About H.O.P.E. Art

 

H.O.P.E. Art evolves through a deep relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, painting, drawing and writing as He directs.

I have always been blessed with the gift of creativity, however over the years, complete degeneration of my body through arthritis and osteo porosis rendered the manual dexterity required to paint and draw, impossible.

On August 29th 1997 I was taken into hospital, by then registered disabled for life, and unable to move any joint without severe pain. The miracle of healing began that night and despite the pain and swelling I awoke to discover a peace so sublime it was overwhelming. The healing began when a Christian nurse asked me if I believed Jesus could heal me. I did not hesitate, I knew He could.

The peace was a spectacular spiritual healing that reached deep into my innermost being, a healing that was so awesome, I look back now and see it as the essential and vital recovery, far more important for me, than the physical miracle.

I went to sleep the following night physically disabled, unable to walk or move without severe difficulty, and yet the peace and joy bubbling inside filled me with excitement, and love from Jesus so exquisite and unconditional I was cocooned into His very presence.

31st August 1997 was my second massive miracle. I awoke feeling different. I could not understand why at first, then gradually it dawned on me that I had no pain anywhere in my body. I felt around and discovered holes where swelling had been in my hips, and my hands were now perfect. At that moment of discovery two nurses appeared and stared at me in disbelief.

"Is that you Julia?"

I remember thinking who else did they think it would be attached to the drip, and stuck in the bed!

One of them asked if I had seen myself. As you can imagine by this time I was rearing to go and for the first time in twenty years I leaped out of bed with no assistance, grabbing the drip stand and I headed for the mirror over a nearby sink. The person who looked out at me was unrecognizable. Gone was the steroid swollen face and looking back at me was the Julia of two decades ago. I was stunned. The Consultant was stunned. He said on that morning, and also wrote in a letter months later, "There are more things in heaven and on earth than we know or understand."

The osteo porosis had crumbled bones in my thumb and x rays had shown the osteo arthritis damage, yet every cell was restored to the perfection in which I had been created.

For seven years after this miraculous healing we travelled around the country and around the world giving testimony, encouraging, and reaching out to the hurting and physically sick, seeing miracles as the Lord Jesus touched the lives of His children. The Lord also created a charity, Y.O.Y.O. (Youngsters Onto Youth Outreach), and we ministered and served in the community for ages 5yrs-18yrs+. Fourteen years later the small children who came to our sessions were still coming back, even at 19yrs old, helping us with the youngsters.    

Seven years later after the first miracle, to the day, I found myself being cared for yet again by a Christian Nurse. A massive stand collapsed at the Christian event, 'Grapevine', in Lincolnshire. I had broken ribs.

From that moment in time our lives could have been overshadowed by the year by year events. They did sometimes leave us reeling, and emotionally worn out, however our lives were filled with light. 

The first week in September our hot tank burst in the loft and the kitchen ceiling came down around me. One week later our 24 year old son had a brain haemorrhage and brain surgery in October, two days before his 25th birthday.

This was the beginning of seven years of unbelievable trials, but also unbelievable daily miracles. Jesus supernaturally comforted and sustained us with a strength and resilience beyond human understanding. He was not a religious 'crutch', our emotions were not shut down, we simply trusted a God who loves us unconditionally, and who will give us the power to cope with terrible situations if we allow Him. Our miracle working God.

I have a detailed testimony to e mail if requested. This is just a brief outline of some of the things that happened to me in those seven years of trials.

HEALTH - A cancerous lump cut out from my forehead. Cataracts removed from both eyes. Cartilage removed from a knee after a fall on ice. Swine flu. Perforated appendix involving two operations. Lens implant going opaque requiring laser shots to clear it. Tested to give a kidney to my sister and finding I have a stone in one of my kidneys, and cysts in the other. (My sister eventually had a kidney transplant from a donor). Heart palpitations, an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Fourteen years to the day, after my original healing I was again in hospital on a Coronary Care Unit, my heart was in atrial fibrilation. This is now the beginning of our next seven years of encouraging others, giving hope to people struggling, and giving testimony to help increase faith. The beginning of H.O.P.E. Art.


I am writing this after my fourteenth anniversary. God has told me that the past seven years of trials are ended. A new season has begun. The first seven years were about testimony, preaching, and teaching, growing closer to God, setting up and working the charity. The next seven years were to strengthen, to give more testimony and to equip us, because we are going to go into churches, encouraging, witnessing and passing on what the Lord has shown us through each crisis and illness, for the coming seven years. He also told me that I was to begin painting again. My gift had been dormant, I am amazed I did not begin to paint again, but now flooding into my mind are empty canvasses He is going to fill. The Lord told me that He would give me pictures that would speak to people and show them who He is. I wrote down 21 pictures named by Him for painting, and I am excited as I begin this journey with Him.

The journey is, H.O.P.E. Art.