Thursday, May 23, 2019

Garden Perspectives! A Bumble Bee on a Purple Cone Flower

"A Bumble Bee on a Purple Cone Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Nature, and being out in nature, excites me. There is something about being outside which tugs at my heartstrings or maybe my soul. Its beauty is exhilarating, to say the least. Around 13 years ago, I was working in an office with a window which overlooked trees and a schoolyard. My lunch hours were spent taking a walk in the park. The office moved to a multi-floor building located in an urban environment with few trees. How I missed my trees!

Knowing my love of nature and being outside, I began exploring it with my photography. One of my favorite photos from that time of photography is "A Bumble Bee on a Purple Cone Flower." I learned about the nature of the Bumble Bee so I wouldn't get stung or harm them.

My photography work is available on traditional paper, metal, canvas, and notecards. I have other products available too. Visit my website at Allen Pearson Photography. If you are interested in my using my photography for your nature publications, please inquire as my rates are reasonable. For more information, please inquire at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Seek the Lord, 
all you humble of the land,
who do his just commands
seek righteousness; 
seek humility; perhaps you 
may be hidden on the day
 of the anger of the Lord."

- Zephaniah 2:3

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Garden Perspectives! A Toad in the Yard!

Frog
"A Toad in the Yard!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

I love creating a wildlife garden in my backyard and maintaining it over the years. In 2016, I began creating my third wildlife garden at my home where I have retired. The garden features native plants, flowers, and trees and is designed to look like a habitat area to feed butterflies and birds. When it's completed, not only do I get to enjoy the beauty of native plants but the wonders of the birds taking advantage of the area.

Over the years, I have enjoyed watching the birds come into the wildlife garden fighting over places to make nests for the spring. I have had an Eastern Box Turtle and a snake or two wander in. I've taken the time to learn about the snakes to make certain they are the beneficial type I want near my home.

While creating the wildlife garden in 2016, the toad pictured had wandered into my yard. I don't know what species this toad is, but I welcomed him with open arms. Throughout the season, I saw the toad all over my yard including on the deck! One night, I was sitting on the deck reading and felt something around my feet. New to the area, I wasn't sure what it was- thankfully, it was the toad.

My photography work is available on traditional paper, metal, canvas, and notecards. I have other products available too. Visit my website at Allen Pearson Photography. If you are interested in my using my photography for your nature publications, please inquire as my rates are reasonable. For more information, please inquire at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Flowers
"Phlox Around A Tree"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

What Do You Really Live For?
by Adrian Rogers
Love Worth Finding Ministries

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

I want you to finish this sentence: “For me to live is _________.”

Now, don’t give an answer that you think should be there. I want you to think of the thing that means the most to you because that is what it means for you to live.

 You might fill in the blank with money, family, pleasure, finishing your education, fame, popularity, your spouse, closing the next big deal, or even church work.

“For me to live is ________, to die is ________.”

If you put anything other than Christ in the first blank, then you must finish the sentence with the word “loss” because you can’t take anything else with you when you die.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit Love Worth Finding - Assurance of Salvation

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Mother's Day
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

The Influence of A Mom!

My mother was born in the 1940s in a small railroad town amid the hills of West Virginia. She had a brother and a sister. They lived a somewhat simple life. My grandparents never drove a car and the family lived in a small 3 bedroom home. Two railroad tracks for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway ran through their town not more than a few yards from their front door.

My mother never had many fancy material things in her life. She never finished her college degree. What she was, was a Christian mother with a very strong faith. She had a love for her two boys and her husband which always amazed me. She found contentment in the simpler things in life and knew how to make an ordinary day into quite a bit of fun without having to spend a lot of money.

It wasn't until I was in college that I had designer brand-name clothes. I got these because Mom worked at a local department store and got a great discount. She wanted me to look nice in college and it meant a lot to her for me to do that.

