Updated: Jan 23, 2019
Our heart is such an amazing thing, both physically and emotionally. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the heart as "a hollow muscular organ of vertebrate animals that by its rhythmic contraction acts as a force pump maintaining the circulation of the blood," but follows that with another definition describing the heart as "one's innermost character, feelings, or inclinations". According to one source, the KJV Bible uses the word "heart" 830 times. It is pretty evident that the condition of our heart is important to the heart of God.
About 20 years ago, when my first child was born, I surrendered to the fact that my heart was in pretty bad shape. Not physically, but emotionally. I became fearfully aware of the of the sin in my life, and really didn't know how to fix it. I'd been a church-goer off and on since I was a teen-ager, but I didn't really "get it" because I hadn't spent any time personally seeing what God had to say about it all. So I started studying the Bible, and trying really hard to be a better person. But that was just it, it was so hard for me; hard to give up old habits, hang ups, insecurities and lifestyle choices. For the first time in my life, I felt really unhappy with who I had become, and completely helpless to change.
So in my weakness, I humbly prayed for God to change me. To show me. To teach me. I specifically started praying Ezekiel 36:26 "Lord, give me a new heart--a heart like yours". No, I didn't wake up the next day a changed person, but slowly I saw God directing me on a new path, and softening my heart to His ways.
Fast forward many, many years to how this relates to my art. I painted off and on for
years, trying to emulate other artists work, and paint something to look just like a photograph. After teaching art to kids for a few years, I mustered up the courage to quit trying to copy a photograph and a certain style, and just create from my heart and what felt like "me". I had a desire to share with others the promises that God had been teaching me, so I started painting these little abstract hearts and putting scriptures on them, and that's when my "Heart Print" art was born. Soon, others started asking me to create their own special "Heart Prints", and it's grown from there.
This week, I took a little trip down memory lane and found some pictures of the Heart Prints from years gone by--I started doing these in 2011. It's a journey--he's still changing me 20 years later, and so I keep doing them each year, sharing another little piece of my heart and journey. You can find my most recent Heart Print Designs in my Etsy Shop-new designs will be released January 22.