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, March 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

spirit of cooperation...


spirit of cooperation

Perhaps the greatest lessons for a photographer
are not in learning to master camera technique,
but in learning the true meaning of humility
and how to dance in a spirit of cooperation.”

- Courtney Milne

Friday, March 29, 2013

a place of beauty...


a place of beauty

Those who find beauty in a landscape
do so because it touches a place of beauty
already within themselves.”

- Courtney Milne

Thursday, March 28, 2013

finding peace...


finding peace
(book spine poetry)


The way of the wild heart
In the grip of grace
Seeking His Face
Finding peace

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

live everything...


live everything

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves
like locked rooms and like books
that are written in a very foreign tongue.
Do not now seek the answers,
which cannot be given you
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will find them gradually,
without noticing it,
and live along some distant day
into the answer.”

- Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sandy Cove...


Sandy Cove
(North East, MD.)


A recent personal retreat.


The man who most patiently studies
how to put into his mind
the seeds of strong,
wholesome, and charitable thoughts,
will obtain the best results in life,
and will gain greater knowledge of truth.
The greatest blessedness comes to him
who infuses into his mind
the purest and noblest thoughts.”

- James Allen

Monday, March 25, 2013

patience...


Spring?

I took this about an hour ago
and it is snowing even harder right now.

But have faith... Spring will eventually get here.

Adopt the pace of nature:
her secret is patience.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, March 24, 2013

judgmental...


judgmental

We become judgmental when we fail
to surrender to what God wants
to do in peoples lives whom we see
as not being good.
We forget what we really deserve.”

- Kevin King
(pastor of Hanoverdale Church
of the Brethren)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

quietly alert...


quietly alert

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower,
and draws all good things toward you.
Allow your love to nourish yourself
as well as others.
Do not strain after the needs of life.
It is sufficient to be quietly alert
and aware of them.
In this way life proceeds more naturally and effortlessly.
Life is here to Enjoy!”
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Friday, March 22, 2013

live as for the Lord...


live as for the Lord

Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.”
- Souza

Thursday, March 21, 2013

treasure...


treasure

Where is your treasure stored?

For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also.”

- Matthew 6:21 NIV

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

pleasing aroma...


pleasing aroma

No coffee can be good in the mouth
that does not first send
a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.”

- Henry Ward Beecher

They will not do what is right
in the eyes of the Lord
who does not offer an aroma
pleasing to Him.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

first temples...


first temples

The groves were God's first temples.”
- William Cullen Bryant

Monday, March 18, 2013

no sorrow...


no sorrow

Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.”
- Thomas More

Sunday, March 17, 2013

enchanted...


enchanted time

St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time -
a day to begin transforming
winter's dreams into summer's magic.”

- Adrienne Cook

Saturday, March 16, 2013

no strangers...


no strangers
(Mt. Gretna Playhouse)

There are no strangers here,
only friends that have not yet met.”

- William Butler Yeats

Friday, March 15, 2013

re-read...


Mt. Gretna community library

"'Tell me what you read
and I'll tell you who you are'
is true enough,
but I'd know you better
if you told me what you reread.”

- Francois Muriac

Thursday, March 14, 2013

transformation...


transformation

I am constantly working at improving my images.

A work of art is a work of order,
and if the artist is to put the stamp
of his own mind on his work,
he must arrange, modify,
and dispose of his materials
so that they may appear
in a more agreeable and beautiful manner
than they would have assumed
without his interference.”

- Henry Peach Robinson

Allow the Lord to put the stamp
of His own mind on His work...
so that you may be more wonderous
and beautiful than you are now.

Romans 8:29 -
we are to be conformed
into the image of His dear son.
If the potter has this kind of control
over that clay which he hasn’t made,
what kind of power or control
does Christ have on us,
who are made by Him,
for Him, and in His image?
We find that God has a plan in mind for us.
He sees the end, therefore brings about
circumstances in our life which cause us
to be transformed into that image
He has for us,
which He has foreknown
and predestinated us to be.”

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

to rejoice is a choice...


to rejoice
 is a choice

It is no use to grumble and complain;
It's just as cheap and easy to rejoice;
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain -
Why, rain's my choice.”

- James Whitcomb Riley

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

precaution...


precaution

Precaution is better than cure.”
- Edward Coke

Better a thousand times careful
than once dead.”

- Proverb 

Monday, March 11, 2013

harbinger...


John the Baptist of flowers
(a harbinger of Spring and hope)
the crocus

Welcome, wild harbinger of spring!
To this small nook of earth;
Feeling and fancy fondly cling,
Round thoughts which owe their birth,
To thee, and to the humble spot,
Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.”

- Bernard Barton

Sunday, March 10, 2013

snow...


snow

This is the second straight year
we have had very little snow.
So, for all those, snow lovers,
like myself, I present a re-done
image of our last BIG snowstorm...
February 9th, 2010.

"There is a privacy about it
which no other season gives you...
In spring, summer, and fall
people sort of have
an open season on each other;
only in the winter, in the country,
can you have longer, quiet stretches
when you can savor belonging to yourself."

- Ruth Stout

Saturday, March 9, 2013

hope...


hope
photo by Lee Keefer

God sends the dawn
that we might see
the might-have-beens
that still might be.”

- Robert Brault

Friday, March 8, 2013

what they sought...


what they sought

Seek not the wise men of old;
seek what they sought.”

- Basho

Thursday, March 7, 2013

filled with glory...


filled with glory

Look at everything as
though you are seeing it
either for the first or last time,
then your time on earth
will be filled with glory”

- Betty Smith

Don't aim for success if you want it;
just do what you love and believe in,
and it will come naturally.”

- David Frost

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

preparation...


preparation


These are four of the eleven deer
that visited our bird feeder last evening.
Snow was forecast today
(it is snowing now)
and these deer are preparing
for the storm.


We must prepare spiritually
for the future as well...
for there is a storm coming.


People will be terrified
at what they see coming upon the earth,
for the powers in the heavens will be shaken.”

- Luke 21:26 NLT

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

will make you cry...


will make you cry

Onion soup sustains.
The process of making it
is somewhat like the process
of learning to love.
It requires commitment,
extraordinary effort, time,
and will make you cry.”

- Ronni Lundy

Monday, March 4, 2013

the past...


the past

The past is our definition.
We may strive, with good reason, to escape it,
or to escape what is bad in it,
but we will escape it only
by adding something better to it.”

- Wendell Berry

Sunday, March 3, 2013

time marches on...


time marches on

The Future is something which everyone reaches
at the rate of sixty minutes an hour,
whatever he does, whoever he is.”

- C.S. Lewis

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Take the WORD with you.


Take the WORD with you.

If not in the form of the physical book,
be sure it is ever present in your heart.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are sure
and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.”

- Psalm 19:7-11 NIV

Friday, March 1, 2013

service...


service

No joy can equal the joy of serving others.”
- Sai Baba