Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Truth Will Set You Free

Hilton Head Beach, pastel, 18x24
The picture above is a pastel I did of Hilton Head, one of my favorite places on Earth. On 9/11/2001, I was riding my bike on the beach of Hilton Head when the terrorists crashed the airplanes into the World Trade Towers and shattered so much of our world. For two hours, I knew nothing of the attacks as I biked along the beautiful beach thinking the world was almost perfect.

Perfection rests in Heaven alone. We will not find it on Earth.

Speaking of bike riding, it was two weeks ago that my peaceful bike ride ended in a dramatic slam to the ground with a quick bounce off the handlebar against my ribs first. The inflexible handlebar won that battle, and me and my broken rib limped home.

There is nothing that can be done for a broken rib. Rest, pain pills, and time are the only treatments. The latter requires patience, and the first requires you NOT have a type-A never-sit-still temperament.

News flash. If you don't rest a broken rib, it hurts more.

It doesn't seem like I am doing much compared to what I normally do, but you would be surprised how few movements a human body makes that do NOT involve the rib-cage. There are some things you absolutely cannot avoid doing despite the broken rib. Breathing, for example. Which hurts with a broken rib.

Some things you can avoid, like vacuuming, unless your house is on the market and you really need to vacuum. Then you groan and shriek when you twist at the wrong angle, which is all angles...

Did you know that bending over to pick up a pile of dirt tracked in by SOMEONE WHO WON'T BE NAMED with the arm on the side of the broken rib is impossible? Now, it would be possible if you were shooting morphine directly into your brain pain center, but otherwise, nope. The dirt pile would have to wait.

Are you feeling sorry for me yet? Good. There are two little things you could do to help ease the pain. First, go to my author site on Amazon and order a bunch of books. The e-books are dirt cheap and if you peruse my rating, you will see all are 4-5 star books. ALL. The Amazon support team told me they had never seen an author so consistently highly rated. I am not bragging. I am begging. Oh and after you read them, leave a review. Preferably a glowing review. Here is the link:

Secondly, you can go to my art album page on Facebook, and order the painting of your choice. Most are $100 or less for smaller pieces because we are hoping to move to a smaller home and I must part with them. The link for that is here:

You can contact me at

Some of you came to this blog looking for inspiration. Here it is.  The key verse in my Bible study yesterday was 2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

This is God speaking after Paul has begged Him three times to take away some unnamed physical ailment. God does not remove the problem, but reminds Paul that God's power is even more evident when humans are at the end of their own power. (Like when they are incapable of bending over to pick up a pile of dirt from the floor.)

God does not necessarily come and pick up the pile of dirt for you. (I can personally attest to that.) Nor does He necessarily remove the impediment that prevented you from picking up the pile of dirt in the first place. (Again, personal experience.) What He does do is empower you to proclaim His message of grace, and hope, and eternal salvation through how you respond to the adversities that inevitably confront us all. Today, 9/11, is a good day to ponder that truth.

Which I have done in my art and my books. Maybe you better check them out to see if I am telling you the truth. I have it on the highest authority that the truth will set you free.

2 Chronicles 15:7 

But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”

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