How God Can Speak Through Art


My art challenge (thank you Meg Konovska) is to draw with only 33 dots to start. Eyes closed I put 33 dots on the page. I open eyes and draw a contour — without crossing any lines.

And then see what I can see.

Outline of the dots. The pencil is so light that it’s hard to get a good photo.

When I drew the dots and joined them together, I honestly saw NOTHING.

Not an idea. I waited a day. Then — as I asked God again to show me something — a dog appeared.

The outline of the dog that God showed me. Used micron pen number 8.

We have a dog — a little Maltipoo called Snowball. She doesn’t really look like this one. Hubby said this one looked like a Dachshund. But I wanted the dog in my painting to be mine. So she is.

Snowball is white with a little beige on her back and ears. She has a black nose and black eyes. And she has a short tail (breeder cropped it). She is inquisitive, spunky and loves getting my socks.

Our little Maltipoo, Snowball, loves my socks. She doesn’t hurt them. She just teases me.

Then I paint the picture with watercolours.

Final painting of the challenge of 33 dots. Snowball.

But what did Snowball have to do with my life with God?

 The only way to find out the answer to that question was to ask Him.


I prayed and asked God what this painting meant to me and to Him.

This is what I heard from God:

Snowball is pointing ahead. She is fixed on something. (And I know what it is — a bunny. She loves chasing the rabbits.) Nothing is stopping her in looking forward.

Your word for the year, Janis, is Go Forth. I have to keep reminding you of this. I see you veer in different directions and I keep calling you back.

From another 33 Dot Challenge this year — 2018

I need you to be focused on what I want you to do. So you need to come back to the source — Me — God.

Focus. Spend even more time with Me. I will release you when you are ready. Don’t try to push ahead. Slow down and be with Me.

My Answer to God:

I needed to hear that this morning. I have been taking too many webinars and lessons to learn how to grow my writing and my goals. Notice I said — “MY”.

There’s the problem again.

When we leave the Source of our life, we lose the focus of His goal. 

We go our own way.

I need to refocus and do only what He wants me to do. I need to LISTEN.

To have a focused Listening prayer, I need to stop doing all the rest or at least tone it down. I need to spend more time just listening and stop talking.

What about you?

Are you going on and on and on without stopping to listen to God?

Are you stressed and getting nowhere?

Are you ready to be refreshed?

We are in the same boat. We need each other. Christians and Christian writers and artists need each other.

We need to keep reminding each other that the Source of our lives is Jesus. 

I heard a sermon on Sunday that asked this question: “ Is Jesus a part of your story, or are you a part of His?” (To listen and view the sermon click here. Jesus is King.)

I want to be part of Jesus’ story. I want to be all in. 


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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at
Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at

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