Thursday, October 5, 2017

You Are the Champion - Giveaway

With eyes squeezed shut and my heart about to explode, I hit publish on what is now Redemption’s Champion. It was May 15th and God had just done some amazing things in my life. This was my way of stewarding those victories. So, even though I was terrified a blog was launched and here we are 5,000 visits later.

It has been almost five months, there have been more victories and more valleys. I’ve learned that even in the valley I can keep moving forward. I don’t have to stay still and I don’t have to go back.

Sometimes I just need to fight.

I don't mean fight people or circumstances, I mean in the Spirit. I need to stay in constant communication with my Father about my feelings, my situation and myself. I need to hear His heart and His Word in any given situation.

I used to be a quitter. Not a procrastinator, not a straggler or a slow starter - a full-blown quitter. When things got tough or I was scared, I would retreat or quit, just to be honest. It was paralyzing. This blog has been a great way toward overcoming that character flaw.
I believe in perseverance. Don't hear me wrong, it's not because I am good at it. I just believe in it because I see it working in my life. Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely
Since I launched this blog I have wanted to quit many times and “You should quit,” has been whispered a time or two, but I’m still here and you’re still reading this little blog. Thank you and thank God.
There isn't enough space or a font big enough to tell you how much I think of perseverance and all the reasons we have to make it a solid pillar of our life. The longer I live this life of faith in Christ, the more I realize perseverance - choosing, it living in it, trusting what id does in your life - is a game changer. Annie F. Downs, Looking for Lovely
Launching a blog can be a big deal or not a big deal. For me, it was a big deal because I was acting solely on faith. It was a big deal because God was teaching me something. It is a big deal because He continues to use it to teach me and grow me up.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4
Having this blog has made me braver, more faithful and more determined. I am determined to do what He has called me to do no matter what. I fight the thoughts, the critics, and the naysayers and I say yes to Him, my faithful God. He has never left me and never forsaken me. He has a plan and a purpose for me and it is good.

When He sets us free it is for a greater purpose, there are people out there who need to hear my story and your story. Many are still bound, many are still lost and many are still hopeless. So, I encourage you to be a Redemption’s Champion, proclaim freedom to the captives, show them He still heals, still saves and still sets free.

Another amazing thing about this blog is the people I have met and linked arms with to make this a place to celebrate freedom.

Kelly Lee Blankenship and Jennifer Kenney have offered amazing paintings exclusively for Redemption’s Champion. They will be given away to two blessed winners.

Kelly Lee Blankenship

I am a daughter of God, wife, mom, career woman and prophetic artist. I have always loved art and the Lord awakened a gift of prophetic art in me in 2016 - for His glory. Unsuspected Artist is my ministry where I share my gifts, talents and my love of art.

Healing Waters - Feeling weightless, relaxed, free, natural - not forced, not struggling just refreshingly calm.
Jennifer Kenney

I have always enjoyed art. I began painting and drawing at a young age. I never dreamed that God could take this love of painting and turn it into a ministry. Prophetic art is simply communication with God through art. It is my form of worship. Several years ago God brought women into my life that would take visions and dreams from God and put them on canvas. I simply asked God to give me this gift and He did. I did have to learn that it is not about the art, it’s the message. I had to overcome the fear of what people would think and the worry that it was not good enough. You can go out on the internet and find all levels of prophetic art. My art teacher can turn out a beautiful work of art in just a few minutes, but just as powerful are the stick figure pictures that others turn out. God gives me the pictures in different ways. Sometimes they come all at once. Others come a piece at a time. He always gives me scripture and words to go with the paintings. I am not a professional writer or artist. It always amazes me that the God of the universe talks to me and shows me images. I am to be His paintbrush, to paint His pictures and to share His message with others. A paintbrush has no control, only the hand that holds it. May I never leave His hand!
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world. Mother Teresa
If it seems I am crazy, it is to bring glory to God. His love controls me. 
2 Corinthians 5:13-14
He is our Redeemer Champion! New every morning, crashing over us like a wave, washing away our sins and throwing them deep into the sea. Loving us enough to die for us even before we existed! And even though we are worthless sinners He pursues us and loves us!

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me, for I have redeemed you. Isaiah 44:22

But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
One of these amazing paintings could be yours. To enter do any one or all of the following, you will receive one entry per item. We are unable to ship paintings outside of the U.S.

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