Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Still in Progress

"Life cannot be divided into a spiritual part and a non-spiritual part. If Jesus Christ is indeed Lord, he must be Lord of all in every area."

Francis Schaeffer

A self-portrait of sorts, a work in progress, like me. Rough spots brushed smooth. Less shadow, more light, please. Paint, pray, play. I know my limitations, but I also know that You're greater than my limitations. Use everything, even my shortfalls, to bring You glory. I'm still reaching.

oil on canvas



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And Laura @ http://www.lauraboggess.com/2011/05/playdates-beauty-of-dying.html

22 comments:

Leslie said...

you look like your daughters in this self-portrait. i like your metaphor... i need smoothing, too, and definitely more light...

Joybird said...

love the reach, both metaphotical and in the painting. And Jodi, your kind words at House of Belonging melt me.

Chelsey said...

This is beautiful -- especially with your telling the story behind it...

Cheryl said...

Is this a detail of a bigger painting? Trust me, I always want to see the rest of the story! I love the difference that the light makes.

Jennifer said...

That could be the prayer of my heart, too, Jodi :) Lovely painting!

ohangelina said...

painting is so therapeutic! i am soon teaching the art of watercolours..x

David N. said...

I like the portrait, and the idea of our lives as oil on canvas.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

mmmmmm. I love it. The quote, the painting, the Jodi.

Laura said...

Jodi, this is so gorgeous! I'm sorry you had trouble linking up to Playdates...was it on my end? Oh, dear, I will have to check in with mr. linky. But I am so glad you let me know so I could stop by and have my socks blessed off. Self portrait shows the beautiful you!

Rachel said...

I hardly have words to express,love the reaching part.

"Use everything, even my shortfalls, to bring You glory. I'm still reaching."

love how you are painting yourself reaching.

lori said...

every bit of this is beautiful, and i love the quote :)

Kati patrianoceu said...

This is great, so full of hope and a deep deep level of confidence.

I've been thinking lately about how he not only uses 'even' our shortfalls, but 'especially' our shortfalls, to bring himself glory

Amy said...

So striking! Your reaching and upward gaze say a lot.
That is such a good Schaeffer quote.
Paint, pray, play. . . love that!

Cindy said...

I really love this - I didn't know you were a painter TOO!!! Love the Francis Schaeffer quote...and these three words "paint, pray, play"!

Wonderful!

Blessings...

emily wierenga said...

i love. this painting, you, the quote... i always look forward to your posts, jodi. you are a kindred soul.

emily wierenga said...

ps. and how i miss working with oils... once i'm done being pregnant...

Southern Gal said...

Beautiful words, Jodi. Love the painting.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Your sense of color always makes me happy!

Jodi said...

Hey, Cheryl. The painting is a detail from an old, vintage photo, taken by a photographer named Eidem. I talked about it before here: http://curiousacorn.blogspot.com/2009/10/reaping-time.html on an older post. I call it a self-portrait of sorts because of the gesture more than it looking like me. But I did alter it to make it look like me somewhat.

Jodi said...

Thanks, everyone, for the encouragement. The challenge was the color, since the original photo was black and white.

Bev said...

this is lovely jodi...and i love the quote by francis...
jesus must be lord of all of our being...
xo

Jen said...

Absolutely! He is all in all!
A recent follower,
Jen

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