We live in a world where we should be free to choose the things that directly affect our lives…that is what we are taught, that we have freedom to choose. Choosing indicates that a person is aware of more than one option, and that they are fully informed of what they are choosing between.
Yet, without our knowledge our choices, in some very vital areas of life itself, have been taken away, one area where this has happened is the very important area of food. You are what you eat… why is this true? It is true because the nutrients, vitamins, aminos and minerals that are designed into the food that we eat, is what our body needs in order to grow and to renew cells.
Although cells can differ in appearance and play various specialized functions in our body, all of them require vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and other micronutrients as co-factors of a multitude of metabolic processes taking place in every cell. These micronutrients are needed in small amounts, however their presence in our body’s cells is essential for converting food into biological energy, for building cellular structures and supporting all vital functions. (Dr. Rath)
People may think of their body as a fairly permanent structure, yet most of it is in a constant state of flux as old cells are discarded and new ones generated in their place. Each kind of tissue has its own lifecycle, depending in part on the workload endured by its cells. For example, adult humans produce their body weight in red blood cells, white cells, and platelets every seven years (Mackey, 2001), yet the surface layer of the skin, known as the epidermis, is recycled every two weeks (Wade, 2005). The cells lining the stomach last only five days, yet it takes two years for all of the cells of the liver to be replaced by new ones (Wade, 2005). The skeletal system takes ten years to renew as bone-dissolving and bone-rebuilding cells work together to remodel it (Spalding et. al, 2005). While most bodily organs continue to die and regrow, surprisingly the nerve cells of the brain remain the same throughout a person’s life (Frisen, 2006).
It is so very important for us to be able to choose what we are putting into our bodies. Some people may decide to eat greasy pizza, three meals a day every day and that is obviously not the best choice, this is fairly common knowledge and so a person would be aware of that as a choice; and there could be other hidden reasons for a person making that kind of choice that I won’t go into in this post.
Organs and systems of the body serve a specific purpose, and when not treated properly, develop disease and dysfunction impacting the body’s homeostasis or balance. One example is the liver, which is the largest organ in the body and performs critical duties, such as neutralizing toxins in the blood, producing immune agents to fight infection, and filtering germs and bacteria from the blood. In addition, the liver makes proteins that regulate blood clotting, produces bile to help absorb fats, and stores glucose for when the body needs energy (Tennesen, 2004). Essentially, you cannot live without your liver as it is the metabolic factory of the entire body. Making healthy choices to your diet that have detoxifying properties are key, such as adding blueberries, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, watercress, walnuts and almonds, and spices like ginger, rosemary and garlic. Also adding water to your diet increases filtration of the liver. Eating organic helps avoid pesticides and herbicides on vegetables and fruits … (Tennesen, 2004). These healthy changes are beneficial not only for the liver, but other organs and systems of the body as well. (Dawn Young Lang)
However, what about the person who decides that they are going to do the best for themselves and their family? They spend time and money on not only buying “good food”, a balanced diet of fruit, veggies and so on…, but researching what foods are best and needed most, and preparing that food in the best way possible, only to discover that they have been literally feeding their family and themselves POISON!?! That is deceitful on the growers, producers, marketers and even government’s part.
GMO food is causing death and serious disease in people…serious disease. The Life is in the blood… if they are poisoning the food [and they are] then they are poisoning our blood and our children’s blood…what does poison do???? To be slowly poisoned is to slowly die, earlier than your life span AND to be sick for the many years before you die…that is not normal. Also to begin a life that is being fed poison from the day of conception is tyranny!
I encourage you to watch this video from the link below and do everything in your power to stop the GMO products from poisoning our world.
So here is the link http://youtu.be/pZVRrbyGtos ..
or go to Youtube and search: Genetic Roulette Full Documentary
or go to this link:
for this vital information, please be sure to watch this right way.
About 2 weeks ago I started a painting of my daughter. It was a huge challenge because I need a lot more practice. Well this photo is the painting at the very beginning stages.
Its been on hold now because I broke my elbow; I only was able to work on it the one day.
