Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sadie’s worship flag

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The Lord Jesus IS Jehovah Rapha -the Healer. 

Exodus 15:26 “ I am the Lord, who heals you.”

 

He IS Jehovah Nissi-our banner. 

Exodus 17: 15  Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-nissi

(which means “the LORD is my banner”).

 

 

He is EL ROI- the God who sees! 

Genesis 16:13  Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?”14Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi

GLORY! GLORY! GLORY!

There is nothing that we do that he doesn’t see and this past week he saw a group of children worshipping Him with all their hearts, minds and souls.  Children who were uninhibited by the world around them.  They let God have His way with them…they were consumed by His great love.

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

I saw this group of children rejoicing with the joy of the Lord in their hearts and then I watched them kneel, stand and lay hands on each other and pray for one another.  One of them was 4 year old Sadie who had been diagnosed with a serious eye condition that was going to take a specialist to get her well…or so the medical community thought….

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Little did they know the power of the prayer of children and parents!

Matthew 18:20 “ For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Sadie had the hands of her friends praying over her and I cannot even begin to express what a sight that was.  Seeing it has ruined me inside. ( in a good way)  It has opened up a whole new area of my heart to what God wants to do to us, through us, in us, and for us.  Seeing those children praying has increased my faith by leaps and bounds.

Luke 18:17  “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

 

As the children were praying I began flagging over them. I was doing what Moses, Aaron and Hur did during the battle with the Amalekites.  Moses held up the staff of God in his hand during the battle and when he got tired Aaron and Hur held his arms up for him until the battle was won.

I flagged until they stopped praying.

Exodus 17: 8-15

8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them. 9 Moses commanded Joshua, “Choose some men to go out and fight the army of Amalek for us. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill, holding the staff of God in my hand.”

10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. 12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.

14 After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”).

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Flagging is something new for me.  When I am flagging there is a freedom in the movement and it takes me away to another place, just like painting does.  The sound of the material moving in the air, flipping and flitting,  sounds like wings flapping and the air movement makes me think of the breath of God blowing on us.  Flagging ushers in the Presence of God and I absolutely love doing it.  The only way I can describe it is like a motorcycle ride- you feel free and you are in the wind of the Spirit of God.  It takes you away. In fact my motorcycle has rainbow colored ribbons streaming from the luggage rack…and as I worship in my car to music, I often wave my arms like I have a flag.  I also experienced painting with Sadie in my arms in this same manner.  I was holding her and she was holding the brush and we were swaying back and forth with the brush and the paint on the canvas  in time to the music.  What we painted did not matter- it was the movement in the Spirit-pure worship.  This is what God wants- for us to be in tune with HIM.  It’s all about worship. 

 

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Once the kids finished praying they all sat in a circle on the floor and began to draw prophetic art with messages.  No one told them to do any of these things-it was all at the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  They were giving these drawings and messages to people in the congregation.  I received one that said “ You are going to bloom.” It has a huge pink flower on it. 

I was undone.  Two days later I would finish my season as a pulpit pastor. ( This child had no way of knowing that!)   God has been watering me, feeding me and growing me to get to this point.  I truly am the flower and I have indeed bloomed since that evening!  My heart has erupted into a gazillion billion kilobytes of love!  Like an explosion of fireflies in the dark night………woooosh!

Here is the best part….

The next day I got a text from Sadie’s mom- her eye was completely healed! Praise the Lord!   God is good all the time and all the time God is good!  Since having this whole experience God has given me a desire to experiment with making flags for the kids.  So, a friend of mine gave me an idea to use men’s white hankies ( 22” x 22”)  and paint on them.  So that’s what I have done here. 

This is the first one and I painted the Lion of Judah on it for Sadie.

He has a cross/sword on his forehead. 

The LORD has won the battle for Sadie!

Glory to GOD!

