Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Friends All Over

Twitter is a funny thing.

I have a lot of people I consider my friends online.  I don't really know them, but I get a peek into their loves and personalities through our online interactions.  When I first started tweeting, THE WIFE warned me to be careful what I shared with people because she was concerned I could wind up giving away information to someone who would abuse it.

As time passed I trusted a circle of friends more deeply.  I heeded her advice and I was cautious who I let into the circle.  To this day my circle of "Friends" is pretty small, but I have what I feel is a sincere connection to them.

Last week I tweeted a request for prayers because my family was under spiritual attack.  We do our best to live the way we should, but the enemy loves to derail us from our goals and ruin the glory we mean for God.  I got some responses back and I sincerely appreciated the prayers.  We got through this round and will live to fight again.  I wanted to take a few moments to thank everyone who did, and does pray for us.

Some folks suffer from anxiety or other ailments that keep them from being around people all the time.  Maybe they're shut in, maybe they are lonely, maybe they work an oddball shift and need to "Talk" to someone for their sanity.  This is my chance to say, there are good people in the world (and online) and there is hope.

There is ALWAYS hope.

To all the people who are my friends, I just wanted to let you know how you have sincerely impacted (in the best way) the lives of a family you have never met.  Thank you.

The Silent City - Episode 2

OK, this still has my interest.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Why Does God Let Us Be Torn Down?

I listened to a speaker tonight who discussed his stuggle with addiction and he made an amazingly insightful statement.  OK, it was for me because I am often rather slow on the uptake and I normally attribute pain to just being a way to learn and prepare for the work we have to do for God.  He summed it up so much better by saying, (paraphrasing) God tore me down and then built me back up.  He knew he had to tear me down because he knew if I wasn't torn down, I would never change.

It really made me think.  How many times have we all been in a bind and said the Drunks Prayer, "God, if you just get me through this, just this one time, I swear I will never do this again."

Once we got out of the bind unscathed (mostly) we turned right around and did the same mistake later.  Being torn down, losing it all makes a much more memorable impact.  The words he spoke made it click for me.  I also connected with many of the same addictions and demons he fought with.  His life was very similar to mine, but for some reason God allowed me to recover myself (as much as I can be for now at least).  Maybe he knew I wasn't in as severe need.  I'm greatful either way.

The subject of why we are cruelest to the ones we love came up also.  The speaker said he didn't know why we were meanest to those who love us.  Unfortunately I knew the answer to that/  The ones we love the most will take what we throw at them, our darkest side and not fight back.  They stay by our side and love us regardless.

In short, because we are cowards.

There was one last quote that I want to share.  God will handle everything, but he expects us to be responsible.

Thank you to everyone who is and remains my friend.  Thank you for the prayers, the thoughts, the laughs, the tears.  God bless each and every one of you.


This isn't a suicide note.  I hope to be around for a while longer. ;)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Finished Commission

I just wrapped up a commission I awarded to promote my buddy's band a while back.  Unfortunately I let everything slide because I let work creep in and take over my life.

Anyway, here is the commission!

As a hint, I have more frames looking for homes.

What would you be willing to pay for a custom commission framed and mailed to you? Anyone?

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day!  I hope everyone gets to celebrate and remember the sacrifices made so we can enjoy our freedom.

Unless you're Chris Rock:
@chrisrock: Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks
If you're a racist like him, screw off.  For those of us who are AMERICANS and realize we are blessed  by God I wish you a wonderful holiday.

Monday, July 02, 2012

The Silent City - Episode 1

I found this project online and I think it has potential.  Right now I am too broke to donate, but I can share it and at least hope it gets some cash from traffic.

Please watch and enjoy.  If you like it, support them.