Creative Friday – Prophetic Artist Shari Breault

Let me introduce you to Shari Breault today, a prophetic artist, creatively gifted in Christ to reveal the heart of the Father to His children.

ImageShari started painting in 1981. At that time, it seemed to be an escape from a bad home situation but In the midst of everything, God anointed her pain for His glorious purpose. I see the unconditional love of the Father in Shari’s work. Her creative expression in Christ shines with beauty and grace flowing from her life.  This painting  is “Not Afraid To Look.” What do you see?

When children came along, Shari decided to lay down her art to raise them as a single mom. Trusting God, she chose to creatively express the beauty of Christ as a mom in her everyday life, yet deep inside the creative artist was alive waiting to come out again in God’s perfect timing.

Seeing thru a child's eyesHere’s a beautiful painting – “Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes”.

It was twenty years later that Shari sensed the Lord calling her to pick up her brushes again. She began to paint a lion.

“I love to paint lions,” says Shari. I didn’t know why until I met a gentleman, Dean Braxton, who actually had an incredible supernatural experience where he died and went to heaven.”

His experience opened his spiritual eyes to see things that others may not be able to see.

Shari says, “When he asked me why I paint lions, I hesitated to answer, thinking it was a trick question. I told him that I loved to paint lions simply because I liked them. Then he told me that there was more to it than that.”

In the spirit, Dean saw many lions around her. Shari admits that some people may think that a bit strange, but she has seen them in the realm of the spirit and with her natural eyes when she paints.

Shari says, “Seeing with the eyes of the spirit opens up my spiritual sight to paint to the glory of God.”

Below is the “Lion of Judah” looking up, calling us to a higher place in the Spirit.

Lion of JudahShari has a lot of dreams and visions from God that inspires her art. When God shows her something, she often thinks about it for a few weeks, wondering how to translate what God is showing her into her artwork. As the vision starts to reveal itself within her by Holy Spirit, her imagination takes hold and she begins to paint what she sees.

Shari desires that her paintings bring healing to people. God is answering that prayer. One day a lady walked into her house and saw the painting of the Bride dancing on the Water. When she saw it, the anointing on the painting brought tears to her eyes and she started to weep. Healing then flowed into the woman’s life that very day.

The Bride in a River of LifeOverwhelmed by the Father’s love for her, Shari’s inspiration flows directly from her intimacy, worship and communion with God. There is a fire that burns within her to create. Many times she weeps for the nations, believing that God will open doors to travel, bringing her art into places where lives will be touched, and many will be healed and set free.

 

 

 

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It’s such a joy to introduce Shari to you! Here is her contact information.

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Looking Out, Looking In – A Spiritual Vision Unfolds – My Journal

2770652191_67aeac9902_zStanding on the edge of a cliff, I look out over a beautiful panoramic view of a valley. I then look down at my feet, planted firmly in this spot.

Questions stir in me, shooting against the walls of my mind, each trying to one up the other in wanting me to make a decision…………apart from the Spirit of God. This internal conversation goes on and on and on.

Go………Stay
Wait……Move
There…..Here
Jump…..Stand

There is tension brewing within me between what is out there and what is right here. My heart cries out for adventure, yet the practicality of life’s day-to-days keep me anchored to my own fears in real-time. In the place that I stand right now, comfort and convenience can often become my best friends. Life can be lived through a lens of being too careful and too confined. Thank you Holy Spirit that you keep opening my spirit to see my life through an eternal lens of what it is in Christ not what it is in the world.

Is there a clear direction coming soon? Is there an answer to these weighty questions that I have been carrying for so long? I hope so. I don’t want to stand here forever. I like a change of scenery. I want to move within that sweet spot called destiny, called purpose.

Change is GoodChange is good. Change is in my DNA, or at least that is what I keep telling myself, over and over and over.

Yet why is it that at times, I fight this overarching storyline of my life? Why is it that I won’t always accept my own joy in spontaneity, travel and change? The voice of regret likes to remind me about what this has cost me, the price paid over years of travel. Lost time. Lost memories. Lost friendships. Sigh……….wait a minute. If I buy into this, regret would have its way and tell me what my life should have been like…….like this, like that. And if regret had its way, I would never ben standing on the edge of this cliff.

Lost in my thoughts, I smile and look up again to see this beautiful expanse of valley. Something occurs to me. I can’t stand here forever and at some point I have to shorten the distance between here and there. How? Jumping. There’s no way back. The distance between here and there must first be reconciled in me before any new step of adventure is before me

“Define yourself,” an inner voice whispers.

I think for a brief moment before words start flowing out of my inner being.

