Last Saturday morning I taught a class at the cutest little place, The Rustic Couch, in Duluth, GA. Ann, the owner is the best and I absolutely love her style! The whole place is full of color and textures and great flea market finds. We sat outside on the fun patio with 13 women and got deep into our souls to praise Jesus on paper. God blessed us with gorgeous weather, gorgeous women, and the wonderful Maurice Hicks ( I will share his new movie/documentary trailer later this week) captured the whole thing on film for us.
There were several great moments: at one point I was teaching how important it is to let your authentic self shine through on the paper and a balloon popped! It was like Jesus was clapping His hands Amen! I got goose bumps all over. Because that is one of my favorite points when teaching: it is not about copying my style, but learning from my techniques and using them to put what we each uniquely see into the art. I don’t like to have them copy my art for the class, I encourage them to paint their own colors, add, and subtract as they need to. It works: the funny part is that most of the time, the finished product will match what they wore to the class that day!
I am so thankful that God has given me the tongue of a teacher. Now, my kids, I am not so sure. Especially when I reprimand other kids out in public when the teacher can’t hack it anymore.
But seriously, I LOVE teaching and bringing God’s creativity to people. When I can help them notice the beauty of His world, the power of His words, and then see them put them together–writing it all on their own hearts and spilling it out in praise to Him, my heart overflows. Literally. I often leave classes singing and praying to God for those blessings.
I am blessed that God made my spiritual gifts pretty obvious and that He is giving me a huge avenue to share them right now. I pray that it continues, that He blesses me, and that I am able to share those blessings with others. That I am able to encourage another round of people to use their gifts of teaching and art to praise Jesus.