Thirty years ago, about the time I painted the tree that I titled, There Is Always Hope, a prophet came to our church, named John Avanzini. He prophesied over me and said, "God said why do you have your breaks on? I want to bless you, take the brakes off." I remember those words perfectly! He went on to say more, but I forget the rest exactly, but to the effect, I was to do my painting and crafts business. Back then, I was nervous and shy. I did step out after that and named my business Just For You. I even went door to door with a portfolio of my work and had all kinds of orders, but I could not balance family and the work load. And with little kids, I did not have a place to get my paint out. I never fully took off the breaks back then, but I did release them a little to go a wee bit faster! The scared part inside of me that hesitated to step out, trusted God, knowing He would help me when the time came. I probably did not do what I should have back then, but God is the God of second chances and dreams that don't die.
I raised a family and tucked the dreams away in my heart, putting them on hold. I've painted a thousand paintings in my mind, waiting for the day I would have time to put them on canvas. This is that season. I am glad you are in it with me! I know there are many of you awakening to your own dreams. Go ahead, dream with God! It is always a new day with Him and his answers are yes and amen to the dreams he put in your heart!
When Bryan decided to enter the mission field, He actually planned on selling everything he owned and becoming a missionary! Those were his dreams. God put it on my heart at that time to paint to raise money for those missions. Bryan had just helped me make a little gift shop and set up my Art studio. We just got done the night before his accident! The last thing he did was put a light together for me in the shop. It took me five years after his accident to start to write about it. Then the Lord, once again, put it in my heart to paint to raise money for missions.
This Is dreaming with God for me and for Bryan. Bryan is right by my side while I paint. He is a blessing just having him here! He knows how much I loved to paint, too, and always wanted me to paint again. To do it now, in his honor, is my way to carry on for him and go on with the plans God put in our hearts, me painting, Bryan missions. His stories are like him going on missions all around the world. Check out the Lion post that I share his stories on, it has gone all over the world with stories of God's love, mercy, grace and saving power! It has everything that was in Bryan's heart to share when he decided to be a missionary! By the way, if there are any Artist out there that God has put on your heart to paint, and you have a heart for missions, please join me on this journey. I will share your work on my website, just let me know if you are interested.
It was a long way to get here, and I wish Bryan was not in the accident, but we go on anyway, and are thankful. "Father God, the brakes are off. Thank you Daddy. I love you!" I say the brakes off because not only am I painting like He put it in my heart to do, but I am going full force to raise money for missions, preach the gospel and make an opportunity for other Artist to do the same. I am sharing for Bryan, too! Artist, Remember I said earlier, we preach with every stroke of our paint brush.
This has been the longest journey anyone could imagine as a Mom. My heart broke a thousand times and a thousand times God healed it. My hope is in the Lord and I will never give up on believing for a miracle for Bryan. In the meanwhile, I am thankful he is here with me. I love this boy so much! Thank you for all your love, prayers and support for Bryan, myself and our family.
My testimony (part one) is with the Lion pic at bottom. Just click on pic to read. The horse on this post is the first painting I painted in 2015. Many more to come! I would be so honored if you tell your friends about me. To be notified of new art or stories you can click the like button on top of my art page and from that same button, select get notifications. Art page link: https://www.facebook.com/Propheticartjustforyou Thank you so much! God bless you! Love, Pam, Bryan's Mom!