We all want the truth in everything. That made me think how many live as truth is in the eye of the beholder. This is why you can have a debate and each side presenting their believed factual truths and both sides walk away still believing they are right, BUT....... the real truth is, The Word Of God.
No guarntees you can, will or are hearing the truth without being tainted by our own opinion or be influenced by some source that is not the truth. This is why we Must have ears to hear as Jesus explains.
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will lead you into all truth. He will not speak his own words. He will speak only what he hears and will tell you what will happen in the future. John 16:13
Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand. Mark 4:9
So that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:"When they see what I do, they will do nothing. When they hear what I say, they will not understand. Otherwise, they will turn to me and be forgiven. Mark 4:12
Jesus is telling us.... you have got to listen and to understand, the only way to listen and understand is to ask.
Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart. Hebrews 3:7, 15
Makes me wonder... if it was written; Stop fighting it with all your outside influence or what you know.
What we listen to good or bad is a determining factor for each of us moving forwards, and saying that because you are rich/poor, educated/uneducated, left brain/right brain, your race, your nationality, your religion..... on and on I can point out all the differences, but using it as a reason that you cannot hear or understand the Word of God does not matter. God calls out, he gives, he commissions us all! It is about receiving, receiving Jesus as the word of God.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me. John 14:6
In learning to understand in my own seeking, trusting and pursuing God in the differences between me taking the word and deducing it down to what I understand or choosing to be one who has ears to hear. Letting the Holy Ghost lead and teach me..... to explore.... to let go of how I have learned it, heard it or the fact I have read it many times before. Every time I read the word with purpose, asking to have ears to hear, to see what I need to see and what the enemy doesn't want me to see.... something in the verse that has not changed, but that day my ears heard it differently. That day it jumped, it ran, it moved; my ears heard it differently. The bible tells us the Word is alive, sharper than any two-edged sword, but it is only alive to you, if you seek to hear. Reading as a factual, historicial, informative book you will only see it as nice parables, analogies and really uplifting, even inspirational stories.
This is exactly what the bible promises on the other side for those who do not have ears to hear. One who seeks and has ears to hear, the bible speaks "you will be given the mystery of the Kingdom of God".
If we do not seek to hear, listen to the truth of the word we will see everything within our own walk with Christ about us personally; current events and all that we naturally know and understand. This is why the word tells us that Jesus is the truth and the way. He is the truth and Truth is the the light that opens doors, that opens wisdom, knowledge, understanding far unknown to us. Jesus is the Where, What, Why and How; the answer to every question..... because Jesus is the Word, he is the encapulated, eternal, ever existent Truth that waits and he is waiting to spend time with us, to show us the way and always be by our side.
I am on social media like most and it hit me one day.... all the verses, all the encouragements, I cannot go through any of my feeds without at least 10 or more verses that are posted. I know that when posted these verse ministered to that person and of course I believe that when people post the verses they can minister to another. I personally post my art everyday praying, believing for the Holy Ghost to use the words, colors and designs to speak so loud it touches the heart of each that reads it, but it hit me one day,.... so much truth out there, more than ever, but are we Hearing it? Listening? Understanding what the Holy Ghost did to have that pop up right there, at that moment for you to "hear"?
Heck.... I am the guiltiest of all, I post piece after piece, I draw it, I paint it, Verses Hanging All Over My Walls..... I see His words everyday...... am I listening, am I understanding, am I hearing the truth that is trying to speak to me so I know the mystery of the Kingdom of God?..... Or am I treating it like some uplifting little quote, removing all the power within it to come in as a two edged sword and doing the work it was place in front of me to do...change me with its truth.
The Spirit of truth is speaking to us all the time, purpose to hear him in everything as he whispers to us..... He is with you. It will be alright. He has made the way. He is on the Throne. He won, death is defeated and you are the Victor!
Blessed maybe from the outside I don't look it, maybe sometimes I don't act it and yes.. Maybe sometimes I don't say it, but I am blessed beyond a way to measure. I may seem crazy to you, believing I am so blessed, trusting all my needs will be met even though I can't not tell you how, but God. Maybe I seem fanatical, a Jesus Freak knowing God has made a way for me and even if I cannot see it, hear it, feel it, I know it's on its way and it will be there when I need it. Being blessed doesn't mean I have it all figured out, I have much wealth or able to do what I plan or want to do. It means I am content with that moment, trusting and never quitting. Being strong, because in my weakness he Makes me strong. Blessed... Because God is in control and I am not.#iseekHIMsoIcanStayinthispromisedPlace #artinspirations
Last year I bought three cute little pumpkins and painted them.
This year I let the little artists paint them. Grace and Leah picked out their colors one by one and at first I thought those colors are going to be one big murky, mess. I kept my mouth shut and let them create and not be a director, Lol!!
I am so happy I kept my mouth shut, the colors and the mixing shades turned out so pretty and it even gave me an idea!
So glad I took the picture with all the colors they used and I don't have to remember all the colors , so I can go back and create what they inspired me to do
Here are their little painted beauties! Helped them a bit with the G and the L and took Grandmother Artist liberty and put black and white polka dots, Cause Polka Dots pretty much look awesome on everything!!
I thank God not just for helping me step aside and watch Him not only guide Grace and Leah, but everyone I come in contact with and in everything I do.
How awesome God is, the Creative Artist of the Universe always beside us, watching, beyond proud of us and loving guiding us.
The other day I was reading in 1 Samuel 14 about Jonathan, the word trust just jumped out at me. Jonathan had trust raise up in him so strong saying God has promised victory, God can do it... Why not now! Why not today! Why not me!
