Although Cathy Schock was raised in a Christian home, she carried fears as a child. She was so afraid to make decisions that eventually she could not do so. This is likely due to the fact that any unacceptable decision she made was a cause for confinement in her room. She was told that she needed to “re-think” her decision and was not allowed to leave until her decision lined up with what was “acceptable”.
She wasn’t allowed to help in the kitchen for fear that she would make a mess. She wasn’t allowed to make mud pies for the same reason. At the dinner table, she wasn’t allowed to talk about things that happened at school. She was so afraid of being wrong that it was even difficult to choose an outfit or colors that she preferred.
There was a turning point when one day, her grandfather asked her if she would like to help him paint the side of his garage. Her father tried to discourage her, but she was not able to resist the brush her grandfather handed to her. It was dripping with white paint! She can still remember the excitement that stirred in her heart as soon as the bristles of that brush touched the wood on the wall of the garage. Reflecting back on that day, Cathy has come to realize that she was born to paint!
On May 17, 1987, Cathy was given a vision of women going in and out of doors. She could hear the doors closing behind them. There was a beautiful warm and golden liquid that flowed like honey and tasted sweet. This warm sweet liquid was poured out on her head. She knew this was God’s Love. It was being poured out on her head, flowing down her face and all the way down her body to her toes. Since that day, she has experienced extraordinary peace and excitement whenever she picks up her Bible to read it.
Cathy has had many questions about who God is. She went to Him with these questions as well as other questions about life and, to her delight, He answers! One of the most important things she has learned is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God’s great love sent to us all. And that God created all things through love and by the Power, Counsel and Comfort of His Spirit. It is these Three Who work together to help us fulfill a future and to bring hope.
Cathy has also come to realize that she is not the only one who has had this kind of "special" experience. She knows that even though many are homeless and many are orphaned, or feeling fatherless, they still have a special gift from God.
In 2006, Cathy met a young woman who challenged her to pray to God and then paint whatever He told her to paint. She set up a blank canvas and lifted up her paint brushes to Him. She asked Him how she could bless Him through the gift of Art. Because of this, she has a wonderful story that goes with each project she has worked on.
You can see some of the results at the Art of My Beloved website.
Jimmy's video after complete healing from four months of severe digestive problems after going to three hospitals. Not one of the hospitals could provide a diagnosis. How could they know how to treat him? God used a piece of Cathy's artwork titled, "Breaking Free". The painting was placed in Jimmie's bedroom for two weeks as he pondered this message of hope!
God loves you and wants to make you whole!
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.
-Psalms 107:19-20 ESV