Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Sunday, February 7, 2016

puzzle complete...

puzzle complete

Well the puzzle is finished and
there were no missing pieces.
Eventually, if we remain strong in our faith,
all the pieces of our puzzle will fit together perfectly...
another masterpiece of our Father,
our Creator, the Everlasting God.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

dropdown...

dropdown

Every so often, in the course of
your daily routine or your daily wandering,
you see an image that just grabs your attention.
You don't know why, it just does.
Well, this one, for some reason grabbed mine.


"Have I ever written anything
that has really changed something?
What I believe is that you
can't change anything without using art.
I believe that the drops wear away the stone.
I try to be part of that army."
- Henning Mankell

Friday, February 5, 2016

darkness behind...

leaving the darkness behind

“Stars, hide your fires;
Let not light see my black and deep desires.”
- William Shakespeare
(“Macbeth”)


Think long and hard, I am sure you will remember
things you have done that you are not proud of
and maybe even ashamed.
What matters now is what direction
you are allowing the Lord to lead you.

If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins
and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
- 1 John 1:9 NIV

Thursday, February 4, 2016

incomplete puzzle...


Incomplete Puzzle

The last several years I have bought a jigsaw puzzle
as a Christmas gift for my wife and myself.
We are just about finished with this one.
When searching for a particular piece,
and not finding it right away,
the thought crosses my mind that
it is a piece that never made it into the box...
a missing piece of the puzzle.
Unless the puzzle is truly defective,
we eventually find that piece,
either through perseverance or by chance.
I have come to believe that life is like that
but that nothing happens by chance.
In several books I have read over the years
by several authors ( Ravi Zacharias, Donald Miller,
John Eldredge, to name a few)
they speak about God's work on an epic,
a tapestry, a weaving of which each of us
and our lives are an integral part of the whole.
Eventually, soon (for some)
our part in that weaving is finished,
although our contribution affects
the rest of the weaving (and other lives)
after we are gone. 


"My Life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.

Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.


The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
Who leave the choice with Him."
- Corrie Ten boom

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

piano...

piano
photo by Erin Doyle

"One man gets nothing but discord out of a piano;
another gets harmony.
No one claims the piano is at fault.
Life is about the same.
The discord is there, and the harmony is there.
Study to play it correctly,
and it will give forth the beauty;
play it falsely,
and it will give forth the ugliness.
Life is not at fault."
- Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

hope...

out of destruction
comes hope

"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.
That myth is more potent than history.
That dreams are more powerful than facts.
That hope always triumphs over experience.
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.”"
- Robert Fulghum

Monday, February 1, 2016

commitment...

Sunday go to Meetin'
painting by Billy Jacobs

Why am I so good at being bad, and so bad at being good?

This question has required, for me, a bit of pondering.
At first, since God is good, and Satan is evil,
we may wonder even more,
since it appears that Satan is more actively involved
with our life than is God.
Or perhaps our commitment to God
is not as strong as our commitment to self.
While this may be true (and in most cases is true),
let's approach this from a different angle.
Consider only a commitment or non commitment to God.
Self pleasure is a given.
For if we are not committed to God,
we are most assuredly following the path of self satisfaction.
Which is easier, being committed to something
or not having commitment?
This is the answer to our question...
because it is so much easier to be bad.
Going one step beyond...
God wants us to continue to grow
and become more strongly committed to Him.
He does this by not making it easier,
once we become somewhat committed to Him,
but increasingly harder
so that our commitment to Him grows stronger.
Think of the commitment to lose weight...
it is easier to lose the first 5 pounds
than to lose the last five in our long range plan,
but as a result, we will become more committed
to keeping that extra weight off and less likely to backslide...
and more able to tackle harder and harder commitments.
One final thought...
God is with us all the time and helps us,
but as our commitment to Him grows He enables us more,
and provides us with lasting peace and joy
in the severest of circumstances.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Spring fever...

cold bath
photo by Lee Keefer

"It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is.
And when you’ve got it, you want —
oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!"
- Mark Twain

Friday, January 29, 2016

keeping warm

keeping warm together
photo by Lee Keefer

"So when you're cold
From the inside out
And don't know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,

And warmth will come to you."
- Stephen Cosgrove

Thursday, January 28, 2016

winter nap...

winter nap

Our two cats have
discovered the reading/quiet area
in my man cave.
Now this is the way to beat the winter blues.

"In the winter she curls up around a good book
and dreams away the cold."
- Ben Aaronovitch

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

well done...

job done

"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson