Monday, June 26, 2017

Depression

Second in the portrait Prayer Series, is the new graphite pencil work titled, "Heavy".

The theme here is depression. It is not in hopelessness, however. The Psalms, Job, and other Scripture passages, show us that God invites us to pour the depths of our heart out to Him.

When we think of the word hope today, we understand it as self-help or wishful sentiments that can't reach us in our deep brokenness. This is not what God offers us. We seek Jesus Himself, a sure trust in which we can rely. Since Jesus experienced the pain of human experience, we have a Savior who knows our circumstances. In power and mercy, the hope of the risen Redeemer is a place of intimate safety. In Him, we have hope during the darkest times.

God wants the real you - to transform the real you with the hope of His Son. We do not have to hide our pain. That is my hope through each struggle.

Artwork: © Jeffrey M Green. "Heavy", 11" x 14", graphite pencil.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Let God Love You

Periodically, I am overcome by deep struggle. The past couple of days it was the worst. It was as severe as former days when I was wrecked by mental and emotional distress. It overcame me and took hold. I could not be released no matter how hard I tried.

In my life I desire everything I experience to be with God intimately involved, no mater what it is. I seek something to learn, to grow, but this time find it so hard. There is no easy answer. I am perplexed by my own mind. Perhaps the answer is simply to pick myself up, keep moving, and serve Him, leaving it in His hands. Today is a new day, a new week.

In some ways, walking with the Lord is a call for us to let Him love us. I invite you this week to read Psalm 139 every day. I will be doing the same. In the midst of our struggles, let's get a picture of how intimate God’s amazing love is for us in Christ.

Our mental or emotional experiences can cloud our judgment. God is still God. He is good, all the time.

Artwork: © Jeffrey M Green. "Sunset Over Barnegat Bay", colored pencils.