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

Friday, October 31, 2014

life is scary?

life is scary?
(Second Life snapshot)


"In faith there is enough light
for those who want to believe
and enough shadows
to blind those who don’t."
- Blaise Pascal

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

life with meaning...

life with meaning

"Remember to be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance
and none can say why some fields will blossom
while others lay brown beneath the August sun.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours,
their choices no more easily made.
And give, give in any way you can,
of whatever you possess.
To give is to love. To withhold is to wither.
Care less for your harvest
than for how it is shared
and your life will have meaning
and your heart will have peace."

- Kent Nerburn

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

swinging perfume...

swinging perfume

"A man ought to carry himself in the world
as an orange tree would if it could
walk up and down in the garden,
swinging perfume from every little censer
it holds up to the air."

- Henry Ward Beecher

Monday, October 27, 2014

light of life...

light of life



"When Jesus spoke again to the people,
he said, 'I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never live in darkness,
but will have the light of life.'"

- John 8:12 NIV

Sunday, October 26, 2014

music...

music

"Music speaks what cannot be expressed,
soothes the mind and gives it rest,
heals the heart and makes it whole,
flows from heaven to the soul."

- Author Unknown

Saturday, October 25, 2014

supreme good...

supreme good

"[Whilst] everything around me
is ever changing, ever dying,
there is underlying all that change
a living power that is changeless,
that holds all together, that creates,
dissolves and recreates.
That informing power or spirit is God...
And is this power benevolent or malevolent?
I see it as purely benevolent.
For I can see that
in the midst of death, life persists,
in the midst of untruth, truth persists,
in the midst of darkness, light persists.
Hence I gather that God is
Life, Truth, Light. He is Love.
He is the supreme Good."

- Mahatma Gandi

Friday, October 24, 2014

retreat...

personal retreat

Feeling a bit out of focus?
Need a rest?


"We need silence to be alone with God,
to speak to him, to listen to him,
to ponder his words deep in our hearts.
We need to be alone with God in silence
to be renewed and transformed.
Silence gives us a new outlook on life.
In it we are filled with the energy of God himself
that makes us do all things with joy."

- Mother Teresa

Thursday, October 23, 2014

gentle...

gentle

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ideas of living...

ideas of living

"Travel is more than the seeing of sights;
it is a change that goes on,
deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."

- Miriam Beard

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

thoughts...

thoughts

"You are today
where your thoughts have brought you;
you will be tomorrow
where your thoughts take you."

- James Allen

Monday, October 20, 2014

calm and serene...

calm and serene


When you become calm and serene
on the inside, the world
becomes more calm and serene
on the outside.”

- Author Unknown

Sunday, October 19, 2014

blessings...

blessings


"One of the main reasons
that we lose our enthusiasm in life
is because we become ungrateful ...
we let what was once a miracle
become common to us.
We get so accustomed to his goodness
it becomes a routine ..."

- Joel Osteen

Saturday, October 18, 2014

worship...

worship

And after reading the Bible,
I pray.


"Lord, who art always the same,
give that I know myself,
give that I know Thee."

- Augustine

Friday, October 17, 2014

eternal glories...

eternal glories


"Heaven wheels above you,
displaying to you her eternal glories,
and still your eyes are on the ground."
- Dante Alighieri

Thursday, October 16, 2014

heart and mind...

heart and mind
photo by Lee Keefer

"Look and think before opening the shutter.
The heart and mind
are the true lens of the camera."

- Yousuf Karsh

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

never lose their beauty...

never lose their beauty

Old age is never a reason
to be rude...
use your wisdom
to share kindness
and encouragement.


"Some people, no matter how old they get,
never lose their beauty —
they merely move it from their faces
into their hearts."

- Martin Buxbaum

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

boldest triumph...

boldest triumph

"Once more the liberal year laughs out
O'er richer stores than gems or gold:
Once more with harvest song and shout
Is nature's boldest triumph told."

- John Greenleaf Whittier

Monday, October 13, 2014

faith...

Columbus Day
(Second Life snapshot)

"Columbus found a world, and had no chart,
save one that faith deciphered in the skies."

- George Santayana

Sunday, October 12, 2014

love of life...

love of life
(Second Life snapshot)

"Living photography builds up,
does not tear down.
It proclaims the dignity of man.
Living photography is positive
in its approach; it sings
a song of life – not death."

- Berenice Abbott

Saturday, October 11, 2014

visiting...

visiting
(Second Life snapshot)

"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

Friday, October 10, 2014

camping...

camping
(Second Life snapshot)

"We now no longer camp as for a night,
but have settled down on earth
and forgotten heaven."

– Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, October 9, 2014

amazing...

amazing

The more I study nature,
the more I stand amazed
at the work of the Creator.”

- Louis Pasteur

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

moonlight...

moonlight
(Second Life snapshot)

I love to get up before dawn,
when it is still dark,
in the quiet while,
the rest of the world still sleeps.


"A dreamer is one who can only
find his way by moonlight,
and his punishment is that he sees
the dawn before the rest of the world."

- Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

pumpkins...

pumpkins

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin
and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion."

- Henry David Thoreau

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bond of Love

Bond of Love

"We are one in the bond of love;
We are one in the bond of love.
We have joined our spirits with the Spirit of God;
We are one in the bond of love.

Let us sing now, ev'ry one;
Let us feel His love begun.
Let us join our hands, that the world will know;
We are one in the bond of love."

- Author Unknown
(“Bond of Love”)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

on the bay...

on the bay
(Second Life snapshot)

"There are joys which long to be ours.
God sends ten thousands truths,
which come about us like birds seeking inlet;
but we are shut up to them,
and so they bring us nothing,
but sit and sing awhile upon the roof,
and then fly away."

- Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, October 4, 2014

peaceful...

peaceful
(Second Life snapshot)



"Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth,
so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.
To walk safely through the maze of human life,
one needs the light of wisdom

and the guidance of virtue."
- Buddha

Friday, October 3, 2014

reflective...

reflective
(Second Life snapshot)

"Religion survives because
it answers three questions
that every reflective person must ask.
Who am I? Why am I here?
How then shall I live?"

- Jonathan Sacks

Thursday, October 2, 2014

wisdom...

wisdom

"Age is nothing we count
besides for the wisdom we hold."

- Dio

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Virtual Exhibition...

Virtual exhibit
(Second Life snapshot)

In the village near my virtual cottage
in Second Life the owners honored
a request I made for a
virtual coffee house/art gallery.
Then they honored me further
by exhibiting some of my real life
photographs in the gallery.


"I wasn't aware that the purpose
of the show was to make friends.
I'm not sure that any artist
sets out to do that."

- Paul Brandford