January 13, 2024
Acts 2:17-21, New Living Translation
“In the last days, God said, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. In those days I will pour out My Spirit upon ALL my servants, men and women alike and they will prophesy.’”
Your Kingdom Calling Awaits Part One
In 1993, I married the love of my life. And within one month had also encountered the One who is Love. I had a supernatural encounter with God right on the couch in the living room of our small apartment in Vista, California. I first began the journey of painting prophetically in 2004, although I had no idea what that was, or that I was even doing it for that matter. I was the average mother and housewife whose full calling and purpose was to raise my children to be lovers of God. I was always creative and artistic, and I enjoyed all things artsy. I was hoping to find an outlet for myself, so for Mother’s Day, I asked my husband for some canvas, paints, and some brushes. I was so excited to try to paint something. The first thing I painted with my new materials was a landscape that I copied from a calendar. As I was painting, the Lord spoke to me and said, “I have gifted you to use it for Me.” I was excited to know that the Lord had given me a “gift” to paint. I also had no idea what He meant by “use it for Me”. I figured He meant I should bless people with my paintings. So that is what I did. I would paint still-life paintings and give them away to friends and family.
One night in 2005, just after we moved to Mississippi, I was lying in my bed and the Lord spoke to me to get up and paint. It was about midnight and the whole household was asleep. So I got up and set up my supplies. I asked the Lord what He wanted me to paint, and He said, “Paint the Holy Spirit.” I was shocked. I was thinking, “What? How am I going to paint the Holy Spirit? What does He look like?” Then, the Lord showed me a very simple two-dimensional picture of water pouring out of a vase-like vessel. After I painted it, the Lord said, “From now on, you will only paint what I show you.” That is how I began my journey of creating prophetic art.
Over the years the Lord has taught me by His Spirit. Acts 2:17-21 (NLT) quotes Joel 2:28 and says, “In the last days, God said, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. In those days I will pour out My Spirit upon ALL my servants, men and women alike and they will prophesy.’” What makes prophetic art different from other types of art is that it is Spirit breathed and Holy Spirit inspired. It is a result of intimacy with the Lord and is birthed out of worship.
Please come back next week to read, Your Kingdom Calling Awaits Part Two.