Giving is at the Heart of Ruthieonart

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How it Started 

Giving is at the heart of Ruthieonart and I want to share what I discovered when I discovered God’s dream for my life and had the courage to pursue it.

Many years ago, I taught a Bible study about finding God’s dream for your life. I think people talk about this a lot today, but when I read the book, and decided to teach it as a Bible study, it was a completely new idea to me.  

The book was FollowYour Heart And Discover God’s Dream for You, by Judy Peterson 

The class starts with some simple truth about how God created us. He created us uniquely. And because He created us uniquely, He wants us to use those things He’s given us. God wants us to use those talents boldly and not be afraid of who we are. I think it’s one of the hardest things to do, to not sell yourself short and really go after those dreams.  

Because the dreams are so wonderful it’s hard to imagine them and believe that God wants us to pursue them. It takes a lot of courage to act on those beliefs, I mean I really struggled with this. 

The Lord Can Empower the Artist to Create 

You know, there’s a story in the Bible about how God put the Holy Spirit in artists so they could build the tabernacle. That story shows that God can do that, empower people to create. The artists and craftsmen that built the tabernacle were the first people mentioned in the Bible showing that the Spirit moved in men. Because of that first mention, I think it is significant.   

I struggled through the book, doing it by myself and then turned around and taught it to a small group of ladies. At the time, I was in a habit of journaling, so I wrote about it. I thought I might share a portion of my journal with you. It is the part where I put what I learned from the book together and wrote about what I discovered. 

And what I discovered is very, very connected to what I’m doing today. 

See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,to design artistic works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting jewels for setting, in carving wood, and to work in all manner of workmanship. 

Exodus 31:1-5

Part of My Journal from 2002 

One of my dreams is to create a set of twelve drawings of butterflies and make them into cards. Sell the cards and donate the money to missions. After reading the book Follow Your Heart And Discover God’s Dream for You, the twelve butterflies are a dream I have allowed myself to dream.

I am opening these new and beautiful wings and I feel very awkward. When first heard about Julia in Russia and about the vision for the church there, I had a very strong sense of connection to her and the vision. I really wanted to be a part of going to Russia and encouraging her. Disappointed, I am sad today finding out that I am not able to go to Russia.  I still want to be a part of the work.

Anyway, I am not sure how this dream will work. I will just continue to draw and pray. The designs I see are brilliant and almost overwhelming. They will express the limitless possibilities that God has in store for the women here and in Russia. We need to find our wings and be encouraged to take flight. To understand that we are very beautiful in God’s sight, different and interesting, attracting the lost to Him. But we are also delicate, and we need to learn to take care with each other, to speak healing words. 

Giving is a Core Value of Ruthieonart
Giving is a Core Value of Ruthieonart

Some of the butterfly drawings were created, but I did not finish the set. That was because I realized I did not have the right to use the images. I think I would like to take the project on again, this time with photos I am allowed to use for my art from the Paint My Photo website. But in the meantime, I have taken the heart of that dream, to create and give, as part of the core value for my little art business.  

My current projects 

Sarah’s Quilts – Project Linus. Sarah, a coworker of mine, creates the quilts and I photograph them and turn them into notecards. You can read about the story of the quilt cards here. They can be purchased in my Etsy Shop

Sarah's Quilts

Nancy’s Shell – Ovarian Cancer. I wrote about my sister Nancy’s Shells in February of 2019 and you can read about it here. And then in September 2020, I wrote about them again and you can read about them here. The prints and cards are available in the Shop on Ruthieonart and Etsy

Sky Sayings – ALS. Created for my sister Margaret in honor of her husband Grover, the story of the Sky Saying prints is here. You can purchase the prints in my Etsy Shop

Mary’s Flip Flops – Leukemia Society. I wrote about my sister Mary’s story last summer and it is located here. The prints and cards are available in the Shop on Ruthieonart and my Etsy Shop

My New Project 

The Underground Railroad Quilt – Art House Dallas. I wanted to use some of the proceeds from this artwork to put into a local project. I was looking for a Dallas organization that works with underprivileged children by providing instruction in the arts. Art House Dallas, has a project where they provide art supplies for several organizations in the area that do just that. I am familiar with Art House so I have chosen them and plan to help them fund their project, Art Adventure Kits

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