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

Saturday, May 31, 2014

stir the soul...

stir the soul
Mammoth Springs
(road trip west)

"...the ability to stir the soul
with light and shape and colour.
To create grand visual moments
out of small and simple things..."

- Amyn Nasser

Friday, May 30, 2014

hot or cold...

hot or cold
(Mammoth hot springs in winter)
(Yellowstone National Park)
Road Trip West
"I know your deeds,
that you are neither cold nor hot.
I wish you were either one or the other!
So, because you are lukewarm -
neither hot nor cold -
I am about to spit you out of my mouth."

Revelation 3:15,16 NIV

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Highest of Arts...

Highest of Arts

"We must learn to reawaken
and keep ourselves awake...
by an infinite expectation of the dawn...
I know of no more encouraging fact
than the unquestionable ability of man
to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour.
It is something to be able...
to make a few objects beautiful;
but it is far more glorious to carve
and paint the very atmosphere
and medium through which we look...
To affect the quality of the day,
that is the highest of arts."

- Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ache of desolation...

ache of desolation

"The beauty that emerges from woundedness
is a beauty infused with feeling;
a beauty different from the beauty
of landscape and the cold perfect form.
This is a beauty that has suffered
its way through the ache of desolation
until the words or music emerged
to equal the hunger and desperation at its heart.
It must also be said that not all woundedness
succeeds in finding its way
through to beauty of form.
Most woundedness remains hidden,
lost inside forgotten silence.
Indeed, in every life there is some wound
that continues to weep secretly,
even after years of attempted healing.
Where woundedness can be refined into beauty
a wonderful transfiguration takes place.”

- John O Donohue

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

from within...

from within
(Badlands, South Dakota)
(Road Trip West)

"When I'm ready to make a photograph,
I think I quite obviously see
in my minds eye something that is not literally there
in the true meaning of the word.
I'm interested in something which is built up from within,
rather than just extracted from without."

- Ansel Adams

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day


"Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, May 25, 2014

tonic of wildness...

tonic of wildness
(Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone)
(Road Trip West)

"We need the tonic of wildness...
at the same time that we are earnest
to explore and learn all things,
we require that all things be mysterious..."

- Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, May 24, 2014

confidence and faith

confidence and faith

"Come what may, I am bound to think
that all things are ordered for the best;
though when the good is a furlong off,
and we with our beetle eyes
can only see three inches,
it takes some confidence in general principles
[and faith] to pull us through."

- Arthur Conan Doyle

Friday, May 23, 2014

Influence of the Earth

Influence of the Earth

"Live in each season as it passes;
breathe the air, drink the drink,
taste the fruit, and resign yourself
to the influence of the earth."

- Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Artist Palette

Artist Palette
(another between buildings capture)

Taken of an alley in Rapid City, SD.
(The Road Trip West)

This shot reminds me, in several ways,
of an artist's palette.

"In our life there is a single color,
as on an artist's palette,
which provides the meaning of life and art.
It is the color of love."

- Marc Chagall

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

missing someone...

back at home
(taken with iPad Air)

I think the boys missed
their grand”paw” while he
was away on the road trip west.

But it appears that they found
comfort in each other.

"Nothing makes a room feel emptier
than wanting someone in it."

- J

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

rainbow inside...

rainbow inside

Sometimes, if you look closely,
you can find an interesting,
and sometimes colorful pattern,
on the surface of a rock or boulder.

"When you have a rainbow
deep down in your heart,
your smile will shine bright.
You know you're a part of that
colorful, magical, feeling you'll find,
when you have a rainbow inside."

- Author Unknown

Monday, May 19, 2014



"The happiest man is he who
learns from nature the lesson of worship."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Living Water

Living Water
valley gorge trail
Conkle's Hollow, Ohio

"It is one thing for the living water
to descend from Christ into the heart,
and another thing how -
when it has descended -
it moves the heart to worship.
All power of worship in the soul,
is the result of the waters flowing into it,
and their flowing back again to God."

- G. V. Wigram

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Gospel Center

This old gospel center was reached
by a gravel road somewhere
north of Logan, Ohio.

"To hunger for use and to go unused
is the worst hunger of all."
- Lyndon B. Johnson

Friday, May 16, 2014

science of contemplation...

