Biography of Mieke van Ingen (pen name Kyria Child)
‘You gotta get to the heart of the matter’
I heard this statement while studying at the KABK/The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (NL) in my early years (1982-1987) and it lingers in my mind. Having spent 15 years in the South of France, i find myself from the vast mountain peaks of a foreign country to the proximity of an enclosed green field. Memories of branches of scented forests, of cedars, cypresses and pines, and of honeycombs, pomegranates and vines, leave a lyrical expression in paintings and poems. I am learning to open my eyes of faith wide, to see details I might otherwise miss. To take the time to smell the roses. It becomes more and more personal and intimate, like a dance of two lovers in an enclosed garden.
Mieke van Ingen has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and cultural venues in the Netherlands and abroad. Artworks can be found in private and public collections in the Netherlands, France, Italy, the UK, and the USA.
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I was always more into color, but since 2016 numerous rhymes are imprinted on my heart during night-time hours. They are like whispers from Heaven, spiritual poems that touch the heart. My wish to you, the reader will be, that the Author of this still small voice, may be allowed to imprint in you His beautiful secrets. And that you will sense His intimacy, as He makes Himself personnally real.
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Messiah Who ?
In Matthew 11:30, Yahushua (the hebrew name of Jesus) said: for all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.
This and the two verses that precede it are among my favorites.
“So everyone, come to Me ! Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden ? Then come to Me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn My ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in Me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear” (Matt. 11:28-30).
Yahushua lifted many heavy burdens from our shoulders. Chief among these are the burden of sin and its eternal consequences.
“For this is how much the Father YHWH loved the world – he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Then there’s the burden of trying to live up to the requirements of the Law. In Romans 8:1-2 Paul said,
“So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Yahushua, the Anointed One. For the law of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Yahushua liberated us from the law of sin and death.”
He also freed us from the burden of life’s worries. He said,
“So then, forsake your worries ! Why would you say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For that is what the unbelievers chase after. Doesn’t your Heavenly Father already know the things your bodies require ? So above all, constantly chase after the realm of the Kingdom of Heaven and the righteousness that proceeds from Him. Then all these less important things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:31-33).
And He lifted the burden of fear that we will do something that causes Him to take back everything He has given us.
“My own sheep will hear My voice and I know each one, and they will follow Me. I give to them the gift of eternal life and they will never be lost and no one has the power to snatch them out of My hands. My Father, Who has given them to Me as His gift, is the mightiest of all, and no one has the power to snatch them from my Father’s care. The Father and I are One” (John 10:27-30).
That left us with just one burden and it’s a light one. When they asked Yahushua (the Hebrew word ‘hushua’ means salvation, so Yahushua means YaH is saviour) what we must do to do the work YaHuWaH requires of us He answered,
“The work you can do for The Almighty starts with believing in the One he has sent” (John 6:28-29).
If you want your situation to change, if you want a sound mind, if you are tired of sleepless nights, if you need a savior who can strengthen you to make it through life, I just know a helper and if you want Him then say this prayer, out loud:
Heavenly Father, with everything that I have and everything that I am, I come to you not holding nothing back nor hiding anything and saying I need you. I need for you to come in my life and save me. I need to turn from my wicked and sinful person that I am. I need the power and the blood of Yahushua to come in my life, to restore and renew me into a new creation as You said You would. Take control of all of me, keep me in Your hands and take control. In The Mighty Name of Yahushua Messiah I pray, Amen.
When you prayed this prayer, or one similar, then expect your Redeemer to work in your life. He will help you, just surrender.
“All you thirsty ones, come to Me ! Come to Me and drink ! Believe in Me, so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you; flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says !” (John 7:37-38).
As you read the Scriptures, you will find the Living Expression of YaHuWaH is Yahushua, the Messiah, the Christ. The Word came with skin on as the Perfect Man. In Heaven Yahushua is still called the Word. When He came into this world He was given the name Yahushua, the living manifestation of the glory of YHWH. Yahushua said He came in the Name of His Father, to show us The Father. Now, we also can call His Father, our Father. Indeed, He invites us to know Him as Abba Father, papa Father !
The gospel of John helps us meet this beautiful Christ, and the perfect unity there is with The Father. This unity, this peace, that we also may experience by the Holy Spirit -Who is called The Great Comforter-, given and living within us after accepting Yahushua. Since Yahushua is in the Heavens, it is written that the Heavens would receive Yahushua until the time of the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21). He will return after The Father says it’s time !
So get yourselves a bible (i prefer the Passion Translation), and start reading in the gospel of John. John’s gospel will help you encounter His heart. Or you can start with Acts. Where you will read about the Holy Spirit, and the change of many people’s lives. Because, who can resist this Man when He tugs on hearts to come to Him ?
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