Guest Post and a GIVEAWAY—Kristi Hall Art

Today we have a special guest contributor and an exciting GIVEAWAY!

Kristi Hall, an artist, wife, and mother residing in Memphis, TN, shares with us how God used art to shape her heart and bring healing to her soul. She also put together a video clip of one of the unique ways she uses art to minister to other women. For the giveaway, Kristi is offering one of our readers the beautiful 12×24″ angel painting pictured below. See giveaway details at the bottom of this post. Thank you for sharing your story, heart, and talent with us Kristi! 

Kristi Hall Art Giveaway


There they stood, lunch boxes in hand and backpacks securely fastened. I felt a lump in my throat. How could three little people have so much power over my feelings? I poured out so much of myself over those last ten years…rocking, wiping noses, singing, teaching, exhausted, overjoyed. Then I blinked, drove them to school, and walked them in. My baby never looked back. HE NEVER LOOKED BACK! I drove myself home all alone and picked up my cold, half cup of coffee.

Let’s just be real here, THIS was the day I had longed for. This was the day I would be all alone and all those things I wanted to do and couldn’t, I could now do. I often dreamed of it. But instead of joy, I was sad. Right then and there I had a party. All my friends were invited, you may know them—self pity, fear, and anxiety. They all came and we had a great time. I sat on my couch and big tears filled my eyes. For a few moments, I felt as if I had no purpose. I was finished. I had given so much to those three little boys and now they did not need me anymore. As sadness slipped over me, I felt the warmth of  hope. 

My heart was stirred with truth from Gods Word, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19.

A new thing? What possibly could that mean? I had no idea, but I was somewhat intrigued.

Little did I know God was about to teach me a very valuable truth with a little pruning—or was it purging?

Art had always played a part in my life. I had always loved color and enjoyed experimenting, whether it be through decor or my own fashion sense. A lot of, “Oh no, she didn’t” moments, I am sure. I didn’t have THE day when I went and bought a canvas and knew immediately I had found my calling. There were many days full of learning, failing, and trying again. It was more like God was leading me, and I was just taking the first step to follow. This is when God began to do a special work in my heart.

I had been studying in my own quiet time about reacting in the flesh vs. responding in the spirit. I was in the midst of a season in my life where I was dealing with a lot of emotion. Why would God allow things to happen that hurt me? How could something good come from something ugly? What was all this swirling around in my heart that was not pleasing to my Father? I looked at the blank canvas, and God began to use it to represent my heart. I heard that soft, gentle whisper, “Create in me a clean heart.” My heart did not look clean or white like the canvas, in fact it was very dirty. I began to write on the canvas UGLY things, everything that was in my heart that I was begging God to help me with. Unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, self-pity, self-righteousness, doubt, fear, and the list went on. I began to weep because I understood it was too hard for me to let go. My flesh wanted to hold on to these things. Why? Again, the whisper, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and RENEW a RIGHT SPIRIT within me.”

After I had written down all these things, I reached for a big bucket of spackling, which is my first step in creating. Yes, the kind used to fill cracks or holes. As I began to scrape spackling over the canvas covering all the things I had written down, I was reminded that the Holy Spirit works exactly like this. He covers the ugly through the blood of Jesus. When these things are present in my heart, I am hindering the very presence of God. God cannot use me when they are present. One by one I covered each sin in my heart until it was all white, all clean. I prayed and asked God to help me. I knew it was a daily battle, and I knew I had to “take every thought captive” (2 Cor. 10:5).  It is only through HIM that I am able to respond in the Spirit.

I then reached for paint, my next step. With all these beautiful colors before me, I began to mix and blend creating the perfect color. Color. Isn’t that a little like the BEAUTY of the Fruits of the Spirit? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control. I was reminded that through Christ, I have been given these fruits. God used the beauty of paint and color to remind me of who I am in Christ. One by one I replaced the ugliness of my heart and flesh with the beauty of these fruits. Daily, I must completely surrender to Christ.

I cannot tell you what I painted that day, but it was the beginning of my journey in being an artist. God used the elements of my artwork to do His work in my own heart. To this day, I cannot begin a painting without these reminders. I am still learning and gaining wisdom from each mistake. Each piece of art teaches and molds me. Often, God gives me a specific scripture, and I use it within the artwork. Every piece of art that leaves these hands has been prayed over. I pray that wherever it lands it will reach a soul, touch a life, and maybe even heal a heart.

