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

Monday, November 30, 2015

seek the solitude of nature...

seek the solitude of nature

"It is a commonplace of all religious thought,
even the most primitive,
that the man seeking visions and insight
must go apart from his fellows
and love for a time in the wilderness."

- Loren Eiseley

Sunday, November 29, 2015

the Christmas tree...

the Christmas tree

...freshly cut Christmas trees
smelling of stars and snow and pine resin -
inhale deeply and
fill your soul with wintry night...”

- John Geddes

Thank you, Dear Creator, for Life.
Thank you for Dreams.
Thank you for Ideas and Thoughts and Feelings.
Most of all, thank you for choosing me to grow -
just for today -
and to know the Wonder of Your World
and its many Possibilities.”

- Janie Jasin

Saturday, November 28, 2015

believe in yourself...

believe in yourself

"At the end of the day,
always remember that You Are Important.
STOP comparing yourself to everyone else.
Value, appreciate and learn from others,
but don't cut yourself short.
We all have unique abilities and talents.
Always remain Humble and Kind
but believe in yourself
and appreciate Your Own Value."
- Dr Anil Kumar Sinha

Friday, November 27, 2015


photo by Faye Doyle

"[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course,
trying to do all that He says.
There would be no sense in saying
you trusted a person
if you would not take his advice.
Thus if you have really
handed yourself over to Him,
it must follow that you are trying to obey Him.
But trying in a new way, a less worried way.
Not doing these things in order to be saved,
but because He has begun to save you already.
Not hoping to get to Heaven
as a reward for your actions,
but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way
because a first faint gleam
of Heaven is already inside you."

- C.S. Lewis

Thursday, November 26, 2015

be thankful...

Be Thankful

"Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings."

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I am grateful...

I am grateful

"I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual.
It is surprising how contented one can be
with nothing definite - only a sense of existence.
Well, anything for variety.
I am ready to try this
for the next ten thousand years, and exhaust it.
How sweet to think of
my extremities well charred,
and my intellectual part too,
so that there is no danger of worm
or rot for a long while.
My breath is sweet to me.
O how I laugh when I think
of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it,
for my wealth is not possession
but enjoyment."

- Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

wonders of nature...

wonders of nature

Science is the small part of what man
has learned about how God most often
chooses to accomplish His work.

Monday, November 23, 2015


patience precedes comfort

Last night when both my wife and I
were tucked in bed, the lights were out,
and we were ready to sleep,
my wife noticed something
very softly jumped up on the bed
and quietly lay down on the other side of her.
It appears that our one cat, Zembie,
was hiding under our bed and waited
for awhile before he decided
to sneak in with us.

"The two hardest tests on the spiritual road
are the patience to wait for the right moment
and the courage not to be disappointed
with what we encounter."

- Paulo Coelho

Sunday, November 22, 2015

running away...

running away

Like Jonah...
We spend so much time ignoring God,
and trying to run away from Him.

Why can't we be what He
wants us to be?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

keeping watch...

keeping watch

"The mind is the goalpost in the field of life,
guard it and protect it with your all,
for out of it comes your victories
and defeats as well."

- Ikechukwu Izuakor

Friday, November 20, 2015

maintain hope and faith,,,

maintain hope and faith

Although suffering may come,
although pleasures and provision may run dry,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord.

The Lord, not my surroundings, is my salvation!
- Paraphrased from
Habakkuk 3: 17,18