The world’s way of change or the Gospels way


With all the recent conversation on injustice one’s humanity cries out for answers, solutions, an anchor. Being a female who’s ancestry is part product of the slave trade one grapples with idenity, purpose, healing and place in society.

I often think of my sweet grandmother and our conversations about such matters. Passing at 100 years old she had seen her share of harships. But you know, she never focused on the shadows of the past. Sure she acknowledged them. But they didn’t define her. As much as I can gather, for as long as I can remember her identity was in Christ. She would put Him and mention Him first and last above all things.

If Christ is your Lord His standards must become ours also.

There are so many opinions, hurts, pains, and wounds in this life and in our history. Who can count every injustice but the one with the eternal book? He has recorded every deed down and all will be displayed at the judgement seat. 2 Corith 5:10 The thought of it makes me want to check my life inventory!

I’ve spoken to various people about the recent racial tensions in our nation. I love to hear views, young and old, black, white, red, yellow. Some people are heated just mentioning the subject. And rightly so. Others, more particularly olders generations hold a wider scope.

Could it be that Gospel principles don’t hold up today as a standard for living and soulutions for social delimas because much of our culture is void of the Word of God?

What defines you and me as people? Is it our race, gender, financial status, or where we were born? What makes you who you are? We must not forget where we come from. To do that is to loose part of our identity. But we must move forward in becoming who He has destined us to be. Know that the testimony is not in the trial but in the overcoming.

I believe that part of that overcoming includes forgiveness of self and others. For there is much blood on our hands as a nation.

Will God forgive my sin if I do not forgive my brother’s?

Can we all take an honest look at the injustices done as a nation to its own people, and to other nations? Can we allow all the greed, deceit, humiliation, oppression, and blood spilt come to the surface. To gaze upon it acknowledge the sin and forgive it?

Many argue that forgiveness does nothing. That it’s weak. That we must fight and fight and fight. I recently heard a quote by Grace Lee Boggs We put so much emphasis on taking over the power structure, and we became prisoners of it.

I’m not here to tell you where to stand. We must all find our plumb line. But I do beg the question, in the face of faith, past, present and future, Krystal, where do you stand?

Where does your allegiance lie? This is the hour of decision.

Scriptures that I have been chewing over as I walk this out.

Matthew 6:15
Genesis 50:17

Practically all of 1 Peter. Just read the whole thing. But specifically 1 Peter 4:7-8

There are many others that I will add as I find their text location.

Yours in His great love,

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Krystal J F Hart

Breathe

Far to often we neglect the soul. We run about like a bullet train on from destination to destination with barely enough time to refuel. We become calloused to our surroundings. Unaware of reality we live life in an imaginary pseudo of what was, what is, and what will be.

Often it’s when you step away from the man-made chaos, the office, the wire, concrete, and metal prefab world that we begin to regain our senses.

So go outside, take a walk and inhale His beauty. It’s only when you step away from the noise that you are truly able to gain a higher perspective.

Come Higher

“Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this.” Rev 4:1

Gaze and enjoy His beauty

Yours with Love,

Krystal J F Hart

That girl in the Vietnam War Photo

 

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This March I got the pleasure of meeting an international icon. She is not your well known music or film celebrity. Most  pop culture will not recognize her name or her image.  But the world knows and loves her by a single photo taken in 1972 during the Vietnam War.

Not only did I get to sit under her words of wisdom during the March 2015 Women’s Initiative ICM conference. We also had the honor of taking her out to dinner.  The best part of the weekend was the after dinner conversation with Kim Phuc back in her room. We both laughed and at some point we both cried. She poured out her wisdom for a Christian life. As we shared our pains and sufferings and encouraged one another our hearts were knitted together that night. I know for God’s great purpose.

Still traveling and speaking, Kim uses her experiences to spread a message of faith in Jesus, forgiveness, and empowering others. Especially the children of war. For more info visit Kim Foundation.

CNN recently did a special on her Kim Phuc Where is she now? Because of her travels I may not always know where she is. But we do keep in touch by email or the surprise phone call. Prayer and encouragements are the center.

Other than to brag about my friendship with Kim Phuc why am I telling you this story? As an artist my job is to create and recreate. I have the identity of my heavenly Father, and so do you! He created all the wondrous beauties of the world out nothingness, out of a formless void. Now today, your life may be beautiful as morning dew resting on fresh spring flowers or it may look like an atomic bomb when off and has scatter everything to pieces.

The Bible speaks vividly of the sufferings of man. But it also promises that peace is available in all circumstances.

I think of all that Kim as walked through and I see where she is. Despite terrible pain even today the evidence of God’s goodness and faithfulness in her life is so real and so pure. And in His goodness He saw it fit to knit two very different lives together for His purpose. Know that He has made you an overcomer! He has equipped you to bear the storm and thrive! Allow Chirst to work his miraculous beauty in your life. Let Him speak into those areas that are formless, that are reckless. You do not have to be an artist to create and recreate. God can meet you where you are. Allow His word to create new life within you and around you every part of your day. You are not alone in your journey. We are knited together. I encourage you to keep walking with Him, or to start walking with Him and trust Him. You will live utterly amazed.

