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, April 30, 2013

all things created...


created all things

Worthy are You, our Lord and God,
to receive the glory and the honor and dominion,
for You created all things;
by Your will they were
[brought into being] and were created.

- Revelation 4:11 AMP

Monday, April 29, 2013

changing times...


changing times

This is a self-portrait of me taken
earlier this year.
The photo was taken of a reflection
in a very old mirror using my latest camera
and with my very first “serious” camera
(a Leica Visoflex II) in the foreground.

Times have changed.

I have gotten older as my photography
equipment has gotten newer...
even the technique of photography
has undergone major change.
I am a different person
and yet the same.

We must adjust to changing times
and still hold to unchanging principles.”

- Jimmy Carter

Sunday, April 28, 2013

deer pants...


deer pants

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?”
- Psalm 42:1,2 NIV

Saturday, April 27, 2013

from above...


from above

Angels descending, bring from above,
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.”

- Fanny J. Crosby

Friday, April 26, 2013

to realize the infinite...


to realize the infinite

In the dualism of death and life
there is a harmony.
We know that the life of a soul,
which is finite in its expression
and infinite in its principle,
must go through the portals of death
in its journey to realize the infinite.”

- Rabindranath Tagore

Thursday, April 25, 2013

through eternity...


through eternity

“… so loss is made endurable by love,
and it is love that will
echo through eternity.”

- Mature Jenny
(“Call the Midwife”)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

have faith...


faith

Nothing lasts forever -
not even your troubles.”

- Arnold H. Glasow

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bluebells...


Virginia Bluebells 
photo by Erin Doyle

And besides, look at elder flowers and bluebells -
they are a sign that pure creation takes place.”

- D. H. Lawrence

Monday, April 22, 2013

in bondage...


in bondage
(Remmy after doctor visit)
photo by Erin Doyle

Remmy appears to be asking...
“Will you please take this thing off of me?”
No one likes to be in bondage.

But many are in bondage (a slave to) sin.

Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you,
everyone who sins is a slave to sin.'”

- John 8:34 NIV

This is the message we heard from Jesus
and now declare to you:
God is light,
and there is no darkness in him at all.
So we are lying if we say
we have fellowship with God
but go on living in spiritual darkness;
we are not practicing the truth.
But if we are living in the light,
as God is in the light,
then we have fellowship with each other,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son,
cleanses us from all sin.
If we claim we have no sin,
we are only fooling ourselves
and not living in the truth.
But if we confess our sins to him,
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
If we claim we have not sinned,
we are calling God a liar
and showing that his word
has no place in our hearts.”

- 1 John 1:5-10 NLT

Sunday, April 21, 2013

condemn...


condemn

Do not condemn the judgment of another
because it differs from your own.
You may both be wrong.”

- Author Unknown

Saturday, April 20, 2013

right direction...


right direction

If we all did acts of kindness,
[instead of terrorism]
maybe it would set the world
in the right direction.”

- Author Unknown

Friday, April 19, 2013

love you because...


love you because

Our pastor, several weeks ago,
challenged us, as couples,
(in a church sermon)
to each day tell one another
one reason why we loved the other.

In response to this, my wife and I,
post this on the chalkboard in our kitchen.
We never seem to run out of reasons.

The most important thing in life
is to learn how to give out love,
and to let it come in.”

- Morrie Schwartz

Thursday, April 18, 2013

live your life...


live your life

Fear not that life shall come to an end,
but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.”

- John Henry Cardinal Newman

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

trinity of windflowers...


trinity of windflowers

A human being is part of a whole,
called by us the Universe,
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself,
his thoughts and feelings,
as something separated
from the rest...
a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection for
a few persons nearest us.
Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening
our circles of compassion
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

legacy...


legacy


Our days are numbered.
One of the primary goals in our lives
should be to prepare for our last day.
The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions,
but in the quality of our lives.
What preparations should we be making now?
The greatest waste in all of our earth,
which cannot be recycled or reclaimed,
is our waste of the time
that God has given us each day.”

- Billy Graham

Monday, April 15, 2013

life in your years...


    life in your years

    And in the end,
    it’s not the years in your life that count.
    It’s the life in your years.”

    - Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, April 14, 2013

revealed by the Spirit...


revealed by the Spirit

There are things that intellect
and reason can show us.
But there are also things,
more important and eternal things,
which can only be revealed by the Spirit.”

- Charles Stanley
(In Touch)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

brief sojourn...


brief sojourn
(fawn or trout lily)

How strange is the lot of us mortals!
Each of us is here for a brief sojourn;
for what purpose he knows not,
though he senses it.
But without deeper reflection
one knows from daily life
that one exists for other people.”

- Albert Einstein

Brief is life but love is long.”
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Friday, April 12, 2013

Love the Lord...


Love the Lord

Don't let the storms in your life
beat you down.
Keep shining, keep blooming,
keep showing your faith...
your trust... and keep
praising the Lord
for all His goodness and mercy.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

bliss of solitude...


bliss of solitude


For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”

- William Wordsworth

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

need to be forgiven...


need to be forgiven

He that cannot forgive others,
breaks the bridge over which
he himself must pass
if he would ever reach heaven;
for everyone has need to be forgiven.”

- George Herbert

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

spread love...


spread love

Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you
without leaving happier.”

- Mother Teresa

Monday, April 8, 2013

times are changing...


times are changing

The small local post office is disappearing.

Everybody is in favor of progress.
It’s the change they don’t like.”

- Author Unknown

Sunday, April 7, 2013

believe...


believe

Seek not to understand that you may believe,
but believe that you may understand.”

- Saint Augustine

Saturday, April 6, 2013

barriers within...


barriers within

Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find
all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”

- Jalal ad-Din Rumi

Friday, April 5, 2013

teacher of all truth...


teacher of all truth

We ought to reverence books;
to look on them as useful and mighty things.
If they are good and true,
whether they are about religion,
politics, farming, trade, law, or medicine,
they are the message of Christ,
the maker of all things /
the teacher of all truth.”
- Charles Kingsley

Thursday, April 4, 2013

affection...


affection

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths
of whatever solid and durable happiness
there is in our lives.”

- C.S. Lewis

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

enjoy the simple things...


enjoy the simple things

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

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

lines of communication...


lines of communication

Keep the lines of communication open.

It has been estimated that
from the first 'good morning'
to the last 'good night,'
the average person engages in
30 conversations a day;
some of you average more than that,
some of you, less.
Statisticians have estimated
that each of us will spend
13 years of our life talking,
and every day, our words
could write a book of 50-60 pages.
In a year, if we are just average,
we could author 264 books
of over 200 pages, just with our words.
You can do more than that
if you can speak in excess of
300 words per minute,
as some of us are able to do,
or if you talk incessantly at any speed.”

- John MacArthur

Communication involves listening as well as talking.

It is much easier to speak first,
thinking you will listen later.
But often, speaking first means
losing the opportunity to listen at all.”

- John A. Younts

Monday, April 1, 2013

prisoner of your past...


prisoner of your past

We are all here for some special reason.
Stop being a prisoner of your past.
Become the architect of your future.”

- Robin Sharma