Wholehearted Living Thursdays~Love’s Transforming Power

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February 16, 2012

I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. ~ Psalm 9:2


Right at the end of my pityparty of unfulfilled expectations for Valentine’s Day, came this uplifting message from my friend Jean at the We Love Gratitude community.

Jean wrote about Charles Russell the painter known for his ferocious paintings of cowboys and ranches. There was one painting in his portfolio, called “My Valentine” that features a heart framing an angelic-looking woman playing a guitar surrounded by angels. 

The artist associated with angels transformed his style into one of delicate swooning. It is believed that Charles Russell painted this while thrilled with the courtship of his future wife, Nancy.

The piece shows a more romantic and whimsical side of the painter, who is known for his rough-and-tumble images of frontier Montana. ~Tom Cook, Montana Historical Society Museum

You gotta know that Russell might have received some snickering from the roughriding subjects of his previous and future paintings. There might have been some folks that disapproved of Nancy, thought her to be too delicate or “not a good fit” for Russell’s life. But he did not care. He was transformed by love. He allowed love inside of him to transform him. This love may have been ignited by Nancy, but it was fueled by his courage to let it infused and occupy his heart.

His style was transformed by love. Love has the power of transforming even those of the most ferocious will…
Because of Grace.

(Thanks, Jean!)
Additional Reading on Charles Russell’s painting

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