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, February 22, 2014

Lions Call

“Lions Call”
   The verse that stirred in my heart even before I began this piece or even knew exactly where it would go, is Hosea 11:10-11. A ROAR ~~ A CALLING being released into the ground creating a trembling. Informing all around that THE KING has arrived He is in the field sending forth a call that vibrates into the very ground.

  As I asked the Lord for that first layer of the piece what I felt was                                                                             
‘PROMISE”~~ A light beaming with the full spectrum of colors.

  When I begin a piece I consecrate it to the Lord for His purposes and plans. I wash the white canvas with water as I pray. Then I begin to lay in the first colors of the foundation of the piece. As I painted this piece I found myself continually putting more and more water on the canvas, creating rain all over the canvas exposing the colors under the new layers of color. I had my Speakers turned up as worship music played and I sang and prayed as I painted. My new studio was slowly being covered with “rain drops” of color that splattered from this huge beautiful piece that was coming to life. I stood back and was drawn into the layers of light. I knew The Lion of Judah was already there I just had not discovered Him yet! I spent several days just looking into the piece and asking Holy Spirit to show me the Lion. THEN one day as I looked I began to see Him in the colors. His face had already been put in I just needed to pull it into view. I LOVE painting with Holy Spirit!!! He amazes me everytime I slow down and go at His pace and not try to force something in a piece.
         I had wanted to paint an opened mouth ROARING Lion and Holy Spirit showed me,     
        NO! This Lion of Judah is  “CALLING”!

 May the ROAR  and CALL of THE LION OF JUDAH FILL your home!     Blessings!!

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