Sunday, March 25, 2007

Portrait


I started this digital painting six or seven weeks ago, and just completed it yesterday. It's the most ambitious project I've undertaken so far, and I'm very pleased with the results. Well, I wish her hand had turned out better. Other than that, however, I'm happy. The lady is a dear friend of mine back in California. I hope my painting communicates her godliness and her love for Jesus.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Trip to Boston Common

Yesterday, Eastern Massachussetts got a little taste of spring-like weather, so of course John and I got on the T and headed for the Downtown Crossing station. We economized by eating 99 cent potatoes at Wendy's (water to drink). I'm proud of us for not getting an unnecessarily expensive meal!

After lunch we ambled over to Boston Common, intending to go to the Public Gardens. As we approached the Frog Pond, however, John noticed people gliding about it. Although the temperature was around 60 degrees, it wasn't warm enough for wading. Perhaps, John thought, they had drained the pond so people could go roller blading...? But as we got closer, we were surprised and delighted to see that the Pond was still open for ice skating!

Ice skating on the Frog Pond is a popular winter tradition in Boston, and I've been wanting to see it ever since I moved here. But yesterday seemed much too mild for skating. We figured that the Pond must have a refridgeration unit to allow skating during thaws. So we spent our afternoon watching skaters (some in shirt sleeves) enjoy the ice with the golden dome of the State House in the background.

Thus began our adventures for 2007.


Monday, March 12, 2007

Take My Life

When I was working in an official ministy, it was easy to see how the Lord used me. The ministry provided me with a goal, and with definition. Essentially, I knew how God was using me, and what my part in the process was. I wrote counseling letters for an ex-gay ministry, as well as books and articles in that field.

The Lord, through various circumstances, removed me from that ministry ten years ago, and nine years ago He brought John into my life. Clearly, my new ministry would be as John's wife (we will celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary this coming August). Marriage has always been the strongest desire of my heart, so I'm delighted by my new calling.

At the same time, I struggle to see marriage as the ministry it really is. I believe the tension comes because my sphere of influence is so much smaller than it used to be. And the "job description" is less specific. But the Lord has challenged me, as I've been studying Matthew's Gospel, simply to let Him make my life a ministry, even if I don't understand how He uses it.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Challenges

Studying Matthew's Gospel this past few months has caused me to think very seriously about whether or not I really apply Scripture to my life. It took four or five weeks to work through the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) using four commentaries (Matthew Henry's commentary alone is extremely intense), but I appreciate those three chapters for demonstating how thoroughly the Lord wants to transform us into holy people!

Of course, such a radical transformation can only occur by His Holy Spirit working in us as we put His Word into practice. Jesus said it best in the concluding words of His sermon:

Matt 7:24-27
Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." NKJV

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