Today, Bitty speaks to us about her art, her season of loss, her business and worship.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I was born and raised in the lovely state of Kentucky. I am the middle of three with an older sister and baby brother, who we still call “baby” although he is 21 now. My parents are the very best in the entire world and raised us in a beautiful Christian home where there was affirmation of God moving all the time. They instilled expectation for God’s miracles and expected our gratitude to flow from the moments God did show up in magnificent ways. Now, grown and out of their home, I can honestly say we are very best friends, all of us! I cherish the gift of family more than anything in this world.
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: We have been sitting in the Psalms this summer and specifically Psalm 3 completely wrecks me. The whole chapter! I read a lot out of the Passion Translation, and it talks about walking in the Glory of God. Shew if that doesn’t get you going, I don’t know what will!
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: Right now, I am preparing on becoming a momma! So I have specifically been praying that I would be able to adopt the maternal heart of God. That in the transition into motherhood, I would quite literally physically step into the fullness of WHO God created me to be. It has been prophesied over me since I was little that I have a mantle for motherhood on my life and I cannot wait to see how the Father unfolds that for me.
Profession: I am currently a graphic artist and a prophetic artist (own business).
How do you incorporate your connection with God into your daily, secular work? All day long, I make the atmosphere of my office filled with worship, whether that is playing worship music, praying, talking about God to my coworkers, praying over clients, etc. There has to be expectation for God to move in the mundane ins-and-outs of your day. I have found that’s a familiar place for Him in my life, especially on my drive to work.
“There has to be expectation for God to move in the mundane ins-and-outs of your day.”
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? Oh goodness, I have no clue at all! Maybe something along the lines of “Fearless in the Unknown”?
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? Like I said before, I grew up in a Christian home, but the first time I really SAW and felt God was while I was on a mission trip about 8 years ago in an extremely poverty-stricken country. His presence was tangible to me. I wasn’t aware of who the Holy Spirit was until a few years ago and the revelation of my entire faith was brought to life. Like a “You mean I can really actually encounter a God you cannot see at every turn of the day?! Count me in!” From that, we went on a journey of finding who I was with the power of the Holy Spirit. That is when He led me to painting. I had never painted before, but I felt Him ask me to start painting one day on my way home from work. He said that atmospheres would be shifted because of the promise of His presence through this act of obedient creativity. I started that night (February 2017) and haven’t looked back since. He will ALWAYS blow up our “yes” when we allow it! It is called co-laboring. 😉
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? My husband! 100%. We walked through a tough season at the end of 2018. We found out that we had miscarried our first precious baby and from that the Lord took me on this journey of becoming extremely vulnerable. I had to be broken in order to become stronger. I have always been known to everyone in my family as the tough protector, but in those weeks after our loss, I was anything but tough and strong! My husband literally carried us, and I will never forget the strength and protection that he was for our small family. He continues to push me daily in my business and ask me questions that are penetrating to my heart. His love is BEYOND me!
“My husband literally carried us, and I will never forget the strength and protection that he was for our small family.”
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): Honestly, not too much of a reader! So, I cannot answer this one.
Top three essentials: COFFEE, popsicles, napkins. I love all three of these things. My husband laughs because if I have anything in my bag, it is napkins.
How did God speak to you recently? Most recently, He has been talking to me a lot about our precious baby and that is the sweetest gift in the world. He recently told me, “You know I love that baby just as much as I love you?” It broke me because there is absolutely nothing our baby has to offer God yet. It hasn’t even taken its first breath yet outside of the womb! But in that moment, He managed to reassure me that WHAT I give Him is nothing in light of WHO He sees me to be.
“But in that moment, He managed to reassure me that WHAT I give Him is nothing in light of WHO He sees me to be.”
Hobby: I LOVE to go antiquing and finding the best bargain ever. I have a rule to not spend over $5 on anything unless I am absolutely obsessed! $20 is a splurge for me. Call me crazy, but I make it work!
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: 1) Get people around you that push you and support you! 2) Don’t put so much pressure on yourself. We are humans, and we mess up, but He picks us up and dusts us off and sets us back on the road again. 3) Make worship a habit that you are continually aware of.
Favorite person in scripture? There are some pretty amazing heavy hitters in the Bible, so this is hard! I would say Joshua because He was so filled with courage.
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I want them to see that they don’t know how to do anything as long as they are following / relying on God. He equips those that He calls!
How do you leave your mark on your community? I want to instill confidence in everyone that I meet to be able to reach their fullest potential and truly follow their dreams. Life is too short to sit back and do nothing with those beautiful dreams that have been put in your heart! And know that failure is OKAY! It is part of learning.
“Life is too short to sit back and do nothing with those beautiful dreams that have been put in your heart!”
Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving 100%!
A goal you have? To have a painting on every continent. Honestly, never ruling out Antarctica.
“Honestly, never ruling out Antarctica.”
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: Growing up, my family went ALL OUT celebrating each other, whether that was for birthdays or just special days. That is a tradition I want to carry on in my future family.
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? The journey of Jesus and our Heavenly baby. He truly can shift our perspective on everything.
Thing you want to raise awareness about: SO many things. Mostly slavery, though. There are now more slaves in the world than ANY other time. It would be a dream of mine to rescue many, many child slaves whether that is in sex trafficking, boy soldiers, or drug trafficking. Gets this momma fired right up!
What does your morning routine consist of? My sister would always laugh because I am the person who can wake up and get out of the house in 10 minutes flat. But I wake up (after my alarm goes off for an hour. Sorry, honey!), go to the kitchen to make coffee, feed our cat, go in bathroom and brush/wash/makeup, put on clothes, go grab coffee, and out the door! Pretty down to a science.
What is on your nightstand? My phone charger, a beautiful lamp I got at Goodwill, some books, water bottle(s).
Define Christianity in a sentence: Trusting and believing that you are a child of God. He created you ON purpose and FOR a purpose, and refusing to settle for anything less than your heavenly potential.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!