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, June 30, 2013

wooden...

wooden

Wooden, oblivious, not seeing,
uncaring, self-absorbed...
Yes, there is only so much we can do,
but what about the little things...
being aware of the person behind you
as you open and go through a doorway,
the person in that other car in front of you
or as you approach an intersection,
the people you see as you go about
your daily lives... those that could use
an encouraging word, smile, or perhaps
even a silent prayer.


"Sensitivity is intuition. Sensitivity is compassion.
Sensitivity is love. Sensitivity is real strength.
Be both sensitive and strong."

- Author Unknown

Saturday, June 29, 2013

rest...

rest
"Sometimes the most urgent thing
you can possibly do
is take a complete rest."

- Ashleigh Brilliant

Friday, June 28, 2013

supports of the ungodly...

supports of the ungodly

A spider's web, once damaged,
rapidly goes to pieces.
It cannot be patched up.
To 'lean upon it' is to put
its structure to a test
which it is unable to bear.
It cannot 'stand' or 'endure.'
The case is the same with
all the supports of the ungodly.”

- Pulpit Commentary
(Job 8:15)


What they trust in is fragile;
what they rely on is a spider’s web.
They lean on the web, but it gives way;
they cling to it, but it does not hold.”

- Job 8:14,15 NIV

Thursday, June 27, 2013

transformation...

transformed

Belief, faith, love, and trust...
these are some of the ingredients
for a successful transformation.

The Lord has provided
for us many examples in nature
of truths by which we can grow
to live the life He wants for us.

The caterpillar to butterfly,
metamorphosis, is one such example.

The more we learn of His creation
the more we can understand His truth.


I love to think of nature
as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour,
if we will only tune in.”

- George Washington Carver

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

awareness of the spirit...

awareness of the spirit

"(Art) is both the taking and giving of beauty;
the turning out to the light the inner folds
of the awareness of the spirit.”

- Ansel Adams

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

a way to say it...

a way to say it

"Photographic technique is no secret and –
provided the interest is there –
easily assimilated.
But inspiration comes from the soul
and when the Muse isn’t around
even the best exposure meter
is very little help.
In their biographies, artists like Michelangelo,
da Vinci and Bach said
that their most valuable technique
was their ability to inspire themselves.
This is true of all artists;
the moment there is something to say,
there becomes a way to say it."

- Ralph Gibson

Monday, June 24, 2013

precious gift...


"My goal as a person and,
consequently, as a photographer,
is to witness, participate in,
and hopefully share
the delicate beauty of wilderness –
those moments in time
when nature and spirit
transcend the make-believe world
of politics, economics,
[unimportant] religious squabbles,
fleeting fashion, mass 'entertainment,'
and other means of wasting
the precious gift of thought and inspiration
we are each endowed with."

- Guy Tal

Sunday, June 23, 2013

joy that comes from God...

joy that comes from God

"'Jesus said, “If you obey My commands,
you will remain in My love,
just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands
and remain in His love.
I have told you this so that My joy
may be in you and that your joy
may be complete' (Jn. 15:10-11).
In this statement Jesus links
obedience and joy in a cause and effect manner;
that is, joy results from obedience.
Only those who are obedient –
who are pursuing holiness as a way of life –
will know the joy that comes from God."

- Jerry Bridges

Saturday, June 22, 2013

something beautiful...

something beautiful

"Temptation often comes wrapped
in the form of something beautiful,
something that appeals
to our senses and desires.
It is often necessary to think twice
before we recognize that a beautiful object
or goal (at times) is really sin in disguise."

- Henry Virkler

Friday, June 21, 2013

Will of God

Will of God

"Do not love or cherish the world
or the things that are in the world.
If anyone loves the world,
love for the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world...
the lust of the flesh
[craving for sensual gratification]
and the lust of the eyes
[greedy longings of the mind]
and the pride of life
[assurance in one’s own resources
or in the stability of earthly things]...
these do not come from the Father
but are from the world [itself].

And the world passes away and disappears,
and with it the forbidden cravings
(the passionate desires, the lust) of it;
but he who does the will of God
and carries out His purposes
in his life abides (remains) forever."

- 1 John 2:15-17 AMP

Thursday, June 20, 2013

where you can go...

where you can go

"It doesn't matter where you are,
you are nowhere compared to where you can go.”

- Bob Proctor

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

music...

music

"Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!"

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

prayerful heart...

prayerful heart

"The beckoning hands
Of God's hopeful Smile
Will, without fail, one day greet
The fruitful cries
Of man's prayerful heart."
- Sri Chinmoy

Monday, June 17, 2013

just a nobody...

just a nobody

"I'm just a nobody
trying to tell everybody
about Somebody
who can save anybody."

- The Williams Brothers

Sunday, June 16, 2013

a faithful hand...

a faithful hand

Oh, the comfort - the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person -
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are, chaff and grain together;
certain that a faithful hand
will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and then with the breath of kindness
blow the rest away.”

- Dinah Craik

Saturday, June 15, 2013

doubt...

doubt
photo by Faye Doyle



"We're not necessarily doubting
that God will do the best for us;
we are wondering how painful
the best will turn out to be."

- C. S. Lewis

Friday, June 14, 2013

any good thing I can do...

any good thing I can do

William Penn was an English founder
and 'Absolute Proprietor'
of the Province of Pennsylvania,
the English North American colony
and the future U.S. State of Pennsylvania.
He was known as an early champion of
democracy and religious freedom
and famous for his good relations
and his treaties with the Lenape Indians.
Under his direction,
Philadelphia was planned and developed.

As one of the earlier supporters
of colonial unification,
Penn wrote and urged for
a Union of all the English colonies
in what was to become
the United States of America.
The democratic principles that he set forth
in the Pennsylvania Frame(s) of Government
served as an inspiration for
the United States Constitution.”
- Author Unknown


I expect to pass through life but once.
If therefore, there be any
kindness I can show,
or any good thing I can do
to any fellow being, let me do it now,
and not defer or neglect it,
as I shall not pass this way again.”

- William Penn

Thursday, June 13, 2013

fallen blossoms...

fallen blossoms

"Love knows no limit to its endurance,
no end to its trust, no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.
Love still stands when all else has fallen."

- Author Unk
nown

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

innocence of eye...

innocence of eye

...innocence of eye has a quality of its own.
It means to see as a child sees,
with freshness and acknowledgment of the wonder;
it also means to see as an adult sees
who has gone full circle
and once again sees as a child -
with freshness and an even deeper sense of wonder.”

- Minor White

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

family...

family

You don't choose your family.
They are God's gift to you,
as you are to them.”

- Desmond Tutu


Rejoice with your family
in the beautiful land of life!”

- Albert Einstein

Monday, June 10, 2013

simple meal...

simple meal

A simple meal of homemade soup,
greek yogurt with fresh rhubarb sauce
(made by my daughter),
and a bit of Portuguese roll.

My wife makes great soup.
Freshly made and often
from leftovers in the fridge.
Never the same each time
but always wonderful.

This is a chicken vegetable noodle soup...
could eat some right now
on a dreary, rainy day.

Only the pure of heart can make good soup.”
- Beethoven


A first-rate soup is more creative
than a second-rate painting
[or photograph].”

- Abraham Maslow

Sunday, June 9, 2013

too great a temptation...

too great a temptation

I remember as a boy
planting 50 black raspberry plantlets
in a field we owned.
Even after supposedly being told
where they were, the farmer
who farms the rest of the land
plowed them under.
I was devastated and very angry.
Instead of taking my side,
my father got angry with me
for getting angry with the farmer
(It was all about anger management).


I also remember planting corn.
Some time later we
found that the crows had gone
down each row and picked out
most of seeds to eat.
But most of my memories
of our garden and the many plants
I've planted over the years
are of the wonderful results
of such toil.

