Josephine’s World

Jun 13, 2016 | 10 comments

STAYING SIMPLE IN A COMPLEX WORLD

For a long time now, I’ve doodled visions on notecards in church pews,

on the back of receipts while driving down the road… I mean while stopped at a stop light!

You name it… you’d find little bits of doodle scattered throughout my home…simple and childlike .

These past few years… it seems my doodles dwindled due to the pressures this chaotic world tends to heap on top of us all. 

Yep… my little light was getting snuffed out…

the lamp unto my soul was being forgotten, and my joy had slipped into a static state of nothingness….

flatline, if you will, into the intangible realm.

BREAKING NEWS… A NEW WORLD HAS BEEN DISCOVERED

That is until…

my dear friend unknowingly awakened my inner goldendoodle

(new breed… cross between GOLDEN MOMENTS and EARTHLY DOODLES) .

She shared a dream she had one night that helped her get through the tough times. 

As she was speaking, I remembered the image that emerged when my family was going through some of the darkest days a parent would ever want to venture into with their child…

I ended up painting that image simply titled…

GREEN GRASS AND SILVER LININGS.

to help me remember my life did not revolve solely on what was pulling me down.

Little did I know… that childlike vision would take on a life of it’s own to minister to others.  

I painted a custom one for my friend who lost her precious daughter… 

Then another for a friend with a chronic illness….

And another for a mom struggling to stay above it all with two well raised sons battling heroin addiction….

Slowly, friends began revealing their visions as a reminder to hold onto their truth….

YOU CAN GET THROUGH THIS MOMENT

with a promise of hope and not destruction.

Frozen fragments of life-giving hope…

all divinely captured by the one in need. 

I feel that God speaks to us so simply that even a child can grasp it…

However, this world cleverly complicates and confuses His message of hope and promise. 

It’s hard to catch this glimpse if you know what I mean…

It’s like catching a feather on a windy day sometimes….

but we need to hold on to these positive shifts and sear it onto the backside of our retinas/hearts

So I guess this is an invitation to get refined and realigned

instead of

defined and destroyed by discouraging circumstances.

I’d love the opportunity to capture your moment that allows you to

LIVE FULLY!

Instead of hermitting into a huddled hut…  

Come Join JoJo’s Tribe…

and let me paint you a picture of hope.

It’d be a true honor!

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.  Romans 8: 18-21

10 Comments

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    Kim – so thrilled to see you getting back to this ministry. Gods voice to others through your art. Praying for you and watching to see how God uses your talent and sweet heart that hears so clearly from Him.

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    • Kim Bullen

      Claudia….Thank you for your encouraging words! I can’t wait to see where this leads us all!

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    I’m so excited to work with you. I know that whatever you create for me will be treasured for the rest of my life.

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    • Kim Bullen

      This is going to be so much fun Trudy! It’s an honor to be able to create something that speaks specifically to YOU!

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    Awesome Kim! Great to see you sharing this with the world!

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    • Kim Bullen

      Thank you so much Randy!!! Sending out a new blog today spotlighting the very first Josephine painting! Hope you find time to read it and can continue to follow the JoJo train. It’s been quite the ride!!!

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    Words cannot express how excited I am to see God’s love, hope, strength, peace, and joy depicted through your artwork!!! I see God smiling down on you, His treasured and faithful servant!

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    • Kim Bullen

      Aww… I sure hope so Linda! His message is a fun one to deliver and my prayer is that I just get out of the way so HE can do His thing! I love you!!!

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    Oh these powerful truths and words to remind us the simplicity of God’s voice and calling for our lives that we so complicate. Your words dance like a story in my mind and I love every scene.

    Thank you Kim!

    xo~D

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    • Kim Bullen

      And your word! I love that you dance to words!!! How cool to think of it like that! Loved our impromptu visit today… You are such a treat D!

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