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

Monday, March 31, 2014

clean...

clean

"... outer cleanliness and inner cleansing.
Clean clothes and clean minds
are an ideal combination."

- Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sunday, March 30, 2014

people...

diners

Some of my favorite things to do,
when traveling, is taking photos, eating,
and meeting other people.

If you haven't already guessed,
I love diners... the food, the overall ambiance,
and the people.


"There are two types of people -
those who come into a room and say,
'Well, here I am!'
and those who come in and say,
'Ah, there you are.'"

- Frederick L. Collins

Saturday, March 29, 2014

excess...

gigantic pancake

We ate breakfast at a diner the other day.
They appear to live by the motto...
a lot for what you pay, and happens to be
a favorite stop for truckers.

This pancake overflows the dish
and practically occupies half the table.
My breakfast came with just one
of these monsters and was slowly eaten
over several days... some came home with us.

I used only a small portion of the butter
they gave with the pancake, by the way.
Overall, the breakfast, including the pancake,
was very tasty... coffee was great.

Although it may be fun, once in a long while...


"The excess of our youth are checks
written against our age
and they are payable with interest
thirty years later."

- Charles Caleb Colton

Friday, March 28, 2014

controlling...

control panel

Lots of buttons, lots of choices,
and this is a relatively older vehicle.
Sometimes I wonder if it gives us
more control or
it exerts more control over us.


"If you want to control things in your life so bad,
work on the mind. That's the only thing
you should be trying to control.
Drop everything else but that.
Because if you can't learn to master your thinking,
you're in deep trouble forever."

- Elizabeth Gilbert

Thursday, March 27, 2014

provision...

The other day there were nine deer
in our backyard.

Shortly before that there were
forty some wild turkeys.

Yesterday evening we saw a group
of five deer briefly join the nine here
in the field across the road
from our house.

For a short time, a couple of weeks ago
we noticed that the wild turkeys and the deer
appeared to be traveling together...
perhaps for the increased security of
a better warning system.

Even the animals are looking forward
to better weather and more food
after a rather harsh winter.


God provides for them...
He will certainly provide for you.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

in control...

interesting building

I have no idea what purpose
each of this building's components serve,
but I assume they do.
I drive by this building quite often...
this time I stopped to take the photo.

Our previous home
was built by two brothers...
one a plumber, one an electrician.
The basement ceiling was a maze
of pipes and wires...
many leading no where
and abruptly ending.

We used to always joke that
the electrician did the plumbing
and the plumber did the electrical work.

Aren't you happy that God
is always in control
even when we aren't?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

friendship...

a great time with friends
photo by a waitress

Nurture your friendships,
and enjoy time spent together.


"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners
who make our souls blossom."

– Marcel Proust

Monday, March 24, 2014

what never dies...

what never dies

"I believe that if I should die,
and you were to walk near my grave,
from the very depths of the earth
I would hear your footsteps."

- Benito Perez Galdos


"They that love beyond the world
cannot be separated by it.
Death cannot kill what never dies."

- William Penn

Sunday, March 23, 2014

farmer's market...

local farmer's market

"You pray in your distress and in your need;
would that you might also pray
in the fullness of your joy
and in your days of abundance."

- Kahill Gibran

Saturday, March 22, 2014

melting...


melting
(taken during the 2nd week of March)

The snow is receding,
can spring be far behind.

"It was one of those March days
when the sun shines hot
and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light,
and winter in the shade."

- Charles Dickens

Friday, March 21, 2014

frozen with snow...

frozen with snow

"Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams go,
Life is a barren field,
frozen with snow."

- Langston Hughes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

dinner at the fire hall...

dinner at the fire hall

"At a dinner party one should eat wisely
but not too well,
and talk well, but not too wisely."

- William Somerset Maugham

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

face lift


For those of you who are concerned
about the way you look,
the older you get...
instead of getting a face-lift
get yourself a faith-lift.

Your spirit will remain forever young,
and you will have faith as a little child.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

passing the test...

buying a car

When in the market for a new used car
it is always a very good idea
to do your homework.
This one almost passed the test
but turned out to be too good to be true.
Big decisions/choices require
a lot of thought and prayer.
One decision you will never regret
is accepting Jesus Christ,
the Son of God as your Savior.
Give it a lot of thought
and steadfast prayer!

He will pass all your tests.

Monday, March 17, 2014

four images...


I took these four images
quite a few years ago with a
35mm camera, while in Ireland.

If you look closely, you can see my reflection
as I was taking this shot.
We are a reflection of our past,
something we cannot change,
but we are fully capable of setting
our eternal future.


Choose wisely and choose soon.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

lain asleep...

lain asleep

"To be an exile from what you know
is sometimes the beginning
of finding the true measure of yourself,
that part which has lain asleep
because you did not require it.
We seldom grow unless we are forced to."

- Anne Perry
(“Tathea”)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

snow...

snow

Lots of snow this year.
Hang in there...
warmer weather and flowers
are on the way.


"Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn."

- Lewis Grizzard

Friday, March 14, 2014

different levels...

different levels

I once read an article on the three levels
of spiritual enlightenment.

Honestly, there are no “levels”
of spirituality... your life is either
controlled by God and His Holy Spirit
or you are controlled by your sinful nature.
Either you have found salvation
through Jesus Christ,
the Son of God,
or you have not made that choice.

Any change in growth,
comes from the Father
as He then molds you into
the likeness of His Son.

