We were so blessed with a new devotion writer at His Kingdom Come-Take Me Deeper for the month of June. Staci Lys Dunn Silva, our Poetry/Writing Ambassador wrote the family devotions and she is a great artist and writer!I love the quote she used by Kurt Bruner: "We know artists by their most important creations" We know God by the world he gave us, how he created us and how he gave us His heart!
I wanted to focus on God's attributes and how they pertain to me. God is love. I am a child of God and I am loved! The trinity is the basis of my faith. Devotions helped me refocus on the reason for my faith and who God is and who I am. Family is God's plan for us and the trinity explains His word and how it governs our lives.
Father- difficult word to hear for some people and I am one of those people. I am the person who had a negative experience with my earthly father, which clouded my perception, trust and security with God the Father. I have been born again sine 1992, and am have spent that time with God to re-frame the word and idea of Father. My idea of father was based on my childhood- father meant suspicious, scared, anxious, fearful and pain. Of course that is not the definition of God the father, so it has been a difficult journey for me to allow God the father to love me, protect me and to trust Him to be with me always and to accept His peace.
Abba- an aramaic word which corresponds to our "daddy" in English. Can be difficult to think of God as my daddy or father, when my earthly father wasn't kind, patient, loving, graceful or protective. Slowly I am learning how to feel about God as my father, the loving kind patient one who loves me no matter what I do or say. He is full of grace towards me and loves me- just me- not the one who puts on the perfect face, or does as much as she can to "earn" his favor. The me- the little Diane who wants to crawl up in his lap and just rest on his chest.
Staci is the author of this poem. So profound!
Fatherless (By Staci Lys)
She sits in silence
waiting a solitary tear falls upon the face of a child
looking for acceptance
for his return
her father coming home
words she longs to hear
the construction of her confidence
assurance of his presence
no longer the need
to awaken love before its time
in the arms of another Fathers – love your daughters.
I have been keeping a monthly technique theme going and how perfect family was Junes topic. I chose white- or tone on tone technique. I find that I really have to stretch myself when I create my faithart when I limit myself to one technique. I enjoy exploring the devotion and how my technique can be connected to the devotion. The trinity is so clear, simple and yet complex. How to create a journaling page and express that truth is my challenge!
I love how this turned out and I loved the process. When I can focus on the truth of Gods word, it becomes clear to me to keep my journaling simple. The clarity and simplicity are expressed in my page. My walk with God right now is about focusing on Him, and allowing Him to lead me, and control my choices and my heart. I am trusting Him with all the little daily decisions including my heart, mind and emotions!
All of our devotions this year have given me the opportunity to be led deeper into a greater knowledge, closeness and peace.
Continuing with my tone on tone theme for the month, I used beige and white and kept lots of white visible in the background. Added gesso through a stencil, and used chipboard letters for Family. It is peaceful faithart and gives me hope that I can continue to trust God as my Father.