When you feel as if you have nothing left to give, but you surrender your weakness to the Lord, despite your feelings or your circumstances, God will always bless and He will always speak.
I am continually amazed that when I come before the Lord to paint during worship, but feel empty and far from Him, those are the times when I paint the most profound pieces. God reminds me that although I may feel empty, there is abundance to be found in His presence.
[tweetthis]God awakens my empty heart to His abundance. @BarbieSwihart #TheWeekendBrew[/tweetthis]
I painted this piece about two weeks ago during Sunday morning worship. I used my hands exclusively. At first it was just the blue/green background, but towards the end of worship, I noticed what appeared to be a stem in the painting, so I tried to develop it a little more. At the top, the stem appears to be unfolding with the birth of a new hope, a new promise. The Dandelion, I believe, is significant in that when I was a little girl I would make wishes and blow these flowers all over the place. This is what I hear God saying to me with regard to the painting:
“God ahead, My Child, make your wish. Scatter the secret desires of your heart and I will catch them. I will awaken you to all that I have for you, and your heart will overflow once again with hope and promise.”
I believe this is a timely and significant word and visual representation of the current season I’ve been wrestling through. At times, I’ve nearly lost my will to fight, to dare to dream and to dare to believe that I could reach forward and lay hold of the promises of God for my life.
I need to be stirred up again to the awareness that I can live — fully live with a heart of joy in His presence. No matter what is happening in my own life, or what is happening in the world around me, I want my heart to be ALIVE, overflowing with hope and promise.
How about you? Do you need a heart awakening? Does your soul need to be stirred up from within? Do you desire to live life fully awake and full of expectation for what lies ahead?
[tweetthis]God desires to awaken our hearts to fully live with joy in His presence. @BarbieSwihart #TheWeekendBrew[/tweetthis]
Oh Lord, awaken us to Your love.
Awaken us to Your promises of hope and healing.
Awaken us to the desire to live life fully aware of Your presence.
Awaken us to Your glory, which is in us and all around us.
Awaken us to a world in desperate need of Jesus.
Awaken us to to worship You with all of our hearts.
This song has been ministering to my heart this week. I pray it will bless you too!
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