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Zechariah 4:6

‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

All I can say is that when you have seen God and experienced His hand-it changes you from the inside out and you can’t stop talking about Him…thinking about Him or creating things for or about Him…

I am consumed by His magnificent love for us…thank you Jesus…thank you….all Glory to GOD!

Corynn’s clockwork

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“ Time does not exist, clocks exist.”

“ Be a slave to nothing, not even time.”

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I love Corynn’s creative spirit.  She has been expressing herself through paint, colors, designs and lines.  This is the broken clock.  Time has no limits here.  You will find all the missing numbers inside the painting.  Have fun finding them!

I love her use of color through oils.  She is going to have teach me how to use oils because I lack patience!  LOL  Love, love, love the colors!

She has also been working on her room….

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She has an interesting eye for “funkiness.”  I love it!  She is going to teach her Mom some new tricks this summer!  SmileSmile

God has blessed us greatly!

Thank you Lord! 

Just imagine….

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At the beginning of this year I had the honor of attending the Cabinet Meeting of the Holston Conference with my mentor.  That was the first time I met our new Bishop- Mary Virginia Taylor.  It was during this gathering that I saw how very down to earth and authentic the leaders of the Holston Conference are.  I mean here I was, a mom, filling in as a supply pastor in a little rural church in Carroll County, VA. and I was among the top leaders of the UMC.  All educated, degreed, ordained and called by God.  I was feeling out of place.  I saw them as being “ somebody” and me as being “ just a mom.”  LOL   I was expecting something much different than what I saw.  Most were dressed in jeans & tennis shoes and all had some sort of electronic device in front of them….all except Bishop T.  She chose to use a white legal pad and pen that day.  When I met her I noticed the twinkle in her eye and the joy of the Lord in her countenance.  She was beaming with the Father’s love.   We were introduced and very warmly welcomed.  We shared some laughs, prayers and finally ministry celebrations.    At the end of our time together the Bishop and all of the Cabinet members laid hands on us and prayed over us and our ministry areas.    Then we were on our way. 

 

It was one of those marker moments that I’ll never forget.

This weekend I “met” the Bishop again, only this time at Annual Conference.  That same twinkle was there and the joy of the Lord had increased!   Praise God! 

Annual Conference is a time when all the church leaders in the conference area come together to share in celebrating the many ministries and business of the church.  While it’s not all fun and games, I choose to focus on the goodness of what GOD is doing among the body of Christ, and let me just tell you He IS HERE!   The celebrations were many and I came away with an increased joy in knowing that the United Methodist Church has the Father’s heart for missions both near and far.

But I’m not blogging about that tonight.

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My heart is wrapped around what the Bishop said this morning…

Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally.   Matt. 28:16-17 ( MSG)

( The conference theme is “IMAGINE.”  )

“to “Just IMAGINE” what God can do!!!”  ( Bishop T)

 

This is how I see it…

When we begin to imagine what God can do ( and wants to do) and we let go of the things that are holding us back, things like pain, unforgiveness, the past, our own expectations, and sometimes jobs and even relationships,  then we can be released to do the work that God has called us to do.  When we are truly set free, then we can help set others free through the power of the Holy Spirit.  It’s not about us, but about God working through us.  He sent His Spirit here to help us, to counsel us, and if we are holding anything back then the Spirit has no room to work.  That junk takes up room and we must let it go so that God can do the work.   When we let go of everything that hinders us and we say ‘YES” I hear you Lord, and “NO” I don’t know how to do this , but I TRUST YOU GOD to do this,”  THEN God has all the room He needs to do a mighty work through us.  It’s like releasing a dove to fly.  You hold it gently in your hands but it can’t go anyplace until you release it.  It’s the same way with our own destiny.   We must be released in order to walk into it and when you finally let go-it stretches it’s wings, circles and flies away into freedom to live for God, to bring life and to be a messenger of peace, hope and love to the world.  When you say, “ Lord, I don’t understand how this will work but I know you are a God of goodness and you know the plans you have for me.  I will follow you, I will focus on you and I will not be stopped from doing what YOU have called me to do even if it’s different, misunderstood, unheard of or risky.  I WILL FOLLOW YOU.”  Then things begin to change inside of you.  With each declaration you speak forth and each step you take your faith increases and your trust grows.   Like the dove, you circle higher and higher.  One day you wake up and you say, “ Wow, Lord, we’ve come a long way and we still have a lot of work to do.  I better get ready, I better train harder , I better prepare more and I better press into that secret place with You, Lord.”   We must get real with ourselves and then get right with God. It’s up close and personal.  It’s between the two of you and no one else. It’s like a dance.  You follow His lead BUT you have to let Him lead!   When we do this, then things begin to fall away and nothing is as important as your time with the Lord.  The brushes drop, the paint spills and the canvas lays blank until He gives you the picture.  It’s not about you, but about Him. 

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Imagine what He wants to do through you….

It’s exactly as Bishop T said:

This is not the time for any of us to “hold back,” to stay in safe and comfortable places, to have a back up plan in case the things we imagine-the dreams we dare to dream-don’t work out.  Instead, this is the time we must put our hands to the plow, get to work in the world, and refuse to look back, risking it all to be the people and the church that God calls us to be.  If we can do this and set ourselves loose into the world, just imagine-just imagine-what God can do!”

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FREEDOM!

Isaiah 61:1-2

The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me
because God anointed me.
He sent me to preach good news to the poor,
heal the heartbroken,
Announce freedom to all captives,
pardon all prisoners.

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Today, I saw and heard God through new eyes.  I felt the love of the Father through a woman who has totally and wholly committed herself to God.  She didn’t plan it this way- but He did!  She didn’t stay her in comfort zone or snuggle up on that padded pew-she said, ‘ here I am Lord, send me.” 

And He did.

To us. 

For such a time as this. 

As a woman in ministry working in a not so friendly man’s world- I came away inspired, encouraged, equipped, and empowered to walk into the destiny that God planned for me long ago and to BE the woman that God has called me to be in HIS world.  He has only grown my desire to help others do the same.  To unloose ourselves from the grip of our past and IMAGINE what GOD can DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THIS is freedom!

I encourage YOU to IMAGINE what God has planned for your life.  Then I DARE YOU to write it down.  No one has to see it except you.  Write down anything that comes to mind even if its crazy.  Ask God to reveal scriptures to you that will speak to you about what you are hearing and He will.  Draw a picture of it.  Paint it.  Sketch it, scribble it.  It’s between you and God and no one else.  It’s not going to be graded or critiqued.  It is an exercise of FAITH.  When we exercise our muscles- they grow stronger- I am daring you to exercise your faith by doing this one little thing.    When you feel like it’s all out on paper-then pray over it.  Put it someplace where you will see it daily and every time you lay eyes on it- send up a prayer. 

Water it with prayer, wait, listen, obey, and watch what happens. 

IMAGINE…I dare you! 

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d.

“Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.”

John Wesley

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Feathers floating

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Last Sunday I spent the evening talking with the youth at Dublin UMC about Psalm 91.  God has impressed it upon my heart over the past several weeks.  We talked about angels, feathers, pinions and birds in the bible.

Here it is:

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

14 The Lord says,

“I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”

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IF we do what it says the LORD WILL protect, rescue, honor, reward and GIVE those who trust in His name HIS SALVATION. 

That EXCITES me!!!! 

Obedience is the KEY to everything.

Keep pushing, keep groaning, keep pressing in and keep proclaiming, declaring and decreeing HIS WORD over yourself, your family and others.  Never give up.  When we forget or fall, and we all do, GET UP and BEGIN AGAIN.  Don’t just lay down and let the world eat you up.  Ask for help.  There are people who love you, even if you don’t think they do- they DO. Let them know you need help.  If we don’t tell people we need help- how in the world will they know?

