As your soul gets nurtured, you will feel it’s pull to express itself. What’s the brush God’s put in your hand?
“People may compliment my art but really it is God working through me. I merely hold the paint brush as He miraculously holds me through whatever may come in this life.” ~ Jennifer, Artist of Studio JRU
Before I started blogging, I doubted my calling to write.
If only I pursued my writing earlier when I was younger.
If only someone believed in me.
If only I believed in myself.
If only… If only…
When I did decide to blog, it was a declaration of faith.
I was turning my back on If only….
With each post I wrote, I was saying to God, I am here now.
In other words — The past no longer has a hold on me. What matters is “God, You are here with me now.”
I was drawn to Jennifer’s artwork because she handcrafts each of her pieces. What I didn’t expect was how it moved me.
As I browsed her art collection, I noticed that Jennifer used Scripture to inspire her art. She combines her gift of colors, textures, and images with what feeds my soul — words.
Not just anyone’s words. God’s words.
A lot of art is personal taste. I like the mood her art evokes. Jennifer uses a layering effect, with a poetic placement of text.
Her art speaks a beautiful but assuring quietness of God’s words to my soul.
Behind The Brush
I wanted to know more about Jennifer. I wondered about her story.
I dug around and found an interview Jennifer did with (in)courage called “Behind The Brush”.
One line in her story caught my heart:
“I’ve loved being creative and making art for as long as I can remember.
My mom would help me set up paints and paper right in front of the TV so I could paint along with the painters on public television.”
My heart started cracking and the tears started falling.
You see, even though I was free from my past, God still wanted me to heal me from the hurt from the past.
I imagined sweet young Jennifer, with angel golden hair, sitting in front of the TV, quiet and ready to paint — and her momma placing a brush in her hand.
In that private place of brokenness, wishing-my-story-was-different, I felt God drawing me close, wiping my flowing tears, and whispering —
I’m here for you now, Bonnie — putting a pen in your hand.
My Heavenly Daddy had been there, all along. I just didn’t see it at the time. He was the one who put the love of His word and the flow of a pen on my heart.
God placed Jennifer’s story & her art on my path at an important juncture, to release a measure of pain from childhood.
Each day we live, we have the opportunity to “paint with the brush” God’s place in our hands.
We have the joy and the gift to make it meaningful, to bring out the beauty of God’s word and inspire others by those movements.
Isn’t art amazing?
Isn’t it beautiful how God uses art to speak to our souls in a way that is honest, direct and personal?
Art can cuts through our defenses. It can heal us deep within.
As you embark on the journey to feed your soul, you will inevitably feel a pull to express yourself.
The more you feel fed and nurtured, the more you’ll begin to feel your soul stir.
What is the “brush” that God has put in your hands?
Each of our brushes are different.
God is infinitely creative.
He’s placed a piece of Himself uniquely in you.
Keep Studio JRU In Mind…
Today’s post is special because it is sponsored by Jennifer of Studio JRU.
In a couple weeks, I will be flying to Pennsylvania for the first time in a couple weeks to attend the Relevant Blogging Conference October 27-29, 2011.
I’m so blessed and thankful to have Studio JRU sponsor a portion of my traveling expenses.
Please stop and take some time to visit Jennifer and check out her faith-inspiring art.
JRU Studio Shop – Click here to browse her beautiful collection and shop.
Jennifer’s Bio – Click here to read her bio.
Jennifer’s Blog – Click here to check out her blog.
Jennifer on Facebook – Click here to connect on Facebook.
If you are looking for a special gift to commemorate a milestone on your journey or a friend’s, keep Studio JRU in mind. I’m confident you will find an art piece that will be sure to encourage and inspire.
** 15% Off ** Jennifer is offering Faith Barista readers 15% off any purchase at JRU Studio Shop. Discount code good until 10/31/11: FaithBarista
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