Express Yourself: Nicole Allen

Nicole’s pictures from the Prophetic Art Night

“Artists are the life-givers in culture… It (prophetic art) is where we have the unique opportunities, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to translate the Kingdom of Heaven into a language that bypasses words and goes directly into the human spirit.”
– Worship Studio

 

I just love this explanation of Prophetic Art. For a full and better understanding of what that is, please see their full blog at http://www.theworshipstudio.org/what-is-prophetic-art/

I never thought I’d fall into this path of my life. I am a numbers loving Civil Engineer/Surveyor and my husband is a Software Developer.

God brought us on this crazy spectacular journey of self discovery through art as a form of worship and prophecy from a simple misunderstanding (ability to crochet = artist), moving across the state, and having the opportunity to get closer to him and speak into the lives of so many people.

The focus should always be on the intimacy and loves of Jesus Christ which is usually most palpable in the worship of each art piece we make. (To see more of our art see our Blog/Pinterest Board).  https://cre8tiverenewal.wordpress.com       http://pin.it/NaiRaWZ


“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8

While we may have taken this more literally, creative forms of worship are the key to unlocking those special moments with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

This was super evident in the women’s Prophetic Art Night. I had the pleasure of facilitating. I think I best wrapped it up in a post that night: “So what does it look like when a room full of women get together to be creative with Jesus?! It looks incredibly powerful.”

I’d like to share a personal story of these ideas in a practical application from a very deep, raw place in my own heart. About a year ago, my aunt passed away from cancer. She had been battling for many months.

She was a pretty proud woman, even in her very humble outward appearance. I continually requested to see her. I just knew in my heart that I needed to be there and pray for her. My requests were always ignored or turned down. Many times because she truly could not have visitors, but it still tore deep inside of me.

I turned to worship in the conventional sense to try and get some perspective and to simply be loved on, but it wasn’t enough. Then God told me to paint. I hesitated: “No Lord, it hurts too much. I’m not sure I want to go that deep or ‘ruin’ a painting.” I am so glad he only pushed harder.

I ended up creating a stained glass angel painting with a lighthouse, one of the things she loved. I poured so much prayer and love into it. And in the end, while I never was with her in person, she had that art with her till her last days. My cousin, her daughter, still has it.

I am so thankful for worship through art. I have never been closer to Jesus. He’s kept my marriage strong, got me a job, brought people into my life, and spoke life into me through all of the projects I have done.

Remember, it’s not about being “artistic”, it is about getting out of your own way and
being with Jesus! He will guide your journey.
Nicole

Nicole at Art in the Park


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Nicole with her dog, Chocobo

I have attended Grace for over 1 1/2 years. I run a prophetic art blog/ministry with my husband and we have Art in the Park events each summer.  I am also a Sunday School teacher with some of your kids, and love being able to share with them each Sunday. When I am not teaching/doing art, I am an Engineer and/or Gamer.

 

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