This collection of mini 'garden' paintings were birthed through one-hundred days of prayer. The Lord took me through a season where he challenged me "to learn how to pray" on a whole new level. He invited me to go back into the 'Garden of the Word,' into the secret place with Him and pray. I began to see each flower along the journey of painting through the Bible, going back to that time with God. These mini 'garden' paintings are prayers gathered along the path, journeying deeper into the truth of His Word and promises.
For we are the fragrant offering of Christ, a body of people who have both collectively and personally counted the cost to be poured out in surrender. Our lives are to mirror the image of His Son, His work to be completed through His beloved ones. For we are carriers of His presence and partakers of His glory to a lost and dying world. The church is the embodiment of His perfect love, so that His Spirit may indwell within us. The mystery of His breath of life stirs within each of us, speaking forth hope in both authority and maturity of faith. For as believers, we are commanded to “take courage” and be of good cheer, no matter what trial we are facing. Be reminded, that we stand victorious! May our shortcomings never hold us stagnant, but instead propel our need to remain dependant on the completed work of the cross. Declaring over our failures, the promise of His blood and the final work that “It is Finished” (John 19:28; 19:30 KJV). “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16, KJV).
To be known by the Lord, we must walk on the narrow path with Him. We are asked to steward an unseen garden that is found within us. We must ask, what fruit do we bare? Do we heed His voice, and give ear to His instruction? Take a moment this week to set your mind on the path you are walking. Do not be discouraged when you are hard-pressed on every side, instead ask the Good Gardener to tend the soil of your heart and break ground with His presence. He is faithful to steady your mind and soul as you trust in Him.
Each garden mini painted, can be paired with each book of the Bible. Today I invite you to walk through the Garden of the Word, experiencing the aroma of God's grace, His love, His presence and His character. My heart is for the paintings are to draw you in to read the Scriptures and hear from the Lord for yourself. Let Him take you on a journey to see the Bible in a new way. They beautifully punctuate God's grace from Genesis to Revelation, and the fragrance of worship through prayer & painting, featured in the book, "Garden of Grace."
In closing, be sure to stay tuned! As I have my first Art Collection book arriving this Fall titled, “Garden of Grace.” This coffee table book is both a witness of the gospel and inspiration for all denominations to encounter the living Word through art. All sixty-six paintings of every book of the Bible in one book! This is a timeless treasure overviewing the entire Bible through art and creativity. This project was a labour of love, directed by the Holy Spirit, and taking four years to complete.
Be sure to pick up your copy when our pre-sale books are available to order, limited quantities available. We will keep you posted!
- Mindi Oaten