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A BRUSH WITH GOD
by Irene Budzynski, R.N.
Widow. The word strikes a cold dagger into any woman's heart, but, especially if she is
in her forties and raising two pre-teen children. Fran's husband had died of cancer, leaving
her with mountains of debt, no life insurance, no savings. She was in that abyss of shock
and disbelief which joins arms with grief, oblivious to the physical condition of her surroundings.
Projects aborted by illness remained unfinished. Tools had been left on a workbench,
purchased supplies were bundled in their hardware store wrappings, and paint cans
were neatly lined up against a cellar wall. In addition to partially completed repairs
and revamping inside, the outside of the house had become a victim of the cruel winter
weather, faded and neglected, the way Fran's heart felt when faced with the seemingly
insurmountable tasks left for her.
Winter mercifully ended and the spring thaw nudged her to acknowledge the need for
repainting the house. There were several ads for house painters in the classified
section of the local newspaper, but, when called, the quoted prices were beyond belief.
After all, her spouse had done all construction and repairs. Never was there a need to
hire someone else. She was in a quandary: very little money and a great need for the
house to be painted. It wouldn't survive another year without protection.
The last man contacted on the list of advertised numbers was quiet and polite. He
came to the house to assess the job and assured Fran it could be done in a
reasonable time frame. Normally a private person, Fran told the painter during
the conversation about her situation. He didn't say much, walking around the
perimeter of the house and staring at the two story building. There was a lengthy
pause when asked the estimate for the job, and his answer astounded the widow:
"There will be no charge."
The explanation given was that the painter's best friend had died several years before
and, as a gift to the widow, he had painted the house for free. Since that time whenever
a needy person was discovered, he and his crew painted one house a year at no charge
to the recipient. As he told Fran, "This year you are ?it'."
Ever the streetwise consumer, Fran refused to believe the ludicrous offer. Thinking
it was a scam, she needed input to shore up her conviction that no one in his right
mind would paint an entire house and not charge a nickel. Knowing what the going
rate was for the week long project, she was certain it wasn't possible. Offers like
this didn't occur in a little town in New England.
She was finally convinced to trust the painter's word and accepted the gift. The
following week a crew in two trucks showed up early on a Monday morning and
began to strip the sides of the house. They returned each day, setting up their
ladders, paintbrushes in hand, working at the job until it was complete. There
was never a charge.
The house stands proud in its new coat, withstanding the wind and rain. Fran
thought she was left alone during tough times, but God didn't abandon her.
He knew that her children needed her, so He sent along the right man for the job.
Fran's trust was renewed and, for the first time, was given the glimmer of hope
that she would withstand the buffeting winds of her new life as a single parent.
She had been blessed with God's promise that she would make the long, difficult
journey to the other side of the chasm of her struggle. The first step had been
taken with the stroke of a brush.
Irene Budzynski, R.N.
Write to Irene and let her know your thoughts on her story!
Irene is a frequent contributor to the Heart Touchers and Heartwarmers 4 u websites.
Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul and has been heard on radio on Nightsounds.
Creation Q & A
Q: Evolutionists sometimes make fun of Christians for believing that dinosaurs never
existed. Do some Christians believe this?
A: Because some Christians don't know how to explain things like dinosaur bones,
they've actually said that maybe God made these fossils to test our faith. Well, the
Bible states that God is ?not a man that He should lie.' God is truth. God wouldn't
deceive us in any way. Unfortunately, some people, because they've not understood
dinosaur bones, have tried to explain them by saying that God put them in the ground.
If Christians would only read their Bible, starting with Genesis, they could understand
dinosaurs. First of all, their bones speak of death. The Bible teaches that there was
no death of animals before man. God described His creation as very good. If there were
billions of dead bones under the Garden of Eden, this would totally contradict Genesis.
Genesis 3 declares that death, bloodshed, disease and suffering came into the world
only after Adam sinned. Thus dinosaur bones have to fit in the Bible after sin.
Genesis also tells us that the world was destroyed by a Flood in Noah's day, which
would have buried lots of animals. If we start with Genesis, we can account for dinosaur bones!
To read more about fascinating facts about dinosaurs visit: http://www.HeartTouchers.com/dinosaurs
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day. This section also includes a rotating
Question and Answer feature and a weekly Creation Comic strip from the people
at AnswersInGenesis.org. Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative
article that will help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him." --Jim Elliot
Verse for the Day
"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens." -- Psalm 68:19
Kid's Thought For The Day
"If you can't find a way through the crowd, make one."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"What is a home without children? Quiet." --Henny Youngman
Coach's Thought For The Day
Triumph is a little "umph" added to 'try."
Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
".I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science..It is
a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw[s] & holes as sound parts."
-- Charles Darwin to Asa Gray, cited by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin, (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1991) pp. 456, 475.
Writer's Thought For The Day
"Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you
mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about
something really infinite." --C. S. Lewis
Deep Thought For The Day
"It takes money to make money, because you have to copy the design exactly."
Inspired Audio -- Inspirational Audio Message of the Week!
Inspired Audio is a brand new offshoot of HeartTouchers.com. Every week
we will offer a different audio message that you can listen to right on
your computer as you are surfing the net or just getting things done around
the house. Be sure to come back and visit each week!
This Week: "Reconciling Men to God" by Jeff Williams
Over 165,000 people have listened to popular Chicken Soup Author Michael T. Powers'
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listen to the free streaming audio message.
Video Imagery --Michael's Video Production Business
"I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the beautiful video you made for me!
It was so special to see both of my parents in tears as they watched their children
grow up in pictures before their eyes! I loved the way you made Estania's part set
aside from the rest--that was the part that really got them! The music was beautiful.
My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a
beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so
quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create
such sentimental memories. I hope that I can find my niche like that in an area that
I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours
was filled with moments to be treasured forever!"
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