Words Words WordsTravel
Journey
Places
Inspiration
Color
Nature
Oceans
Mountains
Cities
Museums
Art
Coffee shops
Writing Dreaming Photo this Photo that Creativity Originality Movement Intentional Spontaneous Sound Music Worship Vision

I could go on and on and on but at this point I sense Jesus is smiling. I have been brought to the edge of this cliff for such a time as this. All these words are open-ended. They come alive within action and action involves faith and faith always involves risk and cutting against the grain of what is normal or acceptable. These words integrate my purpose and infuse my being.

So, why am I still standing here, frustrated at times? I am the one holding me back. True reconciliation must take place inside myself in order to move. I have to come to terms with who I am. Not the terms of what anyone says but who God says that I am, how He is forming my life.

I must look at me, the ‘me’ Jesus forms, Holy Spirit breathes into and Father God loves. I am my biggest obstacle to my own well being by allowing so many others to write the script of my life at times, while I passively look on and accept their terms.

What’s next? I don’t know. I’m still standing in this place, on the edge. Been here for a while but I perceive it won’t be for long. This place? It’s been about 4 years now. Preaching about the edge. Talking about faith. Out of the box journey and adventure yet…..I am still here on the edge. Why?

God is doing something so deep in me that it goes beyond anything I have ever been through up to this point in my Christian life. I can’t always define it. I don’t always know exactly what it is. I only know that at some point I will be asked to jump. I hope that what Scripture says is true. I know it is but again….faith in action? There’s always a few questions asked by even the most spiritual of us.

Soaring Eagle

 

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind. (Isaiah 40:31 Message)

 

This is all preparation time for me into the next phase of my life. One thing I do realize. We never arrive. We are always in journey. And there will be another time that I find myself at the edge of a cliff in preparation to jump once again.

For now, I wait, looking out, looking in. As these two perspectives are reconciled, I will jump into my next place of glory and faith. Christianity is exciting. Or at least I see it that way. Enjoy the journey!

Debra

In Christ,
Debra
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Be Where You Are Supposed To Be

God always confirms His word to me in many wonderful and unique ways. (Even when He appears to be silent, there is a something being said in that, such as trust, breathe, and rest.)  After I wrote the past few blogs, Look For The Signs  and our Holy Spirit Adventure, I saw this on Facebook. Look for God moving in your situation and then receive the words that shine a light on your path, moving you forward with each step. Be where you are supposed to be and in that place, there is a deep sense of peace and rest.Eye

Chuck Pierce – Glory of Zion

Be where I assign you, when I assign you. There are new connections coming unto your path this week.

You will begin to experience life in a way that you’ve not known in the past. So be where you are to be, when you are to be there, and watch Me work in your behalf.

Put procrastination under your feet. Put laziness under your feet, and be where I tell you to be. Put shame under one foot and put disgust and lagging behind under the other foot.

Be where I tell you to be. It’s at that place you will begin to see.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra
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To See the Ordinary as Extraordinary

7711866066_9ffdaf3078_zThe extraordinary flows through the ordinary. Quite often the starting point for the manifestation of the miraculous begins in something quite simple. It could be right in the hands of a child and we may miss it unless the Lord directs our attention that way.

Jesus has a great crowd of people following Him and they’re hungry.

Jesus asks Philip,  “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”

Seeing through natural eyes, Philip says,

“Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.’ (John 6:7 NKJV)

Not quite a faith filled response considering that Philip had seen Jesus turn water into wine.

Then, Andrew notices someone, a boy standing nearby.

“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many? (John 6:9 NKJV)

This answer is also a bit ridiculous to the rational mind. Anyone can see that 5 loaves and 2 fishes would hardly feed five thousand people.

Child by WaterYet the hands of this child hold the manifestation of a miracle.

Jesus reaches to take the loaves and fishes from the hand of a child. Then He turns and hands the food to His disciples, saying,

“You give them something to eat. (Mark 6:37 NKJV)

Whoa! I thought it would be easier than this. He wants me to merge my faith IN Him WITH Him to do the work that He calls me to do. AND with only a meager provision of 5 loaves and 2 fishes?

In my imagination, I engage with this Scripture as if it is my own, now.

I look at what is in my hands. I feel what is in my heart. I sense that tension again – the fear that rises between what I see as real in the natural and what I know to be real looking with spiritual eyes.

While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things, which are, seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18 NKJV)

I am determined to see with eyes of faith. I want to be trained in the Spirit to SEE extraordinary supply flow through ordinary means when touched by the hand of Christ.

It is not enough to just see the extraordinary hidden in something ordinary. I must move out in faith to see its miraculous manifestation.

I have spent time wondering, concerned as to how the Lord will finance our dreams, our destiny. In my prayer time, I have often complained with some indignation, “Lord you gave us this dream and yet we lack the finances or the resources to accomplish what’s burning in my heart.” That seems to be a bit of an accusation hurled towards a wonderful faithful God. But, I get moments like this and His grace is indeed sufficient in my weakness.

