Monday, July 26, 2004

dreaming out loud

10 year old akiane kramarik paints her prince of peace.

christianity today has a featured e-article on an amazing artist - her name is akiane kramarik, and she is a 10 year old girl living in idaho who has been painting and drawing since she was 3. her self portrait recently sold for $10,000.

self portrait

she watches no television and is homeschooled. god has spoken to her in her dreams since she was 3 and given her this gift and she is using it to paint, and is donating the funds she receives to help the 'garbage children' in her home country of lithuania.

When asked how she knows that it's God who is speaking to her, she replies, "Because I can hear His voice. His voice is quiet and beautiful." Although she was 3 at the time, she'll always remember God's first message to her. "He said, 'You have to do this, and I'll help you.' He said, 'Now you can help people.' I said, 'Yes, I will.' But I said it in different words in my mind. I speak through my mind to Him."

Akiane also has another dream that she believes God has given her—only this one is one that she dreams during her waking hours."I really want to help needy people in Africa and other places," she says. "Especially the Lithuanian people—the 'garbage children' is what they are called. They live in the garbage, and 2- and 3-year-olds are being killed for the first place in the food line," she says. "Lithuania has the highest suicide rate in the world. They need help with food and medicine, and a free hospital. I really want to build a free hospital for them."

i am so touched by her story i just felt the need to share it with you. what a gift of innocence and unsullied beauty she is. her gifts and hearing the voice of god validates in some way god's voice in my own life. thank you akiane! please keep painting and listening to god!

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