Today it’s me and my husbands wedding anniversary. Whoop !! 14 years…
It’s 16 years since I first had an encounter with God. Having just had my rights read out to me on my doorstep by an officer, as you can imagine, I was in a bit of a desperate state after that. I didn’t go to prison. In fact looking back, I think the police man or whoever he was, was scare mongering. Anyway…. Long story, I may tell you one day.
10 years ago I accepted Christ into my life. How fast does time go! Lately I’ve been digging deeper into which direction GOD wants me to go with this prophetic painting business. I also recently watched Heidi Bakers new film, Compelled By Love. It left a giant size boot imprint in my soul. Made me question my direction, what am I doing and whom am I affecting with the gospel in the time I have on the earth.
Since I started volunteer working again about 10 years ago, when my youngest daughter was just months old, I went to paint for the children’s worker at All Saints. My daughter would be asleep while I painted huge backdrops for holiday clubs, wall murals and posters. Since then I’ve been employed to work with the marginalized, the vulnerable, prostitutes, drug addicts and prisoners.
Today I have this, what I can only describe as a yearn, a pulling, It’s so strong I dare not veer off, get side tracked or distracted by anything else. To honour what The LORD has done, fulfilling dreams and aligning my destiny, I must, there is no other way I want to go except the way the LORD leads. This happens to be painting. Its a million miles away from where I ever thought I’d do or have as a profession. I love it. I get to give GOD the glory and display HIS splendour and love on canvas and speak the gospel with love and a little bit of paint. HE has opened doors, healed people and given encouragement through these paintings.
I am blown away and humbled by what HE continues to do. I’m left with the imprint of “Compelled by love” and wonder what GOD is going to do through me. I have no idea where this painting business is going to lead, if at all. But I know for sure, I’m here for a reason. And that is to share the mighty love of the Father. Call in lost souls. Love people. Accept the unaccepted. LOVE beyond measure with the best of my ability and the gifts GOD has given me. My regular request to HIM is to make me burn with passion for Jesus. Even if it’s uncomfortable, I just want to burn, I don’t want to waste a second. Passion is what ignites the spark. What’s your passion? Who are you affecting? What imprint will you leave on the hearts and souls of those around you today?
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