So last year I created a mixed media piece entitled Soar. This Artwork included a woman of wisdom and it’s turned out to be one of my bestsellers. I’m so grateful for the message that she carries. Here’s the story…
I had an idea to create a woman of wisdom who had overcome her fears through trusting in God.
In my own life I’d had a tough year with my two children and their schooling, they both had specific needs that weren’t being met in the school environment and as a result I was starting to watch them fade in front of me. We tried and tried to make it work but in the end our family was in total crisis. My husband, Adam, and I were crying out to God for a solution.
In our searching for alternatives I’d made some connections with people who were home educating their children and after Adam and I had researched it thoroughly, we prayerfully agreed that this was something we were being called to do.
There was just one problem… I was terrified!!!
I had so many fears and It took a while to get over them but in the end it came down to making up my mind, did I trust God or not?
I knew that I should take this leap of faith and jump in, and it was from living through this that the idea for creating Soar took place.
I hit Hobby craft and picked up some beautiful papers and embellishments! I decided my woman of worth was going to have spiritual wings. These wings were a gift from God that she’d have no idea about, until she jumped to symbolise his constant provision.
I wanted to give her a crown of flowers too, I use flowers a lot in my work to symbolise growth, but she needed a crown for her bravery, because lets be honest, even with God on your side, it takes guts to jump!
I was also going to surround her with butterfly’s, because I love the idea that originally, this winged beauty had once been a tiny caterpillar with no idea what the future held.
So here she is! I am so happy with how she turned out. This piece is just what I wanted. During the creative process I decided that I would white wash my background to help this woman of wisdom to really pop! Then just layered my wording over the top. The sticker letters that I used on her dress were not very sticky so I used a heavy structure medium to create a stronger bond. But all in all I’m thrilled with her.
Soar has now been made available to buy as a greeting card, 10″x 8″ print, tote bag and journal. You can buy one here: SOAR PRODUCTS
Is the message of Soar in the bible?
Absolutely! We see people in the bible all the time being hesitant to jump into their calling.
Gideon wanted reassurance
And Jonah ran away
Even Jesus asks God to take what was being asked of him away before submitting to his will.
And in the verses found in Phillipians 4: 6 and 7 we see Paul encouraging us to stop worrying, To pray and receive his peace. And that’s exactly what happened to me in my story. I decided to take the leap, to pray and trust God in what he was leading me to do and as soon as I sent in the letters to inform the local authority that we would be home educating our kids, I felt peace, there is no other way to describe it. I was just peaceful!
It’s not always easy and sometimes I wonder if I’ve bitten off more than I can chew but still, to this day I believe it was the best decision for our family.
My Father in heaven
Thank you for loving me!
Thank you for caring about my life
And never leaving me.
Let me feel you close by, when I’m afraid.
Please help me to trust in you more
And guide me so I know which things you are leading me to,
Father I love that when we come to you, we can receive your peace.
Help all the people, who are out there today, and being prompted to jump into something new, to go for it, so that one day they might even soar!
Thanks for reading, Love Leanna Ellena x