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, March 30, 2015

agape love...

agape love

"This is the secret of life:
the self lives only by dying,
finds its identity (and its happiness)
only by self-forgetfulness,
self-giving, self-sacrifice, and agape love."

- Peter Kreeft

Sunday, March 29, 2015

peaceful heart...


"All God wants of man is a peaceful heart."
- Meister Eckhart

Saturday, March 28, 2015

wrong things right...

wrong things right

Sometimes we come to a bump in the road
on our journey through life...
and many times there is no sign to warn us.
We may lack the ability to control the bump
but we always have the choice
of how we respond.
Ignoring it is usually not an option.
Slow down... take the time to pray...
consult the One who sees ahead.


"We serve a God who delights
to make wrong things right."

- Dr. Dan Davey

Friday, March 27, 2015

guidance...

guidance

Ships at sea need guidance.
This is true all of the time,
but particularly so, when there
is stormy weather or fog.
Birds, such as those in the upper left
of this picture need guidance also.
Their guidance system comes
directly from the Creator.

We would do well to follow
our Creator's guidance
as written in His Word,
and through prayer to seek
His further guidance for our lives.


"Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path."

- Psalm 119:105 NIV

Thursday, March 26, 2015

so welcome...

so welcome

"If we had no winter,
the spring would not be so pleasant:
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome."

- Anne Bradstreet

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

the fog...

the fog

"Sometimes we need the fog
to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is however the truth of God's Word
that should never be viewed through the fog
of human interpretation, desires, cultural trends,
or even the rule of the majority.

"Today not only in philosophy
but in politics, government,
and individual morality,
our generation sees solutions
in terms of synthesis and not absolutes.
When this happens, truth,
as people have always thought of truth,
has died.”
- Francis Schaeffer


"The sum of your word is truth,
and every one of your righteous rules
endures forever.”

- Psalm 119:160

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

from the dead...

from the dead

See, I told you spring would come.
Others have been posting crocus images
for a while already,
but ours are just starting to emerge.
We get a teaser of warmer weather...
then back to the cold of winter.
Tomorrow it is supposed to be in the fifties...
Thursday back to the thirties.
Still winter is losing its grasp.

"Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.”

- Lewis Grizzard


"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

Monday, March 23, 2015

faith and trust...

faith and trust

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be."

- Shel Silverstein


“Never be afraid to trust
an unknown future to a known God.”

- Corrie ten Boom

Sunday, March 22, 2015

thinking of God...

thinking of God

"It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar,
that when we see the image of
indescribable and unutterable desolation -
of loneliness, of poverty and misery,
the end of all things, or their extreme -
then rises in our mind the thought of God."

- Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, March 21, 2015

delight for the soul...


Always learning, always experimenting,
always the science teacher... :)
This is a shot I took of pink orchids some few years back.
I was looking over some of my archive
looking for captures that might
translate well into black and white...
color can, if used correctly,
almost carry an image by itself,
but a good black and white
relies so much more on light... shadows, etc.
Not all images lend themselves
to a good black and white.
I thought this one fit the bill.
Then I decided to give it a proper frame with double mat.
Hope you like it.

"To see in color is a delight for the eye
but to see in black and white
is a delight for the soul."

- Andri Cauldwell

Friday, March 20, 2015

onion snow...

onion snow

Is this finally the “onion snow”?
Actually, unless you have planted your onions
this is not “the” onion snow.

But we can still hope it may be the last
measurable snow of the season.


"Sometimes the best thing you can do is
not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess.
Just breathe and have faith
that everything will work out for the best.”

- Author Unknown