God used it to heal mine! He is forever faithful, even when we don’t feel it or understand. HE IS FAITHFUL!

 “…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ.” Philipians 1:6

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

And my life verse…

“Now unto Him, who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think according to His power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

I am an artist only through the grace of my Lord and Savior. I pray I use it to bring HIM glory!

God has also allowed me to use this painting technique to minister to other women through paint parties. Each time they leave with a special piece of art. Only God knows what has been dealt with underneath the paint.

You know what else? Those three little boys of mine, turns out they still need their Mom!

Kristi Hall Art

“Growing up in a small town near Asheville, NC, I was surrounded by the beauty that so captured my heart. My southern roots have been the inspiration behind much of my work. I love the rustic edge and casual elegance found by using a palette knife. I work with textures and layers of color that tell a story through the imagination of the viewer. I am a self taught artist and I know God has given me a gift I can share that reflects my heart. Much of my art contains scripture from God’s word. My hope is that He will speak through my art to touch each life as we bring glory to Him! Welcome to my journey!” – Kristi

Giveaway Winner — Becky Joiner

The winner was chosen by a random number generator based on the comments below. Thank you all for entering the giveaway, and for your sweet comments. Below is a message from Kristi!

“Congratulations Becky!

I wanted to thank each of you for your kindness and sweet words of encouragement! I am the one who received the greatest blessing! May God bless each of you as we, together, strive to bring HIM glory in all we do!

Shine on Ladies!

Kristi”

 

106 comments

  1. Annah Mary Summy says:

    “A New Thing!”
    Thank you for your beautiful words. Just what I needed to hear as I transition into something new in 2015. God is stretching me and challenging me and it is scary and exciting. I often feel like I don’t have a purpose beyond the daily grind of motherhood. I’m thankful for the reminder that God has blessed me with many gifts to use for His glory. I adore this beautiful painting and would love to have such a beautiful representation of God’s grace and gifts.

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Annah, thank you for sharing! Praying for you right now as you get ready for a new transition. And stay tuned, a winner will be chosen tomorrow!

  2. Jean says:

    A New Thing– Having Kristi’s painting on my wall would not only be beautiful but it would also remind me to wait out God’s purpose in my life. I will only know what that time will be when God is ready to tell me. Thank you for such a wonderful testimony and I know that your art brings glory to God in so many ways. Merry Christmas!

  3. Susan says:

    A New Thing – I have a friend who has had some set backs this year. She is a believer and knows that the Lord is in control. She is stepping out in faith to see what God has in store for her in 2015. This painting would be a reminder that she can always trust God to get her through.

  4. Mary Hudson says:

    A New Thing! I was so touched by her testimony and can identify with her so much. Every day I remind myself, as Dr. Gaines preached about in a sermon, to not wrestle with God. I must let go of the things I think I can control and give it all to Him. I am becoming more reliant on God to lead me in the paths of which I should go and surrendering to His will. I see Him working in my life and it renews me and deepens my desire to spend more time with Him. Kristi’s art is beautiful and I would love to own the piece. Knowing each piece has been prayed over before someone takes ownership is an extra blessing.

  5. Lori Williams says:

    “A New Thing!” Wow, wow, wow! I would love to be able to share this amazing piece and Kristi’s story with someone I have in mind!!

  6. Allie Penny says:

    “A New Thing!” Thank you for sharing your sweet testimony this morning! What a great word!
    Would love the beautiful angel art to give my mom for Christmas! We LOVE your work!

  7. Dawn Rockholt says:

    A New Thing!

    I am slowly decorating our house as we can afford it. I would love something with such deep meaning for both the artist as well as the observer!

  8. Dondra says:

    A new thing!!!! I would love to have this daily reminder in my home as The Lord is doing a “new thing” in our family. We are waiting for The Lord to complete our family through adoption. After being a family of 3 for the last 16 years we assumed our family was complete …..until The Lord called us to this “new thing” of adoption. Totally trusting in His timing & purpose.

