Coming Home

cominghomeI was recently asked about the meaning of this piece, titled ‘Coming Home’…It was a vision I had shortly after my father died…It’s a portrayal of his ‘coming home’ to heaven…of passing through the thin veil between here and the beyond…of entering into the very presence of God…
I still miss him so very much. But I know some day I will join him once again and rejoice over our ‘coming home’…

In 2 Corinthians 5 we read…
“For we know that when we die and leave this earthly body we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands… we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing…God himself has prepared us for this and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit…”

This piece can be viewed at http://www.petterwinegallery.com

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Passion

passionI’ve been reading lately about how God is a jealous god…and how He pursues us passionately…His first commandment was that we should have no other gods before Him…and He meant it. Anything that we love more than Him can become an idol. And God reaches down into our lives with His unfathomable love to pursue our hearts. This piece expresses for me that passionate pursuit…
God give me wisdom to discern the idols in my life, and help me to worship only You…thank you for your unwavering and passionate desire for an intimate relationship with me…I love you…

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Rapture

raptureMerriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘rapture’ as “an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion; a mystical experience in which the spirit is exalted to a knowledge of divine things”. This definition truly resonates in my heart and spirit. For when I am creating in the studio I am completely swept away into another realm that defies explanation. My dear friend and mentor, Makoto Fujimura, describes it well in this testimonial about my work…
“Julie Quinn’s paintings flow right out of Edenic rivers of Pishon and flows right into the cultural estuary of the cities of art. They speak a visual language that contemporary art reaches for an yet cannot find, a pure source of expression hidden beneath the rubbles of cynicism and shock art. They are phenomenological prayers, given to those whose eyes have been humbled and broken by the “Ground Zero” realities of our lives.
What makes her works remarkable is in their ability to transcend the barriers of esoteric language of abstraction, into a vernacular of ordinary experiences. They are like good tulip bulbs, hidden deep within a fertile soil, awaiting for the warmth, ready to burst into the ground beneath to take root, and then break free toward the spring sun. These paintings are pregnant, about to give birth in our imaginations and in our prayers toward a greater Reality waiting for us.
We can only anticipate them, gaze beyond them, and listen to the paintings.”
~ Makoto Fujimura

My hope is that by engaging with this work, your soul will experience an exalted state…a place of passion…a divine encounter…
be blessed my friends…
j.

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Faithfulness

daybreakMy word for this year is ‘faithful’. It holds many levels of meaning for me. With each daybreak, I am reminded daily of God’s faithfulness to me. And I am striving this year to be faithful in every way. I know that I am His by grace, not works…but it is out of a spirit of gratitude for all He has done for me that I yearn to worship Him in all that I think and do…

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Contemplation

1896777_814348688630047_7755594691472389650_nIn Luke 2 we read the Christmas story.  Christ is born!  And shepherds are roused by angels telling them the good news.  They hurry to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus and spread the word to all who would listen.  All who heard were amazed the scripture tells us, at what the shepherds said to them.  But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.  I think about Mary here…pondering, contemplating..and wonder what was she thinking about?   Could she know the greatness of what had transpired?  Could she truly understand the miracle of this birth and all it was to come to represent?  Could she possibly know how this child’s life and death were going to save the world?  I am trying to take time this season….take time out of all the hustle and bustle, and the to-do lists, to ponder…to contemplate….this story once again.  To try to fully comprehend the vastness of the story.  To relish the gift.  To contemplate His Love for me…for all of us.

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Spirit Dance

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The darkness has been long…and deep…but once again I feel it lift, if only a little…and find my spirit able to dance…yes, once again….dance.

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Dawn

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 It is wonderful each morning
    to tell about your love
    and at night to announce
    how faithful you are.

It has been a long brutal winter here in the Midwest.  But the days are getting longer and the sun is peeking through more often and hope has sprung….!  Just as we know that spring will follow winter, we know God’s love never fails and His faithfulness endures.   He will lead us out of darkness into the light of a new day if we trust Him….Thank you God for the dawn!

 

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