Someone recently told me they needed help.

I had no idea what was going on, but the Lord did.

We prayed, helped and are pushing through.  It’s the pushing through that hurts, but we must keep our heads up and when we get tired and can’t do it then we call on our Aaron or Hur and ask them to hold us up through the battle like Moses did.

His banner over us is LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

He confirms and affirms through people, through revelation, wisdom & knowledge in His Word and in dreams and visions in the night ( or day.)  He sends us signs and wonders so that we will believe.  These are signs of encouragement  to press in and press on and they say,

“ Daddy’s right here…keep toddling this way… you’re doing great…you can do it….”

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About a month or so ago the angel of the Lord came to me in a dream.  It was so real and so powerful that I was fearful at first.  I was startled and I said, “ Lord!  What is that?”  Immediately I knew it was the angel of the Lord.  He just stood there in the dream, like a sentinel, watching over our bed.  In the sky were the words “ Trust and Honor.”

They were written in a black inky script that turned into many colors.  All swirly and wavy. 

When I woke up I felt the Presence of the Lord so strongly in the bedroom.  I got up, walked around and just started praying and praising God in the wee hours of the morning.

Since then, I have recalled those moments many times and I KNOW that God is with US.  There is no doubt in my mind that He has called me to do this ministry.

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I have been painting angels for the past year…

Here they are in order of when I painted them….

October 2012

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breaker angel 2

February 2013

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March 2013

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April 2013

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May 2013

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I’ve also painted doves….

May 2012

LIS dove

LIS dove 2

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January 2013

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dove rainbow

May 2013

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and finally …feathers…

March 2013

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Last Sunday evening I got ready for bed and crawled in it.  I laid down and opened my bible to 1 Kings 18/19.  Much to my surprise this fell out of it….

I was like…” ??????”  I sue this bible all the time, I know what’s in it ( but do I really?  haha!) and I know there’s never been a feather in it!    I even said, “ what is this and where did it come from?”  My mind was trying to compute in earthly human terms.  “ Was there a bird in the house? ( no)   Do we have feather pillows? ( no) Then where did this come from? “  In my head “ you know where it came from…just believe.”  My feather painting is right next to my bed and I see it every morning.  That came from a dream too.  The word “FLY” is written on it…

HAHA!  God is good to remind us to FLY through dreams, visions and now feathers!

So I cried and laughed and thanked God for His sign that He is present.  I reminded myself that I did see the gold dust guy  ( Dudley Perio) in February and he was real and alive and I touched him and saw the gold dust dripping out of his skin.  I heard his story and his own unbelief of what was happening to him and then his acceptance that what is happening is truly of the Lord.  I saw the gold dust, he prayed over me and when he did my insides became like a herd of wild horses thundering through me.  I told him about the wild horses and he looked at me and he said, “ Tag, you’re it.” 

Tag, you’re it. 

Haha!  That has become a favorite line now.  I might make up a tshirt just so people will ask me what it means and I can share the story of what God is doing among us.   Hmmm…

I don’t pretend to understand how God works and I have given up on trying to figure Him out or explain things with logic because you just can’t explain HIM!  So, I am learning how to “go with the flow” of the Holy Spirit.  I thank God that he never  gives up on me and that I am a work in progress and that he does indeed send us signs and wonders of encouragement.

 

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You can see how small it is in my hand and it truly did just float out of my bible.  After researching dove feathers I believe that this is the tail feather of a dove.  I haven’t seen or been around any doves lately and this just proves to me that God is revealing Himself to us.

Call me crazy, I don’t care anymore.  Too many things are happening for me to believe otherwise and I guess my new nickname will be the “ Crazy Art Lady with the feather in her cap.”  ( or in her bible.)

So, let me close by asking  are you looking for God?  Are you opening your bible with a HOLY EXPECTATION that He will show up?   When you lay down at night do you say, “ Lord, give me dreams and visions and reveal yourself to me?” 

