It's been a while since I last wrote. I have been extremely busy with life, painting, being a Mom, and balancing it all. I wanted to update you all on some NEW things in my art world!Continue reading
A lot has happened in my creative world since I last wrote and back from reviveFLORIDA, so I thought it was time to give you a little update.
SPRING ART SHOW | New Original Art
On April 12, 2016 I held my own "Spring Art Show" here in my hometown of Cochrane, AB. It was a wonderful night to showcase my new original art collection. The central theme was "Springtime," my favourite season. I started working on the collection back in the winter, feeling a nudge to paint the coming signs of spring. We held the show at a local Italian restaurant, Portofino's, the room was transformed into a garden full of fresh flowers, chirping birds and rainy skies. It was a fabulous evening! Thank you to all who came out to support me, I really appreciate it. To view the collection click here.
"See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. (Song of Solomon 2:11-12)
Prophetic Painting Live | Worship Nights
I've been fortunate to paint live during worship here at home with Burn24-7 Calgary. I have had the opportunity to paint two nights so far, one in Cochrane, AB at King's Gate Church, back in March and one a couple weeks ago in Calgary.
Below are the two paintings I did at these events:
"In Harmony" 30x40 inches - Sold
"How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!" (Psalm 133:1)
"Send the Rain" 30x40 inches - available for purchase
"The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you." (Deuteronomy 28:8)
YOUR INVITED | Burn 24-7 Calgary | Friday, April 29, 2016 | 7pm-11pm
I'm so excited to join them again this Friday, April 29th at C3 Church Calgary West location. If you are in the Calgary area, and want to come worship and see me paint, please come out! 7pm-11pm
I also painted live last Friday night at a worship night with our House Church called, "Rain Fall." It was such a fun night of worship, dance, singing and praising. I felt the Lord speak to me about painting a visual of JOY in the storm. "Consider it Pure Joy" is an expression of finding joy in all circumstances. No matter what storm you are facing, there is always the choice to pull on God's joy! In Him we find strength.
"Consider it Pure Joy" 30x40 inches - available for purchase
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:2-4)
#100daysofpainting | The 100 Day Project
So what am I up to now? After my Spring Art Show I thought I would take a little break before I figure out the next direction of my work. I worked on updating my website with all the new original paintings, click here to check them out. Stay tuned for new fine art prints as well! Then I thought I would take a week off... and I saw this:
My initial thoughts were, oh man, that would be so intense! Painting for 100 days straight, I just completed a couple months of hard work and need a break. But, I am someone who loves a good challenge and couldn't pass it up. So...I joined in this crazy adventure of painting for 100 days! You can follow me in this journey on Instagram @minoaten
The whole point is the commitment to the process. There are no set rules, just to practice in the process of creating everyday. It can be completing a painting a day, or working on a piece in progress... simply doing something productive each day in your craft.
Here is my progress so far:
Day 1/100 "In the Beginning" 6x6 inches
Day 2/100 "In the Spirit" 20x20 inches
Day 3/100 "Cranberry Splash" 6x6 inches
Day 4/100 "Consider it Pure Joy" 30x40 inches
Day 5/100 "Lemon Twist" 6x6 inches
Day 6/100 "Lime Stripe" 6x6 inches
Day 7/100 | Work in Progress | Commission
Day 8/100 "Iced Coffee Cream" 6x6 inches
Day 9/100 "Blueberry Smoothie" 6x6 inches
Stay tuned for more artwork on my #100daysofpainting challenge...
1. Burn 24-7 Calgary | Friday, April 29th @ 7pm-11pm | C3 Church Calgary West
I will be live painting during this worship night.
2. Art in Action: A Showcase to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking | June 15, 2016
I am live painting at this event and donating my painting to raise money. Please read below for details and get your tickets:
An inaugural fundraising event in Calgary, this evening will feature a silent art auction, artistic performances including live music, dance, and a live painting, which will be available for purchase. This lively event will also feature a presentation from ACT Alberta and a chance to learn more about human trafficking and how to help. All proceeds raised will go toward ACT Alberta's programming.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
180 Quarry Park Blvd SE, Calgary, AB
Doors at 6:30 PM. Showcase at 7:00 PM
Tickets are $25 and are available online only. Get your tickets here.
