It has been months since I posted a blog. I went through an extremely challenging trial that prevented me from completing the 4EweandYouandU Kickstarter project as I had envisioned. But guess what, the vision lives! I will have a couple of paintings to debut shortly. I also have another surprise that came out of what I thought was a complete failure. I’ve ended up laughing about it in the end or shall I say – the beginning of a new thing. God can take what you think is a dismal failure and turn it into a complete triumph.
In the meantime, no matter what difficulty you are facing remember, no matter what, God is for Ewe and You and U.
Psalm 107:6 ESV
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
4 Ewe and You and U is a uniquely odd ministering art series that will always include a reference to sheep (rams and ewes), shepherds (males and females), flocks (from all nations) and a symbolic reference to the chief SHEPHERD, Jesus, the Lamb of God. Granted, I did not meet my targeted, public, Kickstarter.com, fundraising campaign goals, but I did gather enough supporters via social networking sites and other contacts to move forward, anyhow. Thank you for the support and words of encouragement.
OK, so moving forward with the “coalition of the willing,” I am excitedly looking forward to the next level of 4 Ewe and You and U, which includes the production of the third painting in the series entitled; For You: Moses, Zipporah and Her Midianite Sisters. For You: Moses, Zipporah and Her Midianite Sisters is a 16′ x 20″x 1.5″ deep, wrapped canvas. My inspiration and research for this piece and others will come from my favorite version of the Bible, Dakes Annotated Reference Bible. When I read this particular Bible, there is no telling where I will end up and how long I will be “gone.” I imaging reading a good reference Bible would be like scuba diving, in that there is so much to see that you mentally have to come up for air.
This painting is inspired by Exodus 2:16 -22 when Moses meets his soon-to-be wife, six sister-in-laws, father-in-law Jethro or Reuel, and all of those sheep! And, Exodus 4:24-26 where Zipporah saves Moses’ life because of a serious offense Moses had committed against God.
Their story could actually be two paintings, #1 A simple painting with Zipporah and her six sisters, their sheep and Moses coming to their rescue. And #2 could be an illustration of Zipporah figuring out why God is trying to kill her man, and then taking the correct steps to intervene, hence saving the man’s life!
Oh, the little Midianite shepherdesses and their sheep are crowding my head. I can’t wait to see what gets committed to canvas! Can you?
See ewe and you soon.
Carrie B. Harris
As I wait on the Lord regarding this part of the Kickstarter.com project, I have noticed that my faith in him has grown by leaps and bounds. I am now convinced that there is no place in Christianity for faithlessness or weak faith among long-time disciples. Newbies, yes; long-term converts, no. Faith in God requires patience and confidence in his word; even as things seem to get worse and worse and worse. I know because I have multiple battles raging around me as I seek to get the next phase of 4 Ewe and You and U launched. I have decided that there is no place in my heart and mind for doubt. Doubt and faithlessness cost too much and their weight is unbearable!
Abraham was a Faith Giant
So, during this period of transition and growth, I’ve looked for Biblical examples of faith giants. I found one in Abraham. God told Abraham he would become the father of many nations. According to the Bible, Abraham did not falter. He did not blink an eye. Although he was almost 100 years old and his wife long past menopause, he was not “weak in the faith.” The Bible said Sarah’s womb was dead! Romans 4:20-21 says of Abraham, He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Abraham’s faith in God overrode what the natural mind and natural biological laws dictated. I hope and pray I am continually growing, in the eyes of God, in faith, as I walk this Christian journey. Able to be counted righteous because I believe God for the impossible, the improbable. I readily admit I have not quite reached Abraham’s faith level because, at times, I have vacillated between utter excitement at the possibility of hundred percent success and fighting away thoughts of public failure.
I have a few days left to raise the funds according to my natural timeline. I believe God is able to perform this task he has given me to do and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see how he accomplishes this feat.
I have decided that the doubtful thoughts do nothing but cause anxiety, which I do not need mentally or spiritually. There is no point in doubting God. He says throughout the Bible that what he promises he is able to perform. And he does, time after time.
Lastly, I know that my time is not his time. His ways are not like ours, but I do know this; what he has promised, he is able to perform.
There is still time for you to help make this vision a reality at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1324357090/4-ewe-and-you-and-u. This is good ground to sow into. I can say with all confidence that your pledge will be returned to you according to biblical standards, 30/60/100 fold.! Try God and see!
Thanks for reading my post.
