Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday's Words

Used by Permission, ChristianQuotes

I like to follow and read ChristianQuotes quite a bit as I like their work - this quote really got and kept my attention- so I had to share it with you.

This made me think when I read it- and each time I did after that-

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy Mozartian Birthday- !!

"In A Cloud, Salzburg, Austria"
Flickr Creative Commons, Matt Becker

One of my most favorite aspects in life is music.  I could live without TV, videos and movies with no problems- though I have to say, I'd have to re-think my interest in watching old shows on DVD.   Any music has been a foundation and mainstay of my life from a very early age.  From having a father who was a Minister of Music and Composer to hearing classical music around the house.

Today, I honor a composer of extreme genius writing more than 600 classical works, ranging from symphonies, concertos, chamber, operatic, and choral music.  He was a master of the violin and piano from an early age.

Never an error in his composition and style.  Born in Salzburg, Austria, he lived a rough, yet spoiled life, of a child prodigy genius. He was invited to perform in various places but it wasn't always the easiest places to get to or perform.  His father was a minor composer who saw the benefit in promoting his children's talents.

His music lives on throughout history and has often overshadowed the works of Beethoven and Haydn.  His influence on western music is profound.

Noah and I enjoy quite a bit of his music in his studio while he works. Today, I celebrate and honor one of music histories greatest composers-

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756–91) by Barbara Krafft (1764–1825), 1819

Happy 259th Birthday
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday's Thought

I have probably written about this before, but it bears repeating as it has been a challenge for me in winter. If not, you have probably read or heard somewhere else "do not worry!" or "do not be anxious!" Or, may be I should call this, "I am learning a lesson this winter- again!"

Or even the Scripture says: 

[ Do Not Be Anxious ]
“Therefore I tell you, 
do not be anxious about your life,
what you will eat or what you will drink,
nor about your body, what you will put on.
Is not life more than food, 
and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air:
they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns,
and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are you not of more value than they?
And which of you by being anxious 
can add a single hour to his span of life? 

- Matthew 6:25-34 [ESV]

"View of A Snowy Road from Car Window"
Used by permission, Flickr Creative Commons, SimpleInsomia
So here's the scenario. Winter months are difficult. It's cold. It's icy. It's snowy. My least favorite time of year. But, life must go on. I am not much for driving in the ice or snow or any combination thereof. Its not that I can't do it, there's just too much going on and circumstances don't allow me to be that good at it. So, for years, when my wife and I would carpool, she did most of the driving. In these winter months, she always said at least once "I grew up in Nebraska- I can drive in this stuff!" Even she found this area challenging at times- to say the least.

I was in a job where I was to be at my desk no matter what weather hits. I'm not the President, CEO, CFO, or any other important titled person who needed to make certain the company continues to run regardless of the weather or circumstances. While my work was important, it could wait, be done remotely, or someone could step in and do it- if the storm hit at a crucial time. There aren't many of those in my line of work. Deadlines, yes.

Another important aspect about me is that I always tried to be the best employee a company could want. Who doesn't right? I was on time, detailed, accurate. I took on projects without question as I liked to learn new areas in my line of work or anything to improve my skills. I rarely missed work because of bad weather or illness.  More often than not, I was the employee who made it to the office in storms.

"Man at Work"
Used by Permission, Flickr Creative Commons, reynermedia
As our lives have changed over the past few years, I began driving myself to and from work. As the winter weather came, I would begin being concerned that I can get to and from work safely and meet the requirements of my employer.

While I lived only thirty minutes from work, rush hour took about forty-five minutes and a snowstorm was extremely unpredictable- meaning, I remember one storm where it took one friend thirteen hours to get home.

Being concerned about safely driving to and from work and being the "perfect" employee, when I would hear a bad weather forecast, I would pray for God to provide the ability I needed to be successful and keep me safe.

I went to bed several nights with my human apprehensions and worriedness showing and went to sleep only to wake up the next day and find God had prepared a way for me to do what I needed. Whether it was go in late, stay home or no storm at all, God knew what was best and set the road before me.

Why do I worry? Or be anxious? Partly because I am human and some things in this life cause the worry to come on before I really think.

When I think about it, and look back at my life, I can point at my situations where God prepared a way for me before I even asked.  There have been many storms, literally and figuratively, when He prepared it all- with His Best in mind. 

The lesson. Stop. Worrying. Place it ALL in His Hands.  Faith. Trust. That's it. Done.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rescue[d] Dog Photography

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Rescue[d] Dog Photography. A photography session I offer to Northern Virginia area dog and cat rescue organizations.   The session is free, and is done at the events and locations requested by the rescue.