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      What an exciting and yet difficult time of waiting I am sure, Dondra. Thank you for sharing part of your journey with us! Stay tuned next week when the winner is announced 🙂

  9. Sheila Thomas says:

    “A New Thing” ! This post struck my heart and was such a “word” from God! I have struggled with the exact emotions and “pity party” with the season of my four children leaving the nest! With the last to leave, the silence that we longed for is deafening! Thank you so much for sharing your heart! Your testimony was exactly what this mom’s heart needed to hear this morning! I would love to own your inspiring art in my home as a reminder!

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Thank you for sharing your heart Sheila! Praying God would reveal Himself in a “new” and fresh way as you enter this new season.

  10. Rebekah says:

     “A New Thing!” would love to have this art work on my wall because I love to things on my wall that remind me whats important my relationship with God

  11. Cecily says:

    What a beautiful testimony of God’s individual gifting on our lives! I would love to have “A New Thing” on my walls as a reminder of this story and how He leads all of us towards His specific calling on our lives.

  12. Terri says:

    A New Thing!
    It is absolutely beautiful! Would love to have it as a constant reminder of waiting on Him and feeling the “warmth of hope!” Those words just popped out at me this morning! God’s plan is perfect! Thank you for your message!

  13. VCH says:

    I would love to win the painting as a gift for my sister. The theme of God doing a new thing resounds greatly in her life (heck, in all of our lives). My sister was married almost 20 years ago. She and her husband experienced great sorrows in their marriage. Ultimately, they divorced five years ago – much to my dismay. She decided the divorce was the only way for her to heal and “be free” to discover who she was. My continual prayer for my sister has been for her to be healed, whole, and accept God’s unconditional love for her. Her husband NEVER stopped loving her. He told he would wait for her. Their friendship remain intact, but the marriage was gone. Our family has never ceased praying for my sister. She prospered in every area of her life, but her marriage seemed to a permanent casualty. God is so good! My sister has allowed God to do a new thing in her heart about her marriage, her husband, and her role as a wife and friend. We are now planning their second wedding all because she has allowed the Father God to do a new thing in her heart. The angle painting will make a wonderful wedding gift for her.
    Grace and Peace unto you…

    Jer 29:11…my life scripture…blessings 🙂

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Love this wonderful story of redemption, thank you for sharing! What a great testimony. Stay tuned next week when we announce the winner 🙂

  14. Lauren Johnson says:

    “A New Thing”
    I want this, NEED this, bc, as I’ve been learning lately, a way to live out Deut. 6 is to have scripture and things of the Lord on the walls of your home. Oh, and bc Kristi Hall is amazing!

  15. Joan Moore says:

    “A New Thing !” What a beautiful testimony and what beautiful Art!! I would be honored to have your painting in my home!!!!

  16. Juli W says:

    A new thing. After a long few years of infertility, job searches, home searches & church searches, God has filled my mine + family’s lives with LOTS of wonderful new things – new city, new house, new church, new job, new ministries, + our sweet miracle baby on the way.

    I’m loving this season of new with The Lord, + I would love to have Kristi’s art in my home as a reminder of God’s never ending faithfulness and guidance. He truly is so good 🙂

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Juli, thanks for sharing! Change can be exciting and difficult at the same time. Rejoicing with you over your sweet miracle on the way!

  17. sherri m says:

    “A New Thing”. This post was so appropriate. I’m going through a very hard season and journey of which I can relate with yours. My heart is so full of emotions and feelings that need to be wiped cleaned and colored with God’s love and promises.

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Sherri, so sorry you are experiencing a difficult season. I know the holidays can make times like these seem amplified. Will be praying for you and your journey, that the Lord would prove faithful to meet your every need and to bring about a “new thing” in your life and heart through it all.

  18. Nannette Baker says:

    “A New Thing”
    I want this because my husband & I just moved into my childhood home that my daddy built with his own hands in 1946! My parents are in heaven but I know they are smiling down on me. “A New Thing” perfectly describes this new chapter in my life because while the outside of my home looks the same as it always did ( with all its much loved imperfections) the inside was completely gutted & made “new” – I saved the old, worn & tattered bathroom window & I would love to hang your beautiful painting above the old window to hang on my kitchen wall! I am 56- the youngest of 5 & feel so blessed to be where my heart is! ❤️

  19. Cherise says:

    A New Thing
    My daughters would love to see this hanging in our home everyday. It would provide wonderful opportunities to share God’s word and truth with them! Kristi, your testimony and talent is very encouraging!

