This is a little piece of artwork I whipped out the last two days. Just because it was "whipped out" doesn't mean it was made without a great deal of thought and love. In fact, this one is particularly full of both love and thought - as well as a great deal of prayer.
I do love to draw and am learning to appreciate the paintbrush, but it's been a long journey to realize just WHY I create.
There are two reasons primarily. The first is because it puts a song in my heart; the other is because I love to make other hearts sing.
I have been making stationary and drawing on commission for the last 10 years plus, but I have always been in turmoil about payment! What to do - what to do? How can I put a price on my baby?!
People don't understand (or like) the idea of paying for someone else's creativity, and it's awfully hard to charge by the hour on something like artwork.
Creative genius can well up and overflow from productivity to completion in a mere two hours, or it can take days. Days and days.
You artist type know.
After several years of deliberation and some failed attempts at solving this dilemma, I finally gave myself permission to draw and create, and give it all away for nothing more than that song I spoke of earlier.
Sometimes I have the pleasure to see the smile that pays for all that thought and love, and other times my heart sings for the Lord alone.
The later is the case this time. The painting above will travel to Arizona as a gift for one of AJ's co-workers.
He and his wife gave birth to a beautiful and tiny daughter last Friday, but sweet Gabriella was 22 weeks premature and did not live long after. (Please pray for their family as the Lord prompts)
I've never met Gabriella's parents or siblings, and anyway what would I say to someone who has just lost their child - their very heart? I am not one for words (believe me!), but sometimes the Lord allows me the privilege of sharing my heart another way - like in this instance.
If it's possible to wrap a Hug from the Heavenly Father and mail it to Arizona, and if He sees fit to make me His hands for that purpose... Well? What better payment could I ever ask for!
There is no higher joy than the delight of creating as an expression of belonging to The Creator.
...Unless it's creating something just to make HIS heart sing:-)
When I thought of being a mom, I never dreamed of THIS! ~Five heart melting smiles ~never getting tired of midnight feedings ~having all the answers ~not minding dirty faces ~enjoying watching the boys eat! ~falling in love with pigtails ~appreciating overalls ~appreciating a washing machine! ~wanting to do everything better ~falling in love a million times