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, March 31, 2015

wisdom...


"Mothers [and dads], teach your children this.
Teach your children that Wisdom is everywhere.
In pieces.
Some of the Wisdom is in the trees,
some of the Wisdom is with the animals.
Some of the Wisdom is with the planets
and the stars and the moons and the sun.
Some of the Wisdom flows with the waters.
Some of the Wisdom was with our ancestors.
Some of the Wisdom is in our minds.
All of the Wisdom is from the Spirit of God."

- Esther Davis-Thompson

Monday, March 30, 2015

agape love...

agape love

"This is the secret of life:
the self lives only by dying,
finds its identity (and its happiness)
only by self-forgetfulness,
self-giving, self-sacrifice, and agape love."

- Peter Kreeft

Sunday, March 29, 2015

peaceful heart...


"All God wants of man is a peaceful heart."
- Meister Eckhart

Saturday, March 28, 2015

wrong things right...

wrong things right

Sometimes we come to a bump in the road
on our journey through life...
and many times there is no sign to warn us.
We may lack the ability to control the bump
but we always have the choice
of how we respond.
Ignoring it is usually not an option.
Slow down... take the time to pray...
consult the One who sees ahead.


"We serve a God who delights
to make wrong things right."

- Dr. Dan Davey

Friday, March 27, 2015

guidance...

guidance

Ships at sea need guidance.
This is true all of the time,
but particularly so, when there
is stormy weather or fog.
Birds, such as those in the upper left
of this picture need guidance also.
Their guidance system comes
directly from the Creator.

We would do well to follow
our Creator's guidance
as written in His Word,
and through prayer to seek
His further guidance for our lives.


"Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path."

- Psalm 119:105 NIV

Thursday, March 26, 2015

so welcome...

so welcome

"If we had no winter,
the spring would not be so pleasant:
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome."

- Anne Bradstreet

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

the fog...

the fog

"Sometimes we need the fog
to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is however the truth of God's Word
that should never be viewed through the fog
of human interpretation, desires, cultural trends,
or even the rule of the majority.

"Today not only in philosophy
but in politics, government,
and individual morality,
our generation sees solutions
in terms of synthesis and not absolutes.
When this happens, truth,
as people have always thought of truth,
has died.”
- Francis Schaeffer


"The sum of your word is truth,
and every one of your righteous rules
endures forever.”

- Psalm 119:160

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

from the dead...

from the dead

See, I told you spring would come.
Others have been posting crocus images
for a while already,
but ours are just starting to emerge.
We get a teaser of warmer weather...
then back to the cold of winter.
Tomorrow it is supposed to be in the fifties...
Thursday back to the thirties.
Still winter is losing its grasp.

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

- Lewis Grizzard


"It’s spring fever.
That is what the name of it is.
And when you’ve got it, you want -
oh, you don’t quite know
what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!”

- Mark Twain

Monday, March 23, 2015

faith and trust...

faith and trust

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
Listen to the don'ts.
Listen to the shouldn'ts,
the impossibles, the won'ts.
Listen to the never haves,
then listen close to me...
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be."

- Shel Silverstein


“Never be afraid to trust
an unknown future to a known God.”

- Corrie ten Boom

Sunday, March 22, 2015

thinking of God...

thinking of God

"It always strikes me, and it is very peculiar,
that when we see the image of
indescribable and unutterable desolation -
of loneliness, of poverty and misery,
the end of all things, or their extreme -
then rises in our mind the thought of God."

- Vincent van Gogh

Saturday, March 21, 2015

delight for the soul...


Always learning, always experimenting,
always the science teacher... :)
This is a shot I took of pink orchids some few years back.
I was looking over some of my archive
looking for captures that might
translate well into black and white...
color can, if used correctly,
almost carry an image by itself,
but a good black and white
relies so much more on light... shadows, etc.
Not all images lend themselves
to a good black and white.
I thought this one fit the bill.
Then I decided to give it a proper frame with double mat.
Hope you like it.

"To see in color is a delight for the eye
but to see in black and white
is a delight for the soul."

- Andri Cauldwell

Friday, March 20, 2015

onion snow...

onion snow

Is this finally the “onion snow”?
Actually, unless you have planted your onions
this is not “the” onion snow.

But we can still hope it may be the last
measurable snow of the season.


"Sometimes the best thing you can do is
not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess.
Just breathe and have faith
that everything will work out for the best.”

- Author Unknown

Thursday, March 19, 2015

depths of earth...


"Though you have made me see
troubles, many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.”

- Psalm 71:20 NIV

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

confused...


"However confused
the scene of our life appears,
however torn we may be
who now do face that scene,
it can be faced,
and we can go on to be whole.”

- Muriel Rukeyser

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Saint Patrick's Day...

St. Patrick's Day

We talk of the “luck of the Irish”
but any true Christian knows
it is instead...
the joy of salvation
that we should celebrate
every day!
But yes, I am ¼ Irish
so I am, today, wearin' the green.


"What do you get when you cross
poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?
A rash of good luck.”

- Author Unknown

"Never iron a four-leaf clover,
because you don't want to press your luck.”

- Author Unknown


"Oh, while a man may dream awake,
On gentle Irish ground,
'Tis Paradise without the snake -
That's easy to be found.”

- Frederick Langbridge

Monday, March 16, 2015

trout lily...


