Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WOYWW: The Barnabas Spirit!

 I almost forgot it was Wednesday!
I was thinking about what to do next,
 when suddenly a lightbulb went on!
Scramble! Where's my camera!
Ugh! What a disgusting work desk!
Ok let's see... my little paints inside the drawer
on the right? Is that enough to distract attention away
from the huge mess on my table
that has nothing to do with any craft or art?
You decide :^((((

 "There was a certain Levite from Cyprus named Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (meaning 'son of encouragement')." Acts 4:36
What's in a name? This man Joseph must have been a real encourager to merit a change of name from the apostles! Sometimes God changes names in the Bible, but it's because of a future mission, like Simon to Peter (the Rock), or Abram to Abraham (father of many nations), Sarai to Sarah (Mother of many nations), Jacob to Israel (having power with God), etc. The name change had something to do with what God would make of that person. But in the case of Barnabas, the apostles called him Barnabas because of what Barnabas already was. He embodied the spirit of encouragement.

 After Saul was converted to the Christian way, and others were still skeptical about him, and avoided him, it was Barnabas who befriended and defended him. (Luke 9:26-27) He really gave Paul a chance to grow in leadership as he asked Paul to co-pastor with him in Antioch. (Acts 11:25-26) Paul and Barnabas undertook many missionary journeys. Barnabas also sold his land and gave the money to the apostles to distribute to those in need. Barnabas also liked giving people another chance, he didn't give up on them. Although Paul did not want to work with John Mark again as he had deserted them in a missionary journey, Barnabas insisted he would go with John Mark to Cyprus after a sharp disagreement with Paul. This only shows saints aren't perfect! These are real people who get disappointed, who need to work through disagreements, and fail in some way or another. And that's why we need encouragers like Barnabas!
Let's work towards a Barnabas spirit of encouragement! The Church needs more people to build others up, and bring out the best in others!

 "Go out now..and preach..all about this new life." Acts 5:20
After Jesus died, the apostles saw Him several times. He told them that they would receive power, and that they were to proclaim the good news to all the ends of the earth. From timid, scared men who were hiding, they became bold and fervent, and witnessed every where. They preached and performed many miraculous signs. Some people would get healed just from being under Peter's shadow. So you can imagine the crowds and commotion that followed them!

The High Priest and the Sadducees were not happy about this! They were jealous and threw the apostles in jail. But an angel came in the night and set them free. "Go out now ...and preach to the people about this new life!" And so Peter and the apostles went back to the Temple at dawn and started preaching!

Do we realize that we too have been set free? It may not be from an actual jail cell, but sin and death can be as real and confining as a jail cell. If we have no addiction to sexual sin, if we have no need of inner healing, if we are free from depression, if we are not bound by a desire for alcohol, that is by the grace of God! We live in a broken society where so many are in need of freedom. If we are free, let us help others who are not free by giving them the message of life like the apostles were driven to do. If we have need of healing, let us go to Jesus and say, "Lord, I want to be free! Pour down Your grace upon me! I need You! Forgive me and heal my brokenness!" Truly God's lavish and extravagant grace, His unmerited favor, is available to all!

Joining the lovely Julia Dunnit for a 
peek at desks and projects!
I find a lot of inspiration
visiting my friends here:



  1. great illustrations
    have a good week, Happy WOYWW
    Thanks for sharing
    Mrs C.x #2 this week :)

  2. Love your paintings...definitely draws my eye away from your desk mess..... That's what desks are for isn't it ?
    Janet @32

  3. Lovely illustrations! I can't draw more than a stick figure to save my life, so I'm impressed with your Bible character paintings. Visiting from #TellHisStory! :)

  4. Wonderful post! I love what you share!! God bless you and happy WOYWW!
    Carol N #51

  5. It is so interesting to see the magazine photos you use for sketching next to your paintings.Most don't show their source material. Happy WOYWW :) Shel@PaperOcotilloStudio #17

  6. Love the way you do your pages and it's good of you to show these photographs. Hoping you have a great crafty week. Happy woyww, Angela x 36 x

  7. I wrote about Barnabas this week too, Son of Encouragement! What a blessing we would be if we all took on the Spirit of Encouragement. I was your neighbor at a Little R & R :)

  8. I am fortunate to have a husband who is such an encourager. In the church as well as in private. It is certainly a gift. If Barnabas hadn't encouraged Paul, we wouldn't be reading his letters now.
    I love your Bible art. You are such a gifted artist!
    Have a great week,

  9. There's A LOT in a name. The Bible tells us that "a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches". And I want you to know that when I hear YOUR name, I give praise to our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am blessed to have you in my life, and I praise God for you. Thanks for all you share, and for being such an encouraging teacher to us all.
    Word Art Wednesday

  10. My desk is pretty messy right now too.
    Your art is so beautiful and inspiring. I really like how you used the background in that photo to suggest the wings of your angel.

  11. Patsy, I like these lines, "the apostles called him Barnabas because of what Barnabas already was. He embodied the spirit of encouragement."
    Barnabas became his name....who he was. Names matter. Thanks for this post and linking up at Small Wonder.

  12. This was beautifully done it doesn't look like you forgot and created this post in a hurry.

    Love your arts as usual. And the story that came with it.

    May we continue to become Barnabas to each other.

  13. Great looking desk but the book illustrations and painting are awesome. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie #8

  14. What nice creations you have featured in this posting, Patsy. And love your sharing about the Barnabas. I am grateful that you joined our Challenge this week at Word Art Wednesday. Sharing the blessings of God's Word in Hebrews 3:6 and it says, "But Christ is faithful as a son over God's house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast." Have a great weekend. Hugs always!

    JO ANN


I am so glad you dropped by! You are a blessing!
:^) Patsy