3. Spring Artisan Market in Cochrane, AB | June 25, 2016
I will have a table at this artisan market showcasing my art! Would love to see you all... come say hi and take a peek.
Frank Wills Memorial Hall | 405 - 1st Street East, Cochrane | 10:30am - 4:30pm
Thank you all for reading my update. It's been an exciting spring season so far. Lots on the go, lots to look forward to. I am also in the process of updating my "fine art print" collections on my website. Some neat features coming soon. You can still take advantage of my 25% OFF all FINE ART PRINTS until the end of April. Click here to view. Use the coupon code "spring25" at the checkout.
I pray you all are blessed!
I just got home last weekend from my latest trip back with reviveFLORIDA, Manatee County. I wanted to quickly share with you the new paintings I did while I was down there and some neat stories of what the Lord was up to.
Monday, March 14, 2016:
On my flight down, I usually sleep (leaving at 3am will do that), meditate on the Word, pray, and seek the Lord for some direction of what I am to visually create. When I asked for a vision, He showed me a series of images. First of oranges in a crate/basket, like they were just picked off the tree. Next an image of oranges being sliced and processed into juice. The last image was of orange juice in a pitcher. Of course my first thought was, am I just thinking this because I'm headed back to Florida? But, I took note of it in my journal. Questioning if it was me just imaging things or if it really was the Lord showing me something, I heard Him speak to me that it is about "The Process." I kept hearing the word "process."
When I arrived in Tampa and was picked up from the airport the conversation came up with my driver about if I had a vision to paint tonight. So I described her the images I just mentioned. She seemed excited and asked me if I knew about what happened that day with Kyle and the TTR team? I said, no. I was traveling all day and usually don't hear what's going on until I get to the church. She went on to explain that Kyle and a small team was invited into Tropicana headquarters to meet about sharing the gospel in the main plant. They were given a tour of the process in making Tropicana orange juice. Wow! If that wasn't a confirmation from the Lord for me that there is something on this meeting. Praise the Lord! That night I painted "The Process" and Kyle's teaching was on the process of sanctificaton in Christ.
I was so honoured to have my painting presented to the plant manager of Tropicana. He said it will be hung up in the lobby of Tropicana head office. Very cool. It is also exciting that the Lord opened the doors for reviveFLORIDA to partner with Tropicana, welcomed into the company to train and equip Bible study groups to share the Gospel. In almost every city with Time to Revive, we are seeing the favour of the Lord opening the marketplace to advance the Kingdom. Another amazing open door in Florida. Praise God.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016:
The next evening I painted, "Shine Your Light." It was a fun expression to represent the teams going out on the streets sharing the light of Christ, just as fireflies glow in the dark.
"It was God who said, "The light will shine in darkness." He is the One Who made His light shine in our hearts. This brings us the light of knowing God's shining-greatness, which is seen in Christ's face." (2 Corinthians 4:6)
The firefly is uniquely designed with a chemically induced light. The chemical glow is designed to attract other insects to them. As believers we are all given the light of Christ within us. We are to go out into the darkness of the world and shine the love of Jesus everywhere we go. Our light will attract others to what we carry, the Father of Lights.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016:
All day I could sense there was a shift to take place in the spirit. When I asked the Lord for a picture, all I could see was a diving board and Jesus saying, "Jump in." The people need to jump all in. Picture yourself on that diving board...are you just standing on the edge, watching? Are you paralyzed with fear to jump, afraid to get wet? Are you excited to take a running jump and splash in? Spiritually, we are all at different stages of our "plunging in" with God. To experience the fullness of all He has for us, we need to trust and jump all in. The unknown is sometimes scary, but it is so refreshing and fun to "Plunge In".
What in incredible night! We could all feel a breakthrough in the spirit as we lifted our voices in worship as one, plunging in together. There is power in the unified church. Many different denominations under one roof, a blend of worship styles praising as one, instruments of all kind playing in harmony... I could feel the angels worshiping with us that night. A tiny glimpse of what heaven will be like one day.
