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

Thursday, October 31, 2013



"From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!"

- Scottish Saying

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

support and freedom...

support and freedom

"The hardest part of raising a child
is teaching them to ride bicycles.
A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time
needs both support and freedom.
The realization that this is what
the child will always need
can hit hard."

- Sloan Wilson

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

celebrate living...

celebrate living

"Celebrate the happiness
that friends are always giving,
make every day a holiday
and celebrate just living!"

- Amanda Bradley

Monday, October 28, 2013

easy chair...

easy chair

"To the discontented man
no chair is easy."

- Ben Franklin

Sunday, October 27, 2013



"...the LORD Almighty will come with thunder
and earthquake and great noise,
with windstorm and tempest..."

- Isaiah 29:6 NIV

"It is a dreadful thing to fall into
the hands of the living God."

- Hebrews 10:31 NIV

Saturday, October 26, 2013



We like to explore and find
quaint little farmstands or small
family run stores.
Lancaster County, PA is a great place to look.

This is Daisy's Bakery.
You have to drive back a farm lane
to find this place.
Great sticky buns and other baked treats
as well as friendly, helpful people.

"Simple life and peaceful mind
are very close friends!"

- Mehmet Murat ildan

Friday, October 25, 2013



"I've never known any human being,
high or humble, who ever regretted,
when nearing life's end, having done kindly deeds.
But I have known more than one millionaire
who became haunted by the realization
that they had led selfish lives."

- Barry C. Forbes

Thursday, October 24, 2013



"It will generally be found
that men who are constantly
lamenting their ill luck
are only reaping the consequences
of their own neglect."

- Samuel Smiles

Wednesday, October 23, 2013



You have heard the expression...
there is no cure for dying”.
But there is...
the cure is Jesus Christ.

"God will wipe away
every tear from their eyes;
and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be anguish
(sorrow and mourning)
nor grief nor pain any more,
for the old conditions and
the former order of things
have passed away."

- Revelation 21:4 AMP

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

take a look...

looking under
(underside of maple leaf)

"The moment one gives
close attention to any thing,
even a blade of grass
it becomes a mysterious, awesome,
indescribably magnificent world in itself."
- Henry Miller

Monday, October 21, 2013



"The best way to appreciate your job
is to imagine yourself without one."

- Oscar Wilde

Sunday, October 20, 2013

peace of mind...

peace of mind

"Do not overrate what you have received,
nor envy others.
He who envies others
does not obtain peace of mind."

- Buddha

Saturday, October 19, 2013

inner peace...

me and the cats
photo by Faye Doyle
(taken with iPad3)

"Work is not always required.
There is such a thing as sacred idleness."

- George MacDonald

"No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it."
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

Friday, October 18, 2013


photo by Faye Doyle

Take time to be silent and listen.

"'Silent' and 'listen'
are spelled with the same letters."

- Author Unknown

Thursday, October 17, 2013

zone of interaction...

zone of interaction

Inside your home is private...
the front of you home outside
is want you want others to see...

The space between buildings
is the zone of interaction.

"Treat every small interaction with another person
as an opportunity to make a positive impact
in both your lives."

- Author Unknown

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

veil of the mist

veil of the mist

"Were I called on to define,
very briefly, the term art,
I should call it 'the Reproduction of
what the senses perceive in nature
through the veil of the mist'."

- Edgar Allan Poe

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

enjoy today...

enjoy today

"My advice to you
is not to inquire why or whither,
but just enjoy the ice cream
while it's on your plate."

- Thornton Wilder

Monday, October 14, 2013

seen and heard everywhere...

seen and heard everywhere

"If God had wanted to be a big secret,
He would not have created
babbling brooks and whispering pines."

- Robert Brault

Sunday, October 13, 2013

sequestered nooks...

Library View

This was taken from a window
at the Lake Placid, NY, library.
What a restful, quiet place
to relax and read a good book.

"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Heaven in a Wild Flower...

"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour..."

- William Blake
“Auguries of Innocence”

Friday, October 11, 2013

the marsh...

the marsh

"What would the world be,
once bereft of wet and wildness?
Let them be left.
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet."

- Gerald Manley Hopkins

Thursday, October 10, 2013

forest mandala...

forest mandala

In Sanskirt (ancient Indian language)
mandala means circle or community.

The Mandala has existed throughout history
in almost every culture's mythology
and teachings of spirituality.

It provides a focal point that
symbolizes our spirit.

Much can be learned from contemplating
a small patch or circle of life
within, for example, a forest.

It is a search for the universal
within the infinitesimally small.

God provides for us, everywhere,
no matter where we live
or where we look... His magnificence
and ever present glory
in the smallest part of His creation
to the all encompassing universe.

Look, contemplate, learn...
you will simply be amazed.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013



"It is in the process of being worshipped
that God communicates His presence to men."

- C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Go with His flow...

Go with His flow.

Although we are told to seek God
with all of our heart...
Jeremiah 29:13...
seeking Him is less an exercise
under our control,
as an exercise of being aware
of His presence,
and allowing Him to grasp,
mold, direct, and guide us.

"When I saw others straining toward God,
I did not understand it,
for though I may have had him
less than they did,
there was no one blocking the way
between him and me,
and I could reach his heart easily.
It is up to him, after all, to have us,
our part consists of almost solely
in letting him grasp us."

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Monday, October 7, 2013

wilderness story...

wilderness story

"If you know wilderness
in the way that you know love,
you would be unwilling to let it go....
This is the story of our past
and it will be the story of our future."

- Terry Tempest Williams

Sunday, October 6, 2013

return to the cabin...

return to the cabin

"I had daydreams and fantasies
when I was growing up.
I always wanted to live in a log cabin
at the foot of a mountain.
I would ride my horse to town
and pick up provisions.
Then return to the cabin,
with a big open fire,
a record player and peace."

- Linda McCartney

"There are elements of intrinsic beauty
in the simplification of a house
built on the log cabin idea."

- Gustav Stickley

Saturday, October 5, 2013

morning scene...

morning scene

It was a cloudy overcast morning...
I walked down the trail from the cabin,
through the woods,
and came out to this view down below.

No one was up and about...
just me, God, and my thoughts.
Praise Him...
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Friday, October 4, 2013

in touch with the silence...

in touch with the silence

"Learn to get in touch
with the silence within yourself,
and know that everything in life has purpose.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences,
all events are blessings
given to us to learn from."
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Thursday, October 3, 2013



"However many holy words you read,
However many you speak,
What good will they do you
If you do not act on upon them?"

- Buddha

Wednesday, October 2, 2013



Clever people master life;
the wise illuminate it.”

- Emil Nolde

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

thank you, O God...

Robert Louis Stevenson cottage
Saranac Lake, NY
(he lived here the winter of 1888)

"Help me, O God,
to look back on the long way
you have brought me,
on the long days in which I have been served,
not according to my deserts,
but my desires;
on the pit and the miry clay,
the blackness of despair,
the horror of misconduct,
from which my feet have been plucked out.
For my sins forgiven or prevented,
for my shame unpublished,
I bless and thank you, O God."
- Robert Louis Stevenson