So I am using this holding pattern to reflect, write, pray and learn. I will see what comes out of this…it should be great. 🙂
Well, here she is …the beginning stages of ‘Dreaming Ballerina Style’
It has been a very long day today…babysitting my grandson, having visitors come over, driving, dropping off…cleaning and so on has all taken up the time that I was given. Finding time for painting is becoming increasingly difficult and like anything if time isn’t put into it, well it just doesn’t grow and improve like it should. So I know that having my grandson here and driving my loved ones to their destinations, making food, cleaning and so on is all very important and I need to be doing that…and painting…well it is a blessing that is for sure that I will grasp when the opportunity arises.
Today I had planned on painting from a photo that I took this summer of a woman sitting under a tree, I printed the photo off and set everything up to paint…as soon as I sat down I realized that I didn’t want to paint from a photo. I had been painting from life and I find that looking at the real thing is much more rewarding for me. I was once told that when we paint from a photograph, half the work is done because it is put on a 2 dimensional plane already. When we went out this summer to paint I realized that there is something about the grandeur of creation that a photo just can’t seem to capture the way our eyes do when we are there. Sure photos are spectacular…and they are a great aid in many ways, but it still isn’t the same as painting from life.
It reminds me of feeding a man for a day or teaching him how to find his food for himself…well I likened this to our faith; we can either be fed by what others have discovered in Scripture and prayer and walking with the Eternal One, or we can have the experience of having HIM speak to us directly instead of through someone else. I know that it is great to hear of HIM from someone else, but it is even greater to hear from HIM first hand. The rewards of studying the Scripture for ourselves and praying to HIM on our own accord, or just spending time listening to HIS voice is much more precious than anything this earth has to offer; the best experience we can have is From Life with the Saviour.
Joh 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know YOU the only true Almighty Eternal One, and Our Saviour the Anointed whom YOU have sent.
As I continue on my journey of painting one painting a day, I really am learning a lot…not only about the painting process but I am always having this dialogue in my mind with the Eternal One and a realization that life is also a process is prevalent in my mind. He brings back to memory many things that HE has taught me over the years…and today several things went through my mind but one was about death and the seeds that are left behind once the life is gone.
The Saviour said
Joh 12:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Joh 12:25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
He was the Ultimate seed and because of HIM we have been given grace and mercy to continue on loving, sharing and doing HIS work.
While we are living in this life…we have opportunities everyday to share truth, love, forgiveness, mercy and justice with those who cross our paths…those are the seeds that we plant. Whatever we sow that we will also reap, so it is not just when we die that we leave the seeds to grow, it is also while we are alive…in the world the saying goes…what goes around comes around and that is true; we see this evidence in planting a garden, we do not plant lettuce and then end up with strawberries. The same goes with our daily lives, our words, thoughts and actions cause a crop of bountiful goodness or…a plot full of thorns, we get to choose 🙂
Php 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
I pray that this painting of these “Expired Tulips’ will bring blessings to the one who owns it…and by the miracle of the internet…all those who see it. Please pass this on to anyone that you want to send this prayer to. 🙂 ❤
This painting will be available on e-bay as an auction, my name is Heather Kemp and this painting is 6″ x 8″ the link to my blog for paintings is: http://apaintingadaybyheatherkemp.blogspot.ca/2013/02/as-i-continue-on-my-journey-of-painting.html
I have been painting off and on since I was a young girl…I mean in grade school. I sold my first painting when I was that young too. I had painted 2 deer on some old worn out pictures that I had salvaged, then I approached the drug store near our house in the small town where I grew up. The drugstore owner put my paintings in his store and a friend of our family bought them not long afterward for under $1. 🙂 That was big money back then…and I was so pleased. I was a child and this lady was probably just encouraging me, and it did encourage me. Over the years I have not been faithful to paint often because somewhere along the way I got the idea that it was not a viable thing to do and even for the last several years I thought it was self indulgent and so I only painted when I felt that I deserved a treat.