Thursday, March 17, 2016:
Lots of action happened this day. Kyle Martin, CEO of Time to Revive, and a team drove to Orlando to meet with pastors in the morning, in talks of Orlando being a potential next reviveFLORIDA city. Then they were invited into two companies to share the Gospel with workers. First a cabinet company and second a patio furniture company. Praise the Lord for the marketplace opening doors. They also were invited by a high school football team, where 34 young men accepted Christ! (if you want to watch clips of the football team, click here to see an incredible video. It's so awesome!)
As I prayed that day for a painting image, I felt the Lord tell me to paint a picture of hope, encouragement, something uplifting. I had a list of visions from the week before in my journal...which I often keep and the Lord will confirm one of them on the day I need to paint. I love how the Lord speaks confirmation to me throughout the day. I went to Target with two ladies that afternoon to get a couple things. One of the girls showed me a journal she was buying and when I saw the cover, it confirmed my painting...a picture of a hot air balloon was on it. I had written that image down and was praying about a confirmation, the Lord showed up!
"Hope Rising" was painted that night. The teams were sent out that evening on the streets. When I was almost done the painting, Roger Lee, director of IHOP Sarasota, came up to me and asked if I knew what they all saw leaving Orlando that morning. (He went along to Orlando meetings that morning) I had no clue what he was talking about. The group that went all saw a huge hot air balloon that day. Just another awesome confirmation from the Lord. The adventures of trusting and letting the Lord lead.
Friday, March 18, 2016:
In the afternoon, I went with a couple of girls to grab a quick coffee at a quant little coffee shop. The environment was so sweet. Looking around I could see all the people deep in conversation. I was with the discipleship coordinator, Ali, on the Time to Revive team. We were talking briefly on the discipleship topic and I took a mental snapshot of the coffee shop, talking about "doing life" with people for discipleship. It's as simple as going out for a coffee.
"Table Talk" is the painting I did that night, capturing what discipleship can look like. What if we take the time once a week to sit down and just hang out with someone who wants to learn more about Jesus?
“Then it happened that as Jesus was reclining at the table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were dining with Jesus and His disciples.” (Matthew 9:10)
Jesus loved being face to face with his disciples and the sinners. He spent time with them. He looked beyond the culture and class to see people’s hearts. He loved them deeply. He did life with the ones who needed him most. Jesus handpicked twelve men to teach and demonstrate all His ways, so they would carry on the Gospel to the entire world. We have all been commissioned to go and make disciples. Jesus already modeled this through his life. Spending time with others face to face, to eat with them, hang out with them, and love others.
God has already prepared the table for us. He’s ahead of our steps. Through our obedience as believers, we must take the time to invest in relationships as we teach others about Jesus. Table talk can transform someone’s life and will change the world. Go and make disciples. Take the time for others.
Saturday, March 19, 2016:
Last night! I felt this was the night to paint a visual of the revival wells overflowing with living waters. As the community of Manatee County dug in for two weeks, the waters are rising, "Welling Up." Personal revival, the Church reviving, continuing it on through discipleship, it will spill out into the community. Thank you Manatee County for inviting us to run with you in what God is doing in this season. May your well never run dry. It was an incredible week!
Now I'm home concentrating on a collection of Spring paintings in my studio. I am excited to have a 'Spring Art Show' in my hometown on April 12, 2016. If you are near the Calgary area, come out to Cochrane and join me in a fun evening of art and conversation. Bring friends, all are welcome.
April 12, 2016 | 6-10pm | Portofino Italian Ristorante | 205 - 1 St. E, Cochrane, AB
Bless you all this Easter Weekend!
All Glory to Him,
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I’m a bit behind on posting my latest trip. Better late than never! I got home from my second trip to reviveFLORIDA to a house full of sick boys. Usually I can take care of the little ones without getting sick, not this time. I got hit pretty hard, took last week to rest, rest, rest. But I'm feeling better and ready to get back at ‘er.
I wanted to share with you the latest paintings I did from week 4 of reviveFLORIDA. It was an awesome trip to end an incredible 4 weeks of revival in Sarasota.
