Valerie Jones

{Live with Purpose. Lead with Passion.}

I am a blogger, worship leader, and speaker who helps worship leaders and team members connect with purpose and passion in life and leadership by offering encouragement, community, and practical resources so that they can thrive in life and leadership, both on and off the platform.

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{Paint | Day 2 of 31}

I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Five Minute Friday writing community. So, I decided to join the 31 day writing challenge. If you aren’t familiar, Five Minute Friday means unplanned, unedited, straight-from-the-heart-to-the-paper writing. Yep, you write whatever comes out based on a prompt you're given - five minutes flat.

So…here’s to the Write 31 Days challenge,  five-minute Friday style! I'm all in, and I'm glad you stopped by. I hope at the end of the 31 days, I have a collection of posts that encourage you while at the same time stir something deep in your soul. At the very least, perhaps we can be reminded that we aren’t alone.  

Day 2 {PAINT}.

Ready? Go.

I’m creative, but drawing and painting have never been my strength. A few days ago, I was drawing a vowel chart for our home school lesson, and my sweet, painfully honest,  four-year-old said, “Mommy, that’s a very bad ostrich and elephant.” My drawing was mildly recognizable, just not a good representation. That’s fair. If only I had access to painter. I would have gladly handed the job over. 

It reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures: "For we our God’s masterpiece. He created anew in Christ Jesus so we could do good things planned for us long ago.” I’m constantly telling my girls and reminding myself that God knows how to make us the very best version of ourselves. I love that.

The same God who’s painted the canvas of creation with breathtaking grandeur, calls you and me His masterpieces. I find a great deal of comfort and grace in that. On those days, when I’m feeling less than, He’s still working, carefully and meticulously creating something beautiful and breathtaking out of my life. And, He knows what He’s doing. Things get a bit messy, I suppose, when I grab my paintbrush and interfere with His work.  See, He knows what to do next because He knows what the finished product looks like. And guess what? He sees the finished product even now when He looks at us. He sees our potential. He sees breathtaking beauty. His masterpiece.

May I encourage you today, sweet friends? You are beloved by the Creator of the Universe. He is making something most beautiful from your life. Let Him paint.