I am no bird . . .

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” Charlotte Bronte

Last Sunday I began a triptych painting, three panels of 30 x 60 inches in oil. It is one of my Good People Series with this one titled Human Kind - Be Both The entire piece is 90 x 60 and will be heading to California to a new gallery opening. I promised I would not show the full painting until closer to time but wanted to share a sneak peak at the luscious colors.

I prayed as I started this painting that God would create in me a spirit of determination, strength, and stamina. I want to be healthy and strong to finish out my life for as many days or years He has for me. I have always considered my body his temple... I am a part of him and he is in all of me. My reading was in Psalm 98, God still performs miracles today just like he did yesterday. I believe we are each a beautiful part of his creation. We should receive his gifts with gratitude, sharing our riches and our joy with others.

My celebration yesterday was the test results of my blood work. My cholesterol had climbed alarmingly above 200 all the way to 229. AND I am whole foods plant based. What pulled me under was a nut addiction that hit last spring and lasted through Sept before I stopped eating them daily. Add in a can of olives every two to three days and you got it. So the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I dropped all processed foods out of my diet ( my wonderful graham crackers... any chips altho just occasional) my nuts, olives and avocados and cut my fat intake down to less than 10 grams a day. My weight dropped 12 pounds in 10 weeks and my cholesterol dropped to 144. I am still waiting to get the full print out of what is what but that is a huge drop and once you are under 150, heart disease is very VERY rare. It runs in the family. I celebrate life today and everyday and give thanks to Him who provides us with all we need. I am a 'free' human but I am dependent on my Lord.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5"