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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

wanting for Christmas...

Know what I want for Christmas?
(photo by Lee Keefer)

Your probably thinking I just want
a pile of nuts and seeds.
I just want to find joy in each
and every day.

Seize every day as an adventure
and your spirit will soar
when you discover the
wonderful surprises life has to offer.”

- Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


photo by Lee Keefer

"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, December 15, 2014

simple magic...

simple magic
(Second Life snapshot)

"Why did they believe?
Because they saw miracles.
Things one man took as chance,
a man of faith took as a sign.
A loved one recovering from disease,
a fortunate business deal,
a chance meeting with a long lost friend.
It wasn't the grand doctrines
or the sweeping ideals
that seemed to make believers out of men.
It was the simple magic in the world around them."

- Brandon Sanderson

Sunday, December 14, 2014


(Second Life snapshot)

"I believe anything is possible.
Research into quantum physics
proves that a system changes
simply by someone observing it.
Therefore, all you have to do is be
awake and aware of your environment,
and that enables you to
transform everything around you.
It sounds like hocus pocus, but
scientists are coming to realize that
just thinking about something can
make it happen. Turns out maybe
faith can move mountains."

- Christine Anderson

Saturday, December 13, 2014


(Second Life snapshot)

Overcoming sin should be the easiest
thing in the world...
after all, we have a choice.
To do what the Lord says is right,
or to follow our own self-centered desires.
It requires absolutely total commitment.
But we have help.
The Holy Spirit will help and guide us...
and we can employ good friends
to pray for us and
to make us accountable.

"May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit."

- Romans 15:13 NIV

Friday, December 12, 2014



People tend not to think
At times, not even to care.
Finding a true friend
That encourages and supports
Becomes increasingly rare.

To seek and to find
That gem, that treasure
That special person
In whom you can be yourself
Becomes and remains your greatest pleasure.

- techranger (S.D.G.)

Thursday, December 11, 2014



"There’s no other love like the love for a brother.
There’s no other love like the love from a brother."

- Terri Guillemets

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

tell it...

tell it
(Second Life snapshot)

"When I am a seeker,
I seek both night and day;
I seek the Lord to help me,
And He shows me the way:
Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born."

- Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 9, 2014



Recently we saw an exhibit of
the Downton Abbey costumes.
This one was worn by Downton
Abbey's Violet.
A beautiful gown you say?
Yes, I will agree... beautiful
by human standards.

"Consider how the wild flowers grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon
in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.”

- Luke 12:27 NIV

Monday, December 8, 2014

star light...

star light

"Star Light Star bright,
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight."

- Author Unknown

Have you ever wished upon a star?
Pray to your Heavenly Father instead.

"There is not in the world
a kind of life more sweet and delightful
than that of a continual conversation with God."

- Brother Lawrence

Sunday, December 7, 2014

warm words...

warm words
(Second Life snapshot)

"May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night
and a smooth road all the way to your door."

- Irish blessing