Possibly the most fun painting I have done, not to mention special! So excited to reveal my sisters painting for her baby boy at her shower today.
Each painting has significant meaning deep in my soul. I found this article on “Bold as a llama” Deeper Christian
Careful. They spit.
Llamas: A rather odd looking pack animal (related to the camel) found in the Andes. These sociable creatures not only have great woolly fleece, they also make excellent watch dogs … err … llamas. I once asked a farmer who had a flock of sheep why he also had a llama in the field. I thought perhaps it was so he had access to unlimited fleece jackets or because he had a childish fetish with The Emperors New Groove. But what he told me surprised me.
“It acts as my watchdog.”
Apparently llamas are highly protective and if an intruder (think foxes and coyotes and bears, oh my!) come within the field, they will put up a fight, try to stomp on the intruder’s head, and run it off. Though usually calm, humble, and benign, they can quickly become bold, daring, and audacious.
I came across a quote the other day that reminded me of these long-necked woolly creatures. AW Tozer said:
Christians should be the boldest people in the world – not cocky and sure of ourselves, but sure of Him.
Okay I agree that the llama illustration is not perfect, but our lives as Christians should be known for humility, gentleness, and peace – no matter the situation we find ourself in. We are not called to be doormats, but we are called to serve, spill, and spend our lives for King and Kingdom. Yet, what if we were also as a bold as a llama? There IS a gentle, meek, and mild side of Christianity … but we are also called to stand for Truth, be willing to lay down our lives, live without any fear or worry, suffer with a smile on our face, and yes, even chase off the wolves that sneak in wearing sheepish outfits.
So may we pray the prayer that Oswald Chambers prayed as a teenager: “Oh God bathe us in humility.” But let us also pray that God would strengthen and embolden us to be the Joshuas, Elijahs, and Pauls who were strong in battle, stood for Truth, and found their position not in themselves but in God, whom they believed would show Himself valiant through their lives.
I pray for all that God has in His will for this special little one, for he is a gift from God. Love you so much Lauren, Chad and Alaina!!
20″x36″ Acrylic on Canvas
Hoping to get a clearer photo with the good lighting in her room once it is hung.
I had never heard of this poem before Sarah asked me to paint it. My heart resonated with it deeply, it so perfectly describes the feeling I have as a Mother. It reminded me of Deuteronomy 11:19
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and in your soul; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,
She is just #14 and she is very special to her family. Thank you so much Paige!!
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:17-18
24×24 Acrylic on Canvas
Ginger 8×10 Acrylic on Canvas (Commissioned)
I really love painting dogs!