THE DOVE;PROVISION AND PROTECTION: RECEIVE AND RELEASE;

THE DOVE;PROVISION AND PROTECTION: RECEIVE AND RELEASE;
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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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Marriage Gate/ The battle for marriages


Ephesians 5 paints a picture of marriage, of washing each others feet, of honoring, of what it takes to have a GREAT MARRIAGE!
When I was asked to paint a potrayal of the "marriage Gate" and the battle for marriage being only between one man and one woman. The image of a man washing his brides feet kept coming to my heart. Steps leading up this wall representing the journey and the crack being the reality of what is happening as we have to VOTE on what marriage should look like!
As I finished the piece, the images, I felt the Lord saying I want you to paint the "battle". I began to ask HOW? The next thought that came was to throw black paint on the piece!! I immediantly asked ,"Lord is that You?". I had just put several hours into this piece. I was assured it was Him. I mixed the paint PRAYED and threw paint on the work. Amazingly it never touched the bride and only hit the grooms shoulder. As I looked and prayed I knew it still was not finished. As I sought the Lord for the next step I began to feel that I was to paint the VICTORY. When I asked how and when, once again it was to throw paint, but this time in a specific light turqouis color. I was to paint it the night of the 24 hours of prayer. After my husband and I had prayed for marriages. I was a little nervous because this was in a NEW church with NEW carpet and New paint. The Lord assured me it would be okay. When I knew it was time I took my paint and threw it over the black declaring VICTORY IN MARRIAGES. I stepped back and looked at the piece and slowly the word J O Y came into focus at the top of the piece. I could not have intentially thrown paint to write JOY. I believe God placed it there!! ~~The JOY of the Lord is our strength! We must have strength for this battle!

When you ask God about the battle for marriages, what do you hear and see?

May each morning as the sunrises bring you word of Gods unfailing love.
Receive His JOY/ His strength and take up your position and see the victory the Lord is bringing!

I can have prints of this piece made and if you interested in getting a copy just email me at jejones@integrity.com and I will get back in touch with you. May God bless you abundantly as you seek His face!

8 comments:

Diana Latham said...

I love it, Jennifer!!! Really amazing piece and story. Thanks for sharing. I read this week, "Joy is the sign that God is everything to you." So true in marriage too.

How much are your prints? There are a couple that I like.

Memzie Latham said...

Hi, I am Diana Latham's daughter if you have been wondering.
I have to say this painting is amazing!!! Just beautiful!!!

Nathalie Kelley said...

I love your blog. I have created one also and put your link in there. I hope that's okay. If not let me know and I will remove it. I also put the river craftsmen's blog on there, too. I tought he more exposure the better.
Nathalie
www.worshippinggodwithallmyart.blogspot.com

GateWay said...

Jenn... I know about the JOY... I saw it before you said it when you brought it out at your house. Does this one have a home in which to dwell? Elly asked me a question about the couple at the water... I see what she said, and I was wondering if maybe this could be somewhere around the Limbaugh place?.... love you sister, and I love asking you in public places as well as face to face... somehow... well, you know me and "words"... I love saying and seeing.

Jennifer Jones said...

Carla, The original of this piece belongs to PRA. I did it for the 24 for life. But I can do prints. SORRY I would love for the original to hang with the Limbaughs!
I LOVE YOU SISTER!!

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