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8 Lessons From the Thai Cave Rescue

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How many of you were riveted by the dramatic cave rescue of the young Thai soccer team?

I was.

I continually looked for online updates regarding the young Thai soccer team.  I spent several nights imagining the boy’s dilemma and what it would be like to be trapped in a dark cave with rising water and no where to go. (For those that are not familiar with the story you can read about it here.) In summary, 12 boys and their 25-year old coach ventured into a cave to explore and ended up in a deep cave with no apparent escape. It took over a week for rescue personnel to find that the boys were alive and seemingly well.  Thai authorities assembled an international rescue team and began the process of planning and rescuing the young soccer team.

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Photo taken from CNN.com

As I watched this amazing story unfold, I started to think about being in that mountain cave with no obvious way out and how often I feel trapped in a mental cave with no apparent escape.  I found 8 lessons from the Thai cave rescue that we can use to escape our personal caves.

  1. Our outlook defines our cave.

Merriam-Webster defines a cave as a natural chamber or series of chambers in the earth, in the side of a hill or cliff, or a place providing privacy and seclusion from others. I define a mental cave as a deep, dark, safe place that we use for rest and refreshment during a season of our life or a place used to isolate or withdrawal from our life.  Do you withdraw for a time in order to be refreshed for the coming season or do you withdraw indefinitely to avoid both life and people? Our outlook defines our cave.

  1. Our outlook determines our direction.

Once we are in our cave and the water begins to rise , do we run deeper into the cave to escape or do we face the water and risk swimming out? Does the presence of stress in your life cause you to retreat further into your mental cave or do you face the problems to develop new ways of looking at them ? We can quickly go from comfortable darkness to deep isolation. Our outlook determines the direction we choose.

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Photo taken from The Telegraph
  1. The farther we retreat, the darker it becomes.

The farther we retreat into the cave the darker it becomes and escape seems impossible. Do you feel trapped in a loop of bad thoughts with no visible way to stop them? When we venture this far in to our mental caves we often believe that there is no hope and we cannot see any light.   We are overcome by the darkness because it is all we see.

  1. In darkness we can only see what we think.

When the water rises it brings lots of unknown and unseen things like snakes, spiders, bugs, bats and all sorts of critters. When we are trapped in our mental caves, we see things that are only visible in the darkness.  It seems as if circumstances and people are against us. The Thai soccer coach was a former Buddhist monk and he instructed the boys to meditate in order to control their feelings and save their energy.  Philippians 4:8 instructs us to meditate on good things.   Why is meditating on good things important? Because in darkness we can only see what we think.

  1. We choose what we see.

In our personal caves, we often believe we are alone but God is in the cave with us even if we do not see Him. The young Thai boys drank clean water from the walls of the cave which allowed them to survive.  At your darkest moment in the cave, you can rest assured that God will be what you need even if you do not see Him. Your sight does not affect His presence and His presence may not meet your expectations.  A close relationship with our Heavenly Father allows us to see Him in ways we never imagined.

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  1. Sometimes we need to accept help.

We may need to accept help in order to get out of our cave. Often we are blinded by ourselves and are too prideful to ask for help. The Psalms are full of petitions for help (Psalms 30, 61 and 107 to name a few.). The Thai soccer team had an international team of rescuers working to rescue them. Are you willing to accept help in order to get out of your cave? I have seen that people stuck in a deep, dark cave often stay there because they either do not want help and like the darkness or they do not believe they are worth helping. Believe you are worth it, your Heavenly Father does!

  1. Do things we have not done before.

To get out of the cave  we may have to do things we have never done. We have to be willing to change in order to change. The young Thai boys did not know how to swim and had never been scuba diving but they were willing to learn those skills so that the rescuers could help them. What can you do differently? What are you willing to learn that you have not done before?

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Photo taken from CNN
  1. Look back and see that you were never alone.

Once we are out of the cave we can look back to discover that we had many people cheering for us on all along. We can see that it was a lie that we were alone and isolated. We can see that it was a lie that no one cared.   We can now see all the lies that kept us in the cave and afraid to leave. Look around, there are many people that are willing to help you help yourself!

Are you in a cave? Do you want out?

If you feel stuck in a cave please reach out to someone today!

