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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Saturday, November 1, 2008

He is in the Whirlwind.......

This is a painting that was done while a man named Paul Costa spoke at our church one weekend. He carries an anointing to impart the gift of healing and faith. I had my easel set up. I was asking the Lord for His heart on what I was hearing.
I began to see this lush green in the corners of the piece. Almost like grass in the light. then a whirlwind began to emerge and from the whirlwind was a line of deep cadmium red in a dripping line coming from the whirlwind. Honestly I was a little confused about what I was seeing! But, in obedience I painted what I was sensing. I began asking the Lord about the different parts of the painting. As I asked I began to sense flames coming from the blood line and yellowish sage green shapes coming from the wind on the top of the canvas. They made me feel uncomfortable, but I painted on. The evening ended and the piece was not finished. I brought it home and gazed into it, still rather confused about what I was seeing. I knew I'd simply painted what I had sensed. I sought the Lord for wisdom. The whirlwind became my focus. I began feeling the words, "I AM IN THE WHIRLWIND". My flesh responded, "well, what do You look like?" The thought of the familiar, "Lion of Judah" with His mane blowing, filled my mind and heart. These beautiful blue butterflies began to move over the bottom half of the canvas. Reminding me of the piece I had just done of Gods Love towards me. I sat looking at the work. I still had not been lead to any scripture on the piece.
Perhaps it is simply what He spoke to me that ,


His way is in

the whirlwind

and the storm,

and clouds are

the dust of

his feet.

Nahum 1:3

That is a heavy piece and I don't understand all that this painting means, but I feel that the Lord is saying, " I have drawn a line! people, get ready, I am coming!"

THE WHIRLWIND OF THE LORD, what does that mean to you?


Jennifer Jones said...

What an absolutely extraordinary piece!! I just want to keep staring at it.
It makes me feel invigorated, beauty and decay, power and stillness, all at the same time.
Great Blog too!!!
Well done,

Diana Latham said...

Thanks, Jennifer, for including me in your list. Thanks also for your obedience in painting what you "see" from the eternal. I offer what I was "hearing" as I read your blog. He often comes as a mighty wind...blowing things around...disrupting the comfort zones of the just and the unjust. It is out of love for us....He makes us uncomfortable for us to "SEE" differently, from a new perspective. What is lasting in our lives will not be moved or consumed by the flames. He is the same lover before, during and after the wind and flames....we are who are changed. The people of faith in the bible were most often called out into a new land either physically or spiritually and they never saw their lives the same again.
Sorry to go on and on...your picture just opened me up. Thanks.