Nov 30 2011

Paint Your Soul

The world is too broken for you to hide who you are.

You can express yourself in so many different ways…

When you were kid you could it all the time…get some fingerpaint and go! Paint unicorns or smiling families holding hands in front of a little house. 

As a grown up, it’s not so easy.

Saw this thing on Oprah’s network OWN…called Soul Pancake.  Encouraging adults to express who they are.  Had high expectations…thought it would be more spiritual.

They asked you to describe your soul…who you are by painting….it was like finger painting for adults.

The picked people off the street, put them in a white studio in front of a window and let them paint whatever they felt like…supposed to be what was in their soul.

Some people scribbled, others put dots, trees, one guy made a car.  Looked life fun, like being a kid again. Wonder how you would have expressed yourself…your soul. 

Wished it would have been deeper.  If all that’s on your soul is trees, scribbles, and a car…as an adult sounds like trouble.

If they would have picked me…I would have confidently walked up to that window, dipped my fingers in red paint, and make a giant cross. 

Without that big red cross...that Jesus died on….I am nothing.  My soul would be empty. 

But, with that cross, you are everything.  You are forgiven, you are new, you are restored.

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11/30/2011 8:18:07 AM
Sidney Clark United States
Sidney Clark
I know what you mean Amanda. Being married for 16 years and with four kids, my relationship and my family's relationship with Christ fell to the way side.

A year and a half ago, my wife decided the only way to get more out of her life was to file for divorce. That moment left such an empty feeling that I did not know how to really get myself to move forward.  Bitterness and anger quickly filled the empty void created.

A year ago, I started going back to the church I grew up and re-dedicated myself to the Lord. I have been able to replace that bitterness and anger with stronger relationship with Jesus.  I struggle many times with the bitterness and anger when it comes to dealing with my ex-wife, but I continue to seek guidance and strength through Jesus.

I too agree that I would be empty without that cross.  I try my best to emphasize that with my children when they are with me.  

Thank you Amanda for the thoughts and messages you share.  Even though I have only started listening to KLOVE and following your blog, they have been very uplifting for me.  They help give me the strength to continue the path I am currently on. You have been blessed with a great gift, and I appreciate you sharing it with us.
11/30/2011 9:55:02 AM
Myrna United States
Powerful testimony Amanda!
11/30/2011 12:22:25 PM
Laurie Mastrodonato United States
Laurie Mastrodonato
Oprah has stated that she is not a Christian and does not have Christian views.  You really shouldn't fill your mind with unbiblical garbage.  This is what God means when He says don't look to the left or the right.  Keep your eyes and mind on Him only.  Also, I can only find one reason in the Bible for divorce and that is in the case of adultry.  God wants us to love eachother as He loved us.  His guide for us is the truth and we all need to take His words seriously.  There is no gray area here especially when children are involved.  
12/1/2011 10:45:58 AM
Fred United States

Why did you have to post such a harsh response.  I hope for your sake you never go through divorce since you seem so judgemental about it.  Sometimes the spouse chooses to leave and leaves the other spouse with the unwanted divorce.  Until you have experienced the pain of divorce you should keep your opinions to yourself.  
12/5/2011 10:37:56 AM
Jeremy United States
Laurie, it may be hard to swallow your own words of "keep your eyes and mind on Him only" considering that post of yours.
Amanda, I have read your blog for the first time today and I am encouraged. I am really touched. Life is difficult, especially when yours is played out online and on the airwaves. Bless you for being open, honest and trusting God to make sense of where you are, what you are doing and where you are going. And thanks for listening to God in all the small things, whether Oprah or Christmas wish lists, and giving us through this blog what He has given you. What a great gift.
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