  1. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text with someone at the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. Program these numbers into your phone so you have support 24/7.
  2. Find somebody to talk to. You are not a burden to them. You are precious and important and this world is better because you are here.
  3. Email me at Michelle@counselingincanton.com if you would like counseling assistance.

There is Hope for you and His name is Jesus!

(You can follow all of Michelle’s posts over at https://www.facebook.com/counselingincanton/)

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The Coming King Foundation Sculpture & Prayer Garden featured in Charisma Magazine

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Over the last few years we have told many of you about the Coming King Sculpture and Prayer Garden in Kerrville, TX.  Charisma Magazine featured the Garden in its June issue. You can download the article below or you can email Michelle@JeweledSteel.com and she will send you a copy.

 

We have 2 sculptures in the Garden, “It Is Finished” and “One Nation Under God.”

TBN featured Max Greiner, Jr, David’s longtime mentor, and founder of the Sculpture Garden on its Praise the Lord Broadcast. Take a minute and watch the inspiration behind this wonderful Garden off of I-10.

If you or your church is interested in any of these sculptures, let us know! We want to share the Gospel with as many people as we can.

 

 

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Why Do I Make Crosses?

OverLiving-Water-Cross-low-rez the years many people have asked me why I focus on making crosses when I could make so many other things.

The cross is the most brutal instrument of death – it is cruel beyond imagination. The Bible describes the suffering of Christ on the cross five hundred years before the Romans used it for punishment. From the beginning of my artistic journey I have said that “The cross is God’s chosen instrument for the salvation of man!”

Many businesses make lots of money selling all types of crosses. People use the search term “crosses” millions of times each month and companies capitalize on that. The majority of crosses sold do not have any meaning behind them and are just decorative and look pretty. If my goal was to just make pretty crosses I would have cashed in years ago. Several companies wanted to partner with me to have my crosses manufactured in China so they could be sold cheaply to the masses. I do not want my crosses made in a factory with no thought of the meaning behind it. These crosses are a result of my relationship with God and I praise Him while I work. If Paul’s handkerchief could carry the Spirit, so can my crosses. Even as I sign each piece, I am praying that wherever it ends up, people are going to be touched and blessed by it.

From the Foundation Cross

I hand-craft my crosses one at a time and there are no two alike. Like us, each cross is unique. It has a story and meaning behind its design. Music arouses certain emotions and prepares the heart to receive a message and each cross I create has a specific message that I want to convey. Each piece presents the Word of God in a way that uses a visual imagery to  communicate the written word. For 18 years, I have seen people stand in front of my crosses with tears in their eyes because they are so excited or touched by what they see.

I make these crosses because the Cross changed my life. Someday I’ll write my story but, for now, know that the people who knew me before I was transformed by the risen Christ know that something miraculous happened to me. There is no other way to explain it. Part of my signature on every piece I make is 2 Corinthians 5:17 which states, “I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old has passed away and behold, the new has come.”

I owe a debt to my Lord Jesus for saving me from myself. He gave me this gift to share with whomever will stop and see. He is doing a new thing on this earth and part of that new thing, He’s doing through me!

To see more of my work click here.

Michelle and I appreciate your support, thank you!!

David and Michelle

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God is with you!

Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua was a leader who saw all the works of God and how He delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt, who at that time was the most powerful nation in the world. He knew that His God was bigger than any army or problem that rose in their midst. God even provided water out of a rock. He can meet any one of our needs. It may not be the way we think it should happen or the timing we want, but He is faithful. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Tell the spirit of fear to leave. Trust in God alone.

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What’s Your Biggest Regret

As I watched this video, I asked myself the same question. What is my biggest regret? I thought about it for a while and decided my regrets could be categorized into 4 areas: 1) things I did not do because I was afraid; 2) things I did not say because I was afraid; 3) places I did not go because I was afraid and 4) people I did not meet because I was afraid. It was really impactful for me to see that FEAR was the reason behind most of my regrets. What a different world we could have if we gave no place to fear. Second Timothy 1:7 says that the Lord did not give us a Spirit of Fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

I believe the absence of fear would change our lives. We would forgive quicker because we would not fear getting hurt again. We would mess up a lot more because we would not be afraid of failing. We would speak up more because we would not be afraid of people. The Bible gives clear instruction on how to not fear and this is simply to believe that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). We must chose to believes what the Word of God says about us rather than listen to the voice of fear. God’s Word framed the worlds (Hebrews 11:3) and it must be the framework for ours because His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

God is good and His thoughts toward us are good (Psalm 139:17). He has a future for us and it has a hopeful end (Jeremiah 29:11). God is on our side; whom shall we fear (Psalm 27:1) and most importantly, it is impossible to please God without FAITH (Hebrews 11:6).