During a New Year’s Eve 2012 service, Reverend Al Cleveland, out of Chicago, Illinois, made a great point about our relationship with God. He said we are to wait on the Lord and to serve Him. He used an illustration of being an actual waiter in a restaurant waiting on God. The question is, as humble servants, not what He can do for us, but what can we do for Him? We are waiting on HIM!
So, with that posture and attitude in mind, as I wait for the hour when 4 Ewe and You and U is fully funded, my thoughts have shifted from “Lord, please do this for me,” to “Lord, please let me do this for you!”
Please take a moment and pledge today. You can pledge online at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1324357090/4-ewe-and-you-and-u
I have until Sunday, February 10, at 11:59 p.m. EST to reach my fundraising goal. Please pledge today!
Thank Ewe and You and U
There is something to writing things down. Thoughts on a page are concrete. The written word gives direction, documentation, inspiration.
As you may have read from my first blog on this site, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool!, the idea to paint about Jesus, the Great Shepherd, and his sheepfold – us, is almost three years old. When I launched my art ministry fundraiser to paint and draw 21 pieces via 4 Ewe and You and U, I did so with a vision. The Bible says via Habakkuk, the prophet, to write the vision and make it plain…, so I launched a website on Kickstarter.com.
Since then some unique things have happened. The first three pledges all represented the unique components about the sheep in the sheepfold I wish to illustrate through art.
- The first pledge was from my pastor, Dr. Patrick L. Wooden, Sr. The work of the Shepherd, through the shepherd, will be dealt with first.
- The second pledge came all the way from Hämeenkyrö, Western Finland. Admittedly, I met the pledger briefly at a workshop in Raleigh last year, but the pledge represents the Nations of the sheepfold. Can’t wait to see how the work of the Holy Spirit will work through this component of the series!
- Thirdly, the last pledge came from a congregation represented by a woman Senior pastor. Women as Shepherds is going to be a phenomenal aspect of this project! I have already lined up who I want to interview (if they agree), paint or draw. I am absolutely thrilled about this.
I have less than two weeks to meet my fundraising goal of $5,000. I see the met need swirling all around me. It’s so close I can reach out and touch it. The first week was a week of passing out handouts, answering questions, emails and answering more questions. Admittedly, if you read my blog, Writing the Vision and Making it Plain: Part 1, last week 4 Ewe and You and U received little attention from me, but trust me, I was doing other things for the Lord, in the midst of all that was happening to me personally.
So, I am back on track. Remember, God’s timing is not our timing, but move forward through faith, we must. Won’t you consider a pledge of $5, $ $25 or $100. There are great rewards for each pledge level. You may pledge at my site: 4 Ewe and You and U at Kickstarter.com.
Thanks, again. And God bless you for your pledge.
Last week was a week filled with what felt like monumental spiritual battles. Everything was a slog. Though I kept mentally repeating Philippians 4:13 and thinking on the lyrics of I Go to the Rock, bizarre things kept happening that took me away from 4 Ewe and You and U. No doubt it was an Ephesians 6:11-13 week. The enemy’s fiery arrows, darts and schemes were coming from the left and the right; one after the other. I could only pray, “Lord, please help me.” Thankfully, indeed, I was aided by the prayers and support of the people closest to me and other individuals who remember me in their prayers, but it has taken me until today to recover from the onslaught. This Christian journey is not a cakewalk.
Speaking of cake, I had the honor and privilege of meeting with a group of fellow Christian entrepreneurs at Panera Bread in Brier Creek last Wednesday. We all shared our vision and each of us believe that God will bless us in our endeavors. This was our very first meeting and our future gatherings promise to be fruitful. When I got home, I emailed each member I had collected a business card from and thanked them for sharing. I sent each of them a link to 10 Bible Verses Every Small Business Owner Needs. Bible verse number eight caught my eye because I am working on a project that has a time-sensitive component. It reads; “But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day.” Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB) You need to understand that God’s time is not your time. There may come a time in your business when you just know you have a contract, one that you really need and things fall through. Those are the times when you need to trust in the Lord the most. When we accept God’s timing, we can learn to live in hope and enjoy our lives while God is working on our problems. —-
Habakkuk 2:2 -3 is for me and 4 Ewe and You and U.
- The vision has been literally written on the wall, (i.e. poster boards, emails, and handouts)
- The vision is for an appointed time. Not my time, but God’s time. It’s all about Jesus isn’t it.
- Though I got off track last week and things seem to be going slow, I will not worry because the Lord said to “wait for it because it is surely coming.”
Please click on the following link to my Kickstarter.com project 4 Ewe and You and U: I would be very grateful if you pledged today.