God kept showing me a picture of a house lite up. I could see light shining through all the windows. It was the light of Christ, pouring out of the home, filling the neighborhood around. As that family boldly lived for Christ, unashamed of the Gospel, the light was contagious, affecting all the homes around, eventually lighting up the whole neighborhood. I believe this is a prophetic picture of what’s to come. Is your home shining the light and love of Jesus through your family and how you live? Does your lifestyle reflect and attract Jesus to others? These are tough questions for many Christians, but in reality are we living out our faith and igniting others around us? Or are our lights only on when we feel and been turned down dimly by political correctness? It’s time we aren’t afraid to shine.
This painting was one of the most peaceful, enjoyable times I’ve painted during revive. It was our Sunday service, I woke up and the peace of God came over me. I felt the Lord tell me to have fun painting in His presence today. Simply using color to convey a sense of what I felt. This is what came out of that experience.
I love this visual. God gives us the keys to unlock breakthroughs in the spirit. We are in a season of unlocking. Whatever you need, God has the key for you. All you have to do is grab ahold and turn the key for more. After reflecting on this painting, I noticed I painted old keys. I think there is something to be said about that. Unlocking breakthroughs in the spirit isn’t something new, they are keys of the past that have always been there, they just need to be revived and re-used to unlock current situations. God has always given us the keys from the beginning of His plan. Old keys to unlock the new.
The next day after painting this piece, a woman came up to me with a gift she wanted to give me. On a trip to Israel, she had brought home old keys she had got. Beautiful old keys from Israel that were hundreds of years old. I almost cried. I felt such weight in the spirit receiving this gift; there is significance to these keys, keys to Israel. For any of you who following Time to Revive and Kyle’s messages, one of his missions is to prepare us for going to Israel. He received one of these keys as well. I feel what I wrote above applies, “old keys to unlock the new.” We are preparing for the New Jerusalem.
I painted this on a night where instead of a nightly worship service as usual, everyone split up into teams and went out to pray for people, sharing the love of Jesus on the streets. In our prep meeting before it began, in prayer I heard the Lord say, “stop for the one” “stop so you can listen to my voice.” I pictured a read stop sign. I felt like He was trying to tell me to remember to stop, wait on Him to give direction, rather than always going about things my way. When we simply take time to stop, call on the Holy Spirit and then wait to listen, we will hear what He is trying to tell us. If we don’t stop to hear Him more often, we could be missing so many opportunities that could potentially change someone’s life, or even our own. Sometimes we literally need a stop sign in front of us to stop. God is always speaking His directions to us.
There are a lot of layers to this painting. Probably one of the most challenging paintings I’ve done so far on stage, because of all the elements I wanted to incorporate in such a short period of time. But I was up for the challenge. That day I went out on a team; all of our encounters were with people who are experiencing bondage to addiction. In prayer before we went out, I saw a picture of a butterfly. I felt like it was more for the idea of transformation. It totally made sense for all the people we prayed for that day. They all can be transformed into their true identity, set free from the bondages that hold them hostage, and flying into a new future. In Christ we are a new creation.
I love play on words. All day I couldn’t get the picture of oranges on a tree out of my mind. I know as cliché as it is that I am in Florida and oranges are fruit the state is known for, I had to paint it. I love it! Florida is known for their oranges.
We all know that, see the orange juice commercials, etc. I heard the Lord say, “and they will be known by their fruit.” He was referring to their spiritual fruit and the fruit of their harvest.
This was our final night in Sarasota. What an amazing night to end 4 weeks of reviving the city. I could see a ripple in the spirit as Sarasota celebrates and continues on revival in the state. The pastors all gathered and ceremoniously passed on the “oranges” to the next reviveFLORIDA city, Manatee County. (Bradenton and Palmetto) We must never forget the ripple effect that can change a nation, all beginning from a single drop. The purity of the Gospel is always worth pursuing.
I wanted to thank The Harvest Church in Sarasota for hosting us for an amazing 4 weeks, you guys’ rock. Join us March 6-19, 2016 as revival spreads to Manatee County. If you want to come and see, register at www.reviveflorida.org. Would love to see you all there!
All Glory to Him,
Wow, what a week we had 'setting the sails' in Sarasota, FL with reviveFLORIDA. I was so fortunate to spend last week down there taking part of a beautiful move of what God is doing. Many churches uniting to be equipped to go out and share the simple Gospel. People of all ages, walks of life, different denominations, all gathering to find their voice and love their community as ONE. It's a beautiful thing to see and take part in.