The sessions are supported by blog posts and a post in the column "Friday's Friend" at "From the Dog's Paw."

Why do I offer these services?  First, I love dogs.  My dog is a Plott Hound/Black Labrador Retriever mix.  He is full of energy, a great companion and we have a lot of fun in life together. And, he is a great big handful. Second, I am forever grateful for PetConnect Rescue's of Potomac, Maryland work who brought him here.

Since, at this time, I cannot adopt another big dog, I decided to support the rescues with photography and writing to assist the dogs and cats in getting their "Forever Homes."

My "Rescue[d] Dog Photography" has helped raise the adoption rates for the rescues I've photographed.

As an artist, I believe in supporting my community.  Photographing the dogs are my way of supporting my community.

Further, photographers and other artists, can learn how to use their skills to support dog and cat adoption through various groups.  I joined "HeARTSspeak" an organization which helps artists get started.

I have to admit, the best part of this work is the love shown from the dogs and cats as I photograph them.

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday's Foto: Happy Birthday Dad!

"American Goldfinch in Flower Bed"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
My father always enjoyed my photography.  He always encouraged the pursuit and did quite a bit himself.  He chronicled most of our family life with photos.

If he had lived 6 more months, we would be celebrating his 75th birthday today.

Since he was not a fan of cold weather or ice or snow and would always remind me of his desire for warmer weather, I thought a tribute to him of warm weather would be best.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Photographing The Seasons: A Surprise

"A Surprise"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
While strolling through the park one day, in the merry cold month of January.  I was taken by surprise, by ice and running water- for I did not know a stream was there!

I was walking through my favorite area of Walney Nature Center and came upon "A Surprise" which was a stream flowing down a hill.  I had been in the area several times and never seen it.  I climbed through the brush and over a few downed trees to get a closer look and photograph it.

From what I can tell using Google Maps and knowing the area somewhat, the stream was running into "Big Rocky Run."

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday's Words

"January Sky"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

- Aesop

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday's Thought

Used by Permission, ChristianQuotes
Continuing on a theme from a few weeks ago, Sunday's Thought, I found another graphic which serves as a great reminder.

As I venture into 2015, which am anticipating quite a few changes in the year, I am trusting in God to lead the way.  Very exciting adventure, for sure!

Do you have any plans in 2015 where you need to depend solely on God's leading?  Please share in the comments.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday's Thought

Today's "Sunday's Thought" is written by a friend I met in college.

"As we close out 2014 and look ahead to 2015, I would like to share this experience with you in the hope that, when you have difficult or uncertain times in the year to come, you will rest in the knowledge that He is God."

"At a time in my life when I was feeling overwhelmed by a number of different stressers, I attended a conference for pastors which opened with an opportunity for prayer. I went forward to lay my burdens on the altar. As I began to pray, listing my concerns, I "heard" the Lord interrupt my prayer with a question, "Am I or am I not God?" It caught me totally off guard. I stopped; thought about the question; and realized that God was telling me, "I can handle this, leave it with me." I was so surprised and simultaneously so relieved and reassured that all I could do was laugh. It was the strangest spiritual experience I ever had. As I continued to pray, listing my concerns, the same thing occurred, and the more I shared, the more I laughed until after three or four of my issues was addressed, I said, "OK, God, I get it!"

Used by Permission, Pastor Tim Pullin
I left my list of concerns with Him and I laughed and laughed, to the point of tears. I suppose the people behind me thought I was weeping uncontrollably, but when I got up I was smiling as big as I ever had and shaking my head at my own stupidity for not leaving these concerns with God before now. It must have seemed more than a little strange to those looking on. In the years since this experience, whenever I begin to feel stressed over things beyond my control, I have thought back on the moment, when I "heard" God's voice asking that same question, "Am I or am I not God?" Every time I do, I relax and rest in the assurance that NOTHING TAKES GOD BY SURPRISE OR CATCHES HIM OFF GUARD. And NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR HIM!

So, whatever you're facing today, even if it is the most difficult thing you have ever had to do, remember, HE IS GOD, and HE CAN HANDLE THIS. TRUST HIM. He may not do things the way you would, or the way you think He should. But HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING. And when you see Him face to face for the first time, you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that His way was the best way.

Happy New Year, Everyone!
Tim Pullin
Pastor,  Lakeview Church of the Nazarene
Wayneville, North Carolina

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!

"Used by permission, GraphicStock"

May you have a blessed 2015!!

Here is a a video from my other blog, from The Dog's Paw, that I'd like to share with you too-