Saturday, January 30, 2010

Helping Furry Friends and Helping Ourselves

Art.  I am one of the six co-founding members of the international fellowship Art Helping Animals. We six artists had been individually painting animals and donating to animal charities. We came together through internet friendships and four years ago decided to join together as a fellowship of artists helping animals one brushstroke at a time. Since the founding of AHA, we have grown to a number of 15 artists in nine states and two countries. There is power in numbers. Together, over the past four years, we have donated over $70,000 to animal rescue, all through the sale of paintings. Together we have made a difference in helping homeless pets, mistreated horses, injured raptors and wildlife in various regions of the USA.

AHA's newly supported animal rescue organization (non-profit, 501c3) is Rimrock Humane Society in Roundup, Montana. RHS was welcomed into the Art Helping Animals fellowship with an article and photos in the Billings Gazette newspaper in Billings, Montana. My recent oil painting of Toya the Cat was the featured painting in the article. As much as I would have liked to be there, I couldn't fly to Montana
for the newspaper interview, and my painting was shown by the president of RHS, Sandy Church in the photo below. 
Another Art Helping Animals co-founding member Sandra Merwin from Billings was featured in the Billings Gazette interview. Sandra is the AHA liason with RHS and was instrumental in procuring AHA's relationship with RHS and the newspaper interview. 

Life.  When life is confusing, where do we turn for answers, counsel and advice?  I think if young people would study Proverbs, marriage counselors and psychologists would lose business. *The Book of Proverbs contains practical principles that can have an immediate effect on (a person's) conduct and character. Don't we all need an occasional (or frequent) reminder about good conduct and character? I know I do.

In today's reading, King Solomon continues advising his children.

My father told me, "Take my words to heart. Follow my instructions and you will live. Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment. Don't forget or turn away from my words. Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment. If you prize wisdom, she will exalt you. Embrace her and she will honor you. She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown."

How interesting that wisdom is always personified as female. The trick is in finding her. The study of Proverbs is a good place to start.

Today's Blessing:  It's Saturday-- catch up day!

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*from the New Living Translation, TouchPoint Bible, Guideposts.