Let’s choose to forgive ourselves for missed opportunities and start believing in things we cannot see knowing that we are in the palm of HIS hand!
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What Is It?

What Is It?

We come across all sorts of interesting things living out here in the country and David loves to take photos of everything that flies, crawls, creeps or hops.  We wanted to have a little fun with some of his pictures of the next few months.

We will share a close up of one of David’s photos to see if you can guess what it is.

 

October – Pic of the Month

Close Up

 

Full Picture

We call this a Zig-Zag Spider because of the Zig-Zag design it creates with its web.

 

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Canton Tornado

2017 Canton Tornado

April 29, 2017 is a day I will never forget. My name is David Broussard and I am a metal artist/sculptor who lives in Canton Texas. I display my work every month at the world famous Canton First Monday Trade Days which has taken place every month for well over 100 years. Thousands of people were out enjoying themselves and the weather called for thunderstorms that would take place later that night, but around 4:00 pm, the weather started turning for the worse. Sirens went off and there were tornado warning alerts on my phone every few minutes. People started scrambling for their cars and vendors started closing their shops.

A little after 5:00 pm, I grabbed a ride home with Shannon and Becky Cunningham, vendors from Louisiana who stay in our guest house. It was raining hard and the sky was very dark. When I got home, Michelle was soaked and her bible was wet. She had been standing in the back yard speaking the Word of God over the storm. She was declaring Psalm 91 over our life, our property, our friends and neighbors. When I put my things up, I joined her.

I remember us standing in the back yard, facing southwest and looking at this wall of terror coming at us. You could hear it in the distance. All of a sudden, the wind stopped and not a leaf was moving on any of the trees. It was like watching a horror movie where there’s a moment of silence before the monster springs out of nowhere to snatch its prey. That is truly what it was like. The wind started to pick up again and the sound of the tornado grew all the more intense. It is a sound that I will never forget as long as I live. I’ve heard people talk about tornados sounding like a freight train but I could never quiet understand it. If you’ve ever been close to a train traveling at full speed, there is a rumble that is very distinct. What I heard was like several trains at one time.

At the same time Shannon and Becky were standing outside the guest house and Becky was watching the swings in our front oak tree. She saw them swing high back and forth, but then they blew up into the tree and disappeared. She yelled at Shannon to get in the house. They were also standing in agreement with us, praying Psalm 91.

When the wind started blowing harder where we could no longer safely stand in the back yard, we ran into the house and stood in a room behind the brick fireplace. Michelle and I did not lay down but stood in that room declaring the Word over our lives, our house, our property and the same for our neighbors.

I have to say that even though we were very concerned about the intensity of the moment and our hearts were racing, we were not fearful. We were not freaking out at all. When I think back over the brief moments that this storm from hell was on us, we stood firm and declared the salvation of the Lord on our lives. “Though a thousand fall at my side, even 10,000 at my right hand, it will not come upon me. Only with my eyes shall I look upon the destruction.” We declared and believed it would not touch our dwelling place. I had my arms around Michelle and told her I loved her and that we were going to be fine. We definitely were standing in agreement.

While were were inside declaring the Word over us, we did not hear anything except our voices. We have many windows in our home and not a single window vibrated. After maybe a couple of minutes, we paused and it was eerily quiet and still. We went to a side door of our home and looked out the window and the sky was a lighter gray and we saw some branches on the ground. I remember Michelle saying she was surprised that it wasn’t that bad after all. Then we stepped out of the house and looked to the back yard and were blown away by what we saw. One of our oaks by the patio was snapped off at the ground. A huge tulip poplar, about 2.5 feet at its base, which is only five feet from our back door was snapped off right at the top of our roof line. The even bigger poplar at the corner of our back yard was completely pushed over and uprooted, destroying a section of steel fence. We have huge 2 – 3 foot in diameter Blue Spruce trees all over our property that were snapped in two like pencils.