Well this past summer I got a call from a lady who attended college with me, we went out twice a week and painted in the mountains, in the parks and wherever we could….it was such a blessing for me to paint I was so happy. So that was the beginning of my new painting adventure.
We went to an art show a few days ago and she told me about some artists who were painting a painting a day, this was so intriguing to me, she told me that they painted small paintings of everyday objects and sold them on e-bay with the bids starting at $100. This seemed so awesome to me and something very doable. As soon as I came home that day I began to search for these painters who were creating a painting a day. I wanted to do this and I wanted to find out what they were doing. I was so impressed by their paintings and their blogs that I immediately started a blog that day (which I am very slow at because I don’t know much about blogs, so as a side note if you feel compelled to help me I will welcome the offer)…anyway I made my little blog and painted my first painting the next day. Oh it was so hard for me, for some reason things were not coming together. I thought I had chosen a simple subject when I chose a salt and pepper shaker, but boy it was not simple for me. I am used to painting walls or painting relatively large canvasses and painting outdoors or from a photograph, things from creation…not salt and pepper shakers 🙂 so I was disappointed. But since I made a commitment to do a painting a day I painted it until my time was up took the photos…and despite my disappointment in the painting, I posted it anyway….follow through is important to me. 🙂
I wanted to mention some of the artists that I found, they are absolutely masters at painting (I think)…I was so taken by their work… there is a man named Duane Keiser who actually started this painting a day, from what I understand and he is amazingly blessed with talent. I also connected with a man named Julian Merrow Smith, and another artist, Dave R Darrow…fantastic painters; they don’t need my endorsements either, they are all successful.
Yesterday I did everything I could to paint another painting; I thought I need to paint something organic, from creation, so I chose an angel wing plant…I spent several hours painting it and I was brought to tears doing it…I was so frustrated. I look at creation and I know that there is a Mighty Masterful Artist, the Almighty Artist Creator who made everything because it (creation) exists I know HE does… even my pitiful paintings exist so people know that someone made them…anyway I look up to the heavens at HIM and I ask…why do I have this desire to create and yet I do not have the skill to do it??? Well I do have some skill but its almost as though my hands don’t do what I see or know in my mind…how frustrating. I put in all my effort and it still wasn’t working…well all is not lost, I left it late last night, and I realized I had started a painting that was too big to complete in one day and I was rushing it, so I will finish it in due time.
This morning I prayed and I knew that I would be blessed today, my intentions are to give the Master Creator all the glory…I mean after all HE made everything and we ‘artists’ even the great ones that I mentioned…(and some I didn’t mention like Scott Prior, Scott Kiche and Larry Preston) are merely copying the One True Master Artist…there is nothing new under the sun. 🙂
So after praying…and realizing that I am not those artists, I am me…I paint differently…mostly with a lot of paint and even though I do like photo realism I haven’t achieved that… yet.
This painting a day will enable me to hone my skills and I pray that I use them to exalt the Eternal One.
So I took a beautiful red gala apple and decided to paint that for today’s painting…it is painted the way I like to paint and I can see that I am actually developing my skills by the Eternal’s mercy and patience with me. I will be posting this for auction on e-bay and on my painting blog http://apaintingadaybyheatherkemp.blogspot.ca/
Well after much reading and many trials and errors…I finally placed my very first item for sale on ebay, which is a feat for me not being very savvy on this sort of thing…what a learning curve I am on.
My natural tendencies are to paint (or create in some other way) and to talk to people, bless them and share with them and just love life and those that I have been blessed with…but dealing with computers is so challenging for me. At least I am getting some things done…even though it takes me a longer time than most, I am sure I will get better at it. 🙂
My painting is also on an upswing as I make the commitment to paint one painting per day…or at least 5-6 per week. I still plan to make videos of those paintings so be on the lookout for those…ahhh more learning, oh the excitement of it all! 🙂
So here is my first listing.
Along with all of this excitement, I have created another blog just for the paintings…nothing else 🙂 so please visit my latest blog and please add me to your list. 🙂
There are amazing things ahead.