Commissioned: Living the Message of Hope

"Dawning Hope"

“Dawning Hope”

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. –Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth (Matthew 28:19,20)

At His first coming, Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, the Son of God, was always about His Father’s business. The Word of God was ever on His lips. The Father’s love was what governed Yeshua’s every action–from teaching people the heart of God’s commandments and how to keep them, to healing the sick and raising the dead, to the very act of giving His life to pay for our sins. Truly, ascending into heaven never ended His work on earth; through those of us who follow after Yeshua and have a relationship with Him, we continue to walk as He walked and do what He was called to do. A true disciple of Yeshua is zealous for God and ever anxious to share the knowledge of Him and the message of hope with others.

I live to let others know how much God loves them. I used to think that living out the Great Commission meant standing on a street corner and shouting “repent.” Or I thought it meant starting a church or becoming a missionary. These things definitely facilitate spreading the message of hope but there is so much more. After years of trying to live a life pleasing to myself and failing to fit into what I thought the mold of a Christian was supposed to look like, I came to learn that transmitting the message of the gospel was actually about first and foremost living the gospel. In deciding to live a holy life pleasing to God, I embarked on an exciting journey that is teaching me what “holy” really means. Every day I am being transformed. I dress differently, talk differently, think differently, do things differently than I ever have–very different than the average American does. I am so grateful for the life, healing, and restoration God is bringing to me! As a result, I don’t have to run after people to share who God is, but God leaks out of every area of my life the more I seek Him and the more I live for Him.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t have troubles. This doesn’t mean that I don’t mess up. This doesn’t mean that I consistently and accurately reflect the character of my Savior. I am anything but perfect. My life as a Christian is very much reflected in the mosaic pieces I create–I am broken but through the power of God working in my life, my brokenness becomes beautyBy the Spirit of God, I am learning, growing, and healing more every day. As He renews me and heals me through the truth of His Word and through the power of His Spirit, I find myself deeply desiring to share the source of my healing–Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)–with others. Often when I’m not trying so hard, when I’m just living out the gospel and letting the Word transform my life, I see the message being transmitted and hope being passed onto others in the most unexpected ways.

One of those ways is through my art and writing. Art and writing have always been a part of my life, but I never expected such gifts in life could be used to spread the message of hope that is found in the gospel! It has been an amazing and humbling experience to create pieces for friends and family as God has led, and to see how these pieces affect others. However, in the months ahead, I hope to update this site with information on how you can commission a piece of art through Butterfly Mind Designs! I am excited to continue to share God’s Word by custom creating pieces of art that speak personal messages straight from His heart. Stay tuned–I have been commissioned!

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