Hello from Redding, CA, Sonoma, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sacramento and soon to be Charlotte and Dallas. Wow I thought I was relaxing and resting until I read about all the places I have been to this month alone. I guess you could say that even though I did not ride any real roller coasters this year, it seems that I have been riding a few in life. I am right now sitting in one of my favorite places in CA the Sunflower Cafe in Sonoma. I have made several trips between Redding and the Bay Area. I have had a few overnights in these areas, because my car does not have cruise control. I have found it is too much for my body to drive 8 hours with no cruise control. I have also been to Sacramento a few times in the last few months for therapy for my hand. While attending my therapy God opened the door for one of my paintings to be hung in the VA clinic in the occupational therapy office. God is so good and wastes nothing. He will even make good out of a bad situation. I had an unfinished painting from my first year of a hand with the glory of God dripping from it. A friend of mine who tagged along with me suggested I paint a picture of a hand for My therapist. She did not know I had painted a hand. All I had to do was finish it. What an Honor. My only prayer while finishing it was that the people who look at it would be healed as they see it.
Saying goodbye is never fun… I always like to say see you later. It does happen as you will see later in this newsletter. While saying goodbye to my dear friend Heidi I got the chance to reconnect with some friends from first year. Heidi and I took a couple of days in Sonoma before she left and over Mother’s Day. It was refreshing to breathe a little after graduation and before the School of Creativity. I took Heidi and another friend Rosa from the U.K. To the airport in San Francisco and not quite a week later I am back on the journey to San Francisco to pick-up another passenger. All while my stuff is moved to a new home. Yes today is moving day and I have to say it is the first move I have ever had where I did not have to carry boxes to a truck and unload the truck later. I just have to drive to the airport and pick up a very sweet young lady, while the men move the stuff. I am blessed. So there has been a lot of trips back and forth. To my surprise I have accomplished much more than I expected and now I am off to Sacramento to hop on a plane to North Carolina to spend a week with my parents who I have not seen for three years. I last saw them in may 2014. Wow time flies. After a week with them and connecting with others. I will hop on a plane to Dallas to be with my kids and to see to some business concerning my stuff left from my house.
So, amongst all my crazy journeying I did finally Graduate from my second year of school here. This has been an amazing year at school I have had the chance to travel the world. I was able to travel to Bend, OR, Mexico City, Pasadena,CA, Istambul, Cape Town, and Cuba. Most of these were ministry trips where they take what we have learned and guide us as we actually do the stuff with guidance from the trip leaders. It is exciting to go to these places and see God move through you. It is a great way of learning. The difference between second and third year is they no longer provide you as much guidance you still have a Mentor but you are given the chance to be all God has called you to be. They then let you take the lead in what you are assigned to do and do the work of the ministry. I have as my opening picture is my mentor for third year. Third year is an internship. It only cost $800. I paid my deposit after being accepted and then sold a painting.
It is called “Let the Fires of Revival Burn” with the scriptures
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 NASB
“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
Psalms 119:105 NASB
This painting represents the fires of revival being released all over the world. It is a lantern with a flame burning and as the winds of Revival blows the sparks are being carried to the world and igniting the places where the sparks touch. I feel it was a picture that showed what God was doing with our class. Also after painting that painting a person came up after the service and offer to buy it. I sold the painting for $200. This was the first painting I have sold since coming here. The $200 is paying for my school for next year.
As you can see there is a theme or two throughout my journeys. One is travel and the other is Creativity. So during the activities leading up to graduation we had a time where the Father’s of the house came to pray over us. When they came to me Kris Vallotton not knowing me (I was one of 700 students) he first said He was releasing creativity over me. Then he asked if I did art? Then asked if I had ever done pottery? And then said he saw me like a master potter. Wow! That totally wrecked me. He had no idea of the many steps it took to get me to my internship and this was the craziest confirmation. When you give God your Yes it means something great to HIM!
That word was such a confirmation of not only my time here at school but also my life. Shortly after graduation I was one of 200 volunteers that helped make the School of Creativity possible. The School of Creativity is a combination of workshop, experiences and a showcase of what is possible through being co creators with God. It had artist painting on stage, it had creative expressions in Dance, Drama, Video, Photography, Culinary and even Fashion. These expressions have become so good that people are commenting that they are like a Hollywood or broadway show. If this event is a sample of what I will be doing next year. It will be a BLAST!!
We never know how the road will lead us. And if we are willing and our hearts are open God can bring surprises into our path. This recently happened on one of my trips to the Bay Area. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to see a friend/co-worker/classmate of mine who had flew from Taiwan for one day to preach for an interview. Not only was I able to be blessed by his preaching I was able to encourage him in the process. I am super excited to watch and see what God can and will do through Eric and Tina.
I am on the road again and will have more great adventures to share in the coming weeks. As Always, your prayers are welcome. Hey please feel free to message me or email me. I do like to stay in touch. Thank you soo much for partnering with me on this journey.
Love and Blessings to ALL!