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Painting for Peace.

March 31, 2012






I remember once when I was a teenager I was singing up front on a Wednesday night….and the leader wasn’t there.  So it was essentially a bunch of teenagers in charge of things…and somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd song kids just were moved…all races, all ages , all different economical groups together  pushed all the chairs back and sat on the floor and just were washed in an overwhelming Presence.  As the singer I watched, from a bird’s eye view, it all unfold and it was amazing.  The next day the leader came back…and he was so excited about what happened.  So the following Wednesday rolled around again…and the leader with an overwhelming need to have the same thing happen got up and said in his raspy voice, “Hey guys last week was good…real good so  let’s  go ahead and push back the chairs…let’s just get free. Turn to the person next to you and say ‘Freedom!’ now say, ‘push back the chairs’!”

nothing happened.

Again I was up front perched watching and waiting…and as a jaded and cynical teenager I scoffed at the fact that he connected our experience with “pushing back the chairs” and even then I wondered why he wanted to recreate what happened…and not to push through to the next thing.

So I tell you that story because I am feeling quite ferocious today.  Nothing brings out peoples agendas like the move of God.  People want to be responsible for it…or to make it work for them…or to control it…or to get full of fear that it won’t happen unless their version “of the chairs are pushed back”…so hand it all over to Him…Only You be Glorified…not me..not them…just You.

Let me rest in the Peace that is knowing this is all You…. because right now my eyes are squinted and my jaw is set…and I feel really protective.

So I will see you tonight?  Please come out.  If you can’t be there could you toss up some prayers for me…for Prayer~Fast ~Worship.  I would love it for you to be there.    We would have such fun together.


More on PFW…

How we Got Here…a path to this.

How to Get out of God’s Way.

First Plant

Fill With Carols…or the very first PFW

What does Intimacy mean, anyway.

Let your Spirit Burst Through.

My Silly not so Thought out Prayer ..or the 4th PFW (where things got wrecked)

No Coincidences


Linking up with StudioJRU and Paint Party Friday.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. March 31, 2012 12:08 pm

    I don’t know why we keep trying to re-create something only our Lord could have done. You’re right about the futility of our agenda, our trying to “make” it happen again. God will not yield His glory to another. (Isaiah 48:11)

    • March 31, 2012 12:08 pm

      PS: I absolutely love your watercolor birds.

      • March 31, 2012 12:14 pm

        thanks…that encouragement goes a loooooooooooooong way today.

  2. r.elliott permalink
    March 31, 2012 1:43 pm

    sorry to hear of this conflict…praying for peace…a deep breath…giving all back to God…it is His to protect…His to watch over…surrender all to Him. blessings to your evening…prayers here.

  3. r.elliott permalink
    March 31, 2012 1:44 pm

    ps…yes the birds are absolutely beautifully amazing…what a gift

    • March 31, 2012 1:49 pm

      it’s true they are a gift…alll these little birds are commissioned for a wedding. I think they are table markers or something..I just know it’s like an aviary of bird paintings…and so many more yet to concoct.
      thank you for your kind words…really. they mean so much to me.

  4. March 31, 2012 8:50 pm

    it is like your paintings… no two are ever alike… the idea is to capture a new moment… remember the past ones but always trust God for a new annointing…
    it is in His marvelous plan… no two snowflakes are alike, nor fingerprints, nor DNA…
    Even He captures it all anew…

    love your art and your prayers
    blessings dear friend
    Our God reigns

    • March 31, 2012 10:24 pm

      Read this at PFW tonight and it was confirmation to something God was saying.
      So awesome to see you being used at PFW even through you are far away.

  5. studiojru permalink
    March 31, 2012 10:05 pm

    Yes… not us, HIM! Love all the little details and patterns and colors in these sweet birds! They are beautiful!

  6. March 31, 2012 10:12 pm

    Very pretty! I really like the fine details!

  7. March 31, 2012 10:15 pm

    PS: Would it be ok to pin this on pinterest?

    • March 31, 2012 10:22 pm

      Sure! Leave a link here so we can see it!

      • April 1, 2012 4:32 pm

        Here it is…so hard to decide which bird to pin. 🙂

      • April 2, 2012 9:16 am

        is it possible things look better on pinterest?
        or is just that I am so humbled you liked my art enough.
        thank you for your sweet compliment.

  8. April 1, 2012 2:00 pm

    Your birds are incredibly beautiful! Wonderfully done.

  9. April 1, 2012 5:12 pm

    I love your birds – especially the first one, where they are kissing or talking or whispering secrets – wonderful.

    Our leaders have (usually) been very good about not pushing for things to happen the way they think they should and just following God’s leading, but it’s not an easy thing to do. A friend of mine recently got a word about following stillness – being willing to hold still and breathe instead of always pushing forward. Such a beautiful concept.

  10. April 1, 2012 11:17 pm

    All of these birds are lovely. Really like all of the details you gave them , making each one unique and so very special. Very nice art work.

  11. April 2, 2012 8:13 am

    Awesome lovely birds, exceptional details, great job! ❤ HPPF!

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