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, July 31, 2015

embrace your blessings...

embrace your blessings
photo by Chris Doyle
(taken with iPhone)

On our walk through the woods
my son and I spied this buck
in the distance.
The buck was illuminated by a patch
of sunlight in a clearing ahead.
These are things that make any day special.

"Live your truth. Express your love.
Share your enthusiasm.
Take action towards your dreams.
Embrace your blessings.
Make today worth remembering."
- Steve Maraboli

Thursday, July 30, 2015

potting shed...

potting shed

"A garden should make you feel
you've entered privileged space...
a place not just set apart but reverberant...
and it seems to me that, to achieve this,
the gardener must put some kind of twist
on the existing landscape,
turn its prose into something nearer poetry."

- Michael Pollan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

whole of nature...

whole of nature
photo by Chris Doyle


My son, Chris, and I took a walk,
this last week, on the Hummel nature trail
just outside of Hummelstown, PA.
My dad, when he still taught at the
old Hummelstown high school,
used to walk a similar trail
in this very area, spotting
and identifying birds.
Chris took this flower photo
with his iPhone.
Getting out in nature,
enjoying the beauty
of God's creation
is so peaceful and relaxing.


"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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

seeking what?


"I ruthlessly expend my time and my energies
seeking many random things,
none of which will bless me in the way
that I suppose they will,
for despite my frequently
stubborn resistance to the thought,
the single and sole blessing that I can be
utterly confident in is found in seeking God alone."

- Craig D. Lounsbrough

Monday, July 27, 2015

tears...

tears

"Tears are words the heart can't express."
- Author Unknown


"Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears,
for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth,
overlying our hard hearts.
I was better after I had cried, than before -
more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude,
more gentle."

- Charles Dickens

Sunday, July 26, 2015

destruction...

destruction

"Just because something isn't a lie
does not mean that it isn't deceptive.
A liar knows that he is a liar,
but one who speaks mere portions of truth
in order to deceive
is a craftsman of destruction."

- Criss Jami



"Watch out for false prophets.
They come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”

- Matthew 7:15 NIV

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Walden Pond...

Walden Pond
photo by Erin Doyle

"We must learn to reawaken
and keep ourselves awake,
not by mechanical aids, but by
an infinite expectation of the dawn,
which does not forsake us
even in our soundest sleep.
I know of no more encouraging fact
than the unquestionable ability of man
to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour.
It is something to be able to
paint a particular picture,
or to carve a statue,
and so to make a few objects beautiful;
but it is far more glorious
to carve and paint the very atmosphere
and medium through which we look,
which morally we can do.
To affect the quality of the day,
that is the highest of arts."

- Henry David Thoreau

Friday, July 24, 2015

glorious victory...

glorious triumphs

"Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though checkered by failure...
than to rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy nor suffer much,
because they live in a gray twilight
that knows not victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, July 23, 2015

home...

home

"At the end of the day,
it isn’t where I came from.
Maybe home is somewhere I’m going
and never have been before."

- Warsan Shire

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

oasis...

oasis

"I had to clear up my messy life.
By letting go of the debris and filth,
I have come to a deeper,
more soulful beauty and clarity
like an oasis...
From that place of clarity,
a vision of what I could have,
what I could do,
who I could be has emerged
if I allow my heart to become
a place of compassion,
acceptance and forgiveness."

- Sharon E. Rainey

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

prayer...

prayer
(from the set of Little Women)

"There is no power like that of prevailing prayer,
of Abraham pleading for Sodom,
Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night,
Moses standing in the breach,
Hannah intoxicated with sorrow,
David heartbroken with remorse and grief,
Jesus in sweat of blood.
Add to this list from the records of the church
your personal observation and experience,
and always there is the cost of passion unto blood.
Such prayer prevails.
It turns ordinary mortals into men of power.
It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain.
It brings life. It brings God."

- Samuel Chadwick

Monday, July 20, 2015

tripping...

Kokomo tripping

Koko is always looking to sneak away with us.


"It is good to have an end to journey toward;
but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

- Ernest Hemingway

Sunday, July 19, 2015

discussion...

set of “Little Women”

"Instead of seeing how much pain
I can dish out towards those I disagree with,
or who I believe have done me wrong,
I seek to follow the golden rule
and use my words and behavior
to create more of what the world needs –
love, compassion, and connection."

- Aspen Baker

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I wonder as I wander...

I wonder as I wander

"I wonder as I wander out under the sky
How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die
For poor on'ry people like you and like I;
I wonder as I wander out under the sky."

- Author Uncertain

Friday, July 17, 2015

touch souls...

touch souls

"We need to find God,
and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature - trees, flowers, grass -
grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun,
how they move in silence...
We need silence to be able to touch souls."

- Mother Teresa

Thursday, July 16, 2015

the journey 2 ...

the journey 2

"Pursue some path,
however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence."

- Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

the journey...

the journey

"When the faith is strong enough,
it is sufficient just to be.
It's a journey towards simplicity, towards quietness,
towards a kind of joy that is not in time.
It's a journey that has taken us
from primary identification with our body and our psyche,
on to an identification with God,
and ultimately beyond identification."

- Ram Dass

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

transcendent glory...

transcendent glory

"We fear God by honoring, reverencing,
and cherishing Him.
His greatness and majesty reduce us
to an overpowering sense of awe
that is not focused only
on His wrath and judgment
but also on His transcendent glory,
which is like nothing else
we can confront in this world.
It leaves us all but speechless."

- David Jeremiah

Accompanying music while processing this image...

Quiet Beauty”
(from album of same name)
by James Todd

(Heart Songs for Cello and Piano)

Monday, July 13, 2015

chicory...

chicory

This is the flower of the common chicory...
a plant prolific in fields and along roadsides
in my area of the world.
It is also used to make a coffee substitute
when the real thing is not available.


Take a close look at
the gorgeous artistry of our Creator...
don't let your busy life cause you to miss out
on the abundant blessings all around us.


By the way, I love blue flowers,
especially that has a hint of purple.



"The invariable mark of wisdom
is to see the miraculous in the common."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 12, 2015

restful rhapsody...

Restful Rhapsody

As usual, I play music
from my Pandora channel
that I created over many years,
while processing my work.
Sometimes it takes quite a few songs
until I arrive at my first version of the image...
this one took four songs...

1. "The Night Show"
from the album "Whisperings"
by David Nevue

2. "Angel's Birth"
from the album "Peace of Heaven"
by Solomon Keal

3. "I love to Praise Your Name"
from the album "Mediations of the Heart"
by Fernando Ortega

4. "Restful Rhapsody"
from the album "Discover Tranquility"
by Gary Prim


I think all four songs play a part
in my mindset as I am working on the image
but perhaps the first and,
particularly, the last song that is played
are the most influential...
the last because it is the music being played
when I decide on the final image.
Soooo, Restful Rhapsody
is the title I choose for this image... :)


"Please GOD, make my days useful,
my night restful, my home peaceful
and my efforts fruitful."

- Author Unknown

Saturday, July 11, 2015

wandering...


"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost."

- J.R.R. Tolkien

Friday, July 10, 2015

seeking God...

seeking God



"I ruthlessly expend my time and my energies
seeking many random things,
none of which will bless me
in the way that I suppose they will,
for despite my frequently
stubborn resistance to the thought,
the single and sole blessing
that I can be utterly confident in
is found in seeking God alone."

- Craig D. Lounsbrough

Thursday, July 9, 2015

where e'er we roam...

where e'er we roam

"Holy words long preserved
For our walk in this world
They resound with God's own heart
Oh, let the ancient words impart

Words of Life, words of Hope
Give us strength, help us cope
In this world, where e'er we roam
Ancient words will guide us home."

- from lyrics of
“Ancient Words”

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

still room...

still room

"'Sir,' the servant said,
'what you ordered has been done,
but there is still room.'

- Luke 14:22 NIV

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

solitude...

solitude

"The best remedy for those who are afraid,
lonely or unhappy is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel
that all is as it should be."

- Anne Frank

Monday, July 6, 2015

love of the giver...

love of the giver

"He who loves with purity
considers not the gift of the lover,
but the love of the giver."

- Thomas Kempis

Sunday, July 5, 2015

let your light shine...

let your light shine

"In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven."

- Matthew 5:16 NIV

Saturday, July 4, 2015

freedom and independence...

cross stitch by FD

"True independence and freedom can only exist
in doing what's right."

- Brigham Young

Friday, July 3, 2015

bloom...

bloom

"You must bloom wherever God plants you."
- Tania Silva

Thursday, July 2, 2015

integrity...


"The potential for loss of soul -
to one degree or another -
is the affliction of a society that as a collective
has lost its sense of the holy,
of a culture that values everything else
above the spiritual.
We live in such a spiritually impoverished culture -
and in such a time.
Loss of soul, to one degree or another,
is a constant teasing possibility.
We are invited at every corner to hedge on the truth,
indulge outselves, act as if our words and actions
have no ultimate consequence,
make an absolute of the material world,
and treat the spiritual world
as if it were some kind of frothy, angelic fantasy.
In such a world the soul struggles for survival;
in such a world a man can lose his own soul
and have the whole culture support him,
and in such a world, conversely,
the light of a single, great soul that lives in integrity
can truly illumine the world."

- Daphne Rose Kingma

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

self control...

cherry pie

I recently lost 20 pounds but...
when goodies like this cherry pie,
my daughter baked, keeps appearing...
well some have crept back on...


"Ultimately, the only power
to which man should aspire is
that which he exercises over himself."

- Elie Wiesel