Let me encourage you to be expectant.  To be waiting for Him to show up.  Your trust in Him is your obedience and it will honor Him.  So, let us always remember trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding and you never know when a feather might fall out of your bible…

In His great and glorious love,

d.  Smile

Hebrews 2: 1-4

So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it. 2 For the message God delivered through angels has always stood firm, and every violation of the law and every act of disobedience was punished. 3 So what makes us think we can escape if we ignore this great salvation that was first announced by the Lord Jesus himself and then delivered to us by those who heard him speak? 4 And God confirmed the message by giving signs and wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit whenever he chose.

Dublin UMC Tree of Life

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Hi!

Over the past month I have been working with the Dublin UMC youth on a project.

This project represents the past, present and future of the church.

Ten years ago the church had a fire.  These kids were 3 and 4 years old.  Now they are teenagers.  We talked about their memories from the fire and I have to say that what I heard from them was all about how God got them through with prayer and in His strength.   There was even an angel seen in the smoke of the fire.  Someone had taken a photograph during the fire and you can see an angel in the smoke.  The thing that the kids remembered the most is that the church family stood in the yard and prayed.  They said that while the building was burning the CHURCH was praying.  The CHURCH isn’t a building- it’s the people.  Amen!

I have experienced how BIG our God is through these kids and leaders.  The Holy Spirit was among us each time we met. 

Each kid painted a medallion, made of canvas material, and they painted their memory on it.  Then we painted a tree on this larger canvas made of hardboard.   The medallions were all mounted to the tree with leaves added.  It is a mixed media collaboration.  It clearly shows the body of Christ at work and can be used for many sermon illustrations.  All of the medallions tell the story of the fire from the past to the present to the future.  Life has come up and out of the fire, much like a tree planted from a seed that grows into something big and beautiful.  A tree provides shade, sustenance and shelter for animals and birds that live in it.  A church provides spiritual food, water and shelter for the people who enter there.  It is much more than a building and it’s “limbs” extend into the community and beyond. 

This piece is called the “ Tree of Life “ -it tells the story of God’s restorative powers of a people of faith.  If you are ever in Dublin on a Sunday morning, ( or any other time) stop by and ask to take a peek at it.  I am sure they will enjoy sharing God’s story with you!

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Through my time with this youth group and others, I have been blessed to be able to encourage, equip and empower some young artist’s to start painting with the Lord.  I am excited to see what God is going to do through each of them.  It’s already started and there will be more to share as time goes on.   God used this church to plant a seed inside of me more than 14 years ago.  This is where I first realized the power of God through art.  God has a way of bringing us “home” and causing us to remember what He showed us.  I remember hearing a pastor teach a sermon using a painting by Peter Bruegel the Elder.  God sent a spark into my soul that day and it has been rising ever since.  Today, I give thanks to the great and magnificent  Lord above.  He gives us creative spirits, hearts, minds and hands to share Him with the world.  As artist’s- this is our purpose-to create for Him and Him alone.  When we separate ourselves from the noise of the world and get quiet in His Presence-then it all becomes crystal clear.  Nothing else matters except you and Him.  I am thankful for life, for trees, for pastors who preach God’s Word and illustrate it with art, and I am absolutely overwhelmed by His unending love for us.  It is what compels and motivates me to create art that tells His Story of love. 

Praise the Lord!

If you are reading this and would like me to come and speak to your church or youth group, please feel free to contact me via email or FB. 

cdgodwin1@embarqmail.com

We can make an impact on the world for Christ-together!

In His great unending love,

d. 

The Harrison Table

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Well, the table is finito and ready for pickup.  I’ve grown attached to it.  But the good thing is I know where to find it!  LOL  Painting it has created a desire in me to paint other pieces of furniture with wild , bright colors! 

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So, I said I would explain everything in the table….

