"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the communion, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people."
I had been praying about possibly broadening the scope of work with my painting. I asked God if it was His will for different opportunities to come my way in order for my business to thrive. One of the specific things I prayed for was for someone to ask me to paint a mural of some sort in their home. Not just any mural, but something that would glorify God and draw more people closer to Him.
A little history...When we first moved to Fort Worth, I was asked by Kelly, who I have mentioned on our blog several times, to join a bible study group. I didn't hesitate to say "yes" because not only was I going to be able to study God's word more, but I was going to be accountable. I also thought that maybe in the mix of all that I would make some new friends. I remember going to eat the first time we all met together. I was really nervous because they were the first group of women I had been around in Fort Worth and I wanted to be accepted. It is funny I say that now, thinking of all the friendships I have made.
We all bonded instantly over a book called The Secret of the Lord by Dannah Gresh. I encourage everyone who hasn't read it to definitely, find a small group of friends, and read it.
Throughout our several weeks together, so many masks of perfection were broken down as each one of us shared some very tender, heartfelt moments of disappointment/embarrassment/struggle in our lives. I really don't think that we ever got out of our study without at least two or three of us completely breaking down. But, you know what? That is what God intended to happen! And it was awesome!! To have the freedom to share such intimate moments with friends who you know care about you is something I've never quite experienced. One week our study mentioned the word "koinonia." Don't worry, I had never heard of it either, but WOW am I glad I know what it means now. In simple terms "koinonia" means to build community by intimate participation, which is what we are called by God to do with our fellow Christian family. This word really meant a lot to our special group of women and we often went back and referred to it.
Today was our last day to meet together at one of the women's homes. At the end of our time, she approached me about something she wanted to commission me for. Guess what it was? A MURAL. She wanted me to paint the word "Koinonia" in her family room. How amazing. I stood there in awe for a moment. I even asked her to repeat exactly what she wanted me to do to make sure I understood. God answered my prayer today. And I can't wait to share with you what the Spirit fills me with as I try this new venture out!!
In the meantime, here are a few paintings I did for Lakeview Fellowship in Fort Worth. These were for the youth Sunday School classrooms. Enjoy!