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, January 30, 2016

Spring fever...

cold bath
photo by Lee Keefer

"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

Friday, January 29, 2016

keeping warm

keeping warm together
photo by Lee Keefer

"So when you're cold
From the inside out
And don't know what to do,
Remember love and friendship,

And warmth will come to you."
- Stephen Cosgrove

Thursday, January 28, 2016

winter nap...

winter nap

Our two cats have
discovered the reading/quiet area
in my man cave.
Now this is the way to beat the winter blues.

"In the winter she curls up around a good book
and dreams away the cold."
- Ben Aaronovitch

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

well done...

job done

"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

enough snow...

Had enough snow?
Photo by Jerre Frey

Friends of ours went to Jamaica recently...
no snow there.
At one of the restaurants they ate breakfast,
was this peacock. We were told...

“His name is Henry and he roosts
on the roof above the main restaurant.
He annoys the servers.
We rather liked him especially
when he fanned his gorgeous feathers
(or are they plumes).
He comes down off the roof in the morning
when we and others had breakfast.
Loved to strut around the tables
and hoped to get whatever
dropped on the boards there.”
- Darlene Frey

We all have our good points
and our bad ones.
None of us, like Henry are perfect.
Perhaps we ought to concentrate
on the good in everything
and trust in God.

"The longer I live, the more I realize
the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past,
than education, than money, than circumstances,
than failures, than successes,
than what other people think or say or do.
It is more important than appearance,
giftedness or skill.
It will make or break a company...a church....a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past...
we cannot change the fact that people
will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play
on the one string we have,
and that is our attitude...
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you...
we are in charge of our attitudes.”
- Charles R. Swindoll

Monday, January 25, 2016

fireside chat...

fireside chat
photo by Faye Doyle

Not quite reminiscent of FDR,
we enjoyed discussing worldly events
and perhaps some things a bit more lighthearted too.

"I could not, at any age,
be content to take my place
by the fireside and simply look on.
Life was meant to be lived.
Curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason,
turn his back on life."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Sunday, January 24, 2016

trapped...

trapped
photo by Erin Doyle

This is a shot outside my daughter's front door.
The snow drifted up against it and
over her car.

"We are not trapped by our thoughts.
What we generally do, however,
is create thoughts that trap us."
- Joshua David Stone

Saturday, January 23, 2016

snow storm part 2...

12:00 (noon)

Almost twenty (20) inches at this point
and more coming down and more on the way.


Still predicting 30 inches, more or less.
This part 2 (of the snowstorm)
is in lieu of missing yesterdays SonRays.

These were my two helpers from next door
coming to assist in snow removal...
Becky and Sam Lowe.
Nice to have such good neighbors and friends.
All of us need each other.

winter storm...

early morning

Well, we have over a foot now
and more on the way.
Time taken – 9:00 AM

We could get around 30 inches, or so they predict.
Time to stay in, hunker down, and wait it out.
Will attempt to snow blow later today.

Meanwhile, this is a great time
to read your Bible, devotionals,
and communicate with God.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

lunch with friends...

lunch with friends

"A friend is one of the nicest things you can have,
and one of the best things you can be.”
- Douglas Pagels

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The future?

The future?

"Never be afraid to trust
an unknown future to a known God."
- Corrie ten Boom

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

acting...

acting

"Acting is not about being someone different.
It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different,
then finding myself in there.”
- Meryl Streep

Monday, January 18, 2016

thanks...

Thanks

"How can I say, thanks
For the things You have done for me
Things so undeserved
Yet You gave to prove your love for me.”

- Author Unknown
(“My Tribute”)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

tea time...

tea time
photo by Brenda

"There are few hours in life
more agreeable than the hour
dedicated to the ceremony
known as afternoon tea.”
- Henry James

"If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
- William Ewart Gladstone

Saturday, January 16, 2016

How Great is Our God

How Great is Our God
photo by Erin Doyle
"How great is our God and all will see
How great, how great is our God"
- Chris Tomlin

Friday, January 15, 2016

better safe than sorry...

Better safe than sorry...
I remember my mother telling me that
a long time ago.

In this case, it refers to protecting yourself.
This screenshot from the game Fallout 4
shows that you must be well armed, protected,
and be very careful
when venturing through unknown abandoned buildings.

Your greatest protection in our real world
comes through our trust in God.
It also requires that we love Him
and develop a close personal relationship with Him.
I pray that you have such a relationship.
And I pray for God's abundant blessings to you...
physical, mental, and spiritual!

His love is for ALL of us,
no matter who we are or what we do.

"Trusting God is simply believing that He loves you,
He’s good, He has the power to help you,
He wants to help you, and He will help you."
- Joyce Meyer

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Christmas memories...

remembering Christmas

It is fun to remember all the fun
and fellowship of Christmas.
The decorations, the lit tree, the presents,
the joy and laughter, the food, the music...
all bring many smiles and a warm glow.