My role on the Time to Revive team is to use the gifts the Lord has given me through creativity, to express what the Lord is showing me and speaking to me about. There was an elevated anointing I felt in the Spirit this week. For those who are stepping out in faith, taking the risk to see God move, hungry for more, many are witnessing "firsts" in their life. I will explain what the Lord spoke to me about in the first painting I did, "The Launch."
A couple months before my trip to Florida, I had a dream in the night. In this dream, I was in a rocket ship with a team. We were ready to launch. I remember the rumble of the engines ignite with fire as the rocket launched. It was so real, the adrenaline, the excitement and anticipation of being launched into the unknown. I felt the Lord showing me the new missions that were going to be launched this year. Greater levels and heights of what's coming. I journaled the dream. A couple weeks before I left for Florida, I was brushing my teeth before bed and out of no where an image of a vintage toy rocket ship flashed in my vision. Immediately the Lord reminded me of my dream. Then He showed me a picture of the outline of the state of Florida and it zoomed in on a picture of a launch site. My immediate thought was, "is there an actual launch site in Florida?" Of course there is, Cape Canaveral. To make a long story short, I starting reading about Cape Canaveral and it mentioned that it was the site of many American's "firsts." The word "first" jumped out at me and I heard the Lord say how he is doing many firsts for people who dare to believe and step out in faith. I also felt Him say that this is a year of many launching into new levels.
Out of obedience from this word, I painted "The Launch" the first night I was at reviveFLORDIA. At the end of the evening, Laura Martin, wife to Kyle Martin, closed the evening. She had the coolest testimony of a friend who sent her an email that reads:
"I got this email from a friend last week and I think it's true of TTR (Time to Revive) as well: Hope you and your family had a splendid Christmas! So wanted to share I was praying for you and Amos and your ministry and I saw a red and white rocket ship with a big flame shooting it high in the sky. I believe that is your ministry moving fast and beyond."
Laura told her friend about the painting that evening of the rocket ship. This is the response of the woman who had the vision of the rocket ship:
"Oh my goodness. This made me smile SO much!!!!! God is SO good and SO faithful. This made my day. Thank you for sharing this with me!!"
I just love how God weaves confirmation of what He is saying to us! I also received another testimony of confirmation from a gentleman at reviveFLORIDA, this is what Evan Campbell sent me:
Rocket ship: 17 January 2016
(Word from the Lord Sunday night service to launch Revive Sarasota)
"Evan, you will see and do things this week you've never seen before and so will others. This is a week of launching...for you and others. Prepare for acceleration like you have not seen and ensure others launch as well.
This was confirmed by Mindi's painting of the rocket ship a few days later. In fact, while you were still painting the background, or what would become the sky and stars, my spirit knew that you would paint something about this vision this week. I didn't expect it to be right then but I thank the Lord for the confirmation."
Thank you Laura and Evan for sharing your testimonies! It's so fun to be a small part of the greater picture the Lord is doing. I also wanted to mention that Kyle spoke that evening on dreams and visions. Kyle mentioned 19 different verses in the Bible that tells of God speaking to people through dreams and visions. These are usually for direction, declarations to respond in obedience to what the Lord is saying. In this you will see the fruit. And they still happen today!
All week we heard testimony after testimony of "firsts" for people. Those who saw healing for the first time, received visions, shared the Gospel for the first time, had someone come to Christ for the first time, say YES to disciple a new believer for the first time! It was even the first time that many different churched came together in unity and went out on the streets all together. So awesome!
“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:19)
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
This was one of my favourite days, I went to Siesta Beach with a group to share the Gospel, experience the ocean and be part of witnessing an incredible baptism. It was a glorious afternoon that confirmed my painting that evening, "Open Heaven." The sky was so beautiful that day and looked as though it had an opening to the heavens. Sharing in the celebration of baptism, I was reminded of the new life and access to heaven we have through baptism. I kept picturing a ladder to the heavens. The access to the power in Christ we carry to go higher in the Spirit. Not just a ticket to heaven when we die, but the access to bring heaven to earth here and now.
