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, December 31, 2013

peaceful setting...

peaceful setting

This is a house we pass on the way
to our daughter's place.
All of us admire this house...
a very peaceful setting.
It happens to also be the place
where we get our Christmas trees.
Your house and my house
does not have to be so grand
in order to be peaceful.
No matter how peaceful the setting may be,
true peace lies within your own heart.
My dad used to say that home
is where he hangs his hat.
What he was really saying is that
he can be at peace wherever
he happens to be.

That requires you to be at peace
within yourself.

Monday, December 30, 2013

look closely...

look closely

This is the center of a poinsettia bloom.
Believing in the unseen
is a problem for those
with no faith.
But no one with sight has an excuse
for seeing what can be seen,
simply by looking close.

God's wonders are limitless.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

bald cardinal...

bald cardinal
photo by Lee Keefer

This poor male cardinal
was infected with a disease
that caused him to lose his head feathers.

Not very attractive, he persevered.
Eventually his feathers came back
and he was as handsome as ever.


"Never think that God's delays
are God's denials.
Hold on; hold fast; hold out.
Patience is genius."

- Georges-Louis Leclerc

Saturday, December 28, 2013

rejoice, rejoice...


Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
- Author Unknown

Friday, December 27, 2013

memories...

memories

"Memory is a way of
holding onto the things you love,
the things you are,
the things you never want to lose."
- “The Wonder Years”

Thursday, December 26, 2013

the day after...

the day after

Maggie is sad that the fun
of Christmas day is all over...
but we should keep the joy
of our salvation
within our heart always.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas morning...

Christmas morning

Prepare your hearts and minds
for the true meaning of Christmas.

I pray everyone has a very blessed
and peaceful Christmas filled with joy.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

the night before...

night before

Tomorrow will be a day of
celebration, feasting, opening presents,
sharing and loving...
but let us not forget to celebrate
the greatest gift of all...
the birth of our Savior,
Jesus Christ, our Lord,
the Son of God.

Monday, December 23, 2013

tea time...

tea time

This is a table display
in a favorite tea shop we frequent.
You may remember me as a avid
coffee drinker, but I too
like an occasional cup of tea.
My wife loves her tea.
One of my favorite teas
is called Monk's Blend.


"If you have one teapot
And can brew your tea in it
That will do quite well.
How much does he lack himself
Who must have a lot of things?"

- Sen no Rikyū

Sunday, December 22, 2013

the perfect Christmas tree...

buying a Christmas tree

"The perfect Christmas tree?
All Christmas trees are perfect!"

- Charles N. Barnard


"Let's approach Christmas
with an expectant hush,
rather than a last-minute rush."

- Author Unknown

Saturday, December 21, 2013

out of the way...

out of the way

When we travel, I take photographs.
This and eating are two
of my favorite reasons to travel.
And of those captured images,
and places found while on a trip,
the most satisfying to me
are those “out of the way”...
not on the travel brochure...
gems of time and space.

So if someone asks me,
“Did you see the 'Crown Jewels'”?
My response is... no, but I did see
the most magnifient beggar/shack/weed...
and I didn't have to stand in a long line
to see something I couldn't even get close to.


"This seems to be
the law of progress
in everything we do;
it moves along a spiral
rather than a perpendicular;
we seem to be actually
going out of the way,
and yet it turns out that we were
really moving upward all the time."

- Francis E. Willard

Friday, December 20, 2013

real reason...

real reason

With all the secular symbolism of Christmas...
remember to keep Christ in Christmas...
the real reason to celebrate and be joyful!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

S.D.G.

Saint John's in the Wilderness

This is, perhaps, one of my best photographs.
The lighting was fantastic and
I really love it in black and white.

All my work I attribute to the Glory of God.
S.D.G
Soli Deo gloria
(Glory to God alone)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

first step...

first step

"Sometimes you don’t know when
you’re taking the first step through a door
until you’re already inside."

- Ann Voskamp

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

book stores...

Aaron's book store
Lititz, PA

A favorite book store
in a favorite town.
I love books and
I love book stores...
particularly where they offer
a comfy chair and good coffee.


Now I admit that most
of my reading these days
are done on an iPad,
but there is something
to holding and readng
a real book...
and they look great
on a bookshelf.
Therefore I justify
buying them now and again.

Monday, December 16, 2013

cool head...

cool head

"Speak when you are angry
and you will make the best speech
you will ever regret.”"

- Ambrose Bierce

Snowmen keep a cool head.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Remington...

Remington
(my daughter's cat)

Cats are so easy to photograph
causing both the cat
and the photographer to purr.


Cats never strike a pose that isn't photogenic.”
- Lillian Jackson Braun

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Erin's tree...

Erin's Christmas tree
2013

"We are each gifted in a unique and important way.
It is our privilege and our adventure
to discover our own special light."
- Evelyn Dunbar

Friday, December 13, 2013

be still...

be still

This little dog would not stay still...
a little ball of energy.


"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
- Psalm 46:10 NIV

Thursday, December 12, 2013

failing faith...

failing faith

"Faith is not a delicate flower [snowman]
which would wither [melt] away
under the slightest stormy [inopportune] weather."

- Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

variable as the shade...

variable as the shade
photos by Erin Doyle

"In our hours of ease,
uncertain, coy,
and hard to please,
and variable as the shade,
by the light quivering aspen made;
when pain and anguish wring the brow,
a ministering angel thou."
- Sir Walter Scott

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

fog of yesterday...

fog of yesterday


"Don’t let the agony, regret,
or fog of yesterday blind you
to the fact that each new day
carries with it a plethora of opportunities
to move your life into the right direction."

- Steve Maraboli

Monday, December 9, 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

Sunday, December 8, 2013

enjoy the scenery...

enjoy the scenery

"A truly happy person
is one who can enjoy the scenery
while on a detour."

- Author Unknown

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas tree...

our Christmas tree 2013

"Don't measure the height of your Christmas tree.
Measure the abundance of the love
present in your heart!
Have a Blessed Christmas!”

- Author Unknown

Friday, December 6, 2013

bleak midwinter...

Bleak Midwinter

"In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow
in the bleak midwinter, long ago."

- Christina G. Rossetti

Thursday, December 5, 2013

hoarfrost...

hoarfrost/white frost

"The practical success of an idea,
irrespective of its inherent merit,
is dependent on the attitude of the contemporaries.
If timely it is quickly adopted;
if not, it is apt to fare like a sprout
lured out of the ground by warm sunshine,
only to be injured and retarded
in its growth by the succeeding frost."

- Nikola Tesla

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

frost...

frost
(on car windshield)

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost."

- J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

the first snowfall...

the first snowfall

This photo was taken
on the first snowfall of the season.


Even as winter approaches
there is always to be found,
the hope of spring.

Monday, December 2, 2013

hope...


A still and quiet place for hope to reside.

"Make a little birdhouse in your soul."
- Linnell Flansburgh

Sunday, December 1, 2013

getting to know You...


You can get to know the artist,
the musician, the sculptor
by studying their work.

In the same way,
you can get to know the Creator
by studying His creation...
even more so, because,
by seeking Him,
He gives us discernment
of all we see and experience.