One of the greatest gifts my mother gave me was time spent with me. She didn't go to work until I was in high school. She took care of the home, my father, me, and my brother with loving care. In the summers she would take me, my brother, and a few friends to a local park to swim for the day. It was such an awesome treat. She loved to encourage me to bring friends home and play in the yard. She was interested in what we were doing and would always keep an eye out on us.  This was her way of getting to know who my friends were. When I went off to college, she called every once in a while to see how I was doing. At the time, I, of course, thought she was being meddling, nosey and a mean mother. Later in life, probably even in college, I began to realize that it was love that made her do the things she did.

The Greatest Gift Mom ........ was introducing me to Jesus, the Christian Life, and living the example. My mother was a devout Christian. It wasn't just going to church on Sunday, she lived the example. It often played out in her life even without her saying anything. Later in life, I would learn she prayed every day for me and my day. When I went off to college, away from home for the first time, she prayed even more. Mom wasn't a controlling-type Mom who tried to order my life but she knew that when she prayed for me, I would be in God's Care. Though Mom wasn't perfect since she was human- though I always wondered why she had "eyes in the back of her head" and I don't, but she lived an example as best as she knew how and that taught me to do the same. She took an active role in the church's Youth department as it's Director. While I didn't like that at all, I learned later in life it was because no one else would do the job and she didn't want to see the activities end. She knew they were good for us.

One of the reasons I became a Christian was because of Mom's influence. She couldn't save me nor could she force me to be a Christian, it was up to me, my choice. Though if she could have forced me, knowing how great it is, she probably would have!

Happy Mother's Day! My mother has been deceased for 8 years now. I still miss her and think of her quite often. May your day be blessed with God's Love and the love of your family.

If you would like to learn more about the Christian life, God's Plan of Salvation for man, and Jesus, please visit Peace With God!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad!

Railroad
"Union Pacific No. 5924 Leads Norfolk Southern, CSX Intermodal Through Nokesville, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography 

HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY
TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD!

As a railfan guy, though the steam era isn't one that I study closely, I couldn't let the date get too far past without writing about it.

Yesterday marked the 150th Birthday celebration of transcontinental railroading in the United States. On May 10, 1869, dignitaries from the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads met at Promontory Summit, Utah to commemorate the uniting of the East and West. A spike made of gold was driven into the railroad ties and rails to celebrate the event.  The completion of this rail system ushered in a new age of transcontinental routes.

The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad is considered one of our country's and mankind's biggest achievements. The vision, dedication, innovation, and collaboration connected the country with a ribbon of rail.

What's the big deal? Most, if not all, of the products you use in your home or office, and products made to create many of those products have been shipped by rail.

"Norfolk Southern No. 9262 Leads Helpers Through Manassas, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Blessed are they
that keep his 
testimonies, that
seek  him with
the whole heart."

- Psalms 119:2

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Sunflower
"Sunflower Perspective"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Assurance for Eternity
By Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment."
--Hebrews 9:27

The saying is true…the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes! Every human is destined to die, and that includes you and me.

We are reminded of the frailty of life almost every day. Death can find us no matter where we are.

We all skip appointments, whether it’s an appointment with the doctor, or dentist we don’t want to keep…or a boring meeting that we don’t want to be stuck in for hours. But the truth of the matter is that there is one appointment we simply can’t skip, and that is our appointment with death.

But here’s the good news. We don’t have to fear this appointment because Christ didn’t miss His appointment with death. He was appointed to die on the cross, and He did not break it. And because He met that appointment…and also met His appointment with the resurrection, we can now face our final appointment with death with great confidence and joy.

Christ’s complete victory over death is our hope and assurance for eternity!

I can’t tell you all of the times that I have stood at a graveside and tried to comfort the family of the deceased. But I can tell you this…it makes all the difference if that family has the eternal hope of Christ in their hearts!

Thinking about death can cause us to reevaluate our lives – which is not a bad thing. So as you think about your life…and the fact that someday you will indeed die…let me ask you, are you living with the hope and certainty of heaven? I pray that you are. And I pray that you help others find this peace and security in Jesus Christ today.

BECAUSE CHRIST KEPT HIS APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH…AND THE RESURRECTION, YOU CAN LIVE WITH THE CERTAINTY AND HOPE!

