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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

take rest...


take rest

“Take rest; a field that
has rested gives a bountiful crop.”

- Ovid

Monday, July 30, 2012

creative...


creative

The shape of this flower basket
is different than most I have seen.

A group of these hang outside the entrance
to a dairy store... and resemble
the shape of an ice cream cone.

Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration,
motivation, and a pinch of creativity.”

- Bo Bennett

Sunday, July 29, 2012

the right moves...


the right moves


"Never be afraid to sit awhile and think."
- Lorraine Hansberry



And while you are at it...
pray that your thoughts be guided
by your Heavenly Father.
Be obedient to His guidance
and you will make all the right moves.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

tragedy of life...


tragedy of life

"The tragedy of life
is not in the fact of death,
but in what dies inside us
while we yet live."

- Norman Cousins

Friday, July 27, 2012

simplicities of good taste...


simplicities of good taste


"We all have hometown appetites.
Every other person is a bundle of longing
for the simplicities of good taste
once enjoyed on the farm
or in the hometown [he or she] left behind."

- Clementine Paddleford

Thursday, July 26, 2012

a quiet place...



a quiet place


My wife and I visited a local tourist
attraction yesterday.
We decided to have a quiet “picnic”
lunch away from the hustle and bustle.
Behind us was a busy cafe,
to the left, hundreds of shoppers,
and to the right a parking lot.
This little oasis was the perfect spot.

We live in a very tense society.
We are pulled apart...
and we all need to learn
how to pull ourselves together...
I think that at least part
of the answer lies in solitude.”

- Helen Hayes

And one of my favorite things
about this attraction is the nice sized,
25 cent cup of coffee, you see displayed
here on the table... a definite plus.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

you are blessed...




"...Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God
that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others."

 - Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

reasons to smile...


reasons to smile

"Count the garden by the flowers,
never by the leaves that fall.
Count your life with smiles
and not the tears that roll.”

- Author Unknown


"When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry,
show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.”

- Author Unknown

Monday, July 23, 2012

the need for greed...



the need for greed


These folks are at a special sale
to find a bargain...
we all like a bargain...
but as I looked out over
a small part of the crammed parking lot...
I wondered just how long
will this economic crisis last?


"We are all born brave, trusting and greedy,
and most of us remain greedy.”

- Mignon McLaughlin


"The lust of avarice as so totally seized
upon mankind that their wealth seems
rather to possess them
than they possess their wealth.”
- Author Unknown

Sunday, July 22, 2012

hold your ground...

hold your ground

"In reading the lives of great men,
I found that the first victory they won
was over themselves...
self-discipline with all of them came first.”

- Harry S. Truman

"Victory is won not in miles but in inches.
Win a little now, hold your ground,
and later, win a little more.”

- Louis L'Amour

Saturday, July 21, 2012

innocence lost...

innocence lost

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

- William Butler Yeats
(“The Second Coming”)

Friday, July 20, 2012

don't wait any longer...


don't wait any longer
photo by Lee Keefer

"It's time to begin righting the story of your life.”
- David Jeremiah

Thursday, July 19, 2012

dog days...


dog days
photo by Lee Keefer

"'Dog Days' (Latin: diēs caniculārēs)
are the hottest, most sultry days of summer.
In the Northern Hemisphere,
the dog days of summer
are most commonly experienced
in the months of July and August,
which typically observe
the warmest summer temperatures.
The name comes from the ancient belief
that Sirius, also called the Dog Star,
in close proximity to the sun
was responsible for the hot weather.”

- Wikipedia

These are strange and breathless days,
the dog days,
when people are led to do things
they are sure to be sorry for after.”

