I had the distinct pleasure of participating in Girls Night Out at New Life Church on Friday night May 1. It was an invitation from a friend who was planning the entertainment for the evening. She asked me to do a "Live painting session" (like up in front of everyone where they could see EVERYTHING.) I had to think about this initially-I mean, I haven't even seen this done before-but I am so glad I said yes!
This event was designed to minister to the single women and the widows of the area. Over 200 women came to have their hair done, eyebrows waxed, their nails manicured, a massage, facials, and professional photos made. Childcare was provided while each woman was pampered with courses of fun food and entertainment of popular as well as original music. Add lots of love, hugs, giveaways, dancing and karaoke - It was a feast of fun! While all that was going on I was on stage with two other artists painting!
I questioned what to paint, what colors and what verse to include. I believe there is power in the encouraging Word of God and these women were in the deepest need of remembering His promises to them. Earlier that day, I had lunch with a friend and I told her about my dilemma. She said Ps. 16:11 was a verse that carried her though some really tough times. It says, "Now you’ve got my feet on the life path, all radiant from the shining of your face. Ever since you took my hand, I’m on the right way. (The Message)" That was it! I paraphrased it to be shorter..."Ever since You took my hand, I'm on the right path." I took her color suggestions and what came out was something a little different than I expected, but custom made just for the winner. Chelsea was a winner of a door prize where she was able to choose from so many different things. She told me that she and a friend were discussing that verse the night before and how special it was to her. She was thrilled to be taking it home.
I will admit that I had no idea how this was going to work, but down deep in my heart of hearts I knew who was going to orchestrate it. God knew who was going to receive it, what I was going to paint and how I was going to encourage these women to try something new and how Chelsea was going to give Him the glory every time she looked at that painting regardless of her circumstances. It was an eyeopener for me. At a paint party I ask people to have courage and try something new, take a risk, put some energy behind that brush and see what happens. I had to also step outside my comfort zone and do exactly what I ask of each of you. It was not easy but it was a privilege to stand before all those women who have seen more than their fair share of devastating heartache and make something from nothing.
Sarah Thurstenson a freelance graphic designer mother of two, an empty nester, and is the creator and instructor for Something From Nothing Paint Parties. She believes with some simple techniques, the right tools, and a little encouragement, anyone can make Something from Nothing!