Monday, January 17, 2011

A New Journey

When I create a painting it starts with a picture that the Lord places in my mind. I have a very romantic nature and love to paint the English countryside, long flowing hair and animals.  This painting is called "I Have Something to Ask You".  You can see the little jewelry box in the young man's hand and the church in the background so you can only imagine what he is going to ask her.  When I was done with this painting I thought it looked a little like Prince William and his Kate.  It also looks like the back of my son. It really could be anyone--even you and your beloved.  This painting is a tribute to Christ centered marriage.  It reflects the joy and anticipation that each couple getting married hopes for.

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.  However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband." Ephesians 5:31-33 ESV

When Christ is at the center of your marriage you will have a love that is unconditional and enduring because it is Christ that supplies that love.  Without Christ your marriage will be dry like the desert.  My prayer for whoever is reading this is the following: 
Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up everyone who is thinking about getting married or who is married.  I pray that You would bless their marriages and be in the center of their marriages. I pray that no one will come between them and that You would protect their marriages.  I pray Lord Jesus that You would protect marriage and keep it true to Your word and design.  I pray that You will bless whoever is reading this with children and much happiness.  I pray for good health and when things get tough I pray that we will remember these words: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV.   I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.

God bless you and have a lovely day.  Karen EJ Klein

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