THE DOVE Presence and Provision: Receive and Release “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. “ John 14:25-27 Gods promise of presence and provision: drawing in, releasing and waiting…… and knowing He , “the Dove” could turn a fly at any moment…. This painting is about Holy Spirits Presence as well as His provision and sustenance. Years ago I raised white doves. I learned that they are one of the few birds that have "crop milk" for their young. The chicks hatch and then nestle up in their mothers’ chest feathers. There she has a type of milk called “crop milk” this is the chicks first nourishment. Holy Spirit was reminding me of this as I painted that Sunday. I KNOW this piece is about Holy Spirits presence and Gods provision! When I am painting during a worship service I am in constant conversation with the Holy Spirit about the canvas I’m working on. I know He has a plan for the piece and I want it to represent what I’m sensing is on His heart. This piece evolved differently than my other pieces I’ve painted with the Lord. This time He had me to lay in the colors and movement of the background by using my fingers to paint. Then I added a few brush strokes. As worship ended that day I sensed the Lord tell me to just sit down and just wait for what was to happen next on this piece. I had begun to see the movement of wings but just was not released to paint them at that time. I took the canvas back to my studio and began to ask the Lord about the next steps. I had seen a dove in the canvas the Sunday it was started, but was not released to paint it that day. I didn’t really understand why, but I wanted to be obedient to what I felt Him saying. As I sat in the studio studying the piece I looked at it and I began to see an image looking back towards me. It was a woman looking as if she was riding the back of this dove! I took my brush in hand and began pulling the wings out and then worked on the woman. Clearly she was sitting on His back and looking back over her shoulder to the viewer. As I painted I suddenly felt a shift inside of me. Sounds odd, but I knew the piece was about to make a big change. I stood back and asked the Holy Spirit for help I listened and watched for where I was to move next. It became very clear to me that The Dove was to painted now. I began to rough it in and then realized the woman I'd seen was now at the heart of this beautiful dove. The chest was very significant! It represents provision and protection, a breastplate of covenant colors! A spectrum of colors began to spill off my brush as if it were ALIVE! The wings receiving and releasing yet His tail feathers were like an anchor. They were pulling in, receiving and releasing all at the same time and yet He is still but could turn quickly! The piece is amazing me as I discover what all God is doing in what He has unfolded to me! I ADORE painting and journeying with Him !! I pray the Lord releases revelation of His heart as you take time to receive all that’s being released through this piece. That provision and protection surrounds you as you experience His presence. Enjoying His presence! ~~~ Jennifer Jones

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Monday, September 29, 2008

The Lord is a Shield for His people/ PROTECTION


"O,Lord, You are a shield about me, you bestow glory on me and lift my head" Psalm 3:3
"Contend O Lord, fight, take up Your Shield and buckler, Arise come to my aid. Brandish spear and javalin..."(Psalm 35:1-3)
"The Lord will march out like a mighty man like a warrior. He will stir up His zeal; with a shout He will raise the battle cry and WILL TRIUMPH OVER HIS ENEMIES!" Isaiah 42:13
"The Lord, He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. O Lord, what is man that You care for him the son of man that You think of him?" Psalm 144:2-3
"The Lord is a sun and a shield...." Psalm 84:11

On the Shield is an emblem of the Lion of Judah with a double edged sword coming out of His mouth, Revelation 1:16, describes Jesus like this, "In His right hand He held the seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp double edged sword."
Below the Lion is an inscription in Hebrews that says, "the Lord will battle for them".
As you look into this painting you'll discover many elements of the spiritual battle raging around us. Ephesians 6:12 says, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." At the top you'll find a shining sword cutting through flames. In the midst of the flames you will see the battle and what the Lord is using His shield and sword against. You'll see the importance of our picking up the sword and shield of Gods Word and of Faith that Paul writes about in Ephesians 6:13-17
The Lord tells us that He will train our hands to battle, Psalm 144:1. We need to be willing to learn.
The Lord is our PROTECTOR and the One who TRAINS OUR HANDS.

There is a bowl with oil pouring out from beneath a cloud that is dripping. At the top of the oil is a tree of abundant life and the oil that flows around it is filled with iridescent colors that stream down over the edge of the bowl on to the shield. The dripping of the oil begins to resemble the tassels of a prayer shawl as they hang over the edge. There are elements of this piece that I am still discovering!

I would love to hear what you see, hear, and experience when you look into this piece.

What does the Lords protection mean to you?

1 comment:

somis5 said...

Jennifer, I am so fascinated with this piece. Every time I look at it I see the shield--but I also see a WOMB. That may sound odd, but He's been speaking to me about the second Womb he provides for us when we are born again - Can a man climb into his mother's womb a second time? No. But we are perfectly protected and provided for in the womb our Father has created for us! We can only see it and experience it by faith - but it is as real and more safe than any other place we can be. Isn't He amazing!