Feeling "stuck" is a hard place to be. Sometimes there are seasons in life where it feels impossible to move forward! In creating this photo, I used several metaphors to capture the difficulties and hope. Watch the video to see my personal story and how I stepped out of a "stuck" place in life.
Gum: I chewed so much gum in the making of this photo! Gum brings the idea of a sticky and clingy mess that is hard to get away from. It doesn't nourish you- no matter how much you chew it, gum will never feed your body. "Stuck" places in life are like this: messy and not nourishing. Ugg, just the idea of walking around with chewed gum anywhere than in your mouth is pretty disgusting!
Clock: the time is 11:45, and I love the idea that it's almost a new day! Sometimes we get discouraged and think that life will always be hard, when in reality we are just on the verge of a new beginning.
Green Dress: green is the symbol of life. We are all carrying something precious, something full of meaning and destiny because God made us for a reason. We were never made to be stuck forever. With God's help and a willing heart, we will be able to step into His good plan!
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24
I created this photo with the idea of a certain type of warrior who is very strategic in the Body of Christ. I call them "Defenders," because they have a deep sense of intuition, compassion, and will fight tooth and nail for what they believe in. They carry an innate sense of justice and are highly sensitive to right and wrong issues. Often they see past a person's disguise and pretense and discern the motives of the heart, both good or bad. In the past, they have been overlooked or even downplayed as “oversensitive,” but I really sense that the Lord is wanting to raise up these type of people because of their special and crucial place in the Body of Christ.
The weakness of this gifting is their tendency to be Rescuers-- they rescue people who are not ready to embrace freedom when they are led by human compassion instead the Spirit of God. Not everyone is ready to walk in freedom, and sometimes these warriors invest their time and energy into people and situations that aren't really going to help. (If we're honest with ourselves, most of us have done this in the past! I certainly have!) However, God brings balance and proper perspective when we ask Him, even to those of us who have been led by our own understanding. We learn from our mistakes, as long as we keep going.
The key to being a Defender instead of a Rescuer is this: it's crucial to ask God for wisdom when we see something that stirs us up. God has the full picture, and we don't, so if we spend time in prayer before running to the aid of a situation, we'll be led by His spirit rather than our own. The scripture I kept sensing with this photo is:
“If you return,
Then I will bring you back;
You shall stand before Me;
If you take out the precious from the vile,
You shall be as My mouth.”
In Hebrew, the word for “precious” means valuable, costly, excellent.
“Vile” is interpreted: to shake as the wind, worthless, prodigal, blow down.
The phrase “stand before Me” is from two Hebrew words: stand and face.
All of us have access to “FaceTime” with God through prayer. When we seek His face, our discernment becomes clear and sharp because we've received His revelation and direction. When we have accurate discernment on situations and relationships, He will be empower us with fresh anointing to defend the precious things and people that are on His heart. I feel like God is about to release more “precious” things into the earth, and we need watchmen to guard the things that are close to His heart. It's time for the Defenders to arise!
Behind the Scenes: The sword in this photo is a Scottish claymore given to me from a ministry in Scotland. You'll be seeing this sword in more photos! The bird is an immature bald eagle- it takes 3 years for the white feathers to appear on the head. The eagle photo was taken by my friend Debbie Douglass in Juneau, AK and used with permission.
"Dumpster Diving, Feeding the Scavenger."
DAY #2 Photo Challenge- to post a new photo every day this week!
I don't create a lot of "dark" photos, but this idea kept popping into my head and I decided there was a message on my heart. The idea of a bride dumpster diving is ridiculous, because a bide is someone who is loved, chosen, and has a man who promises to protect and provide for her. She has no reason to dive in dumpsters to meet her needs, yet the "inner scavenger" has her sifting through trash instead of embracing her worth and value.
So many times have we seen someone "looking for love in all the wrong places" because they're so desperate for love, when we know they're worth so much more! Sometimes it easier to feed the scavenger than embrace the royalty inside of us.
The truth is that God is our true Bridegroom and has promised to provide for us, if we'll just obey and trust Him. Choosing to place our trust in His love chases away the scavenger spirit and enables us to embrace who He says we are.
(c) Rebecca Friedlander
"Borderlines." I created this photo yesterday/today with the idea of prayers that wrestle with heaven. Sometimes we need an answer from God so badly about something that we "grab hold of heaven" and pray radical prayers. The prophet Isaiah lamented to God,
"...there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;" Isaiah 64:7
The phrase "stirs himself up" is the Hebrew word meaning, "open the eyes, wake, lift up yourself, raise, stir up."
When we long for encounter with heaven, we can know that it is very close and not difficult to reach. It was said of Jesus, "...they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole." Mark 6:56
Jesus carried heaven everywhere He went, and just touching the border hem of his robe brought healing. Sometimes answers from heaven come easily without even trying, and other times it requires something more from us: a stirring, awakening, and hunger for something new that we choose to pursue with passion.
Here's the video to see the "Behind the Scenes" creation of this image!
For myself and many people I know, "transition" seems to be the recent life trend. In the middle of releasing old things and determining what the future holds, God has been slowing me down from my usual pace and asking me to dream with Him. Then, instead of immediately running with those dreams, He's been speaking to me about the importance of laying foundations, which is the subject of this week's photo.
Ugg, I love to build, but don't relish the idea of spending too much time on preparation. For someone who enjoys action, it's difficult for me to slow down and truly think about how to invest in the big picture... but recently the Holy Spirit shifted my perspective with a passage in Revelation.
"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.... and the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones." Revelation 21:14, 19a
In His city, foundations are made of precious stones and people, and they are built to carry the Presence and glory of God. (Read Revelation 21 for context-- you'll be amazed at this city!) All of a sudden it struck me that God wants to build the next season of my life with these things as well: people, and precious jewels of revelation that come from my time with Him. In God's city, even the foundations are beautiful.
How do you lay a good foundation? I did some internet research and discovered five crucial DIY steps for building well that also apply to our life journey. Some of these "jewels" are a bit uncomfortable, but they are so applicable!
What an amazing year it has been: many open doors and some that slammed shut. Can you relate? Every story has a purpose, and even when old things come to an end, God is faithful to bring fresh growth. One of my "new things" is to start a weekly blog with a fine art photo of mine and some insights from Scripture. I can't wait to share the new creative juice and revelations that are being birthed.
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