As a young boy, I used to
run out each day,
after a planting,
to look for any new growth.
I still marvel at the beauty
and uniqueness of each and every plant
that our Creator has given to us.


"You give a man color film,
and sooner or later you will catch him
out in the garden taking pictures of flowers.
This seems inevitable. He just can't resist.
He's got this colorful film, y'see,
and he spies this colorful flower, and...
well, not being a chimp, he does realize
that there are enough flower pictures
in the world already,
and that the one he's about to take
isn't going to be of any use to anybody.
But he can't help himself.
It's too great a temptation to resist.
He succumbs to the weakness."

- Author Unknown

Saturday, June 8, 2013

devotions...

devotions

I am reading (and enjoying) a daily devotional
that my wife gave me for Christmas.
It is written by a man,
David G. Lutz III,
that does not live far from
where we live.

He completed his lifelong dream
of building his own log cabin.
The devotional follows his project
day to day along with a reference
to his spiritual growth.

David connects cabin building to life building.


"It is impossible for a believer,
no matter what his experience,
to keep right with God
if he will not take the trouble
to spend time with God.
Spend plenty of time with Him;
let other things go,
but don't neglect Him."

- J. Oswald Sanders

Friday, June 7, 2013

peace amid the storm...

peace amid the storm

When I laid down in the field
beside this flower,
as the storm approached overhead,
I thought about how stoic
and completely at peace it was
looking upward beyond the clouds.

Thinking about it later
I realized that we need not look
any further than within us
for His peace is always with us.

And we can reflect His light
around us to help others find
their own peace within Him.

Whatever the storm
you are experiencing within your own life,
turn to Him... rely on Him...
trust in Him to bring you through it.
He is with you always.


"Serenity is not freedom from the storm,
but peace amid the storm."

- Author Unknown

Thursday, June 6, 2013

sweet tooth...

sweet tooth

It appears that I have developed
a sweet tooth during
my autumn years.
This is an example of a favorite candy.
Now all candy has to be fresh
in order to really be enjoyed.
There is not much worse than
older, stale candy...
unless, of course, it is stale bread.

If I am going to indulge
in the excessive calories...
it had better be good and fresh.
I have also learned that
after the first couple of bites,
(no matter how fresh)
it doesn't taste quite so good.

If you really want a sweet experience
without the calories, and that becomes
better with every taste...
try digesting His Word.

You will not be sorry.


"Even though [the Bible] is an ancient document,
every person in every situation
in every society that’s ever existed
can find in this book things
that endure forever.
Here’s a book that never needs another edition.
It never needs to be edited,
never has to be updated,
is never out of date or obsolete.
It speaks to us as pointedly
and directly as it ever has
to anyone in any century
since it was written.
It’s so pure that it lasts forever."

- John MacArthur

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

the way he sees...

the way he sees
photo by Faye Doyle

"A photographers work is given shape
and style by his personal vision.
It is not simply technique,
but the way he looks at life
and the world around him."

- Pete Turner

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

veil is lifted...

the veil is lifted

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord,
the veil is taken away.
Now the Lord is the Spirit,
and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.
And we all, who with unveiled faces
contemplate the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his image
with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord,
who is the Spirit.”

- 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NIV

Monday, June 3, 2013

keep plugging away...

keep plugging away

"Never discourage anyone...
who continually makes progress,
no matter how slow."

- Plato

Sunday, June 2, 2013

what you have given...

what you have given
photo by Ronnie Benner

Remember that when
you leave this earth,
you can take with you
nothing that have received...
only what you have given.”

- Saint Francis of Assisi

Saturday, June 1, 2013

never too old...

never too old

Twenty years from now
you will be more disappointed
by the things that you didn't do
than by the ones you did do.”

- Mark Twain


You are never too old
to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.”

- C. S. Lewis