2911 THE TREASURY

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About the artist:

Codye Reystead is a writer, a speaker, and a skilled artist of the Father's heart. In addition to being a full time artist and author, she is also founder of the prophetic creative ministry, 2911 The Treasury.

Her passion is to build, encourage, and equip the sons and daughters of God into their God given identities, callings, and destinies. Codye believes in helping others discover their God-given creativity and live a creative lifestyle. She burns to see others undone by the raw and radical love of Jesus; transformed and empowered, to walk in their God given identity and become all that He created them to be.

Image by Jason Espinoza Photography

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The artist’s story:

On November 11, 2007, I did a live painting for a small audience of 30 people. Just six months later, God and I painted for an audience of 2000.

Now, the Master Artist and I, we’ve painted for an audience of 10,000…

Many have watched as I partner with God to paint and create…but few know the depth of the journey…the backstory…the intensity of the fight…

The fight to create…

Not long after I started painting live, I got sick…very sick. And life as I knew it, came to a sudden standstill. I had always been healthy, but in 2010 my health began to deteriorate dramatically. The change was quite extreme. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. I could barely function. The relentless physical pain assaulting my body came on a daily basis. I felt like I had been catapulted into a nightmare I couldn't wake up from…

Painting and writing quickly moved to the background, as the physical pain was beyond anything I had ever encountered… 

Then, in 2011, the diagnosis of chronic disease came. I was 32.

Suddenly, it felt like I had been thrown into a war zone–raw, real, blood-soaked and barefoot, with no weapon in hand. I felt alone, powerless, and more vulnerable than I have ever felt. Plus the physical pain was so consuming I couldn’t think straight. Thinking and being with God is where I process life–but when I got so sick, I could barely eat or sleep, let alone have a complete thought… 

I no longer wanted to look to the future, as the days seemed to stretch on endlessly before me. Darkness and foreboding not only visited me daily but seemed to settle and stay. Everyday was a raw and real struggle, as I fought to make my way through the dangerous minefield of chronic disease–on the darkest battleground I had ever encountered. What I had taken for granted (my health) had come under constant attack. My mind became my battlefield, as my blood and my body turned into a war zone…

I remember thinking, “if this doesn’t change, I don’t know if I can find the strength to endure it…” 

The physical pain coupled with the mental battle of chronic disease was more than anything I had ever faced. But deep down, I was simply unwilling to surrender to the darkness of disease–a disease that inflicts such a degree of pain it has caused many to choose death over life. 

My mind became very aware of the bigness of the giant I was facing, but my heart was simply unwilling to yield. I had to fight. But, I also knew I had to change–if I was going to fight disease and fight it well–I had to become more relentless than the giant that had come up against me…

I would fight. I would fight for my future. I would fight for my family…And I would fight for what God created me to do…

I needed God–And I needed Him big. I had to get back to GodI had to find my way through the darkness. And I knew He was the only One who could help me navigate my way ahead under such extreme conditions. So I chose to dive into the pain, and go back to where I had felt the power and Presence of God…

I went to back to the canvas…And the fight to create began…

Now, I’ve learned how to create with the Master Artist, and abide with my Warrior King–all while fighting on the battlefield of chronic disease.

And I’ve also learned, divine destiny is hard fought for…but it’s worth every battle…

I now know my relationship with my Beloved Creator, is my greatest weapon…

With every stroke of my brush, God continues to resource my heart with His joy, His beauty, His power, and His Presence–empowering me to keep fighting and to keep creating…

Though the battle wages on, I will keep going…knowing God’s got this…

I am His…forever…

- Codye Reystead

Artist / Author / Creative

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Image by Jason Espinoza Photography