My name is Nicky Johns, and I now love to use art to express my faith in God.
Over the past few years, I found that I was frequently given pictures by the Holy Spirit, which I had always been too shy to share.
Recently, however, our church received some teachings around creativity which encouraged us to use our own creative gifts and talents in church and daily life.
It was around the same time that I attended a women's conference where I had the pleasure of meeting the prophetic artist Julia Powell, and in this meeting she encouraged me to try using art more to express the visions I was receiving.
At this time it had been years since I'd done any painting, but feeling affirmed by the encouragement around me I made the decision that I would try and paint some of the pictures and visions the Holy Spirit had been giving me.
Later, when I joined the intercessory prayer group at Mosaic, I started to share my paintings with the group, and found myself amazed and encouraged when my pictures would fit in or match the pictures and revelations that others had received during our meetings.
I have grown more confident in sharing the pictures that the Holy Spirit has given me, and find that I am more open to receiving pictures now that I have become more open to that side of my faith. Now, when I receive a picture repeatedly, I try and get it on canvas as soon as possible, and regularly share these pictures with the church.
Ephesians 2 vs 10 says, "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."
I have found that many people relate better to images, and the Holy Spirit can use these pictures to connect with them in a new and exciting way. I am so looking forward to seeing how the Lord will use me in this way, and the good things God has planned for me and others who are affected by my paintings.