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June Inspired Blogger and a Giveaway!

I am so excited to introduce you to this month’s featured blog,

Laura The Artist

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Laura is one of my best friends.  I admire her creativity and her desire to see the Lord move through her.  She is a worshiper, painter and photographer and inspires me to see beauty in life everywhere I look.  Her artwork will instantly connect you with the heart of God!

I asked Laura a few questions so you could get to know her better:

What is the purpose of your blog?

First, the blog was a way for me to express the emotions I was feeling along with some of my photography.  The very beginning of my blog was a time of upheaval and loss for me, a loss of a tremendously wonderful spiritual home.  This was a time of searching for a new spiritual home and a place for myself in the kingdom.  The talents and giftings of an artistic nature were awakened in me while at my former spiritual home, and I wanted to share these prophetic art pieces with the world because I believe that they can open up heavenly atmospheres and encounters with God for others.  I then continued to create with God new prophetic art pieces that needed a home to be viewed…my blog.  Some of the posts are of a photographic nature while most are paintings, and all are accompanied by a short musing on the subject of the art and my insight into what God is showing me through it.  Sometimes it is very powerful and sometimes it is quiet and tender.

What are you passionate about?

I, of course, am passionate about creating with God and using the skill He gave me to paint or photograph beauty – as I see it and comprehend it.  I am passionate about worship music and prophetic worship – freedom in the spirit gives me the most inspiration to create.  I love to paint while listening to this music, and many times a certain lyric will give me insight into what I am painting and become a title.

Who inspires you?

More than anything or anyone the Holy Spirit is my inspiration.  My Father God is my comfort and inspiration and the Messiah Jesus is my peace and the one who understands my soul.  Sometimes I feel so alone, a feeling of suffering in silence, or a bout with self pity – and the Lord is the only One who I can talk to and who understands me and still loves me despite my weakness or unfaithfulness.

What else would you like my readers to know?

My best friend Barbie has really been a motivating factor in getting my blog up and running…she saw the need in me and believed that what the Lord was creating through me was valuable and inspiring to others.  Without her I would have never made this blog (thank you Barbie), and my friend Gina has gone out of her way to promote my blog as well and has been inspirational in my creating an Etsy shop so that others could purchase my art and photography.  I desire more than anything else that when you view my art that it would inspire you, move you, create encounters with God for you, open up peaceful and heavenly realms over you, and release the atmosphere of the very throne room of Heaven in your life….that would be what my art was created for… and a meaningful, fulfilling purpose for my existence.

Now, on to the giveaway!

I am giving away this beautiful 8×10 print from Laura’s Etsy Shop:

The Diamond Shine of God
(Used with permission.)

Here are the rules of the giveaway:

MANDATORY ENTRY (1 entry):

Visit Laura’s blog and come back here and leave me a comment and tell me which of Laura’s art pieces you like the best and why.

You can earn extra entries if you:

1.  Follow Laura’s blog via Google Friend Connect (1 entry).
2.  Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect (1 entry).
3.  Like my Facebook page (1 entry).
4.  Share this giveaway on Facebook (1 entry).
5.  Share this giveaway on Twitter (1 entry).

This giveaway will end at 10:00p on Wednesday, June 8th.  A winner will be drawn using Random.org and the winner will be announced on my blog on Thursday, June 9th.

*If your comment does not link to your blog or email address, then you must leave a valid email address in your comment so that I can contact you if you win.

Head on over to Laura’s blog and give her some comment love!

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth Ferrell
    June 2, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Barbie.  I have done all 5 things.  I was already a follower of yours and already liked your page. 

    I love her piece on PEACE and I love the garden piece as well.  The colors in the PEACE painting draw me in, but the GARDEN piece is very peaceful. 

    Love ya!
    Beth

    • Reply
      Barbie Swihart
      June 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Beth!  Do you only want one entry?  you could come back and leave a separate comment for the other 3 or 4 things if you want!

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    Janet
    June 3, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Peace of the Imagination is my favorite. I love the bright colors and flow. 

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    Janet
    June 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    I happily follow you via GFC. 

    • Reply
      Barbie
      June 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for entering Janet!

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    Keenalynn
    June 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I like the Lord is the key to my heart best b/c He alone knows our heart.  I have already followed you w/ facebook and I think w/ google too.  Have a good weekend

    • Reply
      Barbie
      June 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      I love that one too!

  • Reply
    Leah @ Dance And Be Glad
    June 8, 2011 at 6:30 am

    So excited to “meet” your friend Laura!  I love the “Process” one and the “Coal of Healing” ones…probably not calling them exactly the right things…lol.  Inspiration is calling again!!

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    Leah @ Dance And Be Glad
    June 8, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I (of course) like you on facebook 🙂

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    Leah @ Dance And Be Glad
    June 8, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I am following Laura’s blog via GFC.  Can’t wait to keep up with where she’s at!

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    Leah @ Dance And Be Glad
    June 8, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook!  Ok, and just to clarify: Oops!  I guess following her blog via GFC doesn’t count according to your entry guidelines…but I do follow MFBL via GFC so that resolves that issue.  Also, I forgot to say why I liked both of the paintings I mentioned earlier.  The short reason is that I could really identify with both of them!  OK..lol..I’m done now.  🙂  Thanks again Barbie!

    • Reply
      Barbie
      June 8, 2011 at 6:41 am

      Ha ha Leah!  So glad you entered the giveaway.  Following Laura on GFC is good for an extra entry!  Good luck!

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