- Natalie Babbitt (Tuck Everlasting)


Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands
[who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind
and is standing firm],
take heed lest he fall [into sin].
For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin),
[no matter how it comes or where it leads]
has overtaken you and laid hold on you
that is not common to man
[that is, no temptation or trial has come to you
that is beyond human resistance
and that is not adjusted and adapted
and belonging to human experience,
and such as man can bear].
But God is faithful
[to His Word and to His compassionate nature],
and He [can be trusted] not to let you
be tempted and tried and assayed
beyond your ability and strength of resistance
and power to endure,
but with the temptation He will [always]
also provide the way out
(the means of escape to a landing place),
that you may be capable and strong
and powerful to bear up under it patiently.”

- 1 Corinthians 10:12,13 AMP

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

every child...



every child

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.”

- Rabindranath Tagore

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

what's missing???

 
what is missing?

 Even if this meal looks really good
there is something missing.

 If you guessed that it is missing
a decent amount of carbs,
you are right.

 This is a low carb meal...
in prep for a pet scan.

 I don't know about you but
after a couple of days
with little to no carbs...
I'm ready for some potatoes,
or pasta, and some
sweet desserts.

 We do tend to miss things
we are used to...
when we don't get them.

 And... no matter how much we already have,
we want even more.

 It is good for mind, body and soul
to, at least occasionally, deny ourselves.


“Then Jesus said to His disciples,
If anyone desires to be My disciple,
let him deny himself
[disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself
and his own interests]
and take up his cross and follow Me
[cleave steadfastly to Me,
conform wholly to My example in living and,
if need be, in dying, also].”
- Matthew 16:24 AMP

Monday, July 16, 2012

a friend who cares...


a friend who cares

 “When we honestly ask ourselves
which person in our lives
mean the most to us,
we often find that it is those who,
instead of giving advice,
solutions, or cures,
have chosen rather to share our pain
and touch our wounds
with a warm and tender hand.
The friend who can be silent with us
in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us
in an hour of grief and bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing,
not curing, not healing
and face with us
the reality of our powerlessness,
that is a friend who cares.”
- Henri Nouwen

Sunday, July 15, 2012

my light...


my light
photo by Lee Keefer

 I can't promise you fireworks
when you accept Jesus as your Savior
but I can promise something lasting
and more beautiful...
an eternal light shining from within.


 “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation...”
- Psalm 27:1 AMP

Saturday, July 14, 2012

curiousity...


curiosity
 photo by Lee Keefer

 “The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
One cannot help but be in awe
when he contemplates the mysteries
of eternity, of life,
of the marvelous structure of reality.”
- Albert Einstein

“So I say to you: Ask
and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives;
he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks,
the door will be opened.”
- Luke 11:9,10 NIV

Friday, July 13, 2012

patience grasshopper...


patience grasshopper
(look before you leap)
photo by Lee Keefer

 “One moment of patience
may ward off great disaster.
One moment of impatience
may ruin a whole life.”
- Chinese Proverb

Thursday, July 12, 2012

where will you run?


where will you run


“Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching as if I'm not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

And I'll be by your side
Wherever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
And please don't fight
These hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you”

- Tenth Avenue North
(By Your Side)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

a real book...


a real book

 With all the electronic gadgetry...
e-books and the like...
it is still rather nice to display, pick
up, hold, and read a “real” book.


“I find television to be very educating.
Every time somebody turns on the set,
I go in the other room and read a book.”

- Groucho Marx

“Lord! when you sell a man a book
you don't sell just twelve ounces
of paper and ink and glue -
you sell him a whole new life.
Love and friendship and humour
and ships at sea by night -
there's all heaven and earth
in a book, a real book.”

- Christopher Morley

“I would be most content if my children
grew up to be the kind of people
who think decorating consists mostly
of building enough bookshelves.”

- Anna Quindlen

“Books are not made for furniture,
but there is nothing else that
so beautifully furnishes a house.”

