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, July 27, 2015

tears...

tears

"Tears are words the heart can't express."
- Author Unknown


"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears,
for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth,
overlying our hard hearts.
I was better after I had cried, than before -
more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude,
more gentle."

- Charles Dickens

Sunday, July 26, 2015

destruction...

destruction

"Just because something isn't a lie
does not mean that it isn't deceptive.
A liar knows that he is a liar,
but one who speaks mere portions of truth
in order to deceive
is a craftsman of destruction."

- Criss Jami



"Watch out for false prophets.
They come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”

- Matthew 7:15 NIV

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Walden Pond...

Walden Pond
photo by Erin Doyle

"We must learn to reawaken
and keep ourselves awake,
not by mechanical aids, but by
an infinite expectation of the dawn,
which does not forsake us
even in our soundest sleep.
I know of no more encouraging fact
than the unquestionable ability of man
to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour.
It is something to be able to
paint a particular picture,
or to carve a statue,
and so to make a few objects beautiful;
but it is far more glorious
to carve and paint the very atmosphere
and medium through which we look,
which morally we can do.
To affect the quality of the day,
that is the highest of arts."

- Henry David Thoreau

Friday, July 24, 2015

glorious victory...

glorious triumphs

"Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though checkered by failure...
than to rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy nor suffer much,
because they live in a gray twilight
that knows not victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, July 23, 2015

home...

home

"At the end of the day,
it isn’t where I came from.
Maybe home is somewhere I’m going
and never have been before."

- Warsan Shire

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

oasis...

oasis

"I had to clear up my messy life.
By letting go of the debris and filth,
I have come to a deeper,
more soulful beauty and clarity
like an oasis...
From that place of clarity,
a vision of what I could have,
what I could do,
who I could be has emerged
if I allow my heart to become
a place of compassion,
acceptance and forgiveness."

- Sharon E. Rainey

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

prayer...

prayer
(from the set of Little Women)

"There is no power like that of prevailing prayer,
of Abraham pleading for Sodom,
Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night,
Moses standing in the breach,
Hannah intoxicated with sorrow,
David heartbroken with remorse and grief,
Jesus in sweat of blood.
Add to this list from the records of the church
your personal observation and experience,
and always there is the cost of passion unto blood.
Such prayer prevails.
It turns ordinary mortals into men of power.
It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain.
It brings life. It brings God."

- Samuel Chadwick

Monday, July 20, 2015

tripping...

Kokomo tripping

Koko is always looking to sneak away with us.


"It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

- Ernest Hemingway

Sunday, July 19, 2015

discussion...

set of “Little Women”

"Instead of seeing how much pain
I can dish out towards those I disagree with,
or who I believe have done me wrong,
I seek to follow the golden rule
and use my words and behavior
to create more of what the world needs –
love, compassion, and connection."

- Aspen Baker

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I wonder as I wander...

I wonder as I wander

"I wonder as I wander out under the sky
How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die
For poor on'ry people like you and like I;
I wonder as I wander out under the sky."

- Author Uncertain

Friday, July 17, 2015

touch souls...

touch souls

"We need to find God,
and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass -
grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun,
how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls."

- Mother Teresa