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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

indomitable will...


indomitable will

"Strength does not come from physical capacity.
It comes from an indomitable will."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

rings...

rings

"Every day that is born into the world
comes like a burst of music
and rings the whole day through,
and you make of it a dance, a dirge,
or a life march, as you will."

- Thomas Carlyle

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

creation...

creation

"Imagination is the beginning of creation.
You imagine what you desire,
you will what you imagine
and at last you create what you will."

- George Bernard Shaw


Think of the Lord's creation...
we are made in God's image...
so it is with us.

Monday, April 27, 2015

majestic music...

majestic music

“The woods call to us with a hundred voices,
but the sea has one only — a mighty voice
that drowns our souls in its majestic music.
The woods are human, but the sea
is of the company of the archangels.”

- L.M. Montgomery

Sunday, April 26, 2015

judge not...

judge not

"Sometimes it is the people
who no one imagines anything of
who do the things that no one can imagine."

- Joan Clarke
("The Imagination Game")

Saturday, April 25, 2015

humility...


This humble little flower is the spring beauty...
Claytonia virginica (L.)



"What makes humility so desirable
is the marvelous thing it does to us;
it creates in us a capacity
for the closest possible intimacy with God."

- Monica Baldwin

Friday, April 24, 2015

imagination...

imagination

The Lord has given each of us many gifts
in varying proportions.
Since we are made in His image...
these are the gifts that He Himself possesses.
One of the many of these gifts
that I cherish is imagination.


"I am enough of an artist
to draw freely upon my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world."

- Albert Einstein

Thursday, April 23, 2015

change...


My wife, I, and another couple went on a long walk yesterday on a nature trail. We found an area in the woods on a hillside that contained perhaps two dozen of these Red Trillium...
a member of the Lily family... it is also know as Wake Robin,
and more rarely, as Stinking Benjamin. I am sure there are other common names as well.


"Men do change, and change comes like a little wind
that ruffles the curtains at dawn,
and it comes like the stealthy perfume
of wildflowers hidden in the grass."

- John Steinbeck

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

adequate perception...

adequate perception

"Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted.
Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."

- Hans Margolius

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

peace and joy...

peace and joy


"And yet all loneliness, angers, hatreds,
envies, and itchings that (Hell) contains,
if rolled into one single experience and put into
the scale against the least moment of the joy
that is felt by the least in Heaven,
would have no weight that could be registered at all.
Bad cannot succeed even in being bad
as truly as good is good."

- C.S. Lewis

Monday, April 20, 2015

exhibit on the Isle of Grace...


I am honored to have an exhibit
of some of my snapshots
that I took in a simulated world.

The upper image shows the outside
of this rustic gallery which sits high
on a hill in this sim...
(and for those of you who do not know...
I am called techranger and the,
S.D.G. stands for Latin
which means, “For the Glory of God”).

The bottom image is a view inside the gallery,
and shows six of my snapshots from that sim.


"A man should hear a little music,
read a little poetry, and see a fine picture
every day of his life, in order that
worldly cares may not obliterate
the sense of the beautiful
which God has implanted in the human soul."

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sunday, April 19, 2015

season of singing...


"See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.”

- Solomon 2:11,12 NIV

As in our neck of the woods,
the snow and cold weather is over,
so will prolonged times
of despair, loneliness, or pain
come to an eventual end.

Remember God's promise...

"...weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning."

- Psalm 30:5 NIV

Saturday, April 18, 2015

simple fare...


simple fare

There is a diner style restaurant
not too far from where I live
that, every Wednesday,
serves “all you can eat”
stuffed peppers.

Now I happen to love their stuffed peppers.
And, yes, I did take another one...
after the first.
A simple meal, but, along with
their creamy coleslaw, red beets,
and coffee (of course),
I am a happy camper.
I even skipped desert.

The Lord's blessings take so many forms.


"However many blessings we expect from God,
His infinite liberality will always exceed
all our wishes and our thoughts."

- John Calvin

Friday, April 17, 2015

power of vision...


"An angel can illuminate
the thought and mind of man
by strengthening the power of vision."

- St. Thomas Aquinas

Thursday, April 16, 2015

beacon...


"THERE'S A BEACON THAT DRAWS ME NEAR
ANY OTHER DAY I WOULD NOT HAVE NOTICED
I RARELY LOOK UP TO THE SKY,
LET A LOT OF LIFE PASS ME BY.
THIS MORN IS A GLORIOUS ONE
THE SILENT LIGHT ROLLS ON


BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT PIERCING THE CLOUDS
TAKES BACK THE NIGHT
PEACEFUL BEAMS BREAKING DOWN THE FOG
DRYING OUT THE MIST THAT HOVERS OVER ME
SPLITTING INTO THE PRISM OF COLORS AS DAY BEGINS
THE WORLD IS IN TECHNICOLOR AGAIN


