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, October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011 (whatever you possess)

whatever you possess

“Remember to be gentle with yourself and others...
none can say why some fields will blossom
while others lay brown beneath the August sun.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours,
their choices no more easily made.
And give, give in any way you can,
of whatever you possess.
To give is to love.
To withhold is to wither.
Care less for your harvest
than for how it is shared
and your life will have meaning
and your heart will have peace.”
- Kent Nerburn

Sunday, October 30, 2011

October 30, 2011 (a gem within a treasure)

a gem within a treasure

I enjoy looking at photographs
using a cropping tool... my own
as well as others, even those taken
by the masters of photography.
The practice helps you with your own
creative pursuits and it is fun
to find a gem within a treasure...
a photo within a photo.

This particular photo above
was cropped from another of my photos
recently taken... the original
is (in my opinion) worthy
in its own right... for me...
a treasure.

This cropped and re-worked
photo is, I believe,
a gem within the treasure.

All of us, separately, are gems
to the Lord... a part
of His bride... the Church...
his treasured possession.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

October 29, 2011 (beauty in the ugly)

fallen maple leaves

I enjoy finding beauty in the ugly...
all you have to do is look and “see”.

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011 (grandeur in the common)

common white clover

I enjoy finding grandeur in the common...
all you have to do is look and see.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011 (beyond our reach)

beyond our reach

"We live but once.
The years of childhood, when once past,
are past has gone beyond our reach.
What we have made it, it shall remain.
There is no power in Heaven
or on earth that can change it.
The record of our past stands forth
in bold and ineffaceable characters,
open to the all-seeing eye of God.
There it stands and one day
we shall give an account of it.
The present moment alone is ours...
Today is a day which we never had before,
which we shall never have again.
It rose from the great ocean of eternity,
and again sinks into its unfathomable depths."
- Thomas De Witt Talmage

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011 (true contentment)

Hobo the cat
true contentment

“'You come of the Lord Adam
and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan.
'And that is both honor enough
to erect the head of the poorest beggar,
and shame enough to bow the shoulders
of the greatest emperor on earth.
Be content.'”
- C. S. Lewis

“True contentment depends not upon what we have;
a tub was large enough for Diogenes,
but a world was too little for Alexander.”
- Charles Caleb Colton

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011 (His Word)

His Word

“From within or from behind,
a light shines through us upon things,
and makes us aware that we are nothing,
but the light is all.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.”
- Psalm 119:105 NIV

Monday, October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011 (manifestation)


"God manifests himself to us
in the first degree
through the life of the universe,
and in the second degree
through the thought of man.
The second manifestation
is not less holy than the first.
The first is named Nature,
the second is named Art."
- Victor Hugo

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October 23, 2011 (happiness)


“Happiness is a choice
that requires effort at times”
- Aeschylus

Saturday, October 22, 2011

October 22, 2011 (memory redemption)

memory redemption

“God does not want to remove your memories;
he wants to redeem them.
He wants to transform them into something good,
something that will make you more like Jesus.
Do you see the hope this offers Christians?
Your bad memories of your past sins
- even the worst ones -
can be opportunities for life-changing growth.
You do not need to avoid, run from,
cover over, or get rid of your past.
You can reinterpret it God's way.
God's goal is neither
memory erasure nor memory denial,
but memory redemption.”
- Robert D. Jones

Friday, October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011 (invested treasures)

invested treasures

“When you leave this world,
will you be known as one
who accumulated treasures on earth
that you couldn't keep?
Or will you be recognized as one
who invested treasures in heaven
that you couldn't lose?”
- Randy Alcorn

Thursday, October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011 (coarse wool)

coarse wool

“Do not judge from mere appearances;
for the lift laughter that bubbles on the lip
often mantles over the depths of sadness,
and the serious look may be the sober veil
that covers a divine peace and joy.
The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches;
and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.”
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011 (rust not gold)

rust not gold

“As the tree is fertilized
by its own broken branches and fallen leaves,
and grows out of its own decay,
so men and nations are bettered
and improved by trial,
and refined out of broken hopes
and blighted expectations.”
- Frederick W. Robertson
It is the rust we value, not the gold.”
- Alexander Pope

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011 (goodness and grace)

goodness and grace

“You can live with an abundance of love
and goodness and grace shining inside of you.
May you make each day shine... one day at a time.”
- Douglas Pagels

Monday, October 17, 2011

October 17, 2011 (Boots)


Boots is my new neighbor's cat.
I watched him the other day as he
stalked a chipmunk.
To be very honest,
I was silently cheering him on...
the chipmunks can be somewhat
of a nuisance or worse
(cute as they may be).

I was very impressed with
Boots concentration as nothing
seemed to deter his self-assigned
(or God directed) mission.

We too, should not allow
the distractions of this world
to deter us from growing
in the Spirit of Jesus Christ,
our Lord.
We must remain ever mindful of Him.

