One step leads to the next. Just take the next step…
|About ten minutes into a recent conversation with Wendy Manzo, prophetic artist, and author, my eyes welled up with good tears. (www.WendyManzo.com) |
I realized in that moment the reason why God started me on this healing journey with art, probably 14 years ago…
Lying on my side in my bed, I was so tired of living that every breath became more shallow as it took everything in me to fill my lungs again. As a sweet peace descended over me, I honestly thought I’d wake up in heaven in Jesus’s arms. I had no energy left to fight the raging battles within my own mind, nor to raise the three precious babies peering at me over the side of the bed.
Yet, God had other plans. Within a week, a friend’s words prophesied over me that I was sinking in quick sand, and the more I fought to get out the deeper I sank, but Jesus would throw me a life line and pull me out.A few days later, I heard the words of my Savior say, “Pick up your paint brush and start painting your freedom.”
What I didn’t realize then was that when we partner with God in the creative process, it is spiritual warfare that breaks bondages off of us. It’s more than just a healthy way to process your emotions. Creating is who God is. Creator. Abusers intentionally shut down the creative process for a reason.
I’ve lost count of how many people have told me that their abusers threw away their art supplies as a child and forbade them to create. Yet, when engaging with God in the creative artistic process they come back to life. Why? Because creativity is a powerful, God-given force to bring life and to set people free.
I further believe out of my own experiences and out of others that the creative process in using our God-given imagination is a connection point between earth and heaven. The part of the Lord’s Prayer where Jesus talks about “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”, is talking about manifesting the kingdom of heaven here on earth, and one way to do that is through the creative process, as we sense things of heaven and manifest an expression of that on earth. As we do, we are yielding to the Holy Spirit in us, and allow Holy Spirit to work through us to release heaven here.
Flash forward from the almost taking my last breath moment to about four years ago… I wake up from a dream about saving a woman and her child out of sex trafficking, to seeing a vision in my mind’s eye of me teaching art classes to survivors. As I focused in on that vision, I heard a booming voice inside, “Teach others what I’ve taught you.”I had no idea of how to do this. I had no examples to follow. But I’ve just taken a baby step forward, then God says step here, and then step there, and then step over here, I’ve started to see the puzzle piece begin to fall into place.
Somewhere along this journey, I’m finally coming to understand that one significant piece in my healing journey was the rope of the creative process in painting my freedom that helped pull me out of a pit of quicksand, and give me new hope for the future. I began to heal. And now so, I throw the rope out to others through classes, through the books, through the one on one talks. And Jesus slips one more piece into the puzzle to wholeness. Isn’t that wonderful!
This is what my story, my business is all about. It’s way more than just learning to paint a picture. It truly is healing hearts through arts.
Won’t you join me on this journey? Check out our sample class on the Encounter Class page on our website. I’d love to have you join us on this healing journey together.