Monday, March 31, 2008

Why Wait?

In this all-too-lengthy process of trying to secure a weekend attendant, I'd fallen into the trap of thinking, "Once this issue gets settled, I can get back to serving the Lord." Apparently, I've bought into the mindset that my own needs must be met before I can minister to others.

Yesterday, my pastor preached a sermon for Missions Sunday. His point was that missions is all about Jesus, and that each of us has a sphere of influence in which we can share the Gospel. Not exactly new teaching, but as I listened the Lord impressed me that maybe this struggle to find a weekend attendant is less about me and my needs, and more about letting people I interview see Christ in our home and, if opportunity arises, about telling them the Good News.

People have told me that I should wait till God meets my needs before I minister to others. But I remember that Paul wrote many New Testament epistles while he was chained to Roman guards. According to Philippians, in fact, Paul's imprisonment led many people (even people in Ceaser's household) to Christ.

Phil 1:12-1512 But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, 13 so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; 14 and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. NKJV

I have been putting my responsibility to serve the Lord on hold till my life felt more under my control. But isn't it when life gets out of control that I'm most dependent on the Lord to minister through me?

Friday, March 28, 2008

Transformed Photo

The other day, a friend sent me a photo of her kids (who are, in her opinion, growing up way too quickly) in their Easter finery. Her son particularly surprised her by voluntarily choosing to buy a suit and tie! I'll admit, I did a double-take when he walked into the fellowship hall for our church's annual Easter Breakfast. Both kids looked stunning, actually.

But when I downloaded the photo, I decided to see if I could tweak it a bit to bring out the colors. I opened the photo in Paint Shop Pro, brightened it, increased its saturation, and gave it one of the frames that I designed last summer. My friend gave me permission to share the before and after, as long as I didn't post her kids' names or any identifying information.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Just My Imagination

Digital art and Motown--What a winning combination! Relax, sing along, and enjoy seeing some of the creations that once were just my imagination!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Gotta Have Hope

Our attendant care situation has been very rough lately, and my faith has faltered quite a bit. But, as negative as I feel, I found myself doing an art project yesterday that spoke of hope. The Lord works in mysterious ways!


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