I know some pretty amazing women. These women are driven, filled with faith, and I feel there is so much we can learn from each one and her personal journey. These church ladies break all molds and reflect God beautifully in so many different ways.
I am excited today to introduce you to an artist, Charlotte. She shares with us today thoughts about finding your voice again, her current art themes, and an interesting Christmas tradition called the Candle Tea. She has shared some neat resources with us, like Cageless Birds. Check it all out, below!
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: Psalm 42 is my favorite passage of scripture! Every time I read it, I get wrecked. My life verse is Psalm 42:7: “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfall, all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: My focus, currently, is believing that what I say matters and has worth. It doesn’t really sound spiritual, I know, but it has been a hard season, and I was hurt a lot by people who didn’t take my voice into account, and I felt written off. So, I am learning to find my voice again.
“I am learning to find my voice again.”
Profession: Artist! I make wall hangings, watercolor, and calligraphy (I sell at Wildflower Eyes Co.), and I am the Administrative Assistant/Creative person at the Refuge Church. In this position, I assist the executive pastor, who is also over the women’s ministry, and I run the church coffee shop.
A one sentence bio of yourself: A tall, caffeinated, creative person, who lives a passionate life chasing after Jesus; usually found hanging out with trees.
When did you first encounter God? I’ve known of Him my whole life. I had small encounters all throughout my life, but my first real encounter with the Holy Spirit was when I was 19, in my first year of ministry school. I was set free from a deep bondage of fear and shame. It was a life changing moment.
“I was set free from a deep bondage of fear and shame.”
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? Painting and writing. For me, creating invites the Holy Spirit into the process, and in that, I find the most growth. I’ve also been just looking for His voice in everything I do. A favorite quote is “You can find God in everything and miss Him in anything,” (Ken Helser said that). I’ve taken that to heart in my day-to-day.
Just read/currently reading: The Cultivate book by the Cageless Birds! Most recently Volume 4, on Creativity. The Cultivate books are kind of like a kinfolk take on devotionals, and they offer prompts for quiet times, as well as cool articles. I am also halfway through Keep Your Love On by Danny Silk.
How did God speak to you recently? Just the other night, I sat with my journal, and I played two songs on repeat (Nothing I Hold On To and Take A Moment, both by United Pursuit). I asked the Lord, “What do you say about me?” and I journaled His response. He spoke straight to my heart.
For the past few years, my theme with the Lord has been about the depth and water. Recently, the focus has been digging. Digging wells in the Spirit. Honestly, this has been a hard season, and I’ve grown weary of the digging. But in the natural, I have been painting a lot of gemstones. So, the Lord tied the two together. He talked to me about how when I dig, I am digging for the value, for the gems in people and in the Spirit. When I get on my knees, and dig deep into Him, I am partnering with Him. When He created man, He was in the garden, in the dirt, creating from the dust. So, I am learning that it is my honor to dig with the Lord.
“When I get on my knees, and dig deep into Him, I am partnering with Him.”
Hobby? Writing, painting, drinking coffee, looking at trees/learning about trees.
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: 1. Dream big and invite Holy Spirit into your dreams. 2. Read the Bible. Do not stop reading the bible. Dig into it, look up commentaries; read bible studies; find a bible school student to teach you. Just read it. 3. Find a strong community where you can really process through your life. Do not isolate yourself!!
Favorite person in scripture? It’s a tie between Peter and John. I relate to both of them, and so their writings always impact my heart on a deep level. Peter because he is headstrong and an advocate, and John because he was so secure in who he was, and he knew the heart of the Father.
“[H]e knew the heart of the Father.”
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I want them to learn that God is faithful. That even in the darkest valleys, or the most glorious highs, He is faithful. That He is a kind and loving Father who cares deeply about your heart, your mind and your soul. I want people to see that He is a Father who cares about your dreams and longs to create with you. I guess, I just want people to see the Lord the way I see Him. I want them to see His goodness.
Favorite season? Unpopular opinion, but definitely winter. I love the clarity that winter brings.
“I love the clarity that winter brings.”
Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving!! I have a very large family (six siblings), and we all love to cook and eat together. So, it always is a fun time.
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: There’s a Moravian town, about an hour away from me (Winston Salem, NC), and they do this Christmas celebration called the Candle Tea. Every year, since I can remember, my entire family has participated. They give you a tour of a historic building, and you sing carols, watch a demonstration on making beeswax candles, and drink coffee and eat Moravian sugar cake, and listen to the nativity story. I never get tired of it.
“I never get tired of it.”
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? I will ask God what his favorite song is.
Thing you want to raise awareness about? Israel and end times.
What do you usually do before 9 a.m.? The best days are when I wake up, get ready, grab a cup of my favorite coffee (Maker Coffee roasted by the Cageless Birds) and journal a bit. Lately, I’ve been waking up and rushing out the door in 15 minutes. Thankfully, I make a pretty good latte, and do that at work pretty often.
What is on your nightstand? Currently, a glass of water, a journal, a pen and The Little Prince book.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!