Monthly Archives: September 2011

My Shoebox Art collection

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Patti keeps telling me to get my shoebox art together so here it is.  I know there are more than these, but I think Patti has them!  LOL

 

“It’s all about the baby…”

It's all,about the baby

 

Art I did during church to illustrate how Shoeboxes are taken all over the world.

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A card I illustrated last year.

Shoeboxes are like snowflakes

 

“Love is here” is a new one from 2011.  When a child opens a shoebox they are greeted with the fragrance of Christ-the aroma of love!  Shown here by the floating hearts and expression of peace on the little girl’s face. 

Shoebox girl 2011

 

This was some fun chalk art I did on a black sheet outside of church.I was set up on the sidewalk as people came in.

The kids wrote their names and left their handprints!

 

shoebox girl chalk

 

No explanation needed!  There are millions of children the world over who have never heard of Jesus Christ.  A Shoebox can go places we can’t to share that message!  God loves ALL of His children!  Each and every one! 

Jesus loves the children 2011

 

Jesus, our True Love. 

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GO! Make disciples!  Matthew 28:19.  This is our purpose!  We are to use every gift that God has given us to go and tell people about Him! 

GO and Make disciples

 

A snowman carries love-the baby Jesus.

Love snowman

 

A snowman praises God.

Hallelujah snowman

 

A mother loves her children-they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who adores them and yearns for their hearts to beat in unison with His. 

 

wonderfully made

All art on this page by me.

Donna Godwin

if you see something you like and would like to use it please contact me!

cdgodwin1@embarqmail.com

Seeing God’s Word through the art of Alex

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I am blessed, blessed, blessed!  You see, I have this young friend named Alex who has just started his journey with Jesus!  His family joined our church and he was baptized not long ago.  I have had the opportunity, through several life groups and bible studies to get to know the family better.  Needless to say I have adopted them ALL!  Brenda is like my twin sister-even though we look nothing alike ( although there are people who think she is my daughter…LOL ) we share very similar life experiences and our hearts share a desire to reach out to the poor and needy.  I am a little older than she is and I have repeatedly heard myself telling her how much she reminds me of me when I was younger.  She loves photography and one day we went out taking pictures all over the county.  Looking at them later we laughed at how similar our photos were.

Brenda’s hubby, Kerry, reminds me of Cort and these guys are so alike in personality,  patience, and humor,  it is uncanny.  All I can say is that God knew we would need men like Cort and Kerry in our lives!  Without them our life portrait would be an unfinished work of art.  They love God and family.  They complete us.

Casey is their  adorable 3 year old , a  vibrant young little lady who has captured both of my daughter’s hearts.  She is like this little blonde jumping bean who is full of energy, life, laughter, fun and joy!

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Alex is their 9 year old son and I have discovered that this kid has talent!   First of all he loves my motorcycle and I will never forget the first time he sat on it and revved it up!  I can still see that smile Mom!!!!  He is young man who is curious about life and asks questions all the time!  He loves everyone-especially  his little sister.  The two of them together will melt your heart!

Well, last night I was blessed to be able to sit with them at SNL.  Evan was preaching from John.  He was talking about how Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.  He went into great detail about the vine, branches and grapes.  (Evan-if you are reading this- I love it that you described it so well!  That truly helps people see and feel the message you are trying to convey. Well done!  )    Anyway- after the message was over Alex turned to me and said, “ Donna, what did you see while he was preaching?”  I said, “ What did YOU see Alex?”  He responded with this:  “ I saw a vine with grapes growing on a cross!”  My heart did a flip and the HS kicked in!    I asked Alex if he could see himself drawing on a sheet, like I do, to what Evan was preaching and he said, ‘ yes!”  So I called Evan over and we shared that with him and he got excited too!  I asked Evan to pray about doing something together in the future.

Then I asked Alex if he had ever seen a grapevine.  He said no.  I suggested that his dad take him to see one.  I also showed him what wood grain looks like by using the pews we were sitting in as examples.  It was a teaching moment!  His Dad pulled up a grape leaf on his blackberry and we talked about the leaf being in the shape of a heart with jaggedy edges.  BTW-Have you ever looked at a grape leaf? Smile)  I wanted Alex to see it as shape and not as a leaf.  Sometimes we have to get the object out of our mind and see the shape before we can draw it.   Anyway I could feel the HS in these moments and I heard a very excited young man who wants to learn how to do chalk art.   I’m excited!

After I got home this is what I received on my FB page:

Alex’s vision from Evan’s message!

Alex's cross

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John 15

1Then Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father takes care of the vineyard. 2He removes every one of my branches that doesn’t produce fruit. He also prunes every branch that does produce fruit to make it produce more fruit.

3“You are already clean[a] because of what I have told you. 4Live in me, and I will live in you. A branch cannot produce any fruit by itself. It has to stay attached to the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit unless you live in me.

