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, July 5, 2015

let your light shine...

let your light shine

"In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven."

- Matthew 5:16 NIV

Saturday, July 4, 2015

freedom and independence...

cross stitch by FD

"True independence and freedom can only exist
in doing what's right."

- Brigham Young

Friday, July 3, 2015

bloom...

bloom

"You must bloom wherever God plants you."
- Tania Silva

Thursday, July 2, 2015

integrity...


"The potential for loss of soul -
to one degree or another -
is the affliction of a society that as a collective
has lost its sense of the holy,
of a culture that values everything else
above the spiritual.
We live in such a spiritually impoverished culture -
and in such a time.
Loss of soul, to one degree or another,
is a constant teasing possibility.
We are invited at every corner to hedge on the truth,
indulge outselves, act as if our words and actions
have no ultimate consequence,
make an absolute of the material world,
and treat the spiritual world
as if it were some kind of frothy, angelic fantasy.
In such a world the soul struggles for survival;
in such a world a man can lose his own soul
and have the whole culture support him,
and in such a world, conversely,
the light of a single, great soul that lives in integrity
can truly illumine the world."

- Daphne Rose Kingma

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

self control...

cherry pie

I recently lost 20 pounds but...
when goodies like this cherry pie,
my daughter baked, keeps appearing...
well some have crept back on...


"Ultimately, the only power
to which man should aspire is
that which he exercises over himself."

- Elie Wiesel

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

sharing...

How about some popcorn?
photo by Erin Doyle

"Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love.
Love risks degenerating into obsession,
friendship is never anything but sharing."

- Elie Wiesel

Monday, June 29, 2015

joy and peace...


We all fall short of the glory of God. None of us are perfect.
If you are trying to do what the Lord says is right,
you understand when I say that,
we do the things that we do not want to do.
So what do we do and where do we turn?

Instead of relying on man's widely different
and opinionated wisdom
(as well as on our own understanding),
might I suggest the unchanging, infallible Word of God?

Digest His Word daily, pray unceasingly,
love unconditionally, forgive generously,
and trust Him completely.
Become less self-absorbed and think of others.
Grow to love the Lord with all of your heart,
your mind, your soul,
and love your neighbor as yourself.
Concentrate on the spiritual and less on the temporal.

Of course, this is all dependent on
realizing your sinful state,
wanting to overcome it and grow spiritually.
Remember, forgiveness and salvation
is yours through Jesus Christ, but,
as life changing as it is,
it is only the beginning.

The eternal rewards are joy and peace.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

sisters...

Little Women

"When you think yours is the only true path
you forever chain yourself
to judging others and narrow the vision of God.
The road to righteousness and arrogance
is a parallel road that can intersect
each other several times throughout a person's life.
It’s often hard to recognize one road from another.
What makes them different
is the road to righteousness
is paved with the love of humanity.
The road to arrogance
is paved with the love of self."

- Shannon L. Alder

Saturday, June 27, 2015

life from death...

life from death

Praise be to God...
He has provided everlasting
joy and peace through
His Son, Jesus Christ...
life from death.


"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being."
- Revelation 4:11 NIV

Friday, June 26, 2015

pain and suffering...


"Do you not see how necessary
a world of pains and troubles is
to school an intelligence
and make it a soul?"

- John Keats

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Topaz...


Topaz is the "guard dog" at one of my favorite book stores...
The Olde Hickory Book Rack.
http://thebookrack.com/Lancaster?id=182

Getting rather old, Topaz spends
a lot of time "resting", usually with one eye open.
Didn't object one bit
to the placement of my coffee mug....
we have become good friends... :)


"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."

- Groucho Marx