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, December 31, 2012

apple in the wall...


apple in the wall

Anyone can count the seeds in an apple,
but only God can count
the number of apples in a seed.”

- Robert H. Schuller

Sunday, December 30, 2012

rest in Him


rest in Him

Because God has made us for Himself,
our hearts are restless
until they rest in Him.”

- Saint Augustine

 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

it is snowing...


it is snowing

There is nothing in the world more beautiful
than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow.
It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray,
every blade of grass, every spire of reed,
every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance.”

- William Sharp

Friday, December 28, 2012

in search of...


in search of

He who travels in search of
something which he has not got,
travels away from himself and grows old
even in youth among old things.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, December 27, 2012

beauty...


beauty

Beauty is not about having
the fairest skin or the prettiest face,
it's about having the purest heart.”

- Blaze Olamiday

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

true love...


true love

To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you may be the world.”

- Bill Wilson

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

nativity...


nativity
(cross-stitch by Faye)

"For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.”

- John 3:16 NIV

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas spirit...


Christmas spirit
 

I truly believe that
if we keep telling the Christmas story,
singing the Christmas songs,
and living the Christmas spirit,
we can bring joy and happiness
and peace to this world.”

- Norman Vincent Peale

Sunday, December 23, 2012

gift ideas...


self-portrait

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”

- Oren Arnold

Saturday, December 22, 2012

not over...


This journey is not over.


“Everything is made to center
upon the initial act of "accepting" Christ
(a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible)
and we are not expected thereafter
to crave any further revelation
of God to our souls.
We have been snared in the coils
of a spurious logic which insists
that if we have found Him
we need no more seek Him...

In the midst of this great chill there are some,
I rejoice to acknowledge,
who will not be content with shallow logic.
They will admit the force of the argument,
and then turn away with tears
to hunt some lonely place to pray,
'Oh God, show me Thy glory.'
They want to taste,
to touch with their hearts,
to see with their inner eyes
the wonder that is God.

I want deliberately to encourage
this mighty longing after God.”
- A. W. Tozer
(The Pursuit of God)

Friday, December 21, 2012

church...


Surry Baptist Church

You are not too bad to come in...
You are not too good to stay out.”

- Author Unknown

Thursday, December 20, 2012

He will forsake us not...


He will forsake us not.

If we were logical,
[through human logic]
the future would be bleak, indeed.
But we are more than logical.
We are human beings,
and we have faith,
and we have hope,
and we can work.”

- Jacques Cousteau

And remember...

Keep your lives free
from the love of money
and be content with what you have,
because God has said,
'Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.'"
- Hebrews 13:5 NIV

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

celebrate...


celebrate


“God is particularly interested in our joy.
He tells us, 'Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!'
(Psalm 32:11).
When the church gathers,
the sense of confident joy in God
should be pronounced.
When we fail to demonstrate delight
and satisfaction in God,
we’re not only dishonoring God,
we’re disobeying Him.
More than anyone else on earth,
Christians have a reason to celebrate.”
- Bob Kauflin

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

dress-up...


dress-up

So many times we play dress-up.

We try to be someone we are not
most often to impress others.
No matter how hard we try
we remain firmly rooted...
our “soles” unchanged.


And all of us, as with unveiled face,
[because we] continued to behold
[in the Word of God]
as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are constantly being transfigured
into His very own image
in ever increasing splendor
and from one degree of glory to another;
[for this comes] from the Lord
[Who is] the Spirit.”

- 2Corinthians 3:18 AMP

Monday, December 17, 2012

shattered world...


shattered world

Faith is the strength
by which a shattered world
shall emerge into the light.”
- Helen Keller

Sunday, December 16, 2012

leaf mosaic...


leaf mosaic

I can't but help marvel in the variety
and beauty of every leaf... on a tree
or fallen on the ground.

Never say there is nothing beautiful
in the world anymore.
There is always something
to make you wonder
in the shape of a tree,
the trembling of a leaf.”

- Albert Schweitzer




Saturday, December 15, 2012

charming fruit...


charming fruit


If you have been truly born again
you have a new and holy nature,
and you are no longer moved
towards sinful objects as you were before.
The things that you once loved you now hate,
and therefore you will not run after them.
You can hardly understand it but so it is,
that your thoughts and tastes are radically changed.
You long for that very holiness
which once it was irksome to hear of;
and you loathe those vain pursuits
which were once your delights.
The man who puts his trust in the Lord
sees the pleasures of sin in a new light.
For he sees the evil which follows them
by noting the agonies which they brought
upon our Lord when He bore our sins
in His own body on the tree.
Without faith a man says to himself,
'This sin is a very pleasant thing,
why should I not enjoy it?
Surely I may eat this fruit,
which looks so charming
and is so much to be desired.'
The flesh sees honey in the drink,
but faith at once perceives
that there is poison in the cup.
Faith spies the snake in the grass
and gives warning of it.
Faith remembers death, judgment,
the great reward, the just punishment
and that dread word, eternity.”

- C. H. Spurgeon

Friday, December 14, 2012

dawn will break...


dawn will break

The difficulties you meet
will resolve themselves as you advance.
Proceed, and light will dawn,
and shine with increasing clearness
on your path.”

