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

Friday, May 31, 2013

surprising beauty...

surprising beauty

"Photography makes one conscious
of beauty everywhere,
even in the simplest things,
even in what is often considered
commonplace or ugly.
Yet nothing is really 'ordinary’,
for every fragment of the world
is crowned with wonder and mystery,
and a great and surprising beauty."

- Alvin Langdon Coburn

Thursday, May 30, 2013

morning coffee...

morning coffee

"The morning cup of coffee
has an exhilaration about it
which the cheering influence
of the afternoon or evening cup of tea
cannot be expected to reproduce."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

unwise...

unwise

Notice the birds nest in the upper
right of the door wreath.
A rather unwise place for the bird
to place its nest.


"It is unwise to be too sure
of one's own wisdom.
It is healthy to be reminded that
the strongest might weaken
and the wisest might err."
- Mahatma Gandhi



Therefore do not be foolish,
but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

- Ephesians 5:17 NIV

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

awesome presence

awesome presence

"Every artist, in a sense, is a missionary.
He tries to convey a message to his fellow man -
he communicates the awesome presence of truth
and beauty he discovers in the world around him."

- Ruth Bernhard

Monday, May 27, 2013

'Tis of Thee

'Tis of Thee
photo by Patrick Frey

I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture fills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song.
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.


Our father's God to, Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King!”

- Samuel Francis Smith

Sunday, May 26, 2013

encouragement...


encouragement

"Therefore we do not lose heart.
Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles
are achieving for us an eternal glory
that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal."

- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Clover-Blossom


Clover-Blossom

"Of the flower most truly fair,
On Clover's breast he softly lit,
And folded his bright wings there.
'Dear flower,' the butterfly whispered low,
'Long hast thou waited for me;
Now I am come, and my grateful love
Shall brighten thy home for thee;
Thou hast loved and cared for me, when alone,
Hast watched o'er me long and well;
And now will I strive to show the thanks..."

- Louisa May Alcott

Friday, May 24, 2013

full knowledge...


full knowledge

"We have almost forgotten
that God is a Person and, as such
can be cultivated as any person can.
It is inherent in personality
to be able to know other personalities,
but full knowledge of one personality by another
cannot be achieved in one encounter.
It is only after long and loving mental intercourse
that the full possibilities of both can be explored."

- A. W. Tozer
(The Pursuit of God)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

thoughts...


your thoughts

"Holiness begins in our minds
and works out to our actions.
That being true, what we allow
to enter our minds is critically important.
The television programs we watch,
the movies we may attend,
the books and magazines we read,
the music we listen to,
and the conversations we have
all affect our minds.
We need to evaluate
the effects of these avenues honestly,
using Philippians 4:8 as a standard.
Are the thought stimulated by
these various avenues true?
Are they pure? Lovely?
Admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy?"
- Jerry Bridges

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

in the morning light...


in the morning light

"Mornings are meant to be good.
Make today not good, but great,
because a great day starts
with a good morning from those
who love you as much as you love them."

- Josh Lund

"This is the day which the LORD has made,
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."

- Psalm 118:24 NASB

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SonRays Anniversary...


SonRays
 Anniversary

Today it is seven years
that I have been doing this
daily devotional/inspirational.

It is a form of worship for me.

I pray that by sharing this with you
I have brought a little inspiration
into your life too.

Being deeply loved by someone
gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply
gives you courage.”

- Lao Tzu

Monday, May 20, 2013

to His light...


to His light

Jesus would have been one of
the best photographers that ever existed.
He was always looking at
the beauty of people souls.
In fact Jesus was constantly making
pictures of God in people's life
by looking at their souls
and exposing them to his light.”

- Francis Bacon

Sunday, May 19, 2013

my gift to you...


my gift to you

"If instead of a gem, or even a flower,
we should cast the gift of a loving thought
into the heart of a friend,
that would be giving as the angels give."

- George MacDonald

Saturday, May 18, 2013

layers...


layers

Strip away the layers and reveal your soul.
Give yourself up and then you become whole.”

- Matisyahu

Friday, May 17, 2013

getting close...


getting close

Some flowers are only smelled
when going down on your knees to capture them.”

- Piet Vermeulen

Thursday, May 16, 2013

more selective...


more selective

"To chart a course, one must have a direction.
In reality, the eye is no better
than the philosophy [belief] behind it.
The photographer creates, evolves a better,
a more selective, more acute seeing eye
by looking ever more sharply
at what is going on in the world."

- Berenice Abbott

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ability to see...


ability to see

Art is the window to man's soul.
Without it, he would never be able
to see beyond his immediate world;
nor could the world see the man within.”

- Claudia Lady Bird Johnson 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

bumpy ride...


bumpy ride

Operating without the Lord
is like riding a bike with triangular wheels...
lots of effort, little progress,
and your in for a bumpy ride.


"Then trust the Lord completely;
don't ever trust yourself.
In everything you do, put God first,
and He will direct you
and crown your efforts with success."

-Proverbs 3:5,6 TLB

Monday, May 13, 2013

birthday kiss...


birthday kiss
photo by Erin Doyle

I think my wife gets younger with each year,
while I just get more grizzled and weatherbeaten.
LOL

"Maturity has more to do
with what types of experiences you've had,
and what you've learned from them,
and less to do with
how many birthdays you've celebrated."

- Author Unknown

Sunday, May 12, 2013

friendship...


friendship

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have,
and one of the best things you can be.”

- Douglas Pagels

Saturday, May 11, 2013

looking backward...


DJ's
(a taste of the 50's)


"To look backward for a while
is to refresh the eye, to restore it,
and to render it the more fit
for its prime function of looking forward."

- Margaret Fairless Barber

Friday, May 10, 2013

remembrance...


remembrance

The first time I had a hamburger here
was several years ago during a snow shower.

It was kind of fun getting served a burger
while standing here while it was snowing...
and the burger was even better
for the experience.

The test of an enjoyment
is the remembrance which it leaves behind.”

- Jean Paul Richter

Thursday, May 9, 2013

happiness...


happiness
photo by Erin Doyle

We tend to forget that happiness
doesn't come as a result
of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and
appreciating what we do have.”

- Frederick Keonig

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

tides...


tides

Someday, after mastering the winds,
the waves, the tides and gravity,
we shall harness for God
the energies of love, and then,
for a second time in the history of the world,
man will have discovered fire.”

- Teilhard de Chardin

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

a moment...


a moment

"I held a moment in my hand,
brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower,
a tiny sliver of one hour.
I dripped it carelessly,
Ah! I didn't know,
I held opportunity."

- Hazel Lee

Monday, May 6, 2013

discovery...


discovery

Discovery consists of seeing
what everybody has seen
and thinking what nobody has thought.”

- Albert Szent-Györgyi

Sunday, May 5, 2013

my photography...


my photography

"Jesus opened my eyes,
as the camera opened my heart
to see all of the beauty
this world has to behold."

- Author Unknown

Saturday, May 4, 2013

whispers of truth...


whispers of truth

It is only when we silent
the blaring sounds of our daily existence
that we can finally hear the whispers of truth
that life reveals to us, as it stands knocking
on the doorsteps of our hearts.”

- K. T. Jong

Friday, May 3, 2013

to be better...


to be better

"The goal is not to be better than the other man,
but to be better than your previous self.”

- Hindu Proverb

Thursday, May 2, 2013

our work...


our work

It is the quality of our work
which will please God
and not the quantity.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

the testing point...


the testing point

Courage is not simply one of the virtues,
but the form of every virtue
at the testing point.”

- C. S. Lewis