 

There are 4 metal buildings in back of our home. The first one is an RV shed which we do not put to use. Heavily damaged! Next to it is Michelle’s office with an attached warehouse for inventory etc. We use it daily. It is completely intact. Next to it is another building that we don’t use that was destroyed.

Across from it was a double carport steel building where I keep my trailer in which I store all my display for shows. It was destroyed by a cedar that fell on it, but it stopped about three inches from the top of the trailer. Last of all, the biggest building where I do my metal work, which contains all of my equipment and tools was completely untouched except for the weather head that brings electricity to the building. One of the big trees that fell ripped it from the building. There are four long metal vents on top of the roof. They were completely intact yet a three foot spruce directly behind the building about 20 feet from vents was snapped off just a few feet higher than the vents. The other cedar of the same size is pushed over and crashed into another cedar of the same size and broke it at the base.

Another surprise was our radio antenna, which is our only source for internet signal was not damaged, yet was equally as high and in line with the trees only a few feet away.

My van that I use for shows was parked three feet from the building that was the most heavily damaged. In fact, the porch in front of the building was completely destroyed and tin was laying everywhere, but the van was untouched. We have a tower that is as tall as the trees that is connected to Michelle’s office where she makes jewelry. This is where we get our signal for our cell phones and internet. Without it, we can’t run our business. It is no more than 20 feet from one tree and 30 feet from the other, directly in between them. The trees were snapped off and yet that tower which we must have for communication was intact.

Now after a day of having the road cleaned where we can get out, we saw the scope of our experience. This storm came at us from the Southwest where it completely destroyed many homes and beautiful trees. We were dead center in the path of this monster storm. The biggest oaks are on the south side of our house and all the trees that were destroyed fell to the north. These huge oaks would have destroyed our home. When the tornado reached our property, it took out a few trees at the front, lifted over these oaks and our house, destroying only the trees behind our home, either by snapping the tops which were higher than our roofline or uprooting them. The buildings in the back that we use were also untouched. After it got over our property, the storm dropped back on the ground and almost completely devastated the community behind us.

On Monday morning, Mike Charles, a master electrician and new friend showed up at my door and asked if I needed any help. He helped me pick out a generator and hooked it up to our home so our food would not spoil and also for basic lighting etc in the house. Early Tuesday morning he showed up again to fix the weather head for my workshop. Without it, I would not be able to get power to the building. We worked about an hour just clearing the trees out to have space to work.

While Mike and I were working on my shop, Michelle was feeling overwhelmed. She was wondering how on earth we were going to clean up the mess on our property. We had major trees down all over our buildings to the back plus two in our back yard and we didn’t have the equipment nor the man power to do it. She prayed for help. About two hours later, eight men and two women showed up with chain saws, a tractor and a skid steer which can pick up whole trees easily. They worked tirelessly for around five hours and then there were gone. We know a couple of them, so we know they were not angels. Within an hour of them being done with the cleanup, Mike and I finished bolting on the meter box and power head to my workshop. As we were tightening the last bolt to secure it to the side of the building, T-VEC, our electric provider, showed up to connect us back to the main line. It was the most amazing day. If those guys had not shown up to help with the cleanup, T-VEC would not have been able to do their job and our power up would have been delayed.

 

We experienced a miracle that is beyond anything that has ever happened in our life. Our God protected us from all harm. He is faithful to deliver all who will call upon His great Name and believe that He truly is able to do what His Word says. His Name is Jesus of Nazareth, The Creator of Heaven and Earth. We continue to pray for the people on both sides of our property. By the grace of God our place does not look like the photo below, which was taken in the neighborhood behind our home. The trees you can see in the background is our property which is about 500 yards away. Several of our friends lived here and we are so thankful that no lives were lost. They will soon start the rebuilding process and life will go on.

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“One Nation Under God” Installation and Dedication

On April 15th, 2017, we donated and dedicated “One Nation Under God” to The Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden in Kerrville, TX.