“For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:18, NIV)
"During the evening service in Sarasota, FL, on 20 January 2016, there was a call to prayer in groups of 5-7. During the prayer my group prayed for repentance over this city and state. After being prompted to lie prostrate the Lord showed me, what I can only describe as Jacob's ladder. Far above the Earth was a hole in the firmament over Sarasota and Angels were freely coming down and going up to the Lord. Though the distance from the hole to Earth is great the Angels traveled the distance with such speed it was amazing. Christ could be seen through the hole looking down upon the city of Sarasota.
This was confirmed the next day when Mindi painted a ladder with, what I could only describe as light, shining down from above. The light reminds me of the Lord looking down upon His people in this city and the open heaven over this city. At first I thought the picture would be an artists easel but after Mindi painted the 3rd or 4th rung of the ladder from the bottom I knew what it was an immediately shared with a friend I had shared the vision with the night before."
This was a day of divine opening. A shift in the spirit over Sarasota that brought the announcment of the extension of reviveFLORDIA, all confirmed through prophetic words and visions. Originally revive was to engage in the community for 7 days, but now it shifted to 4 weeks. The local church is 'all in' to make this a LIFESTYLE rather than feel like an event. Praise the Lord for laying aside all schedules and rally together to share the Good News.
I went out that morning for a walk with our worship leader, Jon and his wife Amy. On our journey I saw a gorgeous wrought iron gate. I felt like the Lord was highlighting the gate to me that day. Then I saw a picture of a wrought iron gate on the wall at our lunch location. It looked almost exactly the same. I also had sketched a gate opening in my journal before I came as I prayed for what I felt the Lord showing me for this area. Maybe today was the day to paint it! I also texted my husband earlier that day and asked him to pray about my painting for that night, he sent me a picture of gates in the clouds. I felt the peace of God through all these confirmations of what I was to paint. "Wrought by His Hands" was what came out that evening.
“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” (Isaiah 62:10)
After the service was over, a woman named Fran came up to me with her testimony of the Lord speaking to her about the open gates. She had a vision of gates, partially open, with water coming through. In the middle of the gates was something that the Lord had to get rid of, making a way for the gates to open. She was so in awe of the visual confirmation of what she was shown in the Spirit. Thank you Lord!
Saturday evenings are always so full of energy and excitement during revive. I felt the prompting to paint a visual of setting sail. After all, Sarasota is essentially just getting going! "Catch the Wind" was painted that evening, full of colour and movement to display the wind of revival blowing through this area. That day I went out on a team and we ended up down by the pier near the sailboats. Just another confirmation of setting sail.
“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)
I don't think walking by the Spirit and learning to listen to the voice of God will ever get old. It's the most exciting thing to live by. He guides our steps, gives us direction and is leading us constantly. We are never alone. I had the most amazing week at reviveFLORIDA full of adventure and pressing in for new levels. I'm excited to head back down there in a week. Stay tuned for more testimonies!
All glory to Him,
**NOTE: If you ever hear the Lord speaking to you through my art or have a testimony to share with me, please email me. I would love to hear it.
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T.J. Green, a pastor and revivalist, and fellow Albertan, guest blogs today, giving us a timely and beautiful writing on a spiritual renaissance we are stepping into through creativity. So many people overlook their creative identity and how much the world needs us to express what the Lord has given us. We were all created to create and can influence culture. Thank you T.J. for a powerful writing that stirred in my heart to dream bigger.
The world needs another renaissance. Not just a physical awakening to creativity but a spiritual one. When I say “NEEDS," I don’t believe we can over emphasis how much the earth is groaning in eager expectation for the manifestations of the sons and daughters of the living God. Did you know the first thing that God did was create? The Creator created you in His image to create. I don’t care who you are, you are creative because its in your God given DNA. You may have even said the statement over yourself that you are not a creative person. I refuse to believe that anyone having the fullness of God living on the inside of Him is not also destined to create. My hope and prayer in writing this article is that it will stir up the artists, designers, film makers, anthem writers, photographers, poets, and inventors within the Christian community and encourage you to dream and to take risk. As well, I’d like to charge Christian leaders to create and nurture a free culture where imagination is celebrated. Religion despises creativity because it loves control and thats exactly what happened in the dark ages. The age that we are heading into will either be a dark age or an enlightened one and the church’s vote counts. What I’m praying for is a spiritual age of enlightenment that coincides with a cultural age of enlightenment.
David was a friend of God. Because of his intimacy with the Lord, he was given secrets way ahead of his time. For instance, lets take Psalms 22 into consideration. Listen as David writes a song describing in detail how Jesus died on the cross ages before the Romans had invented crucifixion. Psalms 22:16 says, 'They pierce my hands and my feet. All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.'
It seems to me that artists and song writers like David have the God given ability to be ahead of their time. Just like pioneers are the first to break ground in a new country, so it is ready to build a new society. King David had to sing the anthems of Jesus to prepare the world for His Kingdom to come. What if the earth is again needing to be prepared for the second coming of Christ? Who will sing the songs and write the anthems to prepare the earth for a whole new world?
Blaze Pascal a French economist said, “Its not those who write the laws that have the greatest impact on society, but those who write the songs.” I believe the most influential people in the world are not the politicians, but the song writers. Its the artist who will influence culture and society.
I remember being so bored with a lot of Christian music and especially worship music growing up. It seemed incredibly generic, cookie cutter and, dare I say it, stale. In my later teenage years I worked in the Christian music industry and it was so easy to see whatever trends were big in the world, if we waited for a year or so, we could have the Christian version of that cd on our shelves. I longed for something original that wasn’t a carbon copy of something already produced. I don’t think that I was looking for a product. I was looking for an emotional and spiritual connection. A musical expression that was passionate and genuine is hard to come by these days because there is nothing new under the sun. There is a real danger of art becoming a mass produced generic swamp.
When I was introduced to some of IHOP and Bethel’s music it opened up a whole new world of worship to me that I had never before experienced. In the purity of that movement something amazing was taking place. Because of their emphasis on a real connection with God the sounds and the song that were coming out of them were incredibly fresh, spiritually inspired, and anointed. To our great disappointment creative and inspired art doesn’t always inspire creativity but duplicity. Creativity will be in danger of being reduced to the lowest common denominator if we allow inspiration to be mass produced. Instead of singing our own God given song sometimes its easier to sing someone else’s revelation. The world doesn’t need another copy of a Rembrandt.
Never forget the power of your song. Can you imagine writing songs so epic that God himself decides to immortalize them into His best seller of all time. The biggest book in the Bible is a song book and we are still singing the anthems in our churches that David wrote thousands of years before Christ. That should tell us something right there. Some have speculated that David heard heavenly sounds that he couldn’t reproduce on his instruments so he actually invented new instruments.
Amos 6:5 'That chant to the sound of the viol, [and] invent to themselves instruments of music like David.'
Even though there is nothing new under the sun I believe there are new pictures, and sounds that have not been released on the earth. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9 'What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived -- the things God has prepared for those who love him.'
I once had a dream that one of my musical acquaintances who lived in the United States was inventing a guitar pedal that had a mixture of sounds being combined to create an entirely new sound. In the dream it was like I could see the sound waves bending and vibrating into a beautiful discovery. The next day I called my friend excited to share my dream with him. To my delight he informed me that he was in fact working on a new pedal and the patent for his new design was being drawn up that day. So many inventions that have changed our world have come through people who dare to take risks and dream with God.
The world needs the Creator to create in you and through you the expressions of heaven. The time is now for a revival of creativity, and for a spiritual renaissance to awaken the world to true love. There are inventions, art, songs, books, and films that are waiting to be written. I hope this inspires the psalmist in you to be a friend of God and a pioneer who will understand the power of your song.
- T.J. Green
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As 2015 comes to close, I can’t help but be extremely thankful for all that I was able to accomplish this year. None of it would have been possible if it wasn’t for God. I know that sounds like a line from an acceptance speech, but in all seriousness, it was all done by the guidance, leading and strength from the Lord.