Your portion in this is to pray,
read, study, and meditate on His Word,
and lead a life pleasing to Him
by loving Him with all of your heart,
your mind, your spirit and your soul...
and loving your neighbor as yourself.


His joy and peace will then be yours.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

inconceivable antiquity...

inconceivable antiquity

"How cunningly nature hides
every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity
under roses and violets and morning dew!"

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

cardinal in the rain...

cardinal in the rain

This is the very first image
I used in a SonRays devotional.
And following is the text that I used
with this image on
Sunday, May 21, 2006.

"Not that I speak from want,
for I have learned to be content
in whatever circumstances I am."

- Philippians 4:11 NASB

What did we ever do without air conditioning,
computers, cell phones, microwaves, etc.?
How could our grandparents and their grandparents
ever have been content without all
the modern conveniences we have today?
What level of contentment have these
things brought us?

I don't think that the number of contented folks
vs the number of discontented
has changed from then to now.
It isn't how much we have, what we have,
or who we are.

True contentment is casting all your cares
upon Him who cares for you,
and know that He has, and will
(now and forever)
provide for your every need,
care for you,
and bless you beyond measure.

"Content makes poor men rich;
discontent makes rich men poor."

- Benjamin Franklin

Dear Father,
help us every day to become
a bit more like Jesus
and a bit closer to You, our Lord.


"Contentment is not the fulfillment
of what you want,
but the realization of how much
you already have."

- Unknown

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SonRays...

SonRays

Ever since May 21st, 2006,
this photo has been the image
that I have associated with SonRays.
Thought I would pull it out of
the archive and give it a make over.

I pray that SonRays has been just one tool
to help illuminate your world.


Remember to read God's Word daily,
absorb it into your heart,
and let it guide your every
thought and action.

Monday, March 10, 2014

means to discover...

means to discover

"[Weston calls photography]
a way of self-development,
a means to discover and identify oneself
with all the manifestations of basic forms –
with nature , the source."

- Edward Weston

Sunday, March 9, 2014

ponder...

ponder

"It is better to read a little
and ponder a lot
than to read a lot
and ponder a little."

- Denis Parsons Burkitt

Saturday, March 8, 2014

finish the job...

finish the job
photo by Lee Keefer


"Even the woodpecker owes his success
to the fact that he uses his head
and keeps pecking away
until he finishes the job he starts."

- Coleman Cox

Friday, March 7, 2014

waiting...

waiting


"Whatever we are waiting for -
peace of mind, contentment, grace,
the inner awareness of simple abundance -
it will surely come to us,
but only when we are ready to receive it
with an open and grateful heart."

- Sarah Ban Breathnach

Thursday, March 6, 2014

lunch out...

lunch out

Another favorite place to eat out.
This is Oregon Dairy,
a working farm.
Here my daughter is pointing out
something on the menu to my wife.

"All [three] elements
were happening in equal measure -
the cuisine, the service, and the overall ambience.
It taught me that dining
could happen at a spiritual level."

- Charlie Trotter
(slightly modified quote)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

center of activity...

center of activity

We have quite a few animals
which frequent this spot
in our backyard.
Oddly enough, quite a few times,
the animals take shifts.

Yes, sometimes it is a mix
of different animals,
and, of course, different species of birds.

On more than one occasion, however,
we see the whitetail deer stop by,
wild turkeys, and then, like above,
mostly a gray squirrel convention.
Different bird species seem to
congregate at other times.
Predominately mourning doves,
or starlings, or bluejays...
or even cardinals take their turn.

I used to chase the starlings away...
heavy masses of them...
not my favorite bird.
However I have learned to be patient...
they take their turn and leave,
about as quickly as they appeared.
God plays no favorites
and provides for them all,
so who am I to pick and choose.


"God gave us eyes to see them, 
        and lips that we might tell 
        how great is God Almighty, 
        who has made all things well."
- Cecil Frances Alexander

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

light to light...

light to light

"The grave itself is but a covered bridge
leading from light to light
through a brief darkness."

- Author Unknown

Monday, March 3, 2014

smile...

smile

"The world always looks brighter
from behind a smile."
- Author Unknown

Sunday, March 2, 2014

seasons...

seasons of our lives

What season are you anticipating?
Where are you now?

Are you still mired in the fall?
Is your soul bleak and cold as in winter?
Are you undergoing a change in your life?
Are you seeking the renewal of spring?
Are you looking forward to the summer
of growth and the production
of good fruit?


"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity
under the heavens:"
- Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

Saturday, March 1, 2014

I weep for him.

I weep for him.

"The woman stared across the grave
at the endless desert beyond.
'I came because no one else did,' she said,
her voice very low.
'He was shallow, grubby, and unkind,
but no one should be buried
without somebody to know
his passing and to care.'...
[I came] 'because he had life,...
He had a chance to be brave and
to seek the truth, to honor
and defend it. He had time
in which he could have
faced fear and overcome it;
to know himself without deceit,
excuse, or self-pity;
to bear pain without bitterness.
He had days in which to laugh,
to see beauty, to fill his heart
with gratitude.
He could have been kind and
brave and generous.'...
'Above all, there were people
he could have loved and
learned to forgive.
He is gone, and who is there
in the world that is poorer?'...
'Now all his chances are finished.
Of course I weep for him!'”

- Anne Perry
(“Tathea”)

This is a book I just started to read
and I found this passage to be very profound.

Looking forward to reading more of
Anne Perry's fantasy debut,
Tathea”.