Monday, June 27, 2016

Garden Perspectives: The Daisy"

"The Daisy"
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Daisies have always caught my eye when I see them alongside a highway, in a garden and especially at the garden center.  

Why?  I love the beauty of simplicity.  The flower graces the garden with beauty adding color where you need it while being a native plant to some areas. 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday's Thought

There have been many times over the years when a hymn or chorus would come to my mind and I would think, "is God trying to share something with me" or "is God wanting me to write about it?"  For me, being a former church organist and a Minister of Music's kid (yes, I am a MMK), music has had a profound effect on my life.

This week, was a bit unusual.  While I read the Bible electronically including devotions received by email and on the Page-A-Day calendars,a Scripture that I read doesn't usually follow me around getting my attention repeatedly like this one-

I found the Scripture a few years ago on a Page-A-Day calendar.  I had set it aside for later use, then my wife used it for a note and then I used it as a reminder. I looked at the Scripture on the paper several times after reading the note from my wife, and thought- WOW- like that and set it aside.

While I had been thinking about what to write this week, this Scripture kept coming back and coming back and coming back to mind.  So, I think God is telling me to share this.

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After reading this verse in several Bible translations, Commentaries, and study Bibles, the verse is sharing a summary of Jesus' ministry to all people. He is saying to us to repent and believe in the Good News of the Gospel.  The time is short.

Maybe you are wondering if this is for you.  It is.  It's for everyone to believe and receive.  If you would like to learn more about the Good News of the Gospel, please visit Peace With God.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday! Garden Perspectives: Bee and Zinnia

"Bee and Zinnia"
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One of my absolute favorite photographs is this one of a bumble bee gathering nectar.  It's been a favorite for about 10 years or so.

The pollen all over the bee gives it a "busy as a bee" look.  The yellow Zinnia shows the bees color and wings so excellent!

I created this image with a point and shoot camera made by Fuji and a ton of patience.   Bees are fun to photograph with practice and patience and caution!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday's Words

"Bumble Bee on Snow Cap Salvia"
(C) Allen Pearson

"God is faithful, by whom ye were called
unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord."

- I Corinthians 1:9

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Garden Perspectives: Black-Eyed Susan

"Black-Eyed Susan"
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I love seeing these flowers grown in masses together in a garden either by themselves or with other wild flowers like Purple Cones or Daisies.

In my new garden, I'm planning for these flowers, along with the Purple Cone Flowers to be focal point planting several in mass together.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Happy Summer!

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Happy Summer! Seems like only yesterday, we were up to our hips in snow, then the forever days of endless rain, it's finally summer!  Hot, hazy, sunny, beautiful days of summer.

For me, the season is the best, I love being out in the sunny hot weather for as long as I possibly can.

Gardening becomes a bit of a challenge if you've planted new flowers this year.  Be sure to water them regularly as they will get thirsty quicker.

Enjoy your summer!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday's Thought- Father's Day

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Father's Day is a difficult day for me having lost my father as he passed away in the summer of 2014.  He was a good man and was loved by many people.

One trait about my father that resonates with me this weekend was his way of saying, "let go and let God!"  And, necessarily in those words but the meaning was the same.

My father was a Minister of Music in the Church of the Nazarene.  He prayed about all the music he would lead in the Worship Service each week.  It wasn't a matter of thumbing through some books to select songs and picking a few favorites and going from there.  He prayed about it.  He didn't ask the Pastor about it either.  He prayed.

I remember a new Pastor coming to a church where Dad was the Minister of Music.  Not too long after he arrived, he began picking the songs for the service so it would lead to his sermon.  Although good and well fine, no harm was meant, it didn't set well with Dad.  After a few weeks of so, the Pastor soon let my father select the music as he knew is was being prayed about.  "Let Go and Let God!"

God loves you.  He wants everyone to go to heaven when they die and not to Hell.  He wants to show you the way to Salvation and His Love.   Please visit, Peace With God to begin your Journey.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Throwback Thursdays! Garden Perspectives: The The Yellow Tulips

"The Yellow Tulips"
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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I had a neighbor who loved tulips and had plenty planted in her yard.

She gave me permission to photograph her yard and the flowers each Spring and, of course, I was extremely happy.

The tulips which got my attention the most were the yellow with red "streaks." Absolutely beautiful.  No tulips seems to be the same design.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday's Thought

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Sometimes when I read or hear the news, I start getting concerned about many things or issues I've never seen happen in our country and an increase in crimes.  Will my wife be alright using the public restroom, violent protests in cities across the US, hatred displayed against fellow man, who will win the upcoming election, ISIS and it's endeavors overseas, the world is in such choas and craziness, another shooting in the Washington DC area, taxes are going up again, another person feels discriminated against, more hate crimes, hatred against certain people and certain beliefs.  It goes on and on and on!  Sometimes to a point of being unnerving and concerning.

As my concerns grow, I suddenly feel God settling me down with the comfort that He is in control of everything that happens.  I shouldn't be worried, stressed, nervous or in any human emotional way as God has me in His Hands and not to worry.

A most comforting thought these days, but it only comes when you've accepted Him as your Savior and asked Him to come into your life.  Here's how:

Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we  confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 
(24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, 
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus," 
-Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, 
but the free gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only Son, 
that whoever believes in him
should not perish but have eternal life.
-John 3:16, ESV

Confess of your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth
that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart
that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
- Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name 
of the Lord will be saved.
-Romans 10:13, ESV

So now what?

If you prayed this prayer with your whole heart and believed what you did, you are now a Christian.  And, yes, it is that simple.

My suggestion is to find a local church and become involved.  Talk to the pastor about this experience and ask him to teach you where to go or what to do next.

If you are not familiar with a local church, a few excellent resources to get you started or who can follow up with you are:

Centreville Baptist Church, Centreville Virginia
Manassas Church of the Nazarene, Manassas, Virginia

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Peace With God.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Throwback Thursdays: Remembering Mom

"Black-Eyed Susans"
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Today, I am remembering my mother. Today would have been her 73rd birthday. She passed away at any early age.  I think of her often especially when I am gardening or photographing as these were two interests I developed after she taught them to me and after she bought me my first digital camera.

Mom always loved my brother and I regardless of what happened in life.  Though I probably never gave that much thought, I never really had to guess it either.  It was known.  After her death, I learned from many of her friends that she loved my brother and I enough to tell all of her friends and probably many people who didn't even know her.

Mom taught me about God, faith, and Christianity.  She wasn't one of those preachy moms but was one to make sure you knew about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  She wasn't one for butting into my life except when she saw me do something which concerned her about my salvation and belief in God.  In my adult years, I changed denominations, and mom questioned every bit of my actions.  Nosy?  No. It was love and concern about my salvation and well-being.

Mom loved to laugh, have fun, play jokes, and enjoy life.  Later in life, I learned she used to cry or be really sad when it was time for my brother and I to go back to school after summer, Christmas or Spring breaks.   She loved her time with us.

Mom went on to heaven about five years ago.  I miss her, but she is in a better place.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday's Words

"Rays of Sunshine"
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"I will not leave you comfortless: 
I will come to you."

- John 14:18

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday's Thought

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And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"

It Isn’t What You Do
When a rich young man came up to Jesus to ask Him what good deed he must do to inherit eternal life, he asked the wrong question. It is never what we can do, but what Jesus has done. Could any of us ever do enough good deeds to save ourselves since even our best works are like filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6)? If it were up to us, then all of us would be hopelessly lost. Jesus mildly rebuked the man by telling him that none are good but God (Matthew 19:17). One man a friend and I witnessed to considered himself not just a good person but, in his words, “a great person.” I told him that this is contrary to what the Bible teaches, that none of us are good (Romans 3:10), that every one of us fall exceedingly short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23), and that all we have coming to us is what we’ve earned: death (Romans 6:23). He still didn’t humble himself and thought that he was good enough to go to heaven. When I told him that Jesus said that none are good but God, he refused to even listen.

Self-righteous Justification
Jesus told the rich young man what he must do, since he was focused on doing good deeds to receive eternal life.  Jesus told him about the commandments, and then, bragging to Jesus, the young man said, “All of these I have kept” (Matthew 19:2). But could he or any of us really keep the commandments? I would ask this young man, “Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever looked at a woman with lust? Because Jesus equated this with adultery of the heart (Matthew 5:28). Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever hated anyone? Because hating someone is equated with murdering someone in your heart (Matthew 5:22).” Then I would remind him that all liars, all the sexually immoral, and all murderers will be cast into the lake of fire (Revelations 21:8). Would he still consider himself a good person? Would he still think that he kept all the commandments? Breaking even one of them is like breaking them all (James 2:10). So much for being a good person or justifying one’s self by doing good deeds.

Idolatry of the Heart

Jesus, seeing that He was getting nowhere with this self-righteous man, told him that “if you want to be perfect, go and sell all of your possessions and give them to the poor and then follow Me” (Matthew 19:21), to which the young man went away sorrowful since his money was his god. Apparently, he didn’t feel so good about himself anymore. Jesus used the law to humble the man and break his pride of self-righteousness. Doing good is not ever going to be enough for anyone to inherit eternal life. Here is the only work that a person can do to save themselves: to believe in the One Who the Father has sent (John 6:29). There is no other way to eternal life except to believe in the Son of God (John 3:16).

Oh Holy Father, none of us will ever do enough good or be good enough to inherit eternal life. It isn’t ever what we do, but about what Jesus has done, and what He has done on the cross is the only way that we can be saved. Help me to remember that we can never save ourselves, but only by believing in Jesus Christ by repenting and trusting in Him. In Jesus’ name I pray to remember this.

Reprinted with Permission of Rhetorical Jesus, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Throwback Thursday! Garden Perspectives: Tulips Symphony

"Tulip Symphony"
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Years ago, I was blessed with a fantastic neighbor who loved to grow tulips in her yard.

These tulips reminded me of an orchestra - each instrument different yet has it own purpose in bringing the music to the listener.  The tulips are a sign of spring and warm weather to come, each has its own beautiful color yet gathered together the beauty of the season is in full force.