Search

Big Heart Busy Hands

Creating Little Things For Those Loved By God

The Big Build Project

 

This post is a little different. In my about page I said I will be posting other spontaneous things I stumble into, so this is the introduction of a spontaneous project and soon to be creation. I WILL BE BUILDING A SCHOOL. Literally.

I have a passion for children. I remember when I was about 7-11 years old, I used to gather round the local children in my house and would teach them bible stories and basic mannerism. That sense of fulfillment was immersing.

I only realised how much I missed this experience when I stumbled into Childreach international Big Build project.  It was the best opportunity I had in a while to do something with helping children.

I am leading a group of other students to build a school in Tanzania. This would involve building with bricks, and painting murals whilst interacting with the kids.

It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime and I am so excited.

I made this painting to illustrate the desire for educational growth among the children of Moshi in Tanzania.

The painting is also a reminder that among the hardship (chains) that may hold us down and keep us from achieving our dreams, we should not give up, sometimes it only takes hope to keep us going, and in most situations hope is all we have.

So, in my little way through my trip I aim to bring the hope of children in Tanzania to life, one brick at a time.

To support me on this trip you can donate here; https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/bigheartbusyhands

In the meantime, stay strong and be hopeful 🙂

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Without Pretence

 

Most of the time we find ourselves trying to feel and be something that we are not in order to fit into the surroundings that we are.

We smile when we are sad, and act like our lives are perfect when in fact nothing seems to be going okay.

I’ve noticed this quite a lot in many churches were positivity and being constantly happy is the moto, and so people feel that they always have to reflect these attributes.

But what I’ve come to realise is that when the emotions are just too much to hide behind a smile, it becomes easier to avoid places and or people that ‘require’ us to be happy, not knowing it is okay to present ourselves as we are, without pretence.

Even in churches where happiness welcomes, it is also acceptable to surrender sadness at the altar.

It is actually a sign of strength to show imperfection, especially in this life where people aim to show-off how perfect their lives are.

This painting signifies that there is hope (colour) in a life (face) full of sadness, and where there is beauty, tears can also reside, and in life where perfection is showcased there are still countless flaws behind the scenes.

So just be what you are, feel what you are and don’t be afraid to show what you feel.

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and are burdened, and I will give you rest”. 

sixth-bog
Without Pretence

 

 

Thankful Turkey

Big heart Busy hands is one month old!

This post is just to say a big thank you to all of you who have viewed, liked, commented and or shared my posts. I am so grateful for all your support and encouragement.

I am also thanking God for small beginnings, and there is no better painting to depict this than a Turkey.

This painting would always remind me of where I started, and how showing thanks for small things will and always open doors for bigger things.

I now have over 1,100 views from 19 different countries! I also have over 100 likes on my facebook page after only 5 posts! Its been truly motivating.

I cannot wait to see the plans God has for this site in the future, until then keep liking, commenting and sharing!

Thank you all 🙂

1 Thessalonians 5:18 

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

mid-week-painting-turkey
Thankful Turkey

Waiting….

 

Of all the good qualities I have gained so far, I am yet to fully achieve the ability to take my time.

I am quite a fast-paced person, I hate being bored and I hate waiting around. I feel everything needs to be done as quickly as possible.

But along my fast-paced lane I have come to realise that no matter how quickly I do things, I will always be where God wants me to be in the time he has set for me.

This is very important because it also eliminates the tendency to compare my journey with someone else as each and every one of us have a specific time for everything conceivable.

This painting was done to show that even when we get the fast paced car to get to our destination quicker, there would always be that obstacle preventing us getting anywhere faster than Gods time, even something as simple as an un-shut door.

So wherever you are in life, chin-up, take your time, enjoy the moment, and WAIT until your door is shut, because honestly, Gods time is truly the best.

Psalm 27:14  

 “Wait for the LORD, be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”                                 

Ecclesiastes 8:6   

“For there is a time and a way for everything. Although a man’s trouble lies heavy on him”.

painting-five
Fast-paced Car

 

 

The beautiful ugly

We all tend to go through life with an idea of how good or beautiful things are meant to be that we ever so often forget to appreciate the things that may not align with our expectations.

This painting is of a picture I saw online in my search to paint a beautiful bird. I expected that I would eventually end up painting a peacock, or a parrot like I have done in the past.

So when I saw this bird, I IMMEDIATELY dismissed it.

This is because it didn’t meet my standard of beauty, with its super long peak like a duck and its disproportional body. I could hardly tell where its head ended and where its neck began.

It wasn’t until I took another look, and erased what I thought was beautiful that I began to realise that although very disproportional it didn’t look too bad. Its ugly was actually beautiful.

Most of the time we are more inclined to appreciate things based on our standard of good, or what society has deemed as good. We are too focused on our expectations that we forget to just OBSERVE.

This painting is about stepping back, and having that second glance with a clear mind.

It is a reminder that just because certain things, people and situations don’t meet our expectations doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad. It is about finding that good in bad, and that beautiful in ugly.

Even in the bible God reminds us several times to appreciate everything because he has made them all.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

“He has made everything beautiful in its time”.   

stork-billed-kingfisher
The Beautiful Ugly

via Discover Challenge: Open-Minded

His Tool

Seeing as it was my birthday yesterday I thought I’d share something personal.

Around this time last year I was a little bit frustrated towards God. I wasn’t happy with Him and how things had turned out.

The start of 2015 leading up to the end of summer was when I thought was the best and happiest year of my life.

I had graduated from university with a 1st class Honours, got myself a job as a medical scientist. My friends and I were the closest we’ve ever been and to top things up I met someone really special. LIFE was SO GOOD.

But then the things I thought brought me happiness slowly started to disappear.

My friends relocated back to their own homes and jobs. The company and research I was supposed to get started with lost their funding which meant no job for me, and the special person I felt I could depend on turned out unreliable.

Through all this I felt abandoned, lost and confused, and found it difficult to acknowledge the presence of God’s love in my life.

After so many prayers God opened other doors. Presently, I am now in medical school and have completed my first year of uni.

God has managed to provide everything I had ever needed and I now know that He had my back all along. He put me through all that to show me where my happiness and source came from. He made my heart stronger and my faith bigger.

So on this day I want to say a MASSIVE thank you to God! There’s no place I’d rather be than where HE wants me to be.

This painting here is to show that God is still working on me and using me as a tool for his glory.  It is a reminder that God is always fixing our hearts, and no matter what we go through, it all works out for our own good.

I’m 23!

 

thrid painting

The Lion of Judah

This painting is a little bit of an abstract one; A blind sinking Lion getting rescued by a Dove.

The painting is a reminder that our help comes from God.

The blind Lion represents our self-pride. Self-pride is something we might develop from several things, sometimes our looks or mostly from our accomplishments which could as a result make us unable to recognise where our help comes from.

We begin to view ourselves as Lions; powerful, in control and the determinant of our fate, and God as something rather insignificant and powerless; a Dove.

It only takes us failing to realise we have no power of our own.

This painting shows that regardless of how small and insignificant we see God, when we start sinking and reach out to him, He will always be there to rescue us.

 Revelations 5:5

“Then one of the elders said to me, ‘do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah has triumphed’.”

Psalm 107:28

“THEN, they cried to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distressThe Lion of Judah

My Rose of Sharon

Can’t believe I’m actually doing this! Ahhhh

Here it goes, MY FIRST POST!

For a while now I’ve wanted to be able to send messages to people either on its own or attached to an art as a way to encourage and inspire others whilst sharing the love of God.

This piece of art here was when my idea was first conceived (in 2012) but then at this stage I was doing things manually, attaching the messages as part of the art.

Now fast forward to 2016, I’ve realised that I could encourage a lot of people with the same paintings and same messages, and save a lot of time as well.

This painting is an illustration that happiness comes from God.

The butterfly here represents happiness. Butterflies are things we tend to chase after to catch, but they seem to elude us the more we chase. We only seem to get hold of it where it sits.

In the bible God describes himself as a rose, so this painting depicts God as the rose while the butterfly as happiness.

The more we chase after happiness the more it evades us but when we decide to go to God we realise that we get what we’ve been chasing after.

Song of Solomon 2:1

‘I am the rose of Sharon, a lilly of the valley’PIC

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