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, September 4, 2015

if it is His will...

If it is His will
(photo by Faye Doyle)


Use me for Thy glory alone, O Lord.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

changes...

On top of this mountain, it began to snow
but you could still see the golden glow of autumn
in the valley below.

Weather changes, seasons change,
and we change as we grow older.
Change is inevitable.

As things earthy change, we must hold onto
our faith and core beliefs as they
are found in His word.

He is our fortress and He does not change.


"It is well for us that,
amidst all the variableness of life,
there is One whom change cannot affect;
One whose heart can never alter,
and on whose brow mutability
can make no furrows."

- Charles Spurgeon

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

keep alive...

I like security and am pretty conservative...
a tendency for most of us as we age.

However, unlike many of my age,
I am always looking for new experiences,
particularly in some forms
of technology.

We aren't finished with our journey
as we can still learn and grow.
Never completely give up
your adventurous spirit...
and never ever give up your imagination.

"So many people live within unhappy circumstances
and yet will not take the initiative
to change their situation because
they are conditioned to a life of
security, conformity, and conservatism,
all of which may appear to give one peace of mind,
but in reality nothing is more dangerous
to the adventurous spirit within a man
than a secure future.
The very basic core of a man’s living spirit
is his passion for adventure.
The joy of life comes from
our encounters with new experiences,
and hence there is no greater joy
than to have an endlessly changing horizon,
for each day to have a new and different sun."

- Jon Krakauer
("Into the Wild")

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

the journey is long...

The journey is long but necessary,
and worth taking.

When I was processing this image in Photoshop,
I, as is my usual habit, was playing music
from my created Pandora station.

Interesting to note that the first song playing was
titled “Lament” by Rufus Cappadocia from
his album, “Songs for Cello”.

The journey has many trials and tribulations
along the way... we stumble and we fall...
but with the Lord's help and our own perseverance,
we pick ourselves up again, hopefully learn
from our mistakes, and continue onward.

Along the way there is also joy which
sustains us, and brings an inner peace,
found only through a personal relationship
with our Heavenly Father.
Appropriately, the last song playing while putting
the final touches on this image was,
“Joy” by David Nevue from his album,
“Whisperings”


Isn't it wonderful how the Lord
provides guidance, hope, and whispers
to us, as we travel this path?

Monday, August 31, 2015

misfortune...

misfortune


"The pupil dilates in darkness
and in the end finds light,
just as the soul dilates in misfortune
and in the end finds God."

- Victor Hugo
(Les Misérables)

Sunday, August 30, 2015

addiction...

addiction

"We are addicted to our thoughts.
We cannot change anything
if we cannot change our thinking."

- Santosh Kalwar

Saturday, August 29, 2015

secluded life...

secluded life

"I have lived through much,
and now I think I have found
what is needed for happiness.
A quiet secluded life in the country,
with the possibility of being useful
to people to whom it is easy to do good,
and who are not accustomed
to have it done to them;
then work which one hopes may be of some use;
then rest, nature, books,
music, love for one's neighbor...
such is my idea of happiness."

- Leo Tolstoy

Friday, August 28, 2015

full of darkness...

full of darkness

"But if your eyes are unhealthy,
your whole body will be full of darkness.
If then the light within you is darkness,
how great is that darkness!"

- Matthew 6:23 NIV

Thursday, August 27, 2015

sweeter life...

sweeter life
photo by Chris Doyle

This is an old guy (70, yesterday)
looking over the pastry section of his
birthday breakfast buffet.

Nothing is sweeter, more satisfying,
more rewarding then a personal relationship
with the Trinity...
God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

And that won't add to the calorie count.

"One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple."

- Psalm 27:4 NIV

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

picking peaches...

picking peaches
photo by Faye Doyle

"Our life is frittered away by detail…
simplify, simplify."
- Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

getting older...

getting older

"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."
- William Shakespeare