Cedar Falls
(Hocking Hills, Ohio)
"Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness.
It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs
when we let our minds rest on a rosebud,
a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall."
- Fulton J. Sheen

Thursday, May 15, 2014

phenomenon of nature...

phenomenon of nature

"All the arts are based on
the presence of man,
only photography derives an advantage
from his absence.
Photography affects us like a phenomenon in nature,
like a flower or a snowflake
whose vegetable or earthly origins
are an inseparable part of their beauty."

- Andre Bazin

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

wise old owl...

wise old owl
photo by Jerre Frey

"A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?" 

- Author Unknown

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

celebrating birthday...

celebrating birthday

My wife keeps getting more and more gorgeous.

I can spend a lifetime looking into your eyes.
Time stands stills and the universe conspires
to give us happiness always.
Here's to celebrating the birthday
of a wife and mother like no other.
Happy birthday darling.

Monday, May 12, 2014

long road...

long way

"All of life is a journey
which paths we take,
what we look back on,
and what we look forward to
is up to us.
We determine our destination,
what kind of road we will take to get there,
and how happy we are when we get there."

- Author Unknown

But there is help along the way...
friends to share the journey
and above all God to guide us.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day!

Mother's Day
photographer - unknown

"Each day of our lives we make deposits
in the memory banks of our children."

- Charles R. Swindoll

"If you have a mom,
there is nowhere you are likely to go
where a prayer has not already been."

- Robert Brault

Saturday, May 10, 2014



On the same farm as yesterday's
SonRays devotional,
we spotted this peacock.
It seems it was a day for several
to take a stroll.
What a magnificent example
of the Lord's creativeness.

I, for one, am looking forward
to seeing God in all His glory,
and to learn from Him.

"Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name."

- Psalm 100:4 NIV

Friday, May 9, 2014

wherever you roam...

out for a stroll

On one of our walks,
my wife, daughter, and I
came across this mare
walking with her colt.
It was a perfect day for a stroll
around the pond.
Make the time to spend
with your own children and family,
and while doing so,
talk about the God
who blesses us daily.

"May your days be many and your troubles be few.
May all God's blessings descend upon you.
May peace be within you may your heart be strong.
May you find what you're seeking wherever you roam."

- Irish Blessing

Thursday, May 8, 2014


This is a perfect example
of how a bird house
can be destroyed
without adequate protection
of the opening.
We can provide a degree of protection...
here for the birds...
as well as in our own lives.
Full protection comes only
through God and of our trust in Him.

"The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out
and thy coming in from this time forth,
and even for evermore."

- Psalm 121:7,8 KJV

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

birthday girl...

birthday girl
photographer unknown

"So mayst thou live, dear! many years,
In all the bliss that life endears, ..."

- Thomas Hood
"To My Daughter,
On Her Birthday" 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

to comfort you...

to comfort you

"Look at us, said the violets
blooming at her feet,
all last winter we slept in the seeming death
but at the right time God awakened us,
and here we are to comfort you."

- Edward Payson Roe

Monday, May 5, 2014

have no fear...

moon halo

I took this shot two evenings
before the blood moon appeared on April 15th.
The eerie halo was due to fog.

Have no fear if Jesus Christ
is your Savior.

"These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world."

- John 16:33 KJV

Sunday, May 4, 2014

make manifest...

make manifest

"Our deepest fear is not
that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that frightens us most.
We ask ourselves,
'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, and famous?'
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened
about shrinking so that people
won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
it's in all of us.
And when we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
(Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech)

- Maryanne Williamson

Saturday, May 3, 2014



"Look at the things around you,
the immediate world around you.
If you are alive,
it will mean something to you,
and if you care enough about photography,
and if you know how to use it,
you will want to photograph that meaningness."

- Paul Strand

Friday, May 2, 2014



"Church isn’t where you meet.
Church isn’t a building.
Church is what you do.
Church is who you are.
Church is the human outworking
of the person of Jesus Christ.
Let’s not go to Church,
let’s be the Church."

- Bridget Willard

Thursday, May 1, 2014

listen to the Word...

listen to the Word

"The BIBLE holds up before us
ideals that are within sight
of the weakest and the lowliest,
and yet so high that the best and the noblest
are kept with their faces turned ever upward.
It carries the call of the Saviour
to the remotest corners of the earth;
on its pages are written
the assurances of the present
and our hopes for the future."
- William Jennings Bryan