Warrior 5 and Samuel the prophet. Samuel is based on the photo of James C Lewis.
June and Art month is almost over. 8x10s will be $75 next month. Let me know if you want to order.
This morning I was more late than usual. I arrived in time to sit on one of the back rows and hear the praise team rehearse the last song. I didn’t play with my phone or talk to the person sitting close to me. I just listened to them rehearse. Soon I started singing with them cause I liked the song.
As I listened to the words of the song, I got into it. The words resonated with my spirit. I sat in the dark sanctuary having my own worship session. Then the Holy Spirit nudged me to stand up, throw my arms up and praise Him. Now the room was empty except for a dozen or so people preparing for the service. I mean I would be the only one physically worshipping during the rehearsal. Pretty sure I would catch some strange looks.
But I did it anyway! (I mean David’s praise when they brought the ark back has always been my model. He didn’t care who watched. His praise was meant for God. ) I loved it. My private praise and worship session was now public. Everyone would know that the love of God could slay me at any moment in time. I did not look around to see if anyone watched me, I just looked up to the one I was praising.
After the rehearsal, the worship leader said to me “You were getting into that.” I told him, he lead that thang! Always appreciate someone who can lead you to the throne of God. I have learned that not all people who lead worship know God.
During the services, when we sang the song in community, it took the worship to a whole nother level for me. The Holy Spirit’s sweet sweet nature filled the room. I saw Him (The Holy Spirit) in the singers and band on the stage. I saw Him in the uplifted hands of the audience. I felt Him in me. My tears fell with every word.
I pray that each of you will invite the Holy Spirit to fill your worship so you may experience His sweetness beyond description. I want you to have that indescribable moment with God that fills your spirit, stretches you beyond your flesh and mind. It will transcend time and space and let you know that God loves you very much.
There should come a moment in your life when you realize that even if you gave the Lord every ounce of your being, it wouldn’t be enough to make up for all He has given you. And He doesn’t hold it against you. When you accept His grace, it will lead you to worship in spirit and truth.
There is nothing like it.
In the current bible study I am doing, Beth Moore has taught us that the name Saul meant “Asked For” He was a king they asked for. It reminds me that some of the things that I ask for look good on the outside, but woe the trouble it brings. This drawing is based on James C Lewis’ photograph Saul. Lewis created a series of images with People of Color in the role of Bible characters.
This month I am spending time with Exodus Chapter 14. Pharoah pursues Israel to the sea.
Everyday this story plays out the same way. Pharoah thinks he is better than Israel and they should do as he says. But he discounts Israel’s God and finds himself drowned in the sea with all his best property. (See God will let you take your junk with you.)
I was reminded that Pharoah had ten warnings to change his heart. He ignored all of them.
How many warnings has God given you? Is your heart still hard against people? Do you think you are better than others?
God will allow things in your life you never see coming. All of these things are meant to help you see the world through His eyes. Through your next storm, ask God what He is trying to show you.
Don’t be like Pharaoh and let your hard heart drown you.
Art to me is like a new boyfriend. I am enjoying the time getting to know it, staying up late, and learning its secrets. It is sexy, funny and surprising. It strengthens, encourages and challenges me. I like capturing an image that tells a story. Each one will speak to you.
One of the things I found as I looked around was few artists showed People of Color. As I glean from other artist, I will add my perspective as an African-American woman. One of the things my work brings to the table are People of Color. God created us to be equal, but made us so different in many ways. We have a passion for life. There is a strength in People of Color that will endure.
All of the work below started as something someone else created. I was able to look at it and see new possibilities. My work will always be a celebration of People of Color. Thus far my work has been fun and playful. It has been colorful and over the top. I love the opportunity to show the beauty in color. It represents taking life and all it has to offer.
The best part of my life is that I get to tell stories that have been inspired by the Creator of the Universe. Whenever I feel as though I am done with this writing thing, He gives me a story I can’t keep to myself. And the funny thing about it is, many of the stories I tell seem to have to real connection. But I trust the Ultimate Storyteller. This month I am working on some new projects, but here is a done one that I just love. Dancing During the Storm Vol 2 is a collection of short stories that captures the imagination. His Favorite One is the story of a man given a great responsibility but has to deal with the consequences of not fulfilling them. Dancing Vol 2 is the featured book for the month of June. It is available on Amazon, Createspace and Books2Read.com
I am thinking about teaching a photography class in June and July. It will consists of two hours of shooting and two hours of editing. It will cost $100. Email me if you are interested at uppcreative.com.