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, May 1, 2016

creativity...

creativity

"To be creative means to be in love with life.
You can be creative only
if you love life enough
that you want to enhance its beauty,
you want to bring a little more music to it,
a little more poetry to it,
a little more dance to it."
- Osho

Friday, April 29, 2016

live now...


When we get older,
we have a tendency to fondly look back,
and reminisce about the the good old days.
It is best perhaps,
that we tend to remember the good things
and forget the bad ones.

But don't dwell on the past or try to live there.
Also remember that the future is still in God's hands.
Concentrate on the present, for it is here
that we live, it is here that we make choices,
it is here that, along with the sorrow,
we can find joy and peace.

"When one door closes, another opens;
but we often look so long
and so regretfully upon the closed door
that we do not see the one
which has opened for us."
- Alexander Graham Bell

Monday, April 25, 2016

humility....


"Humility is perfect quietness of heart.
It is to expect nothing,
to wonder at nothing that is done to me,
to feel nothing done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me,
and when I am blamed or despised.
It is to have a blessed home in the Lord,
where I can go in and shut the door,
and kneel to my Father in secret,
and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness,
when all around and above is trouble."
- Andrew Murray

Saturday, April 23, 2016

buddies...

buddies
photo by F. Doyle

Hey Zem, looks like we both
put on a few pounds recently.

"One thing I've learned through all the ups and downs
is that if you're doing things right,
then you have a core group of people.
Not just a core group like your buddies,
but a group of people that has a good influence on you,
who you respect and admire,
and you know that if they're on your side,
you're doing something right."
- Hope Solo

Thursday, April 21, 2016

starting over...

last snow of the season

This was taken April 9th.
Was this the last snow of the season?
Seasons change, times change, and we change.

"For what it’s worth: it’s never too late
or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.
There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.
You can change or stay the same,
there are no rules to this thing.
We can make the best or the worst of it.
I hope you make the best of it.
And I hope you see things that startle you.
I hope you feel things you never felt before.
| I hope you meet people with a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of.
If you find that you’re not,
I hope you have the courage to start all over again."
- Eric Roth

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

overeating...

overeating

"We need to not let food master us
and take the throne of our lives.
We need to make food submit to us,
rather than us submitting to food.
No one can serve two masters.
We cannot serve money and God,
and we cannot serve food and God."
- Lisa Bedrick

Sunday, April 17, 2016

the cross...

The Cross

"In the Cross is salvation; in the Cross is life;
in the Cross is protection against our enemies;
in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness;
in the Cross is strength of mind;
in the Cross is joy of spirit;
in the Cross is excellence of virtue;
in the Cross is perfection of holiness.
There is no salvation of soul,
nor hope of eternal life,
save in the Cross."
- Thomas à Kempis

Friday, April 15, 2016

coffee...

coffee

I like my coffee light (as His light)
and sweet (as His love).
And I want it overflowing
(as my cup runneth over...
as in I have more than enough for my needs).
God is good, God is gracious

"The LORD is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion."
- Psalm 116:5 NIV

Monday, April 11, 2016

storm...

storm

"And once the storm is over,
you won’t remember how you made it through,
how you managed to survive.
You won’t even be sure,
whether the storm is really over.
But one thing is certain.
When you come out of the storm,
you won’t be the same person who walked in.
That’s what this storm’s all about."
- Haruki Murakami

Saturday, April 9, 2016

snow in April...

snow in April

Look closely and you can see the pink blossoms
of the Japanese Cherry tree (left) and the red buds
of the Silver Maple tree (right).

God loves to surprise us.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

awful grace of God...

awful grace of God

"Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart until,
in our own despair, against our will,
comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
- Aeschylus