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

Sunday, May 31, 2015

nothing more...

nothing more

"It often occurs that pride and selfishness
are muddled with strength and independence.
They are neither equal nor similar;
in fact, they are polar opposites.
A coward may be so cowardly
that he masks his weakness
with some false personification of power.
He is afraid to love and to be loved
because love tends to strip bare
all emotional barricades.
Without love, strength and independence
are prone to losing every bit of their worth;
they become nothing more than a fearful,
intimidated, empty tent
lost somewhere in the desert of self."

- Criss Jami

Saturday, May 30, 2015

sparkle...

sparkle

"Consider the fact that maybe…just maybe…
beauty and worth aren’t found in a makeup bottle,
or a salon-fresh hairstyle, or a fabulous outfit.
Maybe our sparkle comes from somewhere deeper inside,
somewhere so pure and authentic and REAL,
it doesn’t need gloss or polish or glitter to shine."

- Mandy Hale

Friday, May 29, 2015

perseverance...

Congratulations Erin

My daughter received her black belt last night.
Perseverance pays off.


"You may encounter many defeats,
but you must not be defeated.
In fact, it may be necessary
to encounter the defeats,
so you can know who you are,
what you can rise from,
how you can still come out of it."

- Maya Angelou

Thursday, May 28, 2015

heros...


heros

"So as you look at the firefighter
with his rake, hose or axe,
His beet red face or ice covered mustache,
You should know why he goes
through that smoky front door,
And is forced to crawl like a baby
down on the floor.
He does it to save both lives and property,
|All that is precious to you and to me.
So take a good look at
this modern warrior who serves
his call proud and true,
And know that he would die
just to save me and you."

- Robert J. Athans



"How important it is for us
to recognize and celebrate
our heroes and she-roes!"

- Maya Angelou


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

childishness...


"When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret
and would have been ashamed
if I had been found doing so.
Now that I am fifty, I read them openly.
When I became a man I put away childish things,
including the fear of childishness
and the desire to be very grown up."

- C. S. Lewis


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

trust in Him...


photo by Faye Doyle

God gave us self-control...
it is also called free-will.
What we must strive toward is
control of self.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding..."

- Proverbs 3:5 NIV

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day...

Memorial Day

"They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save."

- Francis Marion Crawford


"And I'm proud to be an American,
where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me."

- Lee Greenwood

Sunday, May 24, 2015

desperate need...

desperate need

"Listen to my cry,
for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
because of your goodness to me."
- Psalm 142: 6,7 NIV

Saturday, May 23, 2015

vision of the Spirit...

vision of the Spirit

God's presence, His spirit, is present
in everything He has created.
In order to see, really see,
we must exercise and develop that
Spirit that God has breathed into each of us.
It is only then that we begin to see
the Spirit, His presence,
in all of His creation.
Within everything, I believe
there is a higher meaning...
things to learn about God Himself.
By allowing His spirit to guide and direct us
we can find His Spirit and be made aware
of parables hidden within all of His creation.


"The person without the Spirit
does not accept the things
that come from the Spirit of God
but considers them foolishness,
and cannot understand them
because they are discerned
only through the Spirit."

- 1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV 

Friday, May 22, 2015

sorrow and joy...


sorrow and joy

"Sorrow prepares you for joy.
It violently sweeps everything
out of your house,
so that new joy can find space to enter.
It shakes the yellow leaves
from the bough of your heart,
so that fresh, green leaves
can grow in their place.
It pulls up the rotten roots,
so that new roots hidden beneath
have room to grow.
Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart,
far better things will take their place."

- Rumi

Thursday, May 21, 2015

smiles...

smiles

"What sunshine is to flowers,
smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but scattered along life's pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable."

- Joseph Addison

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

creativity...


creativity

"When the Bible declares that we are made
in the 'image and likeness' of the Creator,
it is affirming that creativity is at our core
just as it lies at the core
of the Creator of all things."

- Matthew Fox

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

prayer...

prayer

"You pray in your distress and in your need;
would that you might pray also
in the fullness of your joy
and in your days of abundance."

- Kahlil Gibran
(“The Prophet”)

Monday, May 18, 2015

support and encouragement...

support and encouragement
(photo by Erin Doyle)

"Build me up and I with you.
For we are more one than two."

- Deborah Day


"I want to be around people that do things.
I don’t want to be around people anymore
that judge or talk about what people do.
I want to be around people that dream
and support and do things."

- Amy Poehler

Sunday, May 17, 2015

inner solitude...

inner solitude

"Spirituality is not to be learned
by flight from the world,
or by running away from things,
or by turning solitary
and going apart from the world.
Rather, we must learn an inner solitude
wherever or with whomsoever we may be.
We must learn to penetrate things
and find God there."

- Meister Eckhart

Saturday, May 16, 2015

praise and service...


"The highest form of worship
is the worship of unselfish Christian service.
The greatest form of praise
is the sound of consecrated feet
seeking out the lost and helpless."
- Billy Graham

Friday, May 15, 2015

answer...

answer

"I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer.
You are yourself the answer.
Before your face questions die away.
What other answer would suffice?" 

- C.S. Lewis

Thursday, May 14, 2015

another standard...

another standard

"Has it ever occurred to you
that one hundred pianos
all tuned to the same fork
are automatically tuned to each other?
They are of one accord by being tuned,
not to each other, but to another standard
to which each one must individually bow.
So one hundred worshipers met together,
each one looking away to Christ,
are in heart nearer to each other
than they could possibly be,
were they to become 'unity' conscious
and turn their eyes away from God
to strive for closer fellowship."

- A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

lily of the valley...

lily of the valley

This is perhaps, my wife's favorite flower,
and today is her birthday!

A message to her...
My love and respect grows for you with each passing year.
I am truly blessed to have you as my life partner.
The various ups and downs
that we have faced together in our life
have further strengthened our bonding,
love and respect for each other.
May you be always blessed with
the choicest blessings from our Lord and Savior.
I Love you from the bottom of my heart.


Happy Birthday Faye!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

To God be the Glory...

Praise the Lord

"Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done."
- Fanny Crosby
“To God be the Glory”

Monday, May 11, 2015

to see clearly...


to see clearly

"The greatest thing a human soul
ever does in this world
is to see something
and tell what it saw in a plain way.
Hundreds of people can talk
for one who can think,
but thousands can think
for one who can see.
To see clearly is poetry,
prophecy and religion, all in one."

- John Ruskin

Sunday, May 10, 2015

truest friend...

truest friend

"A mother is the truest friend we have,
when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us;
when adversity takes the place of prosperity;
when friends desert us;
when trouble thickens around us,
still will she cling to us,
and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels
to dissipate the clouds of darkness,
and cause peace to return to our hearts."

- Washington Irving

Saturday, May 9, 2015

how I see...

how I see

"I believe in Christianity
as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else."

- C. S, Lewis

Friday, May 8, 2015

make a difference...

make a difference

"May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers,
half truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice,
oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you can work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed
for those who suffer from pain,
rejection, and starvation,
so that you may reach out your hand
to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can
make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.”
- Franciscan prayer

Our pastor added the following:

"May God bless you with these burdens
so that His grace may be revealed
and persons may come to a saving…
personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
May we ALL have the burden for Christ
to be rooted deep in heart of all persons
we engage in our daily lives.
May God bless you with a burden
to represent Him and to make a difference.”

- Kevin King

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Happy Birthday!


"There are two great days in a person's life -
the day we are born
and the day we discover why.”
William Barclay


Happy Birthday Erin!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

simplicity...


"And I learned what is obvious to a child.
That life is simply a collection of little lives,
each lived one day at a time.
That each day should be spent finding beauty
in flowers and poetry and talking to animals.
That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets
and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered."

- Nicholas Sparks

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

little people...

little people

"I love these little people;
and it is not a slight thing when they,
who are so fresh from God, love us."

- Charles Dickens
 

Monday, May 4, 2015

books and coffee...


"You can never get a cup of tea
[or a mug of coffee]
large enough or a book long
enough to suit me."

- C.S. Lewis

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Brogan...


My wife and I just returned the other day from a short holiday...
3 days and 2 nights at Sweetwater Farm B&B in PA....
only a little more than 2 hours from where we live.
It was a combined gift for my wife... Mother's Day and her birthday.
This is a new friend we met there... Brogan.
He would lay at our feet while we ate breakfast
and then take us for a mile and a half walk
around the very gorgeous property.
We would have liked to bring him along home with us...
but he was most definitely the Lord of the Manor. :)
He liked my coffee mug.


"Dogs are our link to paradise.
They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon
is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring - it was peace."
Milan Kundera

Saturday, May 2, 2015

reflection of God...


Be forever curious, imagine, dream...
and pray for guidance... so you
may find all the joy and peace
God has meant for those who love Him.

The world is alive with His Spirit...
His creation is a reflection of Himself
just as the work of any artist
is a reflection of that artist.


Take time to see.

Friday, May 1, 2015

circle of compassion...


circle of compassion

"A human being is a part of the whole
called by us universe,
a part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling
as something separated from the rest,
a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires
and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison
by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature in its beauty."

- Albert Einstein