- Henry Ward Beecher

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

crystallized from tears...



crystallized from tears

"Never, never discount what God
has promised man
If he will walk in meekness
and accept God's flawless plan,
For if we heed His teaching
as we journey through the years,
We'll find the richest jewel of all
are crystallized from tears."
- Helen Steiner Rice

Monday, July 9, 2012

a relationship...


a relationship
"I believe the reason
we have had a great falling away
from the Word of God
is no one seeks Truth
once they have accepted it.
The biggest thing that strengthens our faith
from any doubt is the Truth.
Jesus said He is Truth.
Jesus is also known as the Word of God.
You can accept Jesus with only
hearing a little bit in the beginning,
that’s the way it usually always works.
However, when there is an assault
on the Word of God,
someone who doesn’t know it at all
has no way to identify heresy.
The Bible constantly warns us about many things.
It’s constantly warning us to do certain things.
If we don’t know it at all
we’re not going to be obeying those things.
Once again we are to come as we are.
However, when we accept His sacrifice,
we are supposed to start the process
of dying to ourselves and our own sinful nature
and begin living for Him.
No one is perfect and one will falter
usually on a daily basis,
but continue to walk forward not
backward.
The grace of Jesus was not meant
to be a get out of jail free card.
It was meant for us to accept
and begin the journey to serve him
and no longer our own self or wants.
What the Lord wants more than anything
is a relationship with His own
and for us to reach others
so He may have relationship with them.
If not, more will perish
and He doesn’t wish for any to do that.”
- Patrick Boruff

Sunday, July 8, 2012

rather have Jesus...



rather have Jesus


Sometimes I feel that I should be doing more
in service to the Lord...
that “my domain” should be growing...
that more folks would come to know,
to love, and to trust in Him.


Then I am reminded that however small
and obscure our light may be
He can still use us for His glory...
so let us let our light shine
wherever we are and in whatever we do...
and let the harvest up to Him.


"Than to be a king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway,
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today."

- Rhea F. Miller

Saturday, July 7, 2012

all is forgiven...


all is forgiven
Zembie and Kokomo
(6 years old on July 4th)


Sometimes brothers fight...
there is paw swatting,
neck biting, and body wrestling.

But they always forgive
and make up.


"Forgiveness is not about forgetting.
It is about letting go
of another person's throat."

- W. Paul Young (The Shack)


"When you forgive, you love.
And when you love,
God’s light shines upon you."

- Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild)

Friday, July 6, 2012

pets...



pets(Zembie)

"Pets are our close companions
because they provide love, comfort,
safety, warmth, happiness, levity,
wonder, laughter, and friendship.
Pets teach us to have more patience with life
and to enjoy the simple things."

- Author Unknown

Thursday, July 5, 2012

rugged disposition...


rugged disposition

"It takes a little courage,
and a little self-control.
And some grim determination,
If you want to reach the goal.
It takes a deal of striving,
and a firm and stern-set chin.
No matter what the battle,
If you really want to win.
There's no easy path to glory,
There's no road to fame.
Life, however we may view it,
Is no simple parlor game;
But it's prizes call for fighting,
For endurance and for grit;
For a rugged disposition
and don't know when to quit.”
- Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Freedom and Liberty


Liberty and Freedom

As with our nation, so it is with God...

"Liberty is the right to choose.
Freedom is the result of the right choice."

- Author Unknown

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

helping hand...


helping hand

"Today can be a healthy unusual day for you -
and for others - if you take time to
give someone a smile . . .
to express a word of kindness . . .
to lend a helping hand to someone in need . . .
to write a note of gratitude . . .
to give a word of encouragement to someone
who is temporarily overcome with problems . . .
to share a portion of your
material possessions with others."
- William Arthur Ward

Monday, July 2, 2012

learn to rejoice now...



learn to rejoice now
"By seeing ourselves
as part of the heavenly society,
we can learn to rejoice
now
in what Heaven’s residents rejoice in.
They rejoice in God, his glory,
his grace, and his beauty."

- Randy Alcorn

Sunday, July 1, 2012

looking up to you...

July 01, 2012
Sunday


trust and love

Integrity begins with how you treat
those under you.

"A great man is always
willing to be little."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson