Creative Encounters of the Spiritual Kind
Several years ago, I felt God nudging me toward prophetic art. I was so intrigued by the impact a drawing or painting could potentially have on someone. I loved the thought of being able to use my creativity to encourage or comfort others. I had been journaling about my desire to paint prophetically since 2017. Years passed and I did nothing. I was somewhat paralyzed; not knowing what to do or where to start. Many friends and fellow small group friends knew of my heart for art and encouraged me to no avail.
It wasn’t until I was actually invited to paint live prophetically for Revive Janesville in May 2019, that things turned around. I was so humbled by the invite, yet fearful of the commitment. Two missionary friends knew prophetic art was on my heart for quite some time and they invited me without seeing my skill level. Obedience on their part, led to obedience from me. After a week of indecision, I accepted the invitation and painted live twice at the event!
God showed up big time for me. For one, I was completely calm and at peace during the experience. This is unheard of since God delivered me from social anxiety 5 years earlier. Someone who suffers from this terrible affliction feels constantly judged. The last thing I would have wanted to do was get up in front of 600+ people and paint live.... This is a miracle in itself! I painted twice at the event. The results were two beautiful paintings - Majestic and Field of Disciples. I still look at the results of those events in awe of what God can do in a person. I have a hard time finishing smaller paintings in 2 hours, much less a larger painting like these. (They were each 2’ x 3’). I remember painting so fast, almost without thought. Everything was so intuitive. It is HARD to step out in faith, but so worth it and we must do it!
The paintings were auctioned off after the event to raise funds for Revive Wisconsin, which is part of the international group Time to Revive, based in Texas. God birthed this wonderful desire in me. I love Art, but had not painted in over 40 years, so this is a completely new journey for me. The fact that God enticed me to step out in faith in a desire that he created in me and allow Him to carry me is humbling.
Since that event, God has faithfully led me into many opportunities for growth and exploration. I continue to press into Him and wait on his guidance.
All of my work is available in prints with the written words of encouragement. 20% of net proceeds is donated to Redeemed Christian Counseling in Janesville, WI.