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

Sword of the Lord

18x24 poster   $22

Flaming Sword of the Lord painting
The Lord had been showing me, in my spirit, a sword radiating flames for several weeks.
The verse,” Our God is a consuming fire “ ( Duet. 4:24), would stay on my tongue when I’d pray. As I began to paint the flames seemed to come to life and at times felt as though they would leap off the canvas. The tongues of fire ignited passion and zeal in my heart, in the heart of one that God had woven together in my mothers’ womb. Initially, the sword itself was to be a flame, but as I painted it became very clear that those “flames" were not to be contained!! God birthed in me a vision. He showed me that He is like warrior who stirs up His zeal for the day of war. He leads, protects, and guards the way for His people with a pillar of fire.
Our God is a God of passion that burns for His people that burns for righteousness that burns for justice, and burns for mercy.
As you view this piece I pray that the fire of the One and True living God, The Lord Almighty will consume you.
I would love to hear WHAT images and thoughts come to mind with THE THOUGHT OF OUR GOD BEING AN ALL CONSUMING FIRE ?
May your eyes be opened to the passion of The King of kings and the Lord of lords, JESUS CHRIST!


Diana Latham said...

You are just good!!! I think that I saw this at Elly's??? I liked it there too. May the Lord continue to give you the gift of "sight" for His Word. I just finished reading a book to the children and one of the characters was a painter. When everyone else was using their giftings....she was sitting painting and truth would come...either they would see the way of escape or what to do next. Cool.

Lori Pate said...

This is an extroidinary piece. I hadn't seen this before today. The sword is alive and calls out to the Lords warriors. May we all pick up our swords for the one true God, OUR FATHER.