Monthly Archives: February 2010

Thankful for Time With These

Kenzie, My Sweet Surprise

Kendrick, My Best 9 Year-Old Friend

Grace, My First Love

My Feisty Mother

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Hope

I was so blessed last night by a conversation with a fellow teammate and friend.  We are both still raising our financial support and we were talking about some of the things we come up against is this kind of peculiar season.  As we share our ministry with many, many people, we tend to hear certain responses again and again.  For example, the people I speak to don’t know that it is the tenth time this week I have heard, “We’re just tapped out.”  But it is like that old saying, If you hear something enough, you’ll begin to believe it.  Slowly and steadily the belief that the whole world is tapped out financially begins to creep in, and with it, discouragement.

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  -2 Corinthians 10:5

I am learning how aggressive I must be with truth.  If I am not intentional, truth is not winning in my life.  I shared with my friend that not only do we have to be aggressive to truth, we must take every thought captive to Scripture.  When I face a discouragement, telling myself “It’ll all work out, eventually.  It will be okay.” does very little to encourage me.  She replied,

Yeah, you can only give yourself so much hope.  Our phrases and expressions are like the world’s empty wisdom.

Yeah.  I can’t give myself hope.  But Scripture, the very Word of God.  It is a sword. It is powerful, alive and enduring.  The Word can give us hope because it is the living truth of Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.  -1 Peter 1:3-4

So, my friend and fellow laborer, we do have a living hope.  It is made possible through the precious blood of Christ.  And our hope is the imperishable inheritance that awaits us in heaven.  Like Peter exhorted his friends, let us fix our hope completely on the grace to be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Praise God for His sufficient, life-giving Word!  Praise Him that we have so much more than hollow human expressions!

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Just One Thought

Just one thought for tonight, but I think it is worth it:

Satan is deceptive, not just in the lies he tells, but in the truth he hides.

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The Valley of Vision

Lord, High and Holy, Meek and Lowly,

Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
where I live in the depths but see Thee in the heights;
hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold Thy glory.

Let me learn by paradox
that the way down is the way up,
that to be low is to be high,
that the broken heart is the healed heart

This is just part of a prayer written more than three hundred years ago.  I love it because it so perfectly captures the upside-down Reality of Christ.  Whoever wants to gain his life must lose it.  Whoever wants to be the greatest must be the servant.  The way up is down.  And somehow this poem is always relevant to me, whether I am in the Valley of vision, or remembering it.  Today, I’m clinging to the promise that the broken heart is the healed heart.

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January Painting

Well, here it is.  All I want to say is that this is a re-creation of someone else’s work, not a copy.

the original...

my re-creation

This is a fun project for me and I am excited to begin February’s painting.  Three less days than January, so I better get to work!

P.S.  I don’t know if I need to worry about legal things… so for the record, I was working from a calendar I purchased and I have no intentions of selling my painting as my own original work (or selling it at all).  I worked from Wolf Kahn’s painting.  This is an exercise purely for my own personal development.  Does that cover it?

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