He knew God had promised victory to the Israelite's. Jonathan also knew God wanted to work through someone to gain this victory and was willing to trust God he would use him.
It made me think.... It's not Katie that has to work with some help from God; it is God who wants to work through Katie..... That means just like Jonathan, I must boldly trust, even in directions/situations that seem absolutely absurd.
If Jonathan had not made this bold, what at the time looked crazy, stupid, wrong, seriously not the thing to even try; he would not have found this bold place of trust and victory. He did question it as he made the proposal to his amour bearer. This choice of trust was not a word from God or even a know specific direction to him from God. It was a feeling, a restlessness in his heart, one that he could not ignore. Once proposing the desire, his amour bearer spoke confidently back to Jonathan "Do all that is in your heart, I am with you all the way".
Sometimes doing what looks crazy, what others do not understand, approve of, what you cannot even explain, but it is a feeling... one you cannot ignore, all it makes you think about is "I cannot explain it, yet my heart tells me to trust". You then know you must "Do all that is in your heart" even when you may not even know what that totally is or even understand, yet you trust the Lord..... as we each make that bold and trusting step. We each learn in stepping out, we also find that strategic place of trust and victory that is our promise.
So,... This is the story of how I now have a huge chalkboard on my kitchen wall.
At the time Charlie was gone for the weekend watching Tanner playing baseball. This is how I "chose" the story went down. I was painting a larger piece and I had watered down the pink paint to get a distressed look, I didn't realize I had splatter on wall and floor. The paint came off so easy off the floor, but not from the wall. In that split second there were two options that popped in my mind. Go get the rubbing alcohol to get it off or paint over it. Well Of Course I voted for paint over it. I had to cover the paint that with gentle rubbing would not come off... Lol
I had chalkboard paint and within 15 minutes I was measuring, rolling the chalkboard paint on the wall! I knew I had to add a few of my doodles, so I just painted white what I was wanting to add.
I added the base colors of the symbols and boarder. The next day Charlie was coming home, I wanted to completely finished.
Unfortunately that didn't happen!!! So late, late that night I found my granddaughter's chalk and wrote a message to Charlie. The next day as my husband went into the kitchen I stood to side to take a candid of his "joy" of discovering my new masterpiece! He loved it!!!!
I think as each of my kids saw it at, first thought I was Crazy!! Lol
But...... Then I saw they started •••expressing themselves•••
Then I got in on it!
Then Leah and I got into chalking as she calls it. My granddaughters love it. They chalk each time they come over!
I still had not finished all that I wanted to do with the wall art! So finally I got back and finished it!!!
My doodles from my journal and my inspiration journal.
It makes me think about drawing pieces like these and other designs of mine and making an adult coloring book!
So much seem to be going on.. These last few days have been a blur! Tonight I sat and doodled after a day that seemed like a Marathon. No tv, no painting, creating, thinking... Drawing/Doodling just because it was comforting ~~~ mindless, lol!
Here are a few:
Love this pictures! Matt Pitt speaking at Bethel Harvest and the gentleman with His arms in the air is our youth pastor Shane McCoy. Saw at that moment no one else had their arms up, but saw Shane's arms up and Matt standing there in between his arms, a prophetic moment just hit me... seeing more than what my natural eyes saw..
But Principled people hold tight, keep a firm grip on life, sure that their clean, pure hands will get stronger and stronger!
Many months ago Shane and I shared how God was speaking to us about... "one". How the Lord spoke to me was with my artwork. He wanted me to get past natural thinking with it. I could draw a piece and sell it to thousands, but if I did it my way and I missed the "one" it was intended for....... It was not a Kingdom success, only a marketing one. Yet, If I follow all God directs me to and I choose His way, not mine, keeping that "firm grip on life" and create the art just for that "one" who the art was designed to receive it... I then am a Kingdom success, even though in the marketing world there would be no success, because it would never be seen.
For this moment to be captured by my iphone camera, there were many people before and around us to say "not my will Lord, but yours". This question we each have to ask ourselves everyday, am I going to do this God's way or my way. Do I seek for myself or do I die to my wants, feelings. Do I stand for myself or do I stand in the gap.
I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends.
I love how this picture speaks volumes. I see a man speaking who everyday wakes up and says "Your will Lord", I see another man standing in the crowd who wakes every everyday and says "Your will Lord" and I know the one taking the picture wakes everyday and says "your will Lord". So one speaks, another reaches out to receive to open more doors and another capturing this moment in time to encourage all who would read, to receive and to chose... "not my will, but yours"
Trying to decide what to do next with this art piece, every time I look at it I hear, thank God redeemed.
You may or may not have heard Big Daddy Weave sing Redeemed, listen to the words and let it strengthen you today!
I love to doodle, I guess it is my hobby. Some people read, play golf, exercise, needlepoint, but for me it is sitting and doodling. I have drawn my doodles in places that people look and wonder is she really drawing now, but I hear things or see things and I just start drawing.
I know they are not great pieces of art, I misspell words, draw on top of other doodles and messy is an understatement, but I love everything about them. I also love going back and looking at them. Whenever I need an idea or inspiration, I can look in my journal and it never fails something always comes!
I also love picking out a place or symbol on my marker and painted pieces I have done and take just a picture of one element. Sometimes when you are looking at a large piece, you miss the detail and beauty of one area, I love highlighting those too!
So, I am sharing on this blog my doodles and from time to time I will add more, I thought as much time as I spend doodling why not share them, maybe they will bring a smile, encourage or maybe others will like looking at them as much as I like drawing them!