- Jim Rohn


“However long the night,
the dawn will break.”

- African Proverb

Thursday, December 13, 2012

love and hope...


love and hope

Hope is definitely not
the same thing as optimism.
It is not the conviction that
something will turn out well,
but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.”

- Vaclav Havel

Life is meaningless only
if we allow it to be.
Each of us has the power
to give life meaning,
to make our time and our bodies
and our words into instruments
of love and hope.”

- Tom Head

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

abandon themselves...


abandon themselves


The Son takes shape in those
who abandon themselves to Him.
Christ forms Himself in the lives of those
who will let go of all the forms of life
in which they have shaped on their own.
Christ takes shape in a life that is
willing to become putty in God’s hands.
Christ presses the shape of His own face
into the clay of our soul
when we cease to be hard and resistant,
and when we take our own
amateur hands off and admit that
we are not such good artists as He is.”

- John Piper

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Grand Illumination


Grand Illumination

At Williamsburg, we sought
out the light generated by
a massive fireworks display.

We must daily seek His light
if we want to continue to grow
spiritually.

Being saved is not the end
but only the beginning of our
spiritual journey to establish
a personal relationship with God
as He intended it to be.

God has hidden every precious thing
in such a way that it is a reward to the diligent,
a prize to the earnest,
but a disappointment to the slothful soul.
All nature is arrayed against the lounger and the idler.
The nut is hidden in its thorny case;
the pearl is buried beneath the ocean waves;
the gold is imprisoned in the rocky bosom of the mountains;
the gem is found only after
you crush the rock which encloses it;
the very soil gives its harvest
as a reward to the laboring farmer.
So truth and God must be earnestly sought.”

- A.B. Simpson

Monday, December 10, 2012

still a lot of growing to do...


still a lot of growing to do
photo by Faye


Without exception,
the men and women I have known
who make the most rapid, consistent,
and evident growth in Christlikeness
have been those who develop
a daily time of being alone with God.
This time of outward silence
is the time of daily Bible intake and prayer.
In this solitude
is the occasion for private worship.”

- Donald Whitney

Sunday, December 9, 2012

heaven...


Clouds in the sky

To pretend to describe the excellence,
the greatness or duration
of the happiness of heaven
by the most artful composition of words
would be but to darken and cloud it...”
- Jonathan Edwards


He whose head is in heaven need not fear
to put his feet into the grave.”

- Matthew Henry

Saturday, December 8, 2012

a good friend


a good friend

I talk to him when I'm lonesome like;
and I'm sure he understands.
When he looks at me so attentively,
and gently licks my hands;
then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes,
but I never say naught thereat.
For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes,
but never a friend like that.”

- W. Dayton Wedgefarth

Friday, December 7, 2012

comfort...


comfort in The Book


Except a living man
there is nothing more wonderful than a book!
A message to us from human souls we never saw,
and yet these arouse us,
terrify us, teach us, comfort us,
open their hearts to us as brothers.”

- Charles Kingsley


And what better book to do all that
than the Holy Bible...


If you look for truth,
you may find comfort in the end...”

- C S Lewis

Thursday, December 6, 2012

performance...


performance

Don't lower your expectations
to meet your performance.
Raise your level of performance
to meet your expectations.
Expect the best of yourself,
and then do what is necessary
to make it a reality.”

- Ralph Marston

And don't forget...

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.”

- Matthew 7:7,8 NIV

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

the glorious truth...


the glorious truth

Just as the Star of Bethlehem
guided the wise men,
allow your thoughts
and dreams this holiday be guided
by the proclamation of that same star.

Much better, longer lasting, more healthy
and less messy than sugar plums.

The immense step from the Babe at Bethlehem
to the living, reigning triumphant Lord Jesus,
returning to earth for His own people –
that is the glorious truth
proclaimed throughout Scripture.
As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas,
may we also be alert for the final trumpet
that will announce His return,
when we shall always be with Him.”

- Alan Redpath

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

small gate...


small gate

Enter through the narrow gate.
For wide is the gate and broad is the road
that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road
that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

- Matthew 7:13,14 NIV

Monday, December 3, 2012

What a ride!


What a ride!

Life is not a journey to the grave
with intentions of arriving safely
in a pretty well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out
and loudly proclaiming ... WOW! What a ride!”

- Author Unknown

Sunday, December 2, 2012

soul of a child...


soul of a child
(found in an antique shop)

(with reflection of the photographer)


"No one has yet fully realized
the wealth of sympathy, kindness
and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education
should be to unlock that treasure."

- Emma Goldman

Saturday, December 1, 2012

peace...


peace

True spiritual peace
is completely different from
the superficial, ephemeral,
fragile human peace.
It is the deep, settled confidence
that all is well between the soul
and God because of His loving,
sovereign control of one’s life
both in time and eternity.
That calm assurance is based on
the knowledge that sins are forgiven,
blessing is present,
good is abundant even in trouble,
and heaven is ahead.
The peace that God gives
His beloved children
as their possession and privilege
has nothing to do with
the circumstances of life.”

- John MacArthur