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Digital Art - Digital, Chalk Pastel, Photoshop, Photography
This image captures an experience I had with the Holy Spirit in which he came in and did some healing for memories that were coming up related to past sexual abuse. Although no specific memories were coming up, I was still experiencing triggers related to fear, guilt, shame, abandonment, rejection, loneliness etc. I drew the feelings out in order to cope and express them first with chalk pastel. They are reflected in the dark images. I depicted myself as a tiny person sprawled on the ground on my hands and knees (in the pink within the word "hope") with all this sharp, intrusive objects coming towards me and fire all around me. I put the image on photoshop and wrote out words to capture feelings I was experiencing. But in the midst of drawing and creating all the raw emotions, the Holy spirit came in and begin ministering to me, softening me, showing me how much he loved me. So i began, then, to capture what he was showng me by continuing my photoshop work. He broke up the darkness with his light which you can see coming forth in the image. He surrounded the darkness completely with his love, protection, light, and comfort. He sent rivers of life (represented by the light blue around the edges) to cleanse some of the memories and hurt and bring forth healing. He brought forth wonder and even joy through the Holy Spirit represented by the sparkles and tiny butterflies.I sent the image to my friend Amy Bales, part of Creative Passages, and she added the roses she had taken with her own camera to represent Gods gift to me, how much he loved me. She added the word "Hope" which the holy Spirit led her to place in that exact location. She didnt know there was a person there; but she put the word "Hope" right there all around me and that spoke powerfully to me because God was showing me His Hope was so much bigger than myself and had me engulfed. She added the words, "I'll turn heartbreak valley into acres of hope."
This image is there to remind survivors of abuse and all others hurting emotionally, for whatever reason, that God is loving and compassionate, tender and gentle, capable and willing to heal you. Just let him. You will never be the same again.
September 27th, 2009
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