That was me most of 2020. Early in the year, I started a series of digital paintings I called Peace in the Storm. I started it before Covid-19 effected my area much, and quickly realized that it was divinely strategic. But the year and the craziness kept going on and on and on. And, I got a little overwhelmed last fall.
And, then I got moving. I started doing a series of paintings that is still ongoing that I called Artful Prayers. My mentor, Matt Tommey, talks about being part of an army of artists. And something in my spirit rose up and planted a stake in the ground and said, “This is how I fight!”
What I’ve discovered in this process, that I’m excited to share with you in this class, is that instead of feeling helpless, I feel powerful to effect change in my world. It’s given me clarity to focus on what I can do and not worry about what I can’t.
I’ve regained my peace, strength, and courage and I invite you to join me on this artful prayer adventure to discover a powerful tool for change in your life and your world.
While the Artful Affirmations were focused internally with things we are focused on or wanting to see breakthrough and change in for ourselves, Artful Prayers turn the focus outward to those people and places that surround us. We’ll still address the 5 areas: mind, soul, heart, spirit, and body.
But I’ll show you how to create pieces that focus on individuals that you know need prayer. You’ll create pieces for your friends and family. You’ll create pieces for your city and other local communities such as churches, businesses, and organizations. You’ll create pieces for your state (province or other similar division your country uses) greater community such as professions, denominations, or larger organizations you’re part of or interested in. You’ll create pieces for your nation and the world.
You might be wondering how do I pray for the heart of my city? How do I pray for the spirit of my church? How do I pray for the body of my nation? Well, I have some ideas about those that I’ve been using in my own Artful Prayers. Not only am I expectant to see change and breakthrough manifest in the areas I’m praying for, but I’ve been able to stay focused and at peace even when watching the news! I don’t do that often, and I’m choosy about who I listen to, but now the news is truly fodder for prayer and not cause for anxiety and stress.
What would it look like if you created artful prayer pieces and gave them to the frontline personnel in your community? Can you imagine the impact of multiple artful prayers targeting a national or worldwide issue? How much peace would you be able to bring your friends and family by a lovingly and prayerfully created work of art just for them? Even if they never see the piece, the shift in your ability to pray with creativity and hope is a powerful tool.
We’ll cover how to create pieces and pray for the mind, soul, heart, spirit, and body of 9 categories of people, groups, and places. If you create 5 pieces for each of the 9 categories, that’s 45 in a little over 2 months! So many powerful prayers!
Come and go times to ask questions, get feedback, or just create together live on zoom!
I’ll move all the Artful Affirmations Lessons inside the class so you’ll have ongoing access to them in a convenient location.
Post your work, get feedback, agree with each other in prayer, and celebrate breakthroughs in a private forum.
Enrollees in the class will have the opportunity to submit your work and prayers for at least one book of Artful Prayers to be published in 2021.
Details to come inside the class!
My preferred medium is mixed media, although I’ve also recently worked in watercolors and digital painting. I’ll have special demonstrations on these techniques as well as discussions about when and why you might prefer to use one versus another.
Alice has been using her creativity to bring health and healing to herself and those around her for many years. Her work is hung in homes internationally and she has taught many classes locally and online. God gave her a strategy for how to pray for situations in her own life and nation and she will be sharing part of that with you in this 9 week class.