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

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Nevermore...


My wife did this little display
including the cross-stitch
for our daughter who was presenting
Edgar Allen's poem
to her class at school.

"Open here I flung the shutter,
when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven
of the saintly days of yore."


“Quote the raven, NEVERMORE”

- Edgar Allan Poe
“The Raven”

Friday, October 30, 2015

hope, dream, and love...

hope, dream, and love

On the way to the gym the other day
I stopped by a woods, and took a photo
of Beaver Creek.
It had rained quite a bit the night before
and was still lightly raining when I took this scene.
The light was very muted
and the water flowing rapidly enough
to create a nice illumination on the water.

Autumn is my favorite time of the year
and I always look forward to seeing
the hidden colors of God's handiwork
revealed as the green disappears.


"To truly live is more than taking the next breath -
it's to hope and dream and love."

- Richard Paul Evans

Thursday, October 29, 2015

how to live...

how to live


"What if we all carried little timers
that counted down the days of our lives?
Maybe the timer's a bit dramatic.
Just the date would do.
It could be tattooed on our foreheads
like the expiration date on a milk bottle.
It might be a good thing.
Maybe we'd stop wasting our lives
worrying about things that never happen,
or collecting things that we can't take with us.
We'd probably treat people better.
We certainly wouldn't be screaming at someone
who had a day left.
Maybe people would finally stop living
like they're immortal.
Maybe we would finally learn how to live."

- Richard Paul Evans

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

fallen...


fallen

"We stumble and fall constantly
even when we are most enlightened.
But when we are in true spiritual darkness,
we do not even know that we have fallen."

- Thomas Merton

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

the Weaver...

the Weaver
Photo by Faye Doyle


"I have come to believe
that we do not walk alone in this life.
There are others, fellow sojourners,
whose journeys are interwoven with ours
in seemingly random patterns, yet,
in the end, have been carefully placed
to reveal a remarkable tapestry.
I believe God is the weaver at that loom."

- Richard Paul Evans

Monday, October 26, 2015

successive autumns...

successive autumns

"Is not this a true autumn day?
Just the still melancholy that I love -
that makes life and nature harmonize.
The birds are consulting about their migrations,
the trees are putting on the hectic
or the pallid hues of decay,
and begin to strew the ground,
that one's very footsteps may not disturb
the repose of earth and air,
while they give us a scent
that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit.
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns."

- George Eliot

Sunday, October 25, 2015

lines of feeling...

lines of feeling

My wife and I took a walk today
at one of our favorite places in autumn...
Bull Frog Valley.
Leaves were falling, the smell was intoxicating,
fall color at its peak, the air crisp and refreshing.

"Her pleasure in the walk
must arise from the exercise and the day,
from the view of the last smiles of the year
upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges,
and from repeating to herself
some few of the thousand
poetical descriptions extant of autumn...
that season of peculiar and inexhaustible
influence on the mind of taste and tenderness...
that season which has drawn
from every poet worthy of being read
some attempt at description,
or some lines of feeling."

- Jane Austen

Saturday, October 24, 2015

close to God...

close to God
Scooby climbed the church
all the way to the top of the steeple.
Reminds me of King Kong
on the Empire State Building.
I think Scooby just wanted to get
closer to God and Heaven...
but not the way to go about it
Scooby Doo, and not necessary.

God is with us all the time...
it is us that rarely seek Him.
So applauds for wanting
to get closer Scooby,
but just allowing Him to direct
and guide us will provide
a constant personal relationship
with our Heavenly Father.


"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him,
and will sup with him, and he with me."

- Revelation 3:20 KJV

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Walk...

The Walk

This is a series of books
that I strongly recommend reading.
They are by Richard Paul Evans
who also wrote “The Christmas Box”.
The first in the series is called simply,
“The Walk”.


"There are people I've yet to meet
who are waiting for my path
to intersect with theirs,
so they can complete their own journeys.
I don't know who or where they are,
but I know for certain
that they are waiting."

- Richard Paul Evans
(“The Walk”)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

unknown future...

unknown future

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

- Corrie ten Boom

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

eternal joy...

eternal joy


"The person, who treads on the path of truth,
refrains from deception, treachery, pretension,
and remains untouched by falsehoods
is never devoid of eternal joy."

- Rig Veda

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

illuminate...

Let the light
shine on the Word.

While reading I glanced over at my bookshelves
and noticed how the late afternoon light
was shining through the window
illuminating some of the books on the shelves.

"Follow the path
that leads to understanding.
Only then, will you
illuminate the way for others.
Once you open your mind
and gain knowledge, truth,
you'll leave the darkness
and enter into the light of wisdom."

- Amaka Imani Nkosazana


"Staying in alignment with truth
will always illuminate the path
of another soul’s journey."

- Molly Friedenfeld

Monday, October 19, 2015

an easy carriage...

an easy carriage
(Cape May, NJ)

"The true Christian is called to be a soldier
and must behave as such
from the day of his conversion
to the day of his death.
He is not meant to live a life
of religious ease, indolence and security.
He must never imagine for a moment
that he can sleep and doze
along the way to heaven,
like one traveling in an easy carriage."

- J. C. Ryle

Sunday, October 18, 2015

mysteries...

mysteries
(cotton-top Tamarin)

I am always amazed by the Lord's creativity.


"The important thing is to not stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existence.
One cannot help but be in awe
when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity,
of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.
It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend
a little of this mystery each day."

- Einstein

Saturday, October 17, 2015

roam free...

roam free

"I believe that in spite of the chains
we bind ourselves with,
there's a primordial section of the human psyche
that is still nomadic
and still yearns to roam free."