You know that line, “it’s all who you know” when it comes to advancing… you need to know the right people and at the right time, kind-of-thing? I have to chuckle a little because when you know Jesus, put your life into His hands, He will do remarkable things you can’t even try to accomplish on your own. You don’t have to strive to position yourself, get in front of the “right” people to get a “break,” He is all you need. He makes the paths straight and the doors open. Trust, patience, communication and obedience are all it takes.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
My 2015 is a testimony of this.
It all began with an open door in January. My cousin Kyle texted me a simple message, “Hey it’s your cousin, we are seeing a move of God breaking out in Indiana. The Lord laid you on my heart this morning to come down and prophetic paint on stage. Have you ever done this before? Would you be willing to come?”
Open doors require action. This was an opportunity I couldn’t refuse. No matter how scary that sounded, I knew it was God holding the door wide open to what He’d already prepared for me by speaking to me through a dream, through prophetic words from others, through a shift in my heart and a spoken word to me about returning to my art, that He would take me places if I do it for Him.
The year before I had a hunger for more of God and He sure showed up. I dug into the Word, studied and learned to hear His voice, so what He was preparing me for – something I didn’t dream would actually happen – fell in my lap. When that happens, it’s go time.
One trip and 4 paintings later turned into 11 more trips to 7 different cities in Indiana, 48 paintings and a celebration I’ll never forget. If you told me I would paint in a stadium with over 6,000 people, I would of laughed. There is no way to prepare you for some of the experiences we had in reviveINDIANA.
I remember the first painting, on January 28, 2015, with trembling hands; I got up on stage and took a deep breath. I had only done this twice before, on a much smaller scale and smaller canvas. I really had no idea what I was doing…all I knew was when God is on it, He will be your strength. So, I asked Him to take over my hand, calm my fear and “First Love” came out of it.
Looking back, I find it so fitting that “First Love” was the beginning of my adventure in prophetic art. It will always be a reminder of staying true to my first love, in Jesus Christ. It all starts here.
After reviveINDIANA, we ventured to Mississippi for reviveTUPELO. God opened more doors and I got to see the birthplace of Elvis Presley. It was a site of humbling beginnings and the birthplace of rock n’ roll. Let’s just say, worship was awesome in Tupelo!
In November my husband was able to join me on a cruise we will never forget. Time to Revive was invited to board the Celebrity Summit Cruise line in San Juan, Puerto Rico to reviveSOUTHERNCARIBBEAN islands. This was a perfect time of relaxation, fun in the sun and sharing the Gospel to the people on the islands of Tortola, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Thomas. Painting on a cruiseship was something I would have never dreamed of doing. It was truly unforgettable.
The last trip of 2015 was to Dallas, TX to paint for the Time to Revive annual banquet. “Here We Go” was a prophetic vision to wrap up all we did in 2015 and also launch us into 2016. Pack your bags to go out into the harvest. It’s time.
I completed 56 prophetic paintings in 2015 with Time to Revive. I also did a 30-day mini painting series of rest in my studio. (And completed several commissions during my time home). I learned to never limit your abilities to accomplish goals. I had no idea I could paint this much art in one year. No clue.
2015 taught me to break off the chain of fear, nothing is impossible for God and with God. I learned perseverance and endurance, how to rest well to keep going, function on little sleep and no preparation. Walk by the Holy Spirit, trusting and learning to hear His voice. I saw the fruit and miracles by walking in obedience to the voice of the Lord. I saw the Body of Christ come together in unity, mobilize, equip and GO OUT to share the love of Jesus. I gained friendships that will last a lifetime, gathered a list of precious people I continue to pray for, and have a greater hunger to see God move and know Him more.
2016 I look forward to new levels. I have great anticipation for what’s coming. As the Body of Christ press into the calling and assignment the Lord has for each and every one of us, we will see the unexpected. We all have a mission field and a calling. The area the Lord has given you talents, dreams and a sphere of influence right where you are…is your mission. If He’s given you dreams and desires for more, ask Him to line up the path for your destiny. Be patient in His timing, it is perfect.
THANK YOU to all who supported me this year! Thank you for collecting little treasures of my art, for the prayer support from so many of you and the encouragement.
2016… Here We Go! I’m so pumped.
Blessing for a fabulous, adventurous NEW YEAR!
All Glory to Him,