Cross # 15.1564

Tampa, FL

I found my way indirectly to AnsweredPrayersCross Ministry. Our art class had to find a temporary location in the midst of a longer term move. As I walked into the large room I could definitely sense a peaceful spirit and was very pleased to be here. Artists many times have very temperamental spirits and it hasn’t been easy to stay in the midst of them when you don’t fit the profile. I have never done anything in art and was looking for a creative outlet after ten years in Inner Healing and Deliverance Ministry. You can really get burned out always ministering to the problems of others. Doing deep healing for those coming from traumatic abuse can be very challenging and rewarding but also very draining. There isn’t always support from other ministers because they don’t understand the need people have. Each experience is individual and requires individualized care. It doesn’t fit a standard counseling approach.

Every week I would walk around the studio studying each of the crosses, praying and looking to receive something from the Holy Spirit about the story each one might tell. The second week I was able to spend some time with Elizabeth to learn more about her story and the story behind the Cross ministry. I was very moved by the inventive approach of ‘passing the cross on’ to someone else, not making it a possession. I must admit I was very tempted to pick out those that spoke to me and keep them on the wall at home. But that would negate the purpose. We had a long lunch break today so I took the time to go through every shelf, every box, every table and all the walls three times looking for the perfect crosses. I couldn’t find the ‘pretty’ ones, I found the ones that were ‘precious’, chosen by Him. I bought five.

This is the first one I am registering. It has the word ‘Hope’ stamped on top with flowers underneath and a pattern on the rest of the cross. My very good friend Kathy is a Christian Counselor and life coach and I plan to give it to her on her birthday. The theme around her ministry is the word Hope and she uses the following verse –

Romans 5:5 (NASB)
5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

I miss being in ministry but now is my time with my grandkids and for doing something that I have always wanted – drawing and painting. I want to see where God will lead me in this endeavor of expression. I did not have a joyous childhood and had a mother that did not like her children. She was someone that went about strategically destroying relationships and self-image. One of the reasons I sought out inner healing and deliverance for myself was to get rid of the nasty curses spoken over me. Now I wish this for everyone and that they would find a safe haven in order to find the person that God made them from before they were born.

God has a plan for all of us and it is good. I have continuously received a prophetic word spoken over me for over 25 years. It just took me a while to believe it.

Jeremiah 29:11
11 ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.