 

“One Nation Under God”

Six hundred and thirteen nails form the shape of Messiah’s cross, representing the 613 laws found in the Old Testament Torah, the five books of Moses.

Yeshua, Jesus the Christ, knew no sin and was the perfect, spotless Lamb of God. He died on the cross, taking upon Himself the sins of all mankind so whoever believes in Him shall have eternal life.

Israel is the nation God chose to bring forth His Messiah for the salvation of man. Jesus of Nazareth, the son of David was born of the Jews. The church is forever tied to Israel and this sculpture tells the story of the deliverance of Israel from the bondage of Egypt and also the deliverance of mankind from the bondage of sin and the Law.

Photos from the Installation

David and Jose getting things into place.

David with Max Greiner, Jr

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Hope for the Hopeless

As I was reviewing our web traffic over the last 2 years I noticed an interesting fact. In 2014, the #1 non-Jeweled Steel related search term that led people to our website was forgiveness. In 2015, that search term was hopeless. I do feel that this is the general state of our world. Most people are without hope because they don’t believe in the One that brings hope. Personally, I believe that many Christians are without hope even though they have accepted Jesus as Lord of their life. Why is this? Maybe most Christians have placed their hope in themselves, their programs, their religions or their money instead of cultivating a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Christians should be the most hopeful group of people around. Instead we look pretty much like those who have no hope. It is time for us to lay down what we think we know and trust the One who spoke everything into existence. Believe that He is not an angry God and He is not out to get you. He is happy and in a good mood!

Let the verses below penetrate your heart and ask the Holy Spirit to help you renew your thinking so that you actually believe what the Word of God says concerning you. We have a hopeful future in spite of our circumstances. Our God NEVER changes!
Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you a hopeful end.

God is for us!

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

An abundant life = a hopeful life

Mark 4:40

And He said to them, Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?

It is a choice to believe or to fear; let’s choose to believe. Believe in a hopeful future simply because God said it!

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Leap of Faith

 

LEAP OF FAITH

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PATRICIA BROUSSARD

From Cameron To Canton: Louisiana Son Becomes International Artist

By Patricia Broussard

(original article as written for Lagniappe)

Some people know early on what they want to do with their life. Others spend years searching, never feeling like they’ve found their purpose.

David Broussard, an artist and sculptor, not only uses his God-given talent to prosper, but, more importantly, to glorify God and bless others.

It wasn’t always that way. It took Broussard several decades to get to where he is today. It was a process of trial and painful growth, but he learned much along the way.

Broussard, the fifth child of Whitney and Clara Broussard’s eight children, was always a handful. Whether it was discovering the dead minnows stashed away in his T-shirt drawer, or catching him in the act of throwing eggs at his uncle’s chickens in the henhouse, the Broussards were always busy trying to keep up with their rambunctious son.

Broussard looks back on his childhood with the fondest of memories. “Daddy owned some great marsh land in Creole, and it was perfect for duck hunting. We’d leave early in the morning, and sometimes not get home until late at night. We didn’t have cell phones, but no one worried. Everyone knew each other, and watched out for each other. I hunted and fished, and explored the countryside with my friends. It was truly a great childhood.”

It wasn’t always fun and games, he adds. His father, teacher and principal at Cameron Elementary, also owned Broussard’s Motel. Every summer, Whitney Broussard would put a paintbrush in his son’s hands, and tell him to get to work. Every day for weeks, David would paint the outside of the motel while his friends played. When he finally finished that job, it was time to paint the inside.

“I hated that paintbrush,” he says. “When I got a little older, I told my Dad I was going to get a real job, and, along with a couple of friends, went to work on a Texaco production platform. The first job they gave us was to scrape and paint the rig. My Dad loved to hear me tell that story, and I can still see that grin on his face. I still paint, but now I paint with a blowtorch.”

David is energetic, and passionate about whatever he does. At the age of 15, the Broussard family moved from Cameron to Lake Charles. David had the opportunity to pick up a bass guitar, and hasn’t stopped playing since. He had found his first love, and pursued it passionately.

