I am the mother of debaters, a ballet mom, a homeschool mom. Mom is my current job status that I wouldn't trade for anything. It is where God has me in this season. But as this season is slowly slipping away, as I prepare number two son for college, as the cliche nest continues to empty; I can't help but be curious. What does the next season hold? Where will God use me? Who will need me?
God is always bringing things to our attention. My heart breaks for the people of China who walk 20 miles to worship in hiding. When I see the women of Sierra Leone who struggle to survive life in this cruel, sin filled world, I want to be there for them. I want to serve them a cup of tea and share what in this world God might have for them. This same message of hope and redemption He has for me, is theirs as well. I want to get on the next plane to Nepal and help locate the missing children who have been so easily trafficked and sold into slavery. I want to hold them and re-unite them with their grieving parents. I want to dig wells in Africa so that the people in these villages can drink the same clean water that I take for granted. I want to travel on a mercy ship bringing help and comfort to victims in far off places. I want to hold the hand of my little Compassion child in Peru, maybe push her on a swing and read her a story.
Everyday God breaks my heart with a love of His children in this temporary world. But I am a mom. A debater mom, a ballet mom, a homeschool mom. My responsibilities are to finish what God has put on my plate, and to finish strong with passion and purpose this first and foremost thing. Maybe later I can undo some of the wrongs in this world, or clean up a little corner of someone's life- and yet my heart still breaks.
This was my prayer not long ago... my cry out to God. What can I do-- NOW? How can I help-- NOW? Oh that I could somehow ease my mind and heart by writing off big checks to all of these organizations that are already in place. Financial support is always needed. But the bank account is empty. What is Your plan, God? He gently led me into my studio. He whispered ideas of paintings that could fill the empty canvases in the room and He gave me courage and peace that would help me with this heart for His children.
The plan is to paint what He puts on my heart. The paintings that result from this will go into an online gallery of sorts and made available to purchase, original, print or card. The painting will tell a bit of the story and link to more information, as well as serve as a sort of visual prayer chain. The proceeds will go to the charity or organization that is connected with the painting.
Yes I will continue to paint "Joy" in the seascapes and vineyards... I will create for The Creator; but I will be open to His promptings and His call. So when you see a post that is labeled, "On My heART" forward it on to your friends. Help me spread these prayer requests.
God's richest blessings on your day!