The Colour Journal. Some of you have asked what the heart behind my blog is as well as the meaning behind the name. Today, I wanted to spend some time explaining the reason I started this blog, what I’ve learned in the process, and the meaning that its name holds.
When I first started this blog, it was birthed out of an aching to document the things I love. It was a way to just do all the things that were in my heart to do. To put myself out there, to live a life that I’m proud of, and to create a compilation of a life lived creatively. At the time that I was getting it started, thinking of names for the blog, it was a season where the spirit was pushing me to paint.
I’m pretty sure I shared the heart behind my paintings last year through a previous blog post, but in summary: I was being encouraged to paint the colors within people. I had gotten a vision one night of me at a festival of some sort. I was known as ‘the artist’ and would paint portraits of anyone and everyone who requested it. When I would paint them, they would expect a realistic portrait, but instead, it would be a mix of abstract colors. When I painted them, I would paint a portrait of their spirit as a reflection of what God was telling me about them. When I gave them the painting, I was able to speak truth, give words, and prophesy over their life, their heart, revealing how loved they are by the Father.
This was an incredible revelation for me, and brought me into discovering the meaning of color. As I processed more through it, I was given this verse out of Matthew:
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. I love this translation of Matthew 5. It illuminates our purpose in a whole new way. What I learned from this was huge in the heart behind the Color Journal:
We all have a unique color to bring out in this world. The color you have is not the same color as the person next to you. If you neglect to offer up to the world your color in His magnificent spectrum, no one can step in and fill it for you. It will simply not exist, a void in the fullness of color intended. What I love about this is that this means there is no room for comparison. The color you contain is specific and unique to who you are. You carry a one-of-a-kind color in the spectrum, and this world needs you to offer up yourself in fullness, no parts hidden, in order to bring out these “God-colors of the world”.
This is the heartbeat behind ‘the Colour Journal’. For my own life, I want to unapologetically, confidently offer up my own color in fullness. That’s why I created this blog: to become a compilation of everything in my heart that makes up my own unique color that I’m called to add to this world while I’m here. But, as my revelation of the colors of people grew, it became much less about MY color, and much MORE about the people around me stepping into this truth that they simply must show their own.
With this being said, I am excited to announce the much-anticipated launch of a new series called Living Colourfully. This series is all about you and how you are living colourfully: fully, confidently, unapologetically offering up your own color into the world. One to two times a month, I will have a guest blogger coming to write a feature about how they personally live colourfully. It’s a chance to highlight the people that are just doing it, affirming them in what they are bringing to the world, as well as inspiring us as a collective whole to continue to offer up the unique color we have to give. Your ‘color’ may be living a life of extraordinary grace, your ‘color’ may be the creative ability you walk in, your ‘color’ may be the gift you have of hosting people in your home…whatever it is, you have something unique, specific, incomparable to anyone else, and it’s time to stop shying away from it in fear of looking prideful. It’s time to be open and free with your own color, knowing that there is no fear or shame in being exactly who you were created to be.
To encourage this, I would love to accompany this new series with a hashtag #LIVINGCOLOURFULLY. Tag moments of your day that exemplify your specific color, tag people in your life that you think are walking in their own color, etc. This will help me find out about people to feature, be inspired by, etc! I’m super excited and I hope you are too! Our first #livingcolourfully feature will be posted in the next week!