The tree itself represents Jesus.

1 Peter 2:24

who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.

Isaiah 1;11

And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall bear fruit.

( He died on a tree-  My trees always have two branches reaching up and out-which are representative of His arms reaching for us. )

The color purple is for royalty.  We were planned and purposed to walk in HIS KINGLY royalty.

red and blue mixed together = purple.
Red=blood of Christ
Blue= Heaven
When you mix them you get this:
Purple= royalty

1 Pet. 2:9

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”

The leaves are the fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23 meekness, self-control;

The little designs on the leaves are God’s design for us.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.

The three dots on each leaf are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Colossians 2:9-10

For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

The Harrison family lives in the Father’s heart and everything they do is for the glory of God.

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John 15:9

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

All the Harrison children are adopted and I have learned much about being adopted into the family of God from this family.  Smile

Ephesians 1:5

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

The butterflies from Lydia’s hands represent new life!

2 Corinthians 5:17

Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.

The ribbon around the heart is really the Living Water that flows from the heart….

John 7:38

38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’

On the ribbon is says “ family” and a dove is hovering there. ( Holy Spirit is always with us!)

Stars remind me to be a light and when we look up to the sky-the stars are always shining.  Jesus is our ever present source of Light!  His light breaks through any darkness!

John 8:12

Later on, Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 

The dots on the stars represent the Father, Son and HS.

The swirl is the power of the Spirit living inside of each believer.

Galatians 5:25

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

 

The black and white checked border is just a border but when Ty asked me what it meant I told him this, as I touched each block- holiness, sin, holiness, sin, holiness, sin. LOLOLOLOL 

I didn’t plan that-I just like a black and white check border but he thought it was funny! ha!

As I was painting the table I had a time with the Lord.  This is what the Lord said to me:

“ This is My banquet table.  People will come and sup here and many people will meet me through their time of fellowship with this family. “  Praise God and AMEN!

He reminded me of these scriptures:

Revelation 3:20

Now pay attention; I am standing at the door and knocking. If any of you hear My voice and open the door, then I will come in to visit with you and to share a meal at your table, and you will be with Me.

S.O.S. 2:4

He has brought me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.

Matthew 26:29

But I tell you: I will not drink of the fruit of the vine again until I am with you once more, drinking in the kingdom of My Father.

1 Thess. 5: 16-18

16 Celebrate always, 17 pray constantly, and 18 give thanks to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in.

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Ty, Kim, Joye, Elizabeth and Lydia- Our prayers go with you and are painted into the table.  We love you dearly and we give God great thanks for your friendship and for the fruits of your labor through the power His Spirit.  You will always be a part of our family and we carry you in our hearts.  We have shared a lot of “firsts” with you and we thank God for each of you!  Blessings on your new ministry area and blessings on the increase  of His Kingdom through the labor of your hands.  You will be greatly missed!  Blessings! Blessings! Blessings!

In Christ’s love,

The Godwin clan

( ps- the kids have a lot of scripture to memorize for the table….LOL)

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The Table- 2

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A lot of you have been asking to see the table and I didn’t want to blog it until Kim and Ty and the kids saw it.  They came tonight and were very, very happy with the end result.  I thought Kim was going to cry!  Smile 

I can’t go into all the details of the table right now because I need to go to bed!  LOL  But I will say that it is one of a kind and there will never be another one like it.  It has been a very personal journey between the Lord, the paint, the table and myself.  God has spoken to me about many things through my 3 days of painting this particular piece.  He has made me remember things that I had forgotten and He has reminded me of how far we have all come and where we are all heading- INTO HIS HEART!

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This is the finished piece in it’s entirety.  It is the Tree of Life with the Harrison family in the center.  The heart is the Father heart of God and they are in the middle of it-surrounded by His glory.  Lydia is the smallest child and she is always doing something crazy like jumping around, waving her arms and just being plain goofy.  Her arms are raised with palms open and up and out of them are flowing butterflies.  Butterflies represent new life.  Each child received a new life as they were adopted into the Harrison family as well as the family of God.