5“I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me while I live in them will produce a lot of fruit. But you can’t produce anything without me. 6Whoever doesn’t live in me is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Branches like this are gathered, thrown into a fire, and burned. 7If you live in me and what I say lives in you, then ask for anything you want, and it will be yours. 8You give glory to my Father when you produce a lot of fruit and therefore show that you are my disciples.

Today I am giving glory to God for this family and for their obedience in coming into fellowship with us here in Hillsville!  I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through each one of you!!!!

I am also giving glory to God for our Hillsville family for sending us out as missionaries to downtown Hillsville!  If I (we)  hadn’t gotten out of my comfort zone and into the world, I would never have met the Harmon family and would have never received such joy and blessings in knowing them!   This family is part of that fruit that John speaks of in verse 8!    Now they are putting their gifts to work to produce more fruit!  This is discipleship!

I am excited to be a part of this family and to be able nurture, pray for ,  and share in their excitement as they discover God’s gifts and purpose for their lives!

Blessings for your journey!

d.

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Shoebox Sunday!

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Hi!

Yesterday I had the opportunity to be outside of the worship center, drawing, as people came in.  It was so much fun for me because all the kids were curious and I got to speak to a lot of different people as they were coming in.    Some of these people I had not even met yet.  People are coming from all over and it is hard to get around every Sunday to meet each one.  So this was just another way of sharing what God is doing, and fellowshipping, outside on the sidewalk!   The kids added their handprints after church and it just blesses my heart because I see the hands of love, compassion, caring, giggly, fun, funny, joyful and kindness-all from YOUR precious children!  Thank you for bringing them and allowing them to participate in the fun of being creative!

If you would like more information on packing a shoebox please visit this site:

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/

Pack a Shoebox today!

Spilling Out-Fall reflections

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Good Morning!

I’m feeling a little melancholy today. It’s raining, it’s dreary and it’ fall.  But don’t get me wrong-I’m not depressed, just reflecting over the year.  I haven’t been able to focus on much at all this week and I am feeling like I have a lot of loose ends floating around.   I feel like I want to hole up in the woods with paint, pencils and creativity.  I’ve always wanted a little shack in the woods to just go sit in and BE.  I have a shack but it’s not in the woods, but I guess I could change that if I planted trees all around it! LOL 

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My mind is on

trees

leaves

color

life

change

growth

stillness

and meeting God in those moments. 

 

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Hello God, it’s me again.  Will you sit with me awhile?  Will you color my life, change my heart, open my eyes and help me to grow into a  mighty oak tree for you?   Strong and bendable yet unwavering.  One that produces your sweet, delicious, juicy fruit?  I know you are there…I feel you in the stillness…I sense your presence in the color of the leaves and the smell of the earth.  I see you more than ever.  I see you in the eyes of the children when they recognize your voice through your people.  I see you in the tiny hand that grabs the adult hand and says, “come on, let’s run!”  I see you in the big chocolaty eyes of little boys who love to catch bubbles and play with monster trucks.  I hear you in the symphony of a young woman’s voice whose heart plays for you into the wee hours of the night.  I feel your joy in the happiness of a little girl who has realized her calling in life.  I hear your humor in the deep laughter of a man who loves his family and I feel your love coming from the pencil that is spent from hours of drawing about you.  

Jesus loves the children 2011

 

Lord, I’ve never felt you as near as you are now.  Can I stay here and sit awhile? 

No?  Why not Lord? 

 Oh.  I see.  You need me to go to work?  What do you mean there are people that don’t know you?  Are you kidding?  THAT MANY?  Where are they all Lord?

 Everywhere?  What do you mean around the corner?  How is that possible?  They what?  They feel lonely and alone? 

No Lord I didn’t see that person alone in their room last night, but I know you did.  They did what? 

They cried out for help to you? 

Oh I see, and I’m your hands and feet?  So, you want me to go talk to them?  But Lord, I’ll look like a fool.  I don’t know them.

 They what?  How can they know me? 

 Because I know you….

and you are the connection.

I think I get it now. 

You are the thread that weaves us all together. 

Hmmm.  Like a spider web, right? 

The more woven it is the tighter it becomes? 

 I see.  Hmmm.  Maybe I need to go look at some webs today. 

But it’s raining. 

They never stop weaving? 

Even in the rain?  What do you mean that’s just like you? 

Ah…now I am beginning to understand…you don’t want anyone to get caught in the web of deceit and denial.  Well, that’s it Lord.  I guess I better go to work.  Thanks for sitting with me for a few minutes this morning Lord.  I sure do love our conversations!  What?

You love me too? 

( sigh) I’ll see you in the morning, right? 

Oh! That’s right, I forgot.

 You will be with me wherever I go! 

 Thanks for the reminder! 

little ole me  Smile

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(The Scarlet Thread of Christ that binds us together)