Remember: The Lord is my light and my salvation whom/ what shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? Ps 27:1

Yours with LOVE,

 

 

 

 

 

Krystal J.F. Hart

Chasm

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Chasm is about exploring the great difference in worlds using visual symbols of the world as we know it. The physical and the spiritual. Christ was the rock that created the chasm in earth. We are earth. Because of this great and violent divide we now have access to the heavens.

The veil was torn and now we can walk with God.

Art areates the earth. Only them may our parched souls receive the fresh rains from heaven. Join us on this incredible journey to regenerate culture, life, and beauty through art.

-Krystal J F Hart

Facing the ugly with the beautiful

I’ve been exploring clouds for a little while now. I love them. I want Father to show  me His creative secrets!

Still using more of an abstract idea of the clouds and their meanings to me I decided to paint about my accident. (more of which you will hear about another time.)

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Its very hard for me to show these. Im very insecure about it. It not placid and beautiful. But its the first of more.

At some point I must face the ugly with the beautiful for the piece to be Truth.

And this is why He is Lord. He is all consumingly beautiful but He is likewise all Truth. His love is raw and real. And so was His death, and resurrection. There is no other on either side of heaven or hell that will love, fight for, live or die so deeply. So honest. So true. So Christ!

Join me!

-Krystal J F Hart

Where Do We Go From Here?

I seek the divine in such darkness.
Where is the fair fight when the lights go out?
I scream and shout. I scream and shout. Much to no avail.
It seems that hell has seized that land, and no one understands me anymore.
Who has turned out the lights?!
I fight and fight to regain normalcy.
Embodied in the present past of traumatic events.
Will I move forward, or linger in the ashes of that which has been lost forever?
-Krystal J. F. Hart

Where Do We Go From Here was created with acrylics, inks, and an image transfer technique. I think of all that has been lost and ravaged by war and violence. I think of my own suffering and lost through my own traumatic experience. We are all but children aren’t we? I think of  “the children of Cain. Child leftovers from the fratricidal violence he symbolized.” -excerpt from Dr. Frank Wood.  The poem above can be seen interlaced through out the sky in the painting. When your storm is raging always remember, but there is still hope in utter darkness!

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Painting : mixed media on stretched canvas.

Krystal J. F. Hart

The Lordship of Christ in the face of Sudden deaths

I have had a lot of sudden deaths of friends’ loved ones happen around me recently. Its a little unsettling. I will not particularly know the deceased but will be close to the family. At some point during the mourning process I will ponder, I wonder if they knew Christ.

Lets be real, the reality and Lordship of Christ is not on twitter’s top trend. And after our last breath exhales our bodies there is nothing else we can do about that decision, about our walk with Him or without Him.

We all must acknowledge that our soul goes somewhere while our bodies go back to the dust of the earth.

Often our busy lives do not allow for the pleasantries of pondering and making comments or decisions. We avoid, neglect, and forsake eternal decisions for temporal ones.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be satisfied. A spiritual journey and a righteous one are two different things. Every river doesn’t lead to the same ocean. Every road doesn’t lead to the same house. Nor just because you have 10 keys will they all open your front door.
The Word says Abraham trusted God. And he was considered righteous.

Christ the Ruler of the Kings of the earth is the only one who has stated “I am the way. No one can come to the Father but by me.”

The Word talks about the deciver, satan, has many devices and he wants to keep people in bondage and in sins, to completely seperate us from our all Holy Father.

I know many who are turned off by Christ because of what they’ve seen and heard. Those who say they are followers of Christ do not always to what He says. Just as you may or may not associate with a person based on the company they keep. Do not be fooled or turned off by those who say one thing and do another. We will all be judged for every deed. The Word says “You will know them by their fruit.”

But a wolf in sheeps clothing does not excuse  us from our decision. We cannot blame anyone else for our walk or lack if but ourselves. If eternity, death, life, does not concern you, I bless you, I love you, I pray protection on you as you continue in your way. I pray for you a thirsty and seeking heart. But if you are concerned, pray for wisdom. Seek Christ out. The barrier that stands in the way is self. I must humble myself if I desire to know Him. Pride blinds my eyes and heart. And I only know in part how stubborn, and unruly I can be.

Remember, He longs to know you! He is ready and has been waiting for you. He died for your all evil thoughts and deeds so that you wouldn’t have to.

Christ may sound like a crazy idea. But I have peace in the storm. I do not worry when in need, I know that despite all hardships, I am loved, protected, and provided for. Most of all I know that He knows my name. (It shows when I pray for wild things and they are answered!) No one can take that away…

Take time to quite yourself. Seek Him through whom all things were created. He will reveal Himself to you. Remember I am hear to encourage you on your journey. For He has created you for greatness! Live NOTHING less.

Ask, Seek, and Knock.

Join us!

Joy, peace, love and life,
-Artist Krystal Jherae