He honed his skills, playing with locals such as Gary Reynolds, Eric Sylvester and Charles Mann. Broussard played in several traveling bands, and after two years of touring countless cities, in 1975 found himself in Dallas. It was there that he met a successful hairdresser, and enjoyed her friends and lifestyle. He was encouraged to go to cosmetology school, and, in 1977, he earned his license, and started his career in the hair business. Quickly, he became a recognized name, all the while  continuing to play music locally.

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David Broussard, Terry Murphy and Kenny Griffin of Refugee (early 1980s)

In 1982, his band, Refugee, was named one of the top 10 rock and roll bands in Texas on Q-102’s More Texas Crude album. A few months later, while flipping through channels on the radio, David heard Marlin Maddox’s voice, and was captivated. He continued to listen every day, and heard the gospel of Christ taught like he had never heard before.

Listening to teachers such as Chuck Smith and J. Vernon McGee, it wasn’t long before David made Jesus Lord of his life. He knew he had to make some serious decisions, and, shortly after, to the surprise of everyone, he quit Refugee only weeks before they were to sign with Epic Records. He made the decision to stay in the hair business, and share Christ with anyone who would listen. Many of his clients and associates became Christian as a result of seeing his transformation.

He stayed true to his decision, but things were about to change for him at the turn of the millennium.

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In December of 1999, David felt there was more for him to do. He prayed for God to expand his realm of influence. It wasn’t long before God answered that prayer.

In May of 2000, Broussard signed up for a 24-hour welding course. In this class, he made a cross, and hung it in his salon. It sold within an hour. He made another, which again sold immediately. After selling approximately 50 crosses, his business partner mentioned that God had definitely answered his prayer. He asked her what she meant. David was having so much fun with his new “hobby” that he didn’t realize this was indeed the answer to his prayer.

He started designing crosses in which the shape and name would tell a story — a story that pointed to Christ. In other words, David wasn’t simply making beautiful home decor — he was telling the story of man’s salvation through the cross.

Selling only from his salon, Broussard’s crosses began appearing in homes throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. In 2001, his friends, who own the Dallas International Guitar Show, invited him to exhibit his crosses. They were a huge hit with musicians across America.

The next month, Broussard was accepted in ArtFest, a popular show in Dallas. This was the first time the general public in Dallas saw his creations, and from that point on, his career took off.

In 2003, the Dallas Observer named Broussard Best Men’s Hair Stylist. Even though his hair business was booming, he knew it was time to take another major step. Being very anxious with the decision that lay before him, but also believing the promise that the Lord would provide his needs, he gave up his clientele that he loved and worked so hard to build, and devoted his full attention to Jeweled Steel.

From the Foundation Cross
From the Foundation Cross

Many have asked why he calls his business Jeweled Steel. He explains that what a jeweler does with a stone, he does with steel. He cuts a particular shape out of steel, and then polishes different textures into the surface. He continues to polish the steel until it almost looks holographic. Then he colors the designs, using only the heat from a blowtorch, a technique he calls flame painting.

When he is finished painting, he signs each piece, then adds a clear powder coat to seal and protect the finish. The final product is a piece of steel that looks like glass. He says one of the greatest compliments he gets is when someone looks at his art and asks if it is glass. After almost 15 years of making these crosses, he still hears people say they’ve never seen anything like it.

Broussard has enjoyed great reviews of his art. Loretto Chapel, the top tourist attraction in Santa Fe, N.M., picked up his line to sell in their gift shop, and that relationship is still going strong after 10 years. Carmel Mission in Carmel, Cal., also carries his art.

World-famous sculptor Max Greiner discovered Broussard’s work in Nashville, and he wanted to get to know the artist behind the crosses. They met, and Greiner quickly became Broussard’s mentor. Greiner established The Coming King Prayer and Sculpture Garden in Kerrville, Texas, and asked Broussard to create a design for the garden. He created It Is Finished, a 12-ft. spike sculpture that represents the three nails used at the crucifixion. This impressive sculpture is located at the entrance of the garden, located at I-10 and Hwy. 16.

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Through the years, Broussard has maintained his love of music, and he continues to play. The difference now is that he plays at church instead of smoky nightclubs.

Meanwhile his work continues to gain recognition. He’s been featured on WFAA Channel 8’s Good Morning Texas, as well as other Dallas publications. He was invited to exhibit with Let There Be Light, along with 12 other artists, including Max Greiner, Thomas Blackwell and Ron DiCiani, all of international fame. He’s even used his talent to finish the sign and awning on the restored Manor House, a 28-story apartment building located in downtown Dallas.

What began with a simple welding class, and selling one lone item in a hair salon, has turned into a global venture. Broussard’s work can be found not only in the USA, but also in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Columbia, Central America, Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Europe and Israel. Even the Church of England, after visiting Broussard’s website, commissioned him to create two custom designed crosses.

Each beautiful cross is signed; part of his signature is the scripture 2 Corinthians 5:17, because it describes his life: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

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David and Michelle Broussard

David’s wife and absolute love of his life, Michelle, not only runs the business end of Jeweled Steel, but also has taken her husband’s designs and created a jewelry line that complements his larger pieces. Many people wear their favorite Jeweled Steel designs as jewelry.

What pleases David the most is that his art and website allow people around the world to look at beautiful photos of his work, and read words of truth that can bring eternal life.

The Broussards recently moved to Canton, Texas, where they show their work every month at First Monday Trade Days. David says he meets people from Lake Charles and the surrounding area almost every month. He and Michelle can be found in Arbor 2, booths 162 and 163. They can be reached by phone at 903-567-4349, and their website is JeweledSteel.com.

In Lake Charles, Jeweled Steel can be found at The Perfect Gift, located at 3045 Ernest St.

Originally posted in Lagniappe Magazine.

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First Monday Report – January

First Monday Report – January

David and I were talking about what we could do in order to make our blog and others postings more interesting.  We decided to add our monthly First Monday Report which will give some highlights of our weekend at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX.  Many of you have come out to see this monthly phenomenon knows at First Monday but many of you have not experienced it so we are bringing our experiences to you.  We will include some interesting sights and people as well as include our best sellers of the month.  If there is anything you would like to see us share, please let us know.

 

Brief History of First Monday

 

FM-in-1918-downtown-Canton

IT ALL BEGAN … in the 1850′s when the circuit judge stopped in Canton on the FIRST MONDAY of each month. This was the day the Judge held court. People from the area came to town on that day to conduct their business, stock their pantries and sit in on court proceedings … and watch a few “hangings”. History relates one incident where a man was hung for stealing his partner’s wagon of goods for trading. He is buried facing south (not east) in Hillcrest Cemetery by the First Monday grounds.

Quite naturally, many also brought their own goods, produce and livestock with them to sell or trade. This took place just off the west side of the courthouse square. Most history versions include the trading of wild hosrses, which were rounded up in the region and brought to Canton to sell.

By 1965, FIRST MONDAY had outgrown the Town Square, It was then that the City of Canton purchased six acres just two blocks north of the courthouse. FIRST MONDAY was moved off the square.

Originally, FIRST MONDAY only “happened” on the first Monday of each month. However, if you take a look NOW at the calendar, you will note that Monday has been excluded.

Even though the event goes from Thursday – Sunday, the name is now and will forever be known as: FIRST MONDAY TRADE DAYS.

Source:  https://www.firstmondaycanton.com/history-first-monday-trade-days

 

Interesting Sights

Those that are regulars at First Monday know that there are lots and lots of dogs.  Dogs of all sizes and shapes come with their owners every month.  Here are a few dogs that visited our booth this month.

 

Ms. Arden Elizabeth from Austin came to see our booth. She was decked out and ready to celebrate the New Year.   Arden has been featured in several calendars and is also a therapy dog.   Arden and her mother are from Austin.

Ms. Arden Elizabeth

 

This long-haired dachshund has an interesting leash.

 

weinie dog with leash

 

Jeweled Steel January Bestseller

 

deep in heart of texas

We have recently debuted one of David’s new designs called “Deep in the Heart of Texas”.  This was created when my mom wanted something different than a cross for her office.  David came up with this and they have been very popular.  The one in the photo is approx 26″ x 26″.

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Tuesday, December 8th at 10 am at our home in Canton. Please call or email for directions, we would love to have you.

Phone: 903-567-4349
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Address: 213 VZ CR 4104, Canton, TX 75103

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