Well, it says there is a 20% chance that it might rain at 2:00 tomorrow, but tonight will be just fine.”  Hmmm, yeah.  Ask your phone why it rained an inch and blew down my garage sale in the middle of the night when there was no percent.

I think the wind may have blown if it off the course and the weatherman didn’t catch that.

Yeah.  I don’t trust that stuff.  (Now I will admit, I should check it a little more–being a little prepared isn’t all bad.)

And personally, I like storms.  I find them fascinating and beautiful.  If something is going to happen, it is going to happen.  I just accept it.

I think this quote (forget where I found this one) says it all.  Who cares how big the storm is?  Who cares what path it is going to take?  If I live in the assurance that God will provide, if not on earth at least in heaven, it doesn’t matter what the destruction of stuff the storm does.  I can overcome any of that with a God as big as mine!  He has made some seriously big crazy awesome promises.  And one of them was NOT that life would be easy as His follower.

In FACT, if anything, God says over and over in the Bible that it will be harder and we will face more trials.  Yep.  You know it’s true!  Ya’ll have read it in there before.  Why don’t we believe this?   Just because we are Christians does not make us impervious to the world and the sin that is in it or the natural disasters.  We just have a much better coping system–if we actually use it.

So let go today of your storm.  LET GO.  Right now.  Quit complaining to God about it –He knows about it anyway.  And just tell the problem, “I am NOT going to let this get the better of me!  I am handing you over to God and I trust He will take care of you, you big stupid storm problem.  Now, GIT!”

And see what happens.

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Walk through Today

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Three things brought this art to fruition in the last couple weeks:

  1.  The supermoon/blood moon/ eclipse–It was so beautiful!  Being someone who chooses to live in a vacuum of news I just happened to come across someone’s facebook post or we would have missed it all together.  But I ended up going out and checking on it sporadically all night to see it’s different phases.  I considered how we knew what was going on scientifically, but how such an occurrence would have affected people even a couple hundred years ago and the stories that would have come from it.  Although I enjoy science very much, sometimes it bugs me that science takes away the magic, wonder, and awe of the design of our world–although in other ways it adds to it I guess as well.
  2. The spiders are CRAZY busy this fall.  We had a big wolf spider build a web that hung from our basketball hoop and was literally 3 feet in diameter.  We happened to park directly under it just as she was finishing up.  Our family stood there and stared into apparently nothing watching her construct the most beautiful and intricate and delicate finery I have ever witnessed.  I am sure our neighbors thought we were nuts, but we were mesmerized by the spider’s instincts and skills.  And of course the web was gone the next day.
  3. Then I ran across this thought/quote.  I forget where–I don’t think I came up with this.  But I love the visual of LIMPING through a day vs.  dancing to the full potential of the current day.  The moon and the spider web are two examples of living to full potential without worry for the next day.  Enjoying the moment, the now.  That isn’t always possible but when it is–it always makes an impact.

I never remember the time I spent sitting and worrying.  Or complaining.  And if I do remember it isn’t fondly!  I would love to limit that time, and invest more time into this day alone.  Just this one.  Not the next, not the past–can’t do anything about that anyway–but now.  Let’s see how I do…

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Debts are paid while I faith art journal

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Debts are Paid by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

This is faith art journaling:  me thinking out loud on paper with paint.  🙂  This particular day it was in bright pink, turquoise and yellow.  It was layers of collage and paint.  It was notes all over the place as I contemplated.

This is what I love about faith art journaling.  I started with praying and confessing my sins.  Then Jesus whispered back to me, “Thank you for giving me those loads.  Thanks for paying your debts to me by confessing and spending time with me.  Now–no more worries, I have got this–I paid your debts to everyone.  Go do some work for me–tell others how much I love them, that I paid their debts too.  And really, all I want, is for you to Believe in me.  I know the rest will follow.  You will want to be a better person, so you will do better.  I look forward to seeing what you do and become with me leading!”

Really, that is pretty much what happens when I sit down to paint and play.  It is no wonder I want to do it every single morning.  That I want to spend more and more time with it.

Do you have a way that you sit and confess and talk it over with Jesus?  If not, you really should.  It is so nice.

If you want, you can join me in painting.  We started the Exodus study this week @biblestoriesfromtheheart.com  I am sharing tutorials on how to get started using art to respond to faith and life.  Who knows what God will whisper to you!  I’d love to have you join us.

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Make a Masterpiece

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Make a Masterpiece by Nicole Plymesser Nelson

I am trying to create a masterpiece.  I love painting, I love writing, but the whole point is to make a bigger, better more lasting, masterpiece:  my life.  God created me with these cravings for a reason.  He created you with certain cravings with a masterpiece in mind.  He created us to do these things, not for the things, but for the end result:  to glorify HIM.  Jesus plans for us to live this life to its fullest, most beautiful capacity.  That may include learning some lessons through very painful means, it may mean that some us have a long time to work or we may have a very very short time.  But no matter what it is to be a masterpiece created with God in our tool box.

We can’t do that if we are wreaking havoc on our own life with sin.  If we are not focused on following Christ’s commands, the masterpiece will never come to fruition.  It will just sit there half complete, leaving everyone wondering what it could have been.  Sin takes us off track, it turns our heads from what we crave to really do, what we were meant to do.  What will lead us to God and love. It leaves a ruin in its tracks.

Don’t you want a masterpiece?  Don’t we all want one?  Don’t we all want the ultimate reward of life in heaven with Jesus, fully whole, after completing our masterpiece?  Able to fully enjoy the final result?
I know I do, and that is why I will try to be dead to sin, alive in Christ, obeying and working on my masterpiece.

Here are a couple of the other verses in chapter 6:

 

Romans 6:  15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace?By no means! 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? ….22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[b] Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

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Nourish the Cravings

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You know how else I create?  I nourish my cravings for God, for time to hear Him and be close to Him.  I nourish my cravings for art.  I sit down and make sure I take the time to do what my body needs to do.  I carve out time.  I make conscious decisions–am I craving someone else’s life or my own?  Sometimes, to be honest I am wanting an out, so I turn on the tv for a bit, surf Pinterest, or more likely I pick up a novel.  But most of the time, I know that what will really satisfy me will happen in my studio.

I start with one of these:

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These are my favorite sources to go to God:  my Bible (Oxford NIV or Message), my old school Lutheran worship hymnal (I love reading the prayers and old hymn lyrics), Christ in Our Home (Augsburg Fortress) devotional,  Daily Walk through Proverbs, Simple Abundance (Sarah Ban Breathnach), Jesus Calling (Sarah Young), or Multiply (Francis Chan).  Do you have any favorites?

Sometimes I need some art inspiration so I peruse some of these.

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Words and images stave off the hunger, they are a good appetizer, but for me the main entree is painting in prayer and worship to God.

What do you crave?  Is it something that brings you closer to God?  Or, do you ignore the things your spirit really needs and try to comfort it with something that only pulls you further from Jesus’ peace and grace?  Are you nourishing your soul?  Or starving it, maybe even gorging it on unhealthy things?

When you nourish your spirit with what is true and good, more goodness will result.

And then you can have dessert.  Chocolate. That is always nourishing.  🙂

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