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I’ll go into more details later but wanted to share this for tonight.  This has been one of the most moving pieces I think I have ever done.  Most people see a tree on table a but Kim and Ty and I see the Romans 12 worship of an artist, a warrior of love if you will, depicting a family who loves the Lord.  This is what we are called to do-be living sacrifices-holy and pleasing to God in ALL that we do and God has blessed me with the gift to do it through shape, line and color.  This is my worship and for this I am forever thankful to the Living God. 

Kim, Ty, Joye, Elizabeth and Lydia- We love, love, love you all and our door is always open and we will be coming to Athens, TN  ASAP to dine with you and the King of Glory!  ( more on this later!)  You have blessed my heart time and time again and I thank our God for each of you….

The Table – 1

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Hi!

I have been painting this table top for Ty and Kim and the kids ( and yes they know about it…)

and as I am painting I am recalling the first time we met…

let me share …

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We had visited FUMC a few times and were sort of wandering in our wondering of where to worship.  The kids were 11 and 5!  WOW!  Anyway- we had briefly met Ty after a church service and I think we talked about motorcycles at some point. 

Many weeks went by- maybe even months-like I said we were wandering in our wondering!

I was scheduled for some rather delicate surgery.  I had my surgery and spent a few days in the hospital.  I arrived home and settled down on the couch with all the necessities of after surgery care.  The drink, the kleenex, the drugs and the little bell. ( ha!ha!  Just kidding!)

My folks were here to help out.  I hadn’t been on the couch for more than a few minutes when the doorbell rang.  Who in the world?

ha!

God always knows who to send and when!

It was Pastor Ty and Linda MacDonald!  They came with smiles, hugs and the best chocolate chip cookies ever!  Linda sat right down, like we had always known each other, and started talking to me and asking me about my surgery.  She shared that she had the same thing and was giving me some advice.  She put me right at ease about their visit.

Ty came in and met everyone and we had a grand time visiting, laughing and telling stories.  It was like we had always known each other.  I asked them how they knew to come and this is what they said….

Ty wanted to visit us but couldn’t remember our names.  He remembered that we rode motorcycles ( go figure!) and that we lived at the Crossroads.  So the church secretary knew our neighbor so she called her to ask if she knew us and where we lived.  She told her she did and that I had just had surgery.  So, they came and we have always said that it was a divine appointment. 

I remember Ty’s beautiful prayer and I recalled our previous pastor praying the same way with the same spirit, as Ty.  Both of them prayed blessings over us  a family, and over our home.  In that moment I knew we would become members at FUMC Hillsville and several months later we did.  It was like I heard a whisper from God…”this is the place.”

And it was.

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A lot has happened over the years and God has used Ty to teach us, to show us and to be like Jesus to us.  I have learned how to be a woman who chases after God’s heart from this man and his family.  He has invited us to ride motorcycles,  to draw, to share, to teach, to take a mission trip and to preach.  In fact Corynn and I both went our first international mission trips with Pastor Ty.  Me to Slovakia and she to Nicaragua.   God has used him to draw all of us nearer to the Father’s heart.

That’s what this painting is about.

You see – God has adopted us as His children and I never really “got that” until I met Ty and Kim.  For those of you who know their story-you know what I mean.  They adopted three beautiful children and it has been through each of them that I have seen the love of the Father.  They live in the very center of the heart of God.

 

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Ephesians 1: 3-8

3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

So, as I have been painting I have been remembering all of the lessons of adoption that I have learned through this family and I have been giving thanks to the Father for what He has done through each of them to reach people for Christ.  They serve out of their love for God and in doing so, they have taught us the meaning of GRACE and today we are richer for knowing them.  Glory to God! 

…..to be continued….Smile