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

Friday, April 18, 2014


old shed revisitied

The other week we re-visited this old shed.
The first photo was taken two years ago.
Pretty much looks the same.

"When you are through changing,
you are through."

- Bruce Barton

Thursday, April 17, 2014


retired teacher friend breakfast

I participate in several group get-togethers,
centered around food and drink
(of course).
Not caring much for most
large group gatherings,
I prefer the conversation of small groups.

Develop friendships from a
variety of settings... work, church,
family, hobbies, etc.
You can never have too many friends.

"Friendship is like standing on wet cement.
The longer you stay, the harder it's to leave,
and you can never go without
leaving your footprints behind."
- Moi 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


a bit down
(taken with iPad)

This photo was taken
on a very dismal rainy day.
Perhaps that is why these
brothers look a bit listless.

We too have a tendency,
from time to time,
to go through periods
of feeling a bit down.

"Have patience with all things,
but chiefly have patience with yourself.
Do not lose courage
in considering your own imperfections
but instantly set about remedying them
- every day begin the task anew.”

- Saint Francis de Sales

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ignorance and innocence...

innocence and ignorance

"Ignorance is learned; innocence is forgotten."
- Jose Bergamin

Monday, April 14, 2014

to risk...

to risk

"To love is to risk
not being loved in return.
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure,
but risk must be taken
because the greatest hazard in life
is to risk nothing."

- Author Unknown

Sunday, April 13, 2014

time machine...

time machine

Have some music with your meal.
The diner tabletop jukebox
is not as common as it used to be.
Where you can find them,
some changes have taken place.
The price has gone up and
the music is now on CDs.
New songs have been added
although many old favorites
are still there.

"We all have our time machines.
Some take us back, they're called memories.
Some take us forward, they're called dreams."

- Jeremy Irons

Saturday, April 12, 2014

a promise kept...

Later in the afternoon of the same day,
March 31, 2014...
see previous SonRays devotional...
the snow was gone and the croccus blooms
fully opened up.
Winter may not want to give up
but Spring isn't either.

"April is a promise that May is bound to keep."
- Hal Borland

Friday, April 11, 2014

last snow of the season?

photo taken on...
March 31, 2014

Perhaps this was the last snowfall
of the season?
I thought the one before this was.

"Nature has no mercy at all.
Nature says, 'I'm going to snow.
If you have on [shorts]
and no snowshoes, that's tough.
I am going to snow anyway.'"

- Maya Angelou
(quote slightly modified)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

green old age...

green old age
photo by Faye Doyle

I pray I will continue to be
useful to the Lord on this earth
right up till the moment I
pass on to be with Him.

"They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green..."

- Psalm 92:14 NIV

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

the matriarch...

the matriarch
taken with the iPad

This is the matriarch of our three cats.
Willow is approximately 16 years old...
still sound of mind, good eyesight,
decent hearing, but has a bit
of trouble chewing.

My nickname for Willow is Smudge...
see that dark spot beside her nose?

She can keep up with the boys,
Zembie and Kokomo, and helps
keep them on the straight and narrow.
Even when my wife and I cuddle up,
if Willow is in the room,
she keeps us on the straight and narrow too,
by jumping up on our laps and pushing
her face into ours.

"With the qualities of cleanliness,
affection, patience, dignity,
and courage that cats have,
how many of us, I ask you,
would be capable of becoming cats?"

- Fernand Mery 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014



Spring has sprung,
and Easter is coming.

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
- William Shakespeare