Creative Tuesdays – What did I dream?

Creative Tuesdays – What did I dream?


The first one is the one I painted last night. I tried to make this lion look like Satan. I tried to make him scary, and roaring like the Scriptures. And also on the prowl.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8, NIV).



The second one I painted a few years ago and have used it as the banner on my blog for quite a while. This is from Revelations – That this is the Lion of Judah. He is the powerful strong calm judge of God.

And the Lion of Judah has won the battle.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals (Revelation 5:5, NIV).”

Our topic at Creative Tuesdays this week is “dreams”. I have been thinking about this since Michael put up the prompt, but I didn’t have time to paint until tonight (Monday before the Tuesday deadline) and I am travelling. So I brought my paints and did the best I could.


I don’t recall my dreams very often. About a year ago I had this vivid dream and had to write it down, study it and pray about it.

I was in a gymnasium with my kids. I knew that something was wrong because of the loud noises in the halls. We climbed up to the top bleachers and waited. We didn’t know where my husband was. Then I saw him come through the door, glance up at us, wave and head for the nearest set of bleachers to him.

At that moment through the door came the most ferocious lion. He snarled, and glanced around the room but did not look up to the bleachers. I started to pray – I called all the protection I could around my family, my husband and myself.

From another door entered another lion – a very powerful strong calm lion. He glanced up at us in the bleachers for a second and then turned toward the other lion. Then began the fight – a vicious battle with snarling and snapping, claws flying.

And I woke up.

So there you have it – my dream. I did much study on the symbolism of the two lions. Now I believe Satan was the first lion – on the prowl, looking for us. But I believe we were protected and hidden from view. The second lion was the Lion of Judah – Jesus, our Saviour.

We are told in Samuel – that the battle is the Lord’s. We are told that He has over come Satan and won the battle.

All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47, NIV)

But we are also told to put on protection.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:8  and Ephesians 6:14-16 we learn the armour we must wear.

A breastplate of faith and love
A helmet of salvation
A belt of truth around our waists
Our feet in readiness
Carrying a shield of faith.


Read about my vivid dream of The LIon of Judah battling Satan. (tweet this)



Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


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  1. I love that our amazingly creative God invites us to join Him in expressing ourselves through art, writing, music, to name just a few. Your ability to share your dreams with us through your gifts is inspiring and a blessing!

  2. Adding the dream makes it all make sense and what a scary dream but considering the material read it all makes sense. Yes, two distinct lions indeed. Thank you.

    1. Michael,
      Yes the pictures alone wouldn’t have made sense. The dream actually made my paint the picture. Thank goodness God showed me what the dream really meant. and that was not to be scared at all – but be thankful for His protection.
      Blessings to you,

  3. strangely reminds me of the cowardly lion from the wizard of oz, not scary but still there’s a bit of fright there, quite a different take on the ct them, but good nonetheless

    hope you have a lovely day.

    1. Lissa,
      Yes I thought of the cowardly lion but he had a more sorrowful face to me. I tried to make this one chilling with his eyes and mouth. And I felt the slow movement he would make – stealthy as he comes to steal and destroy.
      Thanks for dropping by,

  4. The two lions are definitely distinct, Janis and extremely well done. I’m so glad we’re on the side of the Lion of Judah and He’s always fighting for us. Blessings. 🙂 Oh, and enjoy your vacation wherever you are.

  5. I love the watercolor work on the villainous lion, and I agree it’s great you wrote your dream down! Even though scary dreams are unsettling, it’s good to remember them and come to terms with them. In this case great art came out of a bad dream (-:

    1. Donna,
      Thank you. Yes studying dreams and asking God to figure out “why” certainly helped me understand this dream. Never did I feel frightened – I knew I was protected.

  6. Oh, your dream gives me chills, and great encouragement, too, Janis! Thank you for sharing, and I appreciate both paintings.

  7. What a powerful dream, and you illustrated it so well. Yes the lion of last night does look evil and ready to devour. How wonderful we have a Lion of Judah fighting our side.

    1. Thanks Wanda. Yes I agree – Praising God for our Lion of Judah – who is always by our side. And thanks for the praise of making the satan lion look evil. It wasn’t easy but I kept praying as I drew.

    1. Thanks Christine,
      Yes I believe our family was protected by my prayers and our beliefs – and I do believe that. And I did write it down but also remembered it after all this time.

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