To learn more about God's Plan for your life, please visit PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham, New Life in Christ.

Devotion used by written permission of PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Railroad Photography! "CSX with Auto Racks, Shenandoah Junction, WV"

"CSX with Auto Racks, Shenandoah Junction, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

What I love about this photo is the lights of the locomotive glaring up the tracks as it heads west. The photo was taken at Shenandoah Junction, WV, on January 9, 2019.

My photography, www.allenpearsonphotography.com, is available on posters, paper, canvas, or metal prints. Also, I offer note cards which resemble small works of art. If you are interested in other products such as coffee mugs, journals, T-Shirts, and other household products, please inquire at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"For whatever was written
in the past was written
for our instruction,
so that we may have hope
through endurance and
through the encouragement
from the Scriptures."

- Romans 15:4

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"Norfolk Southern Heading East Through Belvoir, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Are You on the Right Track?

A hobby that I recently got back into is railfanning. It's pretty simple, and, for me, and many others, quite a bit of fun. What is railfanning? Basically, it's sitting by the railroad tracks, legally, waiting for a train to go by. Chances are if you cross railroad tracks driving around town and happen to see people sitting by the tracks, that's what they are doing.

I have found myself enjoying railfanning quite a bit so I take a day or a few hours here and there to go. I find it a great escape from the noise and chaos of the city- besides the noises of the train going by that is!

I have had an interest in trains, railroads, and railfanning since I was born- I think. Mostly because my grandparents lived in West Virginia next to a busy Chesapeake and Ohio Railway railroad tracks. Also, I grew up in a railroad town in a time when the trains went roaring through town all the time. Unfortunately, I didn't live close enough to watch all the trains go by but there were times I got to see a few go by.

Back in the day, I would sit by the tracks waiting for a train to come. At my grandmother's house, the day was filled with checking the train signals up the street for a "green light." When the light was green, I was on alert for every noise that sounded like a train approaching. OF course, when it was a train, I was out on the front porch waiting for the train.

These days, a scanner radio, the internet, and computer software allow me to pretty much know when a train is coming or at least within a few hours. I can fairly easily grab my camera and stuff and go out to the tracks.

As I watch the trains go by, sometimes one right after another on a single track and even in opposite directions, I began thinking about how precise and exact the trains operate. The Locomotive Engineer doesn't just get into the cab of the locomotive, turn it on, and go like we do in our cars. He has to know all about his train, the load he's carrying, the tonnage, where he is going, aware of any trouble areas like steep inclines, and be able to follow the Dispatcher's directions. The Dispatcher knows what's coming down the railroad and keeps trains from meeting by way of accident. The entire railroad industry is an exact science of knowing everything you can about the train to get it from point "A" to point "B" safely.

I got to thinking about the Christian life and how trusting God gets me through the rough times in life. When we are on a "track" that can lead to other problems God helps us through these. If we read the Bible, it's a like the "dispatcher" for the Locomotive Engineer giving us guidance from God's Word for life. An important difference is although the dispatcher cares that the train crew is successful in completing its trip, he doesn't "love" the crew unconditionally. God does! God loves us no matter what we have done, where we have been, and what "track" we are on in this life. All we have to do is believe in Jesus, ask for forgiveness of our sins, and follow Him.

To become a Christian and to learn more about the Christian life, please visit Peace With God!

"A Freight Train Through the Woods"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"And let us not grow
weary of doing good,
for in due season we
will reap, if we do
not give up."

- Galatians 6:9

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Matthew 27:51-52, 54
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"And behold, the curtain of the temple
was torn in two, from top to bottom. 
And the earth shook, and the rocks
were split. The tombs also were opened. 
And many bodies of the saints who 
had fallen asleep were raised. When
the centurion and those who were with
him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw
the earthquake and what took place, 
they were filled with awe and said,
'Truly this was the Son of God!'"

- Matthew 27: 51-52, 54

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!

YAHOO! HALLELUJAH! AMEN! CELEBRATE! PARTY! GLORