The Paintbrush

March 16, 2010

I have been asking the Lord to show and reveal more of Himself to me. I want to really know His creative heart. I want to enjoy what He enjoys, and to experience what brings Him joy.
I had no idea He would use a paintbrush to teach me.

I am not naturally a gifted artist, but I have always had a fascination and desire to paint. He reminded me of this while sitting in a room of artists painting in the spirit. I looked around wondering why am I here?
“You asked” the Lord replied.

He was right! Not only had I told Him many years ago that I wanted to paint, but I have been praying and asking Him to grow me in the gifts of the prophetic. I am blessed to be part of a church that operates in all the gifts of the Spirit, and I have experienced the encouragment that prophetic words bring. My desire in operation of this gift is to grow and exhort others the same.

Who knew it would be through a paintbrush?
Yes, as I sat frozen before the canvas – shaking in fear – I asked Him “What do I do, what will I paint, and what will it mean?” Especially for someone I have never met. I do not even know the person’s name. “What if I am prophetically wrong?”

I waited, and then I prayed.
“I trust you Lord. You do this, not me.”

Like words that have been spoken from heaven, through the lips of a stranger, came a word picture, a piece of art that ministered to the spirit of a woman I did not know. Again and again, He speaks – He paints – He blesses – He heals – He creates! Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

What an honor it has been for me to pray and paint for others. It is giving words of life from our Father. The joy of going deeper with Him has not only grown my faith, but I have truly come to know His heart toward His children. He loves us all widely, and longs for us to experience real freedom in Him.

The journey in knowing my Father has only just begun. I will never stop seeking after ALL of Him in everway. It is more fun each and every day.

I have come to realize that painting is just a picture of our walk with Christ. We are the canvas. He is the master artist. What we do with His artwork is up to us.

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3 Responses to “The Paintbrush”

  1. I have never thought of painting and praying together before. But it makes total sense to me now! So instead of prayer walking you are prayer painting! I don’t know if you know this about me, but I started painting almost 3 years ago….one of my favorite pieces was inspired by the movement of the Holy Spirit. My goal is to get back to painting this week since my return. My trip to Cape Town South Africa has given me much inspiration and now you are the final link to it! Thank you and know I will be lifting you up during your prayer painting time too!!!
    Dear Holy Spirit, inspire our brush! Val

    • Thanks Valerie! Do you have a blog? I would love to hear all about your trip! How’s painting going? We have been so busy I haven’t had much time, but a new friend made me some prophetic art recently and it totally inspired me! She made me a collage of sweet pictures clippings and words God gave her for me. I love that because I not necessarily a talented painter so it opens up a new window of prophetic art! He can use anything I love that!

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