“Debra, you give them something to eat. Here, you feed them. Stretch your faith to know I am faithful. Stand on the truth that what I start in you I will finish. Believe that He who calls you is faithful and will do it. Give them something to eat.”

In that moment, there is really no choice for me. I choose to walk by faith, move out, and believe that what He has placed inside of me will CREATIVELY MULTIPLY as I trust, obey and move out.

Can anyone relate to this? Do you have a God-given dream that seems incapable of being fulfilled? Not enough resources? Not enough time? Well, Jesus takes the insignificant reality of our lives and resources, hands them back to us and says, “Work in Me, With Me.”

He hands you a potential miracle that just needs to be activated in faith. He asks you to reach out and take it and then walk in faith and believe it. You are enough in Christ. You have enough in Christ. Be faithful in what is little and watch it multiply right before your eyes.

DebraIn Christ, Debra

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Creative Expression – Revelation Locations – What Do You Think?

San PanchoMarvin and I spent the last week in San Pancho, Mexico, a wonderful village about 40 minutes out of the ‘mega-tourist’ destination called Puerto Vallarta. I love the ‘out of the way’ places and find myself thriving in these locations. I feel dull in Valencia, hence I sense our move out of here soon, very soon. I felt alive in San Pancho.

This led me to start thinking about some things, thoughts that I have written about before and preached about in years past. Revelation locations. Sounds a bit strange but that is the word that I came up with as I thought about my trip this past week. We rented a beautiful house (quite cheaply) and had almost what would be considered a private beach. Each day I sank deeper and deeper into a settled peace which allowed me to take my mind off of what I considered inevitable chaos while in SoCal.  I found myself dreaming of the impossible. The what-if’s faded into oblivion and the possibilities starting moving into view. I loved it. This became my revelation location in which Jesus downloaded some amazing things into my heart. Where will there creative thoughts take me? Well, writing for one thing. Moving for another thing. And adventure is a sure thing. Marvin and I are surely up to it, most surely.

Have you noticed something in Scripture? Have you seen that people were in distinct locations when a heavenly download took place? I know that this may not always be the case but I am looking for some extraordinary exceptions in my life right now and not the same ole same ole.

John on the island of Patmos – vision after vision after vision – we call it the book of Revelation.

Paul on the road to Damascus – struck down by God, which then led to blindness and finally eyes opening on a street called Straight.

The Ethiopian on the road at a particular time and place and then along comes Philip. Go figure what happens next. The heavens opened.

The Samaritan woman – life changing encounter.

There are more that I can find but I will limit myself to just these few above. My point?

Well, for me the point is that sometimes a change of physical location lends itself to some incredible revelation.

Sometimes getting up and moving out from a boring complacent position opens a window in heaven. And, sometimes, as I can well attest to, staying too long in one place for too long, leaves one empty, drained and without vision. Thank God for restoration in this sense.

I am not saying that we should always look ‘out there’ to receive, but I am saying that God makes it pretty clear that I should obey His directives in Holy Spirit when given. Why? Because ‘out there’ there is something waiting to be poured out that may not happen where I currently find myself standing.

San PanchoFor me, it was San Pancho. Something shifted in me, again. These months of turning are quite excellent indeed. That shift followed me home to LA where I realized that this place, Valencia, is not where we are supposed to be. Sometimes in order for that first domino to fall, you have to move out, find yourself positioned in the place that God has for you and suddenly, things start falling down in a forward progression in time. Perhaps I may call it breakthrough. Perhaps I may call it progression. In any case, it works for me in my life and perhaps you may want to consider if where you are is where you are supposed to be.

Now meditating on this may require incredible leaps of faith in which you throw caution to the wind and launch out into the deep led by Holy Spirit but He who calls you is faithful and He will do it. He will do it. Surely and truly.

Now based upon what I have just written, how do I put this into practice in the physical realm right now? Well, there is something intense stirring in me. Yet, i can’t interpret it with natural senses for it is a spiritual shift that will cause me to move out in faith. So, I realize that God is faithful and will speak forth words of wisdom to me one step at a time. How does that work?

The dream lies before me in which I long to travel out to the nations more frequently. It does all begin with one step. What do I mean? Well usually when I am seeking direction and the necessary download of wisdom, I pray and worship from a position of rest and I wait and He is faithful to always answer and direct.

I will talk more about this in the next blog. What about you in all this? Any thoughts?

In Christ, Debra Westbrook

DebraRivers of Eden Ministry is called to prophetically minister into the nations, challenging people to a life of creativity in Christ. We (Marvin and I) travel into gatherings, home groups or churches as led by Holy Spirit. in your gathering, home group, conference or church in 2014. We look forward to hearing from you if you sense that Rivers of Eden is called to minister in your area. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter.