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

Friday, January 30, 2015

circumstances...

circumstances

"God speaks in the language you know best,
not through your ears but
through your circumstances."
- Oswald Chambers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

joy...

joy

"I recently heard a great explanation
of the difference between happiness and joy.
Happiness is dependent on outward circumstances.
Joy, on the other hand, is internal and constant.


As believers, we have an unlimited
source of joy through Jesus Christ.
We shouldn't be as concerned about happiness
which is dependent on outward circumstances.
We should have joy in the Lord
based on an internal constant -
our relationship with Him."

- Larry Jones

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

to bring cheer...

to bring cheer

To brighten her day,
I bought some of my wife's favorite flowers
for her the other day
and thought I would share
one of the blossoms here.


"The unselfish effort to bring cheer
to others will be the beginning
of a happier life for ourselves."

- Helen Keller

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

year of the sheep...

year of the sheep
cross-stitch by Faye Doyle and Darlene Frey

We will soon be in the
Year of the Sheep.
Now I put my trust in the Lord
and not any of the signs
of any human culture.

However, for those who love sheep
there should be plenty of gifts
available this year
that highlight sheep.

It should always be remembered that
sheep need a shepherd to guide
and protect them.


"I am the good shepherd;
I know my sheep and my sheep know me -
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father -
and I lay down my life for the sheep."

- John 14-15 NIV

Monday, January 26, 2015

desolation...

desolation

"I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
I do not understand what I do.
For what I want to do I do not do,
but what I hate I do.

As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it,
but it is sin living in me.
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me,
that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good,
but I cannot carry it out.
For I do not do the good I want to do,
but the evil I do not want to do...
this I keep on doing.
Now if I do what I do not want to do,
it is no longer I who do it,
but it is sin living in me that does it.


Although I want to do good,
evil is right there with me.
For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;
but I see another law at work in me,
waging war against the law of my mind
and making me a prisoner of the law of sin
at work within me.
What a wretched man I am!
Who will rescue me from this body
that is subject to death?
Thanks be to God, who delivers me
through Jesus Christ our Lord!"

- Taken from Romans 7 NIV


"Desolation is a file,
and the endurance of darkness
is preparation for great light."

- St. John of the Cross

Sunday, January 25, 2015

attitude...

attitude
photo by FD

"The longer I live, the more I realize
the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past,
the education, the money, than circumstances,
than failure, than successes,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance,
giftedness or skill.
It will make or break a company...
a church... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice
everyday regarding the attitude
we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past...
we cannot change the fact that people
will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play
on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life
is 10% what happens to me
and 90% of how I react to it.
And so it is with you...
we are in charge of our Attitudes."

- Charles Swindoll

Saturday, January 24, 2015

clad with radiance...

clad with radiance

"There is nothing in the world more beautiful
than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow.
It is the still ecstasy of nature,
wherein every spray, every blade of grass,
every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig,
is clad with radiance."

- William Sharp

Friday, January 23, 2015

struggle and growth...


"Though the beauty may be in the butterfly,
the struggle and the growth occur
in the cocoon."

- Edward Kramer

Thursday, January 22, 2015

blessings from God...

blessings from God
(photo by FD)

Sometimes I think
for every step forward
I take two steps backward.
But that is not for us to decide.
Only God really knows our heart
and He is a merciful God
that loves us very much.
The only thing I caution everyone
is never to stand still and do nothing.



"My imperfections and failures
are as much a blessing from God
as my successes and my talents
and I lay them both at his feet." 

- Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

gratitude and growth...

gratitude and growth

Let everything you experience
be a new step forward
in your continual growth
of spiritual wisdom.


"On this day, as on every day,
we Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving.
We have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring us to this moment.
We give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of our courage
and the cold sweat of our fear.
We accept gratefully the entirety
of our past and our present life."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

difficulty...

difficulty

No matter what may happen,
somewhere, somehow
God's Will be done,
and it will be for good.


"God will not permit any troubles
to come upon us, unless
He has a specific plan by which great blessing
can come out of the difficulty."

- Peter Marshall