Monday, August 31, 2015

Garden Perspectives: Gloriosa Daisy

"Gloriosa Daisy"
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The beauty of this flower has always intrigued me.  Something about the yellow and black that keeps my attention.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday's Thought

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This week's " Sunday's Thought" is really written to me. Maybe I will remember this lesson better if I write it out and share.

The Scripture is:

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

- Proverbs 3:5-6

I have just returned from a trip to Alaska, a trip my wife has wanted to do for many years finally came together. Though I was not keen on the idea of going someplace cold for a vacation, she wanted to go and anytime I can spend time with her, cold or hot weather, is wonderful!

During our trip, I learned of a problem I must deal with when I returned. It was a matter of inconvenience more than anything. I've got a bazillion other things to take care of, without having to do this and it will put me further behind in my work.

The first thing I did was pray, "Lord, you know I need this problem to be worked out and taken care of before I get home, so I can focus on other things.  Please take care of this for me." Amen.  Or, something similar. Further, I thought of ways to accomplish what I needed to do.  I should have left it in God's Hands and gone on.

Now, for those who don't know me.  I believe God can do anything He wants, if it's His Will, He does it.  I have no doubt in that, I've learned to believe and have faith.  He will, and has and will forever, take care of all my needs according to His riches.  This does not mean I am perfect or don't make mistakes or anything of that nature because I do- just like anyone else.

I am embarrassed to say, that I didn't want to get up this morning to take care of the issue because I didn't want to start back from vacation frustrated.  I slept in and got up later.  My dog Noah came in several times to wake me too. 

When I did get up, I discovered the problem was taken care of without me having to do anything. God had taken care of what needed to be done so I can do what I need to do.

What I should have done was have faith, trusted God to take care of the problem and gotten up out of bed instead of being lazy!

Faith and trusting in God is a blessing that is indescribable.  I would not want to think about my life without God.  Whether it's todays problem or something much more difficult, I am glad He is in my life and I can "Trust in Him with All my Heart!"   Interested in learning more, please visit, Peace With God.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday's Thought

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When I was younger, like in my teen years, I was scared to death by the concept or idea that I was supposed to witness my faith in Jesus Christ to the entire world.

NOT because I was ashamed of being a Christian or of the Gospel, but an extreme introvert, pretty much a nerd, a geek. The idea of speaking or chatting with someone about anything on my own initiative just wasn't going to happen.  Starting a conversation and sometimes carrying a conversation just was not something I could do easily about any subject. 

Over the years, as I am no longer young or a teenager, I got into the practice of quietly sharing.

Knowing this, I began trying to determine what I can do about it.  I learned there were and are other ways to witness and to share the Gospel message.  All I can do, is share.

One habit that I have developed over the years is whenever I rent a vehicle is to tune the radio to a local Christian music station. When I turn the vehicle back in, I would make sure to turn the radio on and leave the volume up.  Not loud, just on and up.  Sometimes, I'll program the radio to the station so it doesn't get lost.

Back in February I rented a U-Haul truck to do some moving stuff at my father's house. As my usual practice, I tuned the radio to WGTS 91.9 FM the Christian music station in our area.  Also, it features  humorous personalities which often makes my day brighter. There is the Christian witness aspect to it as well. Often, you'll hear stories about how someone became a Christian or was encouraged or avoided tragedies because of the music and what they heard through the station. It is an amazing force!

Prior to listening to WGTS, I worked at a Christian music station, and before that I studied Mass Communications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism and worked at a Christian station.  My exposure to the power of Christian music is no surprise but is always exciting.

Back to my thought, several weeks after I turned in the U-Haul, I heard a story on the radio of a man who was furious at his wife- enough to leave her.  He got into the van, turned it on and the music of WGTS 91.9 FM came on.  The song playing convicted him of his wrong doing.  He returned the van and went home to reconcile with his wife.  The music from the station, lyrics of the song, were used by God's to keep this man from making a horrible mistake.

I have no idea if this U-Haul van was the one I drove or not.  But, the thought of being an avenue to share the Gospel with someone, is exciting.

Making a decision to follow Christ is the most important decision you will ever make.  He is there for you, for the inviting, the asking- if you'd like to learn more, please visit Peace With God

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Garden Perspectives: Flowers in My Garden

"Flowers in My Garden"
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My favorite flower in the garden is the "Purple Cone Flower."  Not sure why, guess I don't need a reason, but they seem to cheer up the garden quicker and faster than other flowers.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday's Thought

"Lightning Strikes"

Lord, Keep Me Safe

I will probably not forget this experience for as long as I remember things, er, maybe longer than that since these days, yesterday can seem a long lost memory.

Anyway, the day started off like any other typical summer July day in Virgina. Hot, humid, you're sweating within a few seconds of being outside. I love these days, especially when I can spend them outside.

Though thunderstorms are forecast for the afternoon, there weren't any weather watches or warnings out nor did the skies even remotely look stormy.

Before long in the afternoon, the skies began to cloud up but not like a storm was coming in. I didn't pay much attention to it, as it's July and the weather can be stormy. This year in particular.

All of a sudden a storm quickly came in- one of those I like to call halfers- meaning the storm might be in one location, but you can see where the storm isn't. The lightning was fast, plenty of cloud to ground strikes.

"Lightning Storm"
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I saw lightning strike to the right of my desk but didn't pay much attention to it. Heard the thunder too. Next thing I knew, a lightning strike came down from the sky striking something behind the trees straight across from where I was sitting and with loud thunder. For me, it looked like it hit the top of the computer monitor.

I jumped up knocking the computer keyboard and tray really hard and ran over to another part of the room shouting "Oh MY WORD!!" I startled a few people around me with a one or two coming to see what was wrong. My heart raced and did for a bit.

I am not one to be afraid of storms. I like to watch them- learn about them always taking the appropriate precautions or preparations. Like I rarely ever, until this day, sit in front of a huge window during a bad storm. Also, I've discovered the location of my studio is the perfect place to practice photographing lightning without placing me in danger.

I was out for a drive soon after the storm and had settled down a bit. As I was driving, not even thinking about the incident just about where I needed to go and what needed to be done this evening, when a thought came across my mind, "What if I wasn't ready to die when that happened? What if it was God returning to the earth to take the Christians home, and I was ready?"

As I thought more about it, the truth of the Scripture,

 “But concerning that day
and hour no one knows,
not even the angels of heaven,
nor the Son, but the Father only."
-Matthew 24:36 (ESV)

"Therefore you also must be ready,
for the Son of Man is coming at an
hour you do not expect.
- Matthew 24:44 (ESV)

I had time to see the lightning, hear the thunder, recognize the danger and get away from the window though it was all instantaneous and fast. When the Lord returns to take us home, there will be no time for that or making decisions to follow Him, to become "saved," or anything else as it will happen in the twinkling of an eye.

Are you ready?  If so, see you in heaven.  If not, please visit, David Jeremiah - About Becoming a Christian.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday's Words

"A Single Cone Flower"
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"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; 
but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind."  
- 2 Timothy 1:7