Light

I'm sitting here with the poodles for my morning devotion and I am reminded the night God spoke to me to paint. Rewind some 7 years ago, Tim and I were exploring wine country in Santa Barbara county when I saw the full moon over the Pacific. For some reason, I had an epiphany that I wanted to try my hand at painting. 

The word epiphany originally referred to insight through the divine. (Wikipedia)

That particular night I was unaware of the source (my Source) speaking to me, but as I began my journey and creating, I felt His presence more fully than ever before.

NIV translation Gen 1:27 says: So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;

I truly believe this verse means that we are created in His image....not of the physical form, but....to be creators ourselves. Creators of art, creators of imagination, creators of words, creators of giving, creators of --fill in the blank-

We have recently found a new Church home. I had fallen away from attending church when I started working in makeup because most Sundays I would be working. We got out of the habit of going and my anxiety of even going back to Church crept in. My fears kept me away. But, as we stepped inside of this bustling community of love, my fear instantly fell away. I was reminded we are not there to worry what humans think, but to worship our most High God.

We sing a song there that goes like this:


the other night when I lay down, these words filled my soul: 

Your light is a million times brighter than the sun
yet I cannot look away.
Your love fills me up
more than ever before
And I realize that we are One.

One with You, God
One with the Holy Spirit
One with Jesus Christ, our Savior

Your light is always there
never unending
it was and ever will be
from the beginning of time and forever

I surrender all of me to You.
Shine my own divine light
through You
in my hope of reaching others.



inspired by the imagery of the account of Eben Alexander in Proof of Heaven
where he describes God as a million times brighter than the sun.....





I want to invite you to come to church with me. If you have never been to church or have fallen away (as I did) then please come worship with me. Or if you have anxiety about attending a church building you can worship with me HERE online.

Comments

  1. this is soooooo beautiful Mindy. I adore it.I love the idea of sending the stars back to the sky to shine again. ohhhhhhhhh Wonderful post as always, a 'good' nudge in the right direction.

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  2. Thank you for sharing! I can relate to your story. I appreciate the warmth in your writing and the more I think about it, I realize your paintings exude warmth as well. Your artwork makes me experiment with writing/text, but I have yet to do it well. Thanks for being so kind in inviting everyone to your church. :)
    Sincerely, Stephen

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  3. so awesome!! So glad you've found a church home...and 10,000 reasons is one of my faves! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thank you for being so open with us about your faith. It is a breath of fresh air! My story is similar in that it was the Lord who turned my life path back to my art. He knows us so well!!

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  5. very touching mindy. thank you for your worship... thank you for your transparency, and for showing the love {and proof} of an amazing Creator God. enjoy your new church! I was definitely blessed.

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  6. Precious and a breath of fresh air! I am there too, but haven't come through with the "find" yet. You encouraged me and my weariness of the process. Also your picture 'Shine' was an absolute encouragement! I am working on a encouraggement journal for a cousin with terminal cancer. Her daughter told me of her love of the Texas nights at a get-away they go to, because the stars seem so bright and numerous. So I ran into your blog this morning. My page says: she dreamed of catching stars as they fell from the Texas sky. I think she will feel the love.

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  7. Mindy, I Love your beautiful and personal story of your return to worship; your words blessed my soul. Bless you my friend.

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  8. Such a beautiful post, Mindy! "Jesus Calling" is part of my devotional time each day, too...I absolutely love that book! I just love how it seems that each day's message is just what I need that day. How wonderful that you've found such a special church ~ and, yes, I so agree...God wants us to be creators of our own "art"! :) Hugs!!

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  9. CUTE work...and the tree is the best!

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  10. Mindy, I am always so excited to find more Christians in the art world. This post is amazing. I am always looking for ways to serve God through creativity and what you said about us being creators (like God) is so profound. I sing in the worship team in our church and we also love that song! Thank you for sharing your experience. It means so much.

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  11. mindy, i am so excited about the "new" in your life and art. i'm so thankful that you pushed past the anxiety (a whole bunch of messed up people trying to do life together God's way instead of their own is very messy and can be scary!). love that song- one of my faves. walking with you in the Way, imperfectly but full of Hope and Light! woot!

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  13. Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Pretty sure I love your work even more than I did (hard to do :)
    Thank you for being one of the only fabulous artists out there that acknowledges The One who created us.
    <3

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