Art is a powerful way to tell a story. My artwork tells the story of a people who rise up from things that try to hold them down. They are made of great things.
This artwork is available on essential items. There are several patterns that have a deeper meaning. The purple circles remind us of God’s word that He knows the plans He has for us. We are different sizes ad different shades, but all with a purpose.
In 1786 the Governor of the French Colonies in North America signed a law that created a slave class of people. It determined how they could dress and wear their hair.
In the British Colonies there were slave codes that required their clothing be made from a cheap cloth. This cloth was usually blue which made it more of a slave uniform.
Slaves were forbidden from wearing hand me downs from their masters. If local law enforcement caught them in hand me downs, they could take the clothes for themselves.
The irony is that many of the slaves made the clothes they could not wear.
Zelda Wynn Valdes decided to be a fashion designer but discovered she could work in some great fashion houses, but they only allowed her to be a seamstress. They would steal her designs and put their names on the label.
Valdes opened her own fashion house on Broadway in New York City. She created designs for people like Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker and Mae West.
As a child I often wondered why my people made such a show out of their Sunday best. As I have learned, deciding how you cloth yourself is a big deal.
They worked very hard in those old boots just so they could purchase that big hat for Sunday service.
Yet whether they were in the boots or the hat, they came to a point where they could decide how they were clothed.
Faith is something that is fat and full and bright. The Lord has taken me on adventures that have stretched it and made it look nothing like I imagined. He has taught me it was not what I thought it was. It was better. It was hard. It allowed me to get to know God in a way I never knew.
In a world that can seem hopeless, kids need a reason to hope. In addition to teaching our children how to get into college, play sports and chase the American Dream, there is something greater to be learned. He created the universe with stars and planets, yet the desire of His heart was to reconcile with people whom He loved. In this devotional, the author shares ideas of how to help your children have a personal relationship with God. Through scripture, art and stories, she shared the opportunities she had to teach her own child to get to know God.
In today’s culture, the world wants everyone to believe what they tell you, not what they do. They insist that you believe an ideology versus the truth. That you choose their words over Jesus’word.
I was 28 years old before I learned that God talks back. Many think of prayer as a one way conversation, but it is a communication tool to reach the Creator of the Universe. Since then I have learned that He is concerned about all of the minute details of my life. If I ask Him, He will tell me. If I do not ask, He will allow me to find out on my own.
I like it much better when I ask and He responds.
There have been conversations that went like, “Why didn’t you tell me that was going to happen?”
“You didn’t ask,” He responded.
“Really, you couldn’t have just butted in?”
“Nope, not my style,” He stated.
Teach them that prayer is a daily habit. Just like they talk to you their parent every day, they should make time to talk to God every day. Help them carve time out of their day to pray. Teach them to journal their prayer requests so that they can see how God has answered their prayers.
Teach them how to pray. First, praise God for who He is. He is a provider and all-knowing for example. Second, thank Him for all He has done. He has given them a place to live and food to eat. Third, confess their sins and ask for forgiveness. Remind them that we have to confess our sins for them to be forgiven. Fourth, pray for others, like their parents, friends, teachers, etc. Fifth and finally, pray for themselves. Tell them to ask God to help them accomplish their goals or fix some issue they are struggling with.
Teach your child that prayer is the best option.
When they come to you with a problem, say, “Let’s take this to someone who can answer it.”
Stop and pray right then. Trust God to answer because He does. If they see you doing it with your problems, they will do it with theirs. This is the habit you want to create.
This is not going to be easy because our first habit is to fix it ourselves. If we fix all of our kid’s problems, they never get to flex their own faith muscles. It is important that they learn at a young age to have faith in God. He will never let them down. Sometimes we will let them down, but He never will.
Make Prayer your first go to instead of your last resort. Make it a habit to pray all the time. Teach your children how to pray. He hears.