Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday's Thought

Withering Away, by Bud Hance

1 Peter 1:24-25 (NKJV)

24 because “ All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you"

Here the apostle Peter quotes from Isaiah 40:6-8, reminding us as believers that everything in this life - possessions, accomplishments, people - will all eventually fade away and disappear. Only God's will, Word, and work are permanent. We must stop grasping at the temporary and focus our time, money, and energy on the permanent - the Word of God and our new, eternal life in Jesus Christ.

The doctrine delivered by God concerning Christ endures forever, having, at all times and in all seasons, the same excellence and the same effectiveness. It is unmoved, fixed and permanent. Amidst all the revolutions on earth, the fading glories of natural objects, and the wasting strength of man, his truth remains unaffected. Its beauty never fades; its power is never deprived of strength. The gospel system is as beautiful now as it was when it was first revealed to man.

In view, then, of the truth stated in the close of this passage, 1 Peter 1:24,25, let us learn always to reflect on our feebleness and frailty. "We all do fade as a leaf," Isaiah 64:6. Our glory is like the flower of the field. Our beauty fades, and our strength disappears, as easily as the beauty of the flower that grows up in the morning, and that in the evening is cut down, Psalms 90:6. There is not an object of natural beauty on which we pride ourselves that will not decay; and soon all our pride and pomp will be laid low in the tomb.

But amidst these changes which beauty undergoes, and the desolations which disease and death spread over the world, it is comforting to know that all is not so, There is that which does not change, which, never loses its beauty. "The word of the Lord" abides. His great and wonderful promises, his assurances that there is brighter and better world, remain amidst all these changes.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Slow Down by Kim Kirby

A guest writer for today's blog. When I read this, then saw all the Black Friday commercials, I thought this poem was written in appropriate timing. Poem and image copyright by Kim Kirby.

Slow Down

As we come into a very hectic season, we need to not get caught up in the whirlwind that it can become, instead we need to slow down.

Slow our breaths (breathe deep, breathe easy), slow our thoughts (calmness, quietness), focus on prayer (breath prayer, single word prayer [peace, Jesus, Lord, etc.]), and don't let the ways of the world overwhelm us, weary us, get us caught up in the craziness of sales, shopping, and spending money.

Slow down, God is in control, He's not in a hurry, He's not going anywhere without you.

--Kim Kirby

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday's Thought

I Believe!
because I have seen Him take the pain away
when the doctors would say, no way.

I Believe!
because I have seen Him calm the tears with peace
of someone who lost someone very dear.

I Believe!
because I have seen Him calm the fears
of someone who just received a dire diagnosis from the doctor.

I Believe!
because I have felt His Love and Comfort in times
when others could not.

Yes, I Believe!
because the Bible tells me so,
for I have a simple, uncomplicated faith in God.

Yes, I Believe!
because I have seen Him, felt His Presence, for He loves me- this I know.
I Believe.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cold Night by Renee Crump

Cold Night Love

The air is cold when it hits our cheeks
We used to think our future looked so bleak
But here I see something new in you
I hope you see it in me too
We sit under the beautiful stars
Yet it feels like I'm floating on mars
Your arms around me feel so right
Oh, how I love it when you hug me tight
I couldn't imagine a more perfect time
Can we please sit here till sunrise
You stand up and give me one last hug
That's my definition of cold night love

Renee Crump

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday's Thought

Lord Jesus, thank you for this day. Thank you for life and for the many blessings You have given us. Guide us through this day, make us a blessing and a witness for You to those we meet. Bless those who are ill, help them to feel Your Love and Comfort. Amen.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

October's Wintry Day-2

Thankfully, the weather has improved somewhat since the weird day of a wintry-fall mix, Sat. Oct. 29.

I captured this image on Sunday morning after walking my dog Noah. I thought the frost/ice of the fall colored leaf was beautiful.

I used my Pentax KD10 with a Macro 1:1 lens and manual focus to get up close.

"Morning Frost on a Leaf"

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

October's Wintry Day

An unusual pattern of weather brought sleet, snow, hail, ice, and rain to the Northern Virginia area on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Over the next few days, I will feature a few images that I captured using my Pentax K10D with a 1:1 Macro Lens.

"Ice On a Viola"

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meet Piper - PetConnect Rescue

I had the opportunity to photograph for PetConnect Rescue this weekend. Meet Piper. At first, she was a bit shy but as I let her sniff me, and my camera, she began to warm up to me. After that, she was busy showing me what a sweet dog, full of love and fun, she is.

We played in the backyard for awhile. She began to try to get me into
playing but I had to keep clicking the camera!

A wonderful dog, a great experience.

Adoption info. on Piper can be found at

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday's Thought

A prayer from a Scripture, a meditation to be placed on the heart and in your thoughts:

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Question: What do you have to be Thankful for?

As the Thanksgiving season approaches, I think of the many blessings in life for which I am thankful. God, my wife, my cat, my dog, church and church family, job. Then, other things come to mind. The things don't seem to matter so much. Something happens to them, I can replace them if I need to do so.

With the economy on a crazy rollercoaster ride, high unemployment and many other things going wrong these days, what are you thankful for? What are the blessings in your life? I'd love to read your thoughts on this topic. Please post your comments.

"Morning Frost on Fall Leaf"

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A New Blog "Dulles Dog"

I've added another blog to my list of items to do related to my love for dogs and my skills as a photographer.

The blog is a hilarious look at life through the eyes of a dog. The blog begins by introducing you to Dulles Dog and how he came about. Check it out at Subscribe by email or become a "follower" and automatically get updates as Dulles Dog writes!

This will be fun!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"Photograph! Manassas" - 2nd Place Winner!!!!

Recently, I spent several weekends last August and September with my camera in Old Town Manassas photographing the area to participate in the Manassas Art Guild's 2nd Annual "Photograph! Manassas" competition. The experience was an experiment in my interest of architecture and old town areas. Also, it brought back some great memories of my childhood as I grew up in the area.

I received "2nd Place" for my entry of "Celebrate Manassas! - Center Street". Exciting for my first time working with architecture.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Garden Perspectives 2011

One of my favorite images of my work in photographing the beauty found in gardens and gardening, is this macro shot of a sunflower.

I captured this after a light rain on a early summer evening.