We should remember Christmas all year round
for its true meaning and for the freedom
and forgiveness we now have in Jesus Christ.
Be joyful and full of peace, for no matter
what our worldly circumstances,
we have experienced salvation.

I pray God may richly bless you all, always!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

the dark tunnel...


"But, by the grace of our good God,
you can 'get through' the dark tunnel of grief.
There is drastic difference in 'getting over' something
and 'getting through' something.
The amputee will never 'get over' losing his leg,
but with the help of God, he can 'get through' it.
If we are to grow in our Christian walk,
we cannot skip and 'go over'
every dark and uncomfortable tunnel
that comes our way.
Instead, we must see the dark seasons of life
in the light of God’s love,
and know that He has our best interest in mind
as we 'go through' them."
- Eric Martin


"God's grace is not the light at the end of the tunnel.
It is the light that guides up through it."
- Author Unknown

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

provision...

provision

“The size of a challenge
should never be measured
by what we have to offer.
It will never be enough.
Furthermore, provision
is God's responsibility, not ours.
We are merely called to commit
what we have -
even if it's
no more than a sack lunch.”

- Charles R. Swindoll

Monday, January 11, 2016

together...

together

"We must cherish one another,
watch over one another,
comfort one another,
and gain instruction that we may
all sit down in heaven together."
- Lucy Mack Smith

Sunday, January 10, 2016

church...

church

"The church is not a theological classroom.
It is a conversion, confession, repentance,
reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center,
where flawed people place their faith in Christ,
gather to know and love him better,
and learn to love others as he designed."
- Paul David Tripp

Saturday, January 9, 2016

welcome...


"One of the marvelous things about community
is that it enables us to welcome
and help people in a way
we couldn't as individuals.
When we pool our strength
and share the work and responsibility,
we can welcome many people,
even those in deep distress,
and perhaps help them find
self-confidence and inner healing.”
- Jean Vanier

"There is no hospitality like understanding.”
- Vanna Bonta


Friday, January 8, 2016

choosing...

choosing

"There is so much about my fate
that I cannot control,
but other things do fall under the jurisdiction.
I can decide how I spend my time,
whom I interact with,
whom I share my body and life
and money and energy with.
I can select what I can read and eat and study.
I can choose how I'm going to regard
unfortunate circumstances in my life -
whether I will see them
as curses or opportunities.
I can choose my words
and the tone of voice
in which I speak to others.
And most of all,
I can choose my thoughts."
- Elizabeth Gilbert

Thursday, January 7, 2016

family dinner...

family dinner

"Having a place to go — is a home.
Having someone to love — is a family.
Having both — is a blessing."
- Donna Hedges

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

standing strong...

standing strong

When coming into Lexington, MA, (the game, Fallout 4)
I saw one of the statues still standing.
It reminded me of the importance of standing strong
among all the turmoil, despair,
destruction, hatred of our chaotic world.


"My scars remind me that I did indeed
survive my deepest wounds.
That in itself is an accomplishment.
And they bring to mind something else, too.
They remind me that the damage
life has inflicted on me has, in many places,
left me stronger and more resilient.
What hurt me in the past
has actually made me better equipped
to face the present."
- Steve Goodier

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

harmony...

harmony

...then make my joy complete
by being like-minded, having the same love,
being one in spirit and of one mind.”

- Philippians 2:2

Monday, January 4, 2016

advent...

hope, peace, joy
and love

"Politicians compete for the highest offices.
Business tycoons scramble for a bigger
and bigger piece of the pie.
Armies march and scientists study
and philosophers philosophise
and preachers preach
and labourers sweat.

But in that silent baby,
lying in that humble manger,
there pulses more potential power
and wisdom and grace and aliveness
than all the rest of us can imagine."
- Brian D. McLaren

Sunday, January 3, 2016

To God be the Glory...

To God be the Glory

"The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives."
- Fanny Crosby

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Holiness...

Live Nativity

This was taken during the
Drive Through Bethlehem
that our church does every year
prior to Christmas.

"Certainly our goal is both lofty and difficult to attain.
But please do not forget that people are not born holy.
Holiness is forged through a constant interplay
of God's grace and the correspondence of man.
As one of the early Christian writers says,
referring to union with God,
'Everything that grows begins small.
It is by constant and progressive feeding
that it gradually grows big.'"
- St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

Well, all last nights celebrating is over,
and 2016 has begun.
Everything, including the "ball" has been dropped.
Today we have pork and sauerkraut for lunch/dinner
to bring "good luck" for the coming year,
or so the tradition goes.


I pray that everyone has a very blessed New Year.