This spring wildflower goes by many different
(and often used) common names.
I first learned it by the name of dogtooth violet.
But this very common name is perhaps
the common name it should not be known as...
it belongs to the lily family and is not a violet.
Other common names are fawn lily,
trout lily, or yellow trout lily.
If you are familiar with the eastern brook trout...
the mottled leaf of this plant
resembles the pattern on this fish.
Also the whitetail fawn has a similar pattern on its body.
This flower blooms in early spring
here in the northeastern USA.
It probably has other lesser used common names as well.
Google it if you wish to learn more.
It is another of my favorite spring wildflowers.
So ends your bio lesson for today!
I am looking forward to taking walks
with Jesus and have Him
teach me so much more
about God's wonderful creation.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

tranquility...


"Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture.
If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind,
then that is what our life is like.
If our attention is turned to the circumstances
in which we live,
we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts
and can have neither peace nor tranquility."

- Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Saturday, March 14, 2015

harmony...


"Many people feel so pressured
by the expectations of others
that it causes them to be frustrated,
miserable and confused
about what they should do.
But there is a way to live a simple,
joy-filled, peaceful life,
and the key is learning how
to be led by the Holy Spirit,
not the traditions or expectations of man."

- Joyce Meyer

Friday, March 13, 2015

Who's turn is it?

Who gets to sleep in the bed?

We have two cats... not quite
as many as pictured here.
Zembie, one of the two,
loves to sleep with us.
If I take a nap he is there
to curl up beside me.
When we are getting ready for bed
at night, he sneaks into the bedroom,
jumps up on the bed and goes through
all sorts of twists and turns
to show us how cute he is
and would love to sleep with us.
When we try to remove him from the bed,
he becomes like dead weight and I swear
he gains 15 extra pounds.


"There is no feeling more
comforting and consoling
than knowing you are right
next to the one you love."

- Author Unknown

Thursday, March 12, 2015

life waiting...


"We must be willing to get rid of
the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
The old skin has to be shed
before the new one can come."

- Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

bloodroot...


The weather is getting warmer,
the snow is melting and
it will soon be spring.
The Bloodroot is one of the earliest
blooms of spring...
late March or early April.
I search for this flower every year.
If you wish to know more about
this plant and its toxic/medicinal
red “blood” just google it.
I call this photo...
a Trinity of Bloodroot.


"God the Father is a deep root,
the Son is the shoot
that breaks forth into the world,
and the Spirit is that
which spreads beauty and fragrance."

- Tertullian Project

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

solitude...


"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

Monday, March 9, 2015

believe...

believe

In a dark uncertain world,
look to the cross...
it is there you will find
salvation...
new life from death.


"No man ever loved like Jesus.
He taught the blind to see
and the dumb to speak.
He died on the cross to save us.
He bore our sins.
And now God says,
'Because He did, I can forgive you.'"

- Billy Graham

Sunday, March 8, 2015

treasure...

Where is your treasure?

"For where your treasure is,
there your heart will be also."

- Matthew 6:21 NIV

Saturday, March 7, 2015

fabric of illusion...

fabric of illusion

"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


"We count on God’s mercy for our past mistakes,
on God’s love for our present needs,
on God’s sovereignty for our future."

- Augustine

Friday, March 6, 2015

the bard...

the bard

Epic poet, musician, singer of songs,
teller of tales... the bard did it all.
I always considered David (Old Testament)
a bard. He did all of the things a bard did
and did them all very well.
Of course, he was so much more.
Want some samples of his work...
read his Psalms in the Bible.
He even entertained earthly kings
and was a man after God's own heart.


"A king is a king,
but a bard is the heart and soul of the people;
he is their life in song,
and the lamp which guides their steps
along the paths of destiny."

- Stephen R. Lawhead

Thursday, March 5, 2015

a mug of comfort...

a mug of comfort

Comfort and joy is a hot mug of coffee
and time to spend with God
in prayer and meditation,
while it is snowing and cold outside.
When it snows and covers everything
with a pure fresh white, it reminds me
of the pure white robe to be given
at the appointed time.


"Then each of them was given a white robe..."
- Revelation 6:11 NIV

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

salvation of your soul...

salvation of your souls
(photo by Lee Keefer)

"Though you have not seen him, you love him;
and even though you do not see him now,
you believe in him and are filled
with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
for you are receiving the end result of your faith,
the salvation of your souls."

- 1 Peter 1:8,9 NIV

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Remember the Alamo?

Remember the Alamo?

My daughter recently returned
from a visit to see a very dear friend in Texas.
One thing they did together
was to go to the Alamo.
I found this quote by William Travis
from the movie, “The Alamo” (2004).
“One crowded hour of glorious life
is worth an age without a name.”

- William Travis

Take a hour every day to spend
it gloriously with your God and Creator.

It is well worth it.

Monday, March 2, 2015

sense of wonder...


"...innocence of eye has a quality of its own.
It means to see as a child sees,
with freshness and
acknowledgment of the wonder;
it also means to see as an adult sees
who has gone full circle
and once again sees as a child -
with freshness and
an even deeper sense of wonder."

- Minor White

Sunday, March 1, 2015

keeping warm...

keeping warm

When it is cold outside, the best thing to do
is to get close, hug, and keep warm together.
These two have that down to a science.

Cats like to cuddle more than any other living creature.”
- Jarod Kintz


How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose,
if there were no winter in our year!”

-
Thomas Wentworth Higginson