From dessert to bloom: New beginnings

IMG_20140924_124218-1-1-1I didn’t know what I wanted out of life. The only focus I had as a child was to grow up, get married and have children. I really believed that, if I could find my prince charming, I would live happily ever after. I don’t think I’ve ever been alone in that conquest. A lot of people want to find that special someone who will fill the void in their life. Someone to love and care for them. Blame the Cinderella stories, listen to all the love songs and movies that are out there and they all tell us the same thing.

As an adult, I did not know what my true potential was – didn’t even know where to look. It seemed that even when I started to venture out, someone would come into my life. Putting other people’s wishes before mine, I would live their dream. I didn’t know that I could write or paint. I thought everyone else was gifted and talented, but not me. I felt that I didn’t quite make the grade – an underachiever – a jack of all trades – a master of none. What was my purpose? The more I tried to make my own way in life it would be interrupted through circumstances, and the cycle would start all over again. It didn’t seem to matter how many self help books I read, or counselling sessions I’d attended, I couldn’t seem to get it together. It wasn’t until I came to the end of the road about twelve years ago, and committed my life to the Lord, that things began to change. I knew that He was the only answer for me. I invited Him to take control and to lead and guide me, and now I am not the same person I used to be. I have found freedom in Christ and now I’m beginning to blossom.

God has encouraged me through many dreams and prophecies over recent years. I had a word spoken over me in 2008 through a prophet called Fayleen Sparks. Some of the words she said to me were; “…the dessert is gonna blossom like a rose. Surely the cold north winds blew! You are a garden enclosed. You are one who is protected. And I’m bringing you forth even with a new beauty – with a new flourishing – with a new coming forth! And my Word is gonna produce – as Jesus was a tender shoot planted in a dry ground – not just thirty fold, not just sixty fold, but the garden of the Lord. It’s a new planting…”

Now its nearly the end of 2014 and I look forward to 2015 with a new vision and purpose.

Psalms 1:2-3 NLT

“But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

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An oasis in the workplace

imageI would like to say that this painting came from the resources of my mind, but that would’nt be entirely true. It is my impression of a picture I saw in a magazine. A former work colleague asked if I could paint him a picture for the wall in his office, and I was happy to oblige. He said he often looked at this painting in the midst of the busyness, and at times chaos, that occured too frequently. I think we can all relate to that.

Too often we find ourselves overworked and time poor in the workplace. We do our best to be diligent and efficient in our effort to produce a top quality product for our clients. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure quality of services. Some organisations even have guidelines for health and wellbeing in the workplace. But how often do we actually take care of ourselves whilst doing our job?

At least at this person’s desk, he could take a little time out while looking at this painting, and dream about a vacation somewhere quiet and remote. A place where he could escape – even if it was just for a few minutes.

So proud to be of service with this one!

From bygone days

Julie Day 07Every now and then as we travel along country roads we find a hidden treasure. I love the character of this old rusty Chevrolet which is possibly 1925 vintage. It was found on an old farmland somewhere in the mid-north of South Australia. I placed this old utility on an open field in my painting so that I could show off some of the beautiful landscape that I loved when I lived in the area.

I don’t know why, but I find a kind of beauty in old rusty broken down things and I’m curious about those times that were once prosperous, and how this Chevrolet came to it’s resting place. One day it won’t even exist anymore. Which I guess is kind off sad when I think of the era from which it had it’s beginnings – the roaring 20’s. The area where it was found would have been a wealthy farm, living near some mining town where there was once a boom. A lot of these towns that once flourished are now about one tenth of the size.

When I think about this, I realise how fleeting riches can be and it makes me consider what is important in life. I have to ask the question, “What is the purpose of all our striving?” The answer is found in 1 Timothy 6:7 “For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (ESV)