- Richard Paul Evans

Friday, October 16, 2015

water...

water


"Water does not resist. Water flows.
When you plunge your hand into it,
all you feel is a caress.
Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you.
But water always goes where it wants to go,
and nothing in the end can stand against it.
Water is patient.
Dripping water wears away a stone.
Remember that, my child.
Remember you are half water.
If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it.
Water does."

- Margaret Atwood

Thursday, October 15, 2015

be alert...

looking

As this lion was pacing along the fenced in enclosure,
he was looking directly at me.
This verse from the Bible came to mind...


"Be alert and of sober mind.
Your enemy the devil
prowls around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour."

- 1 Peter 5:8 NIV

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

breakfast at the Chalfonte...

breakfast at the Chalfonte

We had a continental breakfast each morning,
while on our personal retreat.
This is one of the dining rooms
at this very old Victorian style hotel...
looked to be, originally, a ball room.
We were among the few guests during our stay...
the Chalfonte was closing for the season...
no heating for the winter.
Kinda reminded me of the hotel in "The Shining".
It was a wonderful time, with wonderful friends.


"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

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

glorious creature...

glorious creature

"I would rather be what God chose to make me
than the most glorious creature
that I could think of;
for to have been thought about,
born in God's thought,
and then made by God,
is the dearest, grandest
and most precious thing in all thinking."

- George MacDonald

Monday, October 12, 2015

good at heart...

good at heart

"It's really a wonder
that I haven't dropped all my ideals,
because they seem so absurd
and impossible to carry out.
Yet I keep them,
because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people
are really good at heart."

- Anne Frank

Sunday, October 11, 2015

snow leopard...

Snow Leopard
The snow leopard is, perhaps,
my favorite animal.

"To help spread the word amongst the people,
government authorities, and conservation groups
in each range country, 2015 has been designated
the International Year of the Snow Leopard
as part of the GSLEPP's work.
All range-country governments, nongovernmental
and inter-governmental organizations,
local communities, and various private sector businesses
pledged to take the year as an opportunity
to further work towards conservation
of snow leopards and their high-mountain ecosystems."

- Wikipedia




Saturday, October 10, 2015

embrace life...

embrace life

"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love.
When we are afraid, we pull back from life.
When we are in love, we open to all that life
has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.
We need to learn to love ourselves first,
in all our glory and our imperfections.
If we cannot love ourselves,
we cannot fully open to our ability to love others
or our potential to create.
...all hopes for a better world
rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision
of people who embrace life."

- John Lennon

Friday, October 9, 2015

unimaginable imagination...


unimaginable imagination

"We can breathe in the sweet scent
of a tepid summer’s meadow
after the kiss of a warm rain,
and in the very same moment
we can stand utterly breathless
underneath the expanse of untold galaxies
that breech the very edges of the universe itself.
Such are the privileges we enjoy
because of God’s unimaginable imagination."

- Craig D. Lounsbrough

Thursday, October 8, 2015

God's gifts...

God's gift of life

"I can choose either to be a victim of the world
or an adventurer in search of [spiritual] treasure.
It's all a question of how I view my life."

- Paulo Coelho

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

God's love...

God's love

"When you view yourself
through the lens of God’s Word,
you will better understand
God’s love for you
and the worth you have in His eyes."

- Elizabeth George

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

excitement...


"If a child is to keep alive
his inborn sense of wonder
without any such gift from the fairies,
he needs the companionship
of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy,
excitement and mystery of the world we live in."

- Rachel Carson

Monday, October 5, 2015

unblemished souls...

Michelle with
Cassidy and Oliver
photo by Erin Doyle

"No matter how close we are to another person,
few human relationships are as free from
strife, disagreement, and frustration
as is the relationship you have with a good dog.
Few human beings give of themselves
to another as a dog gives of itself.
I also suspect that we cherish dogs
because their unblemished souls make us wish
- consciously or unconsciously -
that we were as innocent as they are,
and make us yearn for a place
where innocence is universal and where
the meanness, the betrayals,
and the cruelties of this world are unknown.”

- Dean Koontz

Sunday, October 4, 2015

inward attention...

inward attention

"It is a pity indeed to travel
and not get this essential sense of landscape values.
You do not need a sixth sense for it.
It is there if you just close your eyes
and breathe softly through your nose;
you will hear the whispered message,
for all landscapes ask the same question
in the same whisper.
'I am watching you - are you watching yourself in me?'
Most travelers hurry too much...
the great thing is to try and travel
with the eyes of the spirit wide open,
and not to much factual information.
To tune in, without reverence, idly -
but with real inward attention.
It is to be had for the feeling...
you can extract the essence of a place
once you know how.
If you just get as still as a needle,
you'll be there.”

- Lawrence Durrell

Saturday, October 3, 2015

love...

photo by Lee Keefer

"Love is not patronizing and charity
isn't about pity, it is about love.
Charity and love are the same --
with charity you give love,
so don't just give money
but reach out your hand instead."

- Mother Teresa

Friday, October 2, 2015

simplify...


I always thought it would be cool
to own and ride one of these.
However, sound reasoning prevailed.

We cannot and should not
have everything we may want.
And at this stage of my life
I believe more strongly in this quote.

"Simplify, Simplify, Simplify"
- Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, October 1, 2015

moderation...

Have I ever told you that I like good food?
Well, guess that is a given
for most of us.

This is pumpkin filling french toast,
with of course, walnuts and whipped cream,
drizzled with a caramel sauce (I think).
Very good, but too much for one sitting,
especially for someone trying to watch the calories.
Over indulgence is never a good idea.


"Health is the natural condition.
When sickness occurs, it is a sign
that nature has gone off course
because of a physical or mental imbalance.
The road to health for everyone
is through moderation, harmony,
and a 'sound mind in a sound body'."

- Jostein Gaarder