“I know your deeds,
that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were either one or the other!”
- Revelation 3:15 NIV

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 16, 2011 (clutter, discord, and difficulty)

clutter, discord,
and difficulty

"Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
- Albert Einstein

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October 15, 2011 (I forgive you)

I forgive you

To forgive is to set a prisoner free
and discover the prisoner was you.
- Author Unknown

Forgiveness is the giving,
and so the receiving, of life.
- George MacDonald

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011 (special light)

Andy Smith (artist)

“We are each gifted in a unique and important way.
It is our privilege and our adventure
to discover our own special light.”
- Mary Dunbar

“Work while you have light.
You are responsible for the talent
that has been entrusted to you.”
- Henri Frederick Amiel

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011 (trinity of wheels)

trinity of wheels
(one bike – three wheels)

"'Baptizing them in the name of the Father,
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.'
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
there are three distinct persons:
in the Name, not names;
there is one essence.”
- Thomas Adams

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011 (truth and beauty)

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a
sphere of activity in which we are
permitted to remain children
all our lives."
- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011 (best conversation)

best conversation

“The best kind of friend is the kind
you can sit on a porch swing with,
never say a word,
then walk away feeling like it was
the best conversation that you ever had.”
- Author Unknown

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011 (the beauty within)

the beauty within

It does not matter
how many faults you have,
for we are all imperfect.
What matters is God's abundant grace
and His love for us.
If we accept His love,
that love will abide within us
and will show forth to others.

“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows.
For love is the beauty of the soul.”
- Saint Augustine

Sunday, October 9, 2011

October 09, 2011 (which would wither)

which would wither

“Faith is not a delicate flower
which would wither away
under the slightest stormy weather”
- Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, October 8, 2011

October 08, 2011 (growing conditions)

growing conditions
photo by Patrick Frey

With the properly needed light, water,
air, nutrients, and support...
plants can thrive (and bloom)
just about anywhere.

We too can grow and bloom
provided we have the light of our Savior,
His breath of life, His living water, the nutrition
of His Holy Word, and the support
of other Christians.

But most of all... growth
(botanical and spiritual) depends
on the Creator's grace and love.

“So then, just as you received
Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live in him,
rooted and built up in him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness.”
- Colossians 2:6,7 NIV

Friday, October 7, 2011

October 07, 2011 (His love for us)

His love for us
photo by Patrick Frey

I pray every day to grow to love our God
with all my heart, and mind, soul, and spirit,
in all my strength.

But it must be remembered
that it is not our love for God,
but it is because of “His love for us”,
that He sent His Son to be the way
to take away our sins (1 John 4:10).

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October 06, 2011 (peaks and valleys)

peaks and valleys
photo by Patrick Frey

“The marvelous richness of human experience
would lose something of rewarding joy
if there were not limitations to overcome.
The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful
if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”
- Helen Keller

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October 05, 2011 (reference point)

reference point
photo by Patrick Frey

“In space, astronauts experience the misery
of having no reference point,
no force that draws them to the center.
Where there is no "moral gravity" –
that is, no force that draws us to the center –
there is spiritual weightlessness.
We float on feelings that will carry us
where we were never meant to go;
we bubble with emotional experiences
that we often take for spiritual ones;
and we are puffed up with pride.
Instead of seriousness, there is foolishness.
Instead of gravity, flippancy.
Sentimentality takes the place of theology.
Our reference point will never serve
to keep our feet on solid rock.
Our reference point,
until we answer God's call,
is merely ourselves.
We cannot possibly tell which end is up.”
- Elizabeth Elliot

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October 04, 2011 (all of me)

all of me

Please dear Lord..
help me to grow to love you
with all my heart, all my mind,
all my soul, all my spirit,
in all my strength.
And help me to love my neighbor
as myself.

Monday, October 3, 2011

October 03, 2011 (Who is in control?)

Who is in control?
photo by Lee Keefer

“Once we roared like lions for liberty;
now we bleat like sheep for security!
The solution for America's problem
is not in terms of big government,
but it is in big men over whom
nobody stands in control but God.”
- Norman Vincent Peale

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October 02, 2011 (are you living a passive life?)

are you living a passive life?

“Our obligation is to give meaning to life
and in doing so to overcome
the passive, indifferent life.”
- Elie Wiesel

“Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active.”
- Edith Hamilton

“And without faith it is impossible to please God,
because anyone who comes to him
must believe that he exists
and that he rewards those
who earnestly seek him.”
- Hebrews 11:6 NIV

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 01, 2011 (lighten the darkness)

lighten the darkness

“O let us never forget;
that the wonderful things
contained in the divine law
can neither be discovered
nor relished by the 'natural man,'
whose powers of perception and enjoyment
are limited in their range
to the objects of time and sense.
It is the divine Spirit alone
who can lighten the darkness of our sinful state,
and who can enable us to perceive the glory,
the harmony, and moral loveliness
which everywhere shine forth
in the pages of revealed truth.”
- John Morison