A NEW DAY THAT HOLDS PROMISE
OFFERS ANOTHER CHANCE FOR ALL
TO WALK FORWARD IN GRACE
LET THE WARMTH OF THE LIGHT
SHINE DOWN ON YOUR SMILING FACE
FORGIVE BE FORGIVEN
SHARE THIS NEW BEGINNING


CAN YOU GET PAST YESTERDAYS HATE
NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES
PUT AWAY ALL LEARNED BIGOTRY
RELEARN HOW TO LIVE WITH DIGNITY
SHOW RESPECT FOR ALL THE LIVING
LEARN THE WORD EMPATHY
LOVE EACH OTHER AS GOD COMMANDS


COME INTO THE LIGHT
AWAY FROM DARKNESS WHERE IGNORANCE LIES
CLEAN THE COBWEBS FROM YOUR SOUL
SET YOUR SPIRIT FREE
THERE IS ENOUGH LOVE FOR EVERYBODY
YOU JUST HAVE TO LEARN TO SHARE IT."

- Janis Webb Vaughn

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

foretells a future...

foretells a future

"Who thinks, at night, that morn will ever be?
Who knows, far out upon the central sea,
That anywhere is land? And yet, a shore
Has set behind us, and will rise before:
A past foretells a future..."

- Bayard Taylor

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

winter is dead...


"She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
'Winter is dead.'"

- A.A. Milne

Monday, April 13, 2015

banish the darkness...


"Confront the dark parts of yourself,
and work to banish them
with illumination and forgiveness.
Your willingness to wrestle with your demons
will cause your angels to sing."

- August Wilson

Sunday, April 12, 2015

grace...

grace

"Grace tells us that there is nothing
we can do to make God love us anymore,
and grace tells there is nothing we can do
to make God love us any less."

- Philip Yancey

Saturday, April 11, 2015

body, mind, and spirit...

body, mind, and spirit

"I certainly believe that being
 in contact with one's spirit
 and nurturing one's spirit
 is as important as nurturing
 one's body and mind.
 We are three dimensional beings:
 body, mind, spirit."

- Laurence Fishburne

Friday, April 10, 2015

friends we choose...

friends

"Life is partly what we make it,
and partly what it is made by the friends we choose."

- Tennessee Williams

Thursday, April 9, 2015

men's ultimate grooming...

MUG
(Men's Ultimate Grooming)

"I lovingly groom my hair
and choose the thoughts
that support its growth and strength."

- Louise L. Hay

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

dream within a dream...

Edgar Allan Poe once said,
“All that we see or seem
is but a dream within a dream."

This implies no direction, no hope.

But we do have guidance available to us...
to give us hope and direction.
Do not worry, do not despair...
God loves us and will guide us.
Trust in Him, even if you
do not understand.


If you believe He is all knowing,
all powerful, and is pure and truthful,
and that He loves us and wants the best for us,
what is there not to trust?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

creative spirit...


creative spirit

"No man has the right to dictate
what other men should perceive,
create or produce,
but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves,
their perceptions and emotions,
and to build confidence in the creative spirit."

– Ansel Adams

Monday, April 6, 2015

prayer and worship...

prayer and worship

"Remember: He WANTS your fellowship,
and He has done everything possible
to make it a reality.
He has forgiven your sins,
at the cost of His own dear Son.
He has given you His Word,
and the priceless privilege
of prayer and worship."

- Billy Graham

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!


"Now if we died with Christ,
we believe that we will also live with him.
For we know that since Christ
was raised from the dead,
he cannot die again;
death no longer has mastery over him.
The death he died, he died to sin once for all;
but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin
but alive to God in Christ Jesus."

- Romans 6:8-11 NIV

Saturday, April 4, 2015

may it be...


believe and you will find your way

"May it be an evening star shines down upon you
May it be as darkness falls your heart will be true
You walk a lonely road, oh, how far you are from home
Mornie utulie
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantie
A promise lives within you now
May it be the shadow's call will fly away
May it be your journey on to light the day
When night is overcome you may rise to find the sun
Mornie utulie
Believe and you will find your way
Mornie alantie
A promise lives within you now

A promise lives within you now"
- “May It Be”

Friday, April 3, 2015

learn to see...

learn to see

Took this macro of a crocus yesterday...
they are finally in full bloom.
I call this one... "A Flower within a Flower".
God's creativity never ceases to amaze me.
Always take the time to look closely.

"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer.
You need less imagination to be a painter
because you can invent things.
But in photography everything is so ordinary
it takes a lot of looking
before you learn to see the extraordinary."

David Bailey

Thursday, April 2, 2015

spring...

spring

Even though a bit of snow
and cold weather
stills lingers...


"It’s spring! Farewell
To chills and colds!
The blushing, girlish
World unfolds
Each flower, leaf
And blade of sod—
Small letters sent
To her from God."

- John Updike

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

spiritual eye...

spiritual eye

"A picture must not be invented, but felt...
Close your bodily eye so that
you may see your picture first
with the spiritual eye.
Then bring to the light of day that
which you have seen in the darkness
so that it may react upon others
from the outside inwards..."

- David Friedrich