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

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

end of the year...

keep God first

As the year comes to an end,
my thoughts are reflective.

Have I made a difference in the world?
Have I grown spiritually?

“When we keep God in first place,
everything else falls into place.”

- Joyce Meyer

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

sharing...

sharing

"Come and share a pot of tea,
My home is warm and my friendship’s free."

- Emilie Barnes

Monday, December 29, 2014

live simply...

live simply

"God asks no man whether he will accept life.
That is not the choice. You must take it.
The only question is how."

- Henry Ward Beecher

Sunday, December 28, 2014

fabric of illusion...

fabric of illusion
(Second Life snapshot)

"We all move on the fringes of eternity
and are sometimes granted vistas
through fabric of illusion.
Many refuse to admit it: I feel a mystery exists.
There are certain times, when,
as on the whisper of the wind,
there comes a clear and quiet realization
that there is indeed a presence in the world,
a nonhuman entity that is not necessarily inhuman.”

- Ansel Adams

Saturday, December 27, 2014

virtual reality headset...

virtual reality headset
photo by CSD

"In the beginning, spirituality is a seeking practice.
We seek peace, we seek joy, we seek wisdom,
we seek awakening, we seek self betterment.
Farther down the road,
the realization comes that we already
are the peace and joy and wisdom
and awakening and self betterment that we seek.
At that point, spirituality becomes what it is…
Not a practice of seeking anything.
But a practice of uncovering
what was there inside you all along."
- Teal Scott

Friday, December 26, 2014

peace and love...

peace and love

"Cultivate the heart to raise a harvest of Truth,
Righteousness, Peace and Love,
This crop has to be raised in your heart
and should be shared with others."

-
Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Rose...

Christmas rose
photo from iPad Air


"There's a story I must tell you
Not to many knows how it goes
It began upon first Chistmas night
It's the legend of the Christmas Rose.

Well, it was a long, long time ago
And from the East there came three Wise Men
Bearing gifts they'd brought from afar
They had traveled for a long, long way
With their guiding light a brilliant star.

And in the distant stood a little shepherd girl
Who's eyes were sad, for she had no gift to offer to the child
And as her tears fell to the ground
White roses started growing there
And when she placed them by the babe in the manger
It seemed He smiled.

As his fingers touched the pedal
A pale shade of pink there appeared
Just at Christmas time this flower grows
That the legend of the Christmas Rose."

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

silent night...

cross-stitch by Faye

"Silent night, Holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.
Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake, at the sight
Glories stream from heaven above
Heavenly, hosts sing Hallelujah.
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born."

- "Silent Night" was written by
Teixeira, Augusto Cesar De Oli / Gruber, Frank.
composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas...

cross-stitch by Faye

"Christmas is not a time nor a season,
but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill,
to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

- Calvin Coolidge

Monday, December 22, 2014

live more in peace...

live more in peace
(Second Life snapshot)



"The urge to create,
the urge to photograph,
comes in part from the deep desire
to live with more integrity,
to live more in peace with the world,
and possibly to help others to do the same."

- Wynn Bullock

Sunday, December 21, 2014

love and revelation...

love and revelation
(Second Life snapshot)

"Some photographers take reality...
and impose the domination
of their own thought and spirit.
Others come before reality more tenderly
and a photograph
to them is an instrument
of love and revelation."

- Ansel Adams

Saturday, December 20, 2014

stars in heaven...

stars in heaven

"Thousands of lights were burning
on the green branches,
and gaily-colored pictures,
such as she had seen in the shop-windows,
looked down upon her.
The little maiden stretched out her hands
towards them when-the match went out.
The lights of the Christmas tree
rose higher and higher,
she saw them now as stars in heaven . . ."

- Hans Christian Andersen

Friday, December 19, 2014

sisters and Santa...

sisters and Santa
(Elaine, Faye, and Santa)


"A sister is a little bit of childhood
that can never be lost."
- Marion C. Garretty

Thursday, December 18, 2014

indescribable gift...

indescribable gift
(Second Life snapshot)

"Christmas is the perfect time
to celebrate the love of God and family
and to create memories that will last forever.
Jesus is God's perfect, indescribable gift.
The amazing thing is that not only
are we able to receive this gift,
but we are able to share it with others
on Christmas and every other day of the year."

- Joel Osteen

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

wanting for Christmas...

Know what I want for Christmas?
(photo by Lee Keefer)

Your probably thinking I just want
a pile of nuts and seeds.
I just want to find joy in each
and every day.


Seize every day as an adventure
and your spirit will soar
when you discover the
wonderful surprises life has to offer.”

- Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

joy...

joy
photo by Lee Keefer


"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, December 15, 2014

simple magic...

simple magic
(Second Life snapshot)

"Why did they believe?
Because they saw miracles.
Things one man took as chance,
a man of faith took as a sign.
A loved one recovering from disease,
a fortunate business deal,
a chance meeting with a long lost friend.
It wasn't the grand doctrines
or the sweeping ideals
that seemed to make believers out of men.
It was the simple magic in the world around them."

- Brandon Sanderson

Sunday, December 14, 2014

magical...

magical
(Second Life snapshot)

"I believe anything is possible.
Research into quantum physics
proves that a system changes
simply by someone observing it.
Therefore, all you have to do is be
awake and aware of your environment,
and that enables you to
transform everything around you.
It sounds like hocus pocus, but
scientists are coming to realize that
just thinking about something can
make it happen. Turns out maybe
faith can move mountains."

- Christine Anderson

Saturday, December 13, 2014

overcoming...


overcoming
(Second Life snapshot)

Overcoming sin should be the easiest
thing in the world...
after all, we have a choice.
To do what the Lord says is right,
or to follow our own self-centered desires.
It requires absolutely total commitment.
But we have help.
The Holy Spirit will help and guide us...
and we can employ good friends
to pray for us and
to make us accountable.

"May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit."

- Romans 15:13 NIV

Friday, December 12, 2014

friends...

friends

People tend not to think
At times, not even to care.
Finding a true friend
That encourages and supports
Becomes increasingly rare.


To seek and to find
That gem, that treasure
That special person
In whom you can be yourself
Becomes and remains your greatest pleasure.

- techranger (S.D.G.)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

brothers...

brothers


"There’s no other love like the love for a brother.
There’s no other love like the love from a brother."

- Terri Guillemets

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

tell it...

tell it
(Second Life snapshot)

"When I am a seeker,
I seek both night and day;
I seek the Lord to help me,
And He shows me the way:
Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born."

- Author Unknown

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

gown...

gowns

Recently we saw an exhibit of
the Downton Abbey costumes.
This one was worn by Downton
Abbey's Violet.
A beautiful gown you say?
Yes, I will agree... beautiful
by human standards.


"Consider how the wild flowers grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon
in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.”

- Luke 12:27 NIV

Monday, December 8, 2014

star light...

star light

"Star Light Star bright,
The first star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight."

- Author Unknown

Have you ever wished upon a star?
Pray to your Heavenly Father instead.


"There is not in the world
a kind of life more sweet and delightful
than that of a continual conversation with God."

- Brother Lawrence

Sunday, December 7, 2014

warm words...

warm words
(Second Life snapshot)

"May you have warm words on a cold evening,
a full moon on a dark night
and a smooth road all the way to your door."

- Irish blessing

Saturday, December 6, 2014

for those who believe...

for those who believe

"Keep your dreams alive.
Understand to achieve anything
requires faith and belief in yourself,
vision, hard work, determination, and dedication.
Remember all things are possible for those who believe."

- Gail Devers

Friday, December 5, 2014

simplification of life...

simplification of life
(Second Life snapshot)

"I have learned by some experience,
by many examples,
and by the writings
of countless others before me,
also occupied in the search,
that certain environments,
certain modes of life,
certain rules of conduct
are more conducive
to inner and outer harmony than others.
There are, in fact,
certain roads that one may follow.
Simplification of life is one of them."

- Ann Morrow Lindbergh

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Original gate...

Yellowstone
(original gate)

"Maybe you weren't born
with a silver spoon in your mouth,
but like every American,
you carry a deed to
635 million acres of public lands.
That's right.
Even if you don't own a house
or the latest computer on the market,
you own Yosemite, Yellowstone,
the Grand Canyon,
Golden Gate National Recreation Area,
and many other natural treasures."

- John Garamendi

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

wandering/exploration...

wandering/exploration
(Second Life snapshot)

"Wandering re-establishes
the original harmony
which once existed
between man and the universe."

- Anatole France

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

awakening yourself...

awakening yourself
(Second Life snapshot)

"Our original nature is...
void, omnipresent, silent, pure;
it is glorious and mysterious peaceful joy -
and that is all.
Enter deeply into it by awakening yourself."

- Huang Po

Monday, December 1, 2014

blessings...

count your blessings

My daughter and I love to walk
together when it is snowing.
It's a dad/daughter thing to do.
This was taken during the first
snowfall of the season.

"Reflect upon your present blessings...
of which every man has many...
not on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some."

- Charles Dickens


"When we lose one blessing,
another is often most unexpectedly
given in its place."

- C.S. Lewis