  20. Amanda Jones says:

    “A New Thing!” I just started a very ‘new thing’ 7 short months ago – motherhood. 🙂 This would be a wonderful reminder that God can and will use me as I am willing in each new stage of life.

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Amanda, entering motherhood is definitely a “new thing” worth rejoicing over! Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

  21. Michelle Peeler says:

    I would love to win this piece of art, to share with others in my own home. I am making an effort to include a Bible scripture, or other Christian art work throughout my home, as intentional hospitality and showing others my love for Christ through how I live and decorate my own home. On some level subconsciously, I pray that what they see and here in my home impacks them in a good way. Thank you for the chance to win.

  22. Michelle Peeler says:

    “A New Thing”

    I would love to win this piece of art, to share with others in my own home. I am making an effort to include a Bible scripture, or other Christian art work throughout my home, as intentional hospitality and showing others my love for Christ through how I live and decorate my own home. On some level subconsciously, I pray that what they see and here in my home impacks them in a good way. Thank you for the chance to win.

  23. Stacey B says:

    “A New Thing” – I am so grateful I AM ONE! I am a new thing (creation) in Christ and I want Him to be free to do a new thing in and through me. I want to live free of the old man, and free in my new righteous nature.

  24. Becky Joiner says:

    I LOVED your art work. I have adopted three siblings (at age 55) from Guyana, South America. We are all a ‘work in progress’ as He continually works His plan in all of us. Your art work was a fast reminder of His complete promise… That He has a plan for every single thing. He especially uses the worst parts of our story to do His best work! He is in the restoration business. He DOES make all things new! I see in in my newest children. The sparkle in their eye. The joy overflowing. The brokenness being mended.
    My heart too, is stirred with the truth from Gods Word, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19.

  25. Bethany Lawson says:

    This post was very timely for me. I was a little shocked reading this because it was just last week when the Holy Spirit was giving me the phrase “coat of paint.” The analogy you used was what He was revealing to me. I am not an artist either so it was interesting to me when He began speaking to my heart. I love how God speaks to the body & we get to share what He’s revealed to us so we can share the Good News with others!
    If I were to win this beautiful painting, I would give it to my father who has a difficult time at Christmas. He lost his mother when he was 13 years old from cancer and it has always been a harder time emotionally for him at Christmas. Also, he was diagnosed a year ago with a degenerative eye disease right after he retired at 60. This was devastating news for him because he can’t drive anymore. With all that to say, this picture reminded me of his mother who was also a believer, and I thought it would be a special gift to give him this Christmas. Whoever wins will be blessed by it. Thank you for using your talents to glorify God!!! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Bethany, thank you for sharing! Yes, it really is awesome how God speaks to each of us, and many times, He reveals a similar message to his children. And, I love how God confirms His Word to us in order to cement it in our hearts. Thank you for sharing about your father as well. Praying for him right now!

  26. Renee Casto says:

    A New Thing- I love your beautiful artwork…coming from someone who isn’t artistic. I also love the reminder as a mom of 4 boys aging from 6 to 20. Would love to have this on my wall.

  27. Kelly says:

    A New Thing! I would love to give my mother this Beautiful angel painting! She has had such a tough year with the loss of my father to brain cancer.

  28. Kristi Guess says:

    A new thing! God gave that girl some mad skills….and that painting would look great in my entry way! Simple as that!;)

  29. Nancy McLaurin says:

    A New Thing. Love the beautiful art that God has inspired through you. I am a recent follower of your art and would LOVE to have it in my home ! I noticed my precious daughter had posted a comment saying if she won the piece she would give it to her mom for Christmas!!!! That’s me!!!!!!!
    I don’t know of a more generous , loving person than my daughter! She loves me so sacrificially even when I am undeserving!!! This piece would remind me of the grace and love not only from my daughter but ultimately from Jesus, the life-giver!

  30. Jan says:

    A New Thing! I don’t have an instagram account because I don’t have a smartphone, but I wanted to comment and say that your work is simply gorgeous. Thank you for ministering to others through your art.

  31. April says:

    “A new thing” – beautiful art and inspirational story. I would love to win the painting because I love things that have a story behind it.

  32. Cathy says:

    “A New Thing” …. I would love to have one of these beautiful paintings – her artwork has so much feeling – I have the perfect wall that has been empty and just waiting for this!

  33. Amanda Clonts says:

    A new thing – I can so relate to kristi’s journey (minus the art skills). I love how God is teaching her that he can make us new, He’s in the middle of teaching me that too! I would love this painting as a reminder of that promise!

  34. Kim Cleveland says:

    “A New Thing” – I would love to have this piece of art hanging in my home to remind me that God is constantly making us “new” – so thankful that He washes us as white as snow and wants good things for us!

  35. Angie Wilson says:

    A New Thing! I would love to have this as a visual reminder as I’m praying for God to make “a new thing” in a specific area of my life. And I really love Kristi’s masterpieces!!! 🙂

  36. Clarissa says:

    A New Thing! We have a new home in a new city, and I want to be intentional with everything in it. This painting has SUCH a reminder of God’s redemption in our lives!

  37. Kristen says:

    i would love to win ‘A New Thing’!

    The painting is so symbolic of what motherhood is truly like. I never would have thought that, like Kristi, that I would find myself waiting for the day when my little one leaves for school. As a pastors wife, I struggle with being an example to the othe young mothers in our church. This painting would remind me everyday to live in the present and not long for the day when my little one can do this or that. Often times I feel like I’ve royally screwed up when it comes to raising my daughter. Why did I get mad at her for not wanting to nap? Or eat? I often times feel so down on myself and think ‘I’m the worst mother ever’. Until that moment when I’m feeling so bad about myself and look at my daughter and she smiles so big and says, ‘mama!’ Like she hasn’t seen me in years. It’s only in that moment that I fully understand God’s grace. That even when I screw up, He loves me just the same…just like my little girl.

    May we all understand God’s grace to the fullest. My hope is that we all live in the present and not focus so much on the future that we miss out on our children growing up.

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Great word, Kristen! And you are so not alone in the feelings you shared. I don’t think there is a mother out there who wouldn’t identify with you! I understand the pressures that come with being a pastor’s wife as well. I’m a minister’s wife and a pastor’s daughter, so I really do understand! So thankful that we have a perfect God to point others to because I know I can’t be the perfect example myself. I read a great quote this week that so simply states the idea of living in the present. “Wherever you are, be all there” – Jim Elliot. Because we are not promised tomorrow, I want to embrace the small moments of today. (And maybe eat something chocolate or take a bubble bath on the extra trying days of motherhood! haha) Thanks so much for the comment!

  38. Hannah Bowen says:

    A New Thing! I want to win her artwork because it is beautiful and done to bring honor to God. Now that’s the kind of art I want hanging in my home!

  39. Rachel Kendall says:

    A New Thing: this painting is a beautiful picture of His angels watching over us. I love the walls of our home to constantly point us to Jesus… whether through scripture or art. Kristi’s work is so beautiful!

  40. Sarah Connatser says:

    “A New Thing!” This season of life has been hard. It has been a season filled with hardships, waiting, hurts. But God continually reminds us of His goodness and faithfulness. He continually provides. This to me is a beautiful reminder of the hope we have in Him. A reminder that we are not alone and God is always at work in out waiting. There is much going on in the heavenlies that we cannot see. So in the time of waiting we will hold fast to our faith, our hope, our joy, our peace. Thankful for this post and the many reminders we’ve had this Advent season that He is with us.

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Thank you Sarah for comment and for sharing your heart! You are so right, it is hard to remember God is at work in the midst of difficulties and times of waiting. Thankful for His Word to stand on in the midst of it all!

  41. Libby says:

    “A new thing” As the Lord gives me a new transition in life now and in the future- this piece of art would be a sweet reminder in these “transitions” he is in control and the author and illustrator of my life. Not me! 😉
    Words so well said Kristi Hall! I love you and love seeing the Lord work through you!
    Thanks for sharing this sweet guest/story MissionalMotherhood

  42. Stacy Wolfe says:

    “A New Thing!” I would love to have this beautiful painting as a sweet reminder of God’s goodness & faithfulness!!!

  43. Kacie Wilbur says:

    A new thing! I would love to have this piece as a constant reminder of Jesus’ blood covering our ugliness and making all things new!

  44. Samantha keedy says:

    “A new thing” – such a beautiful painting, she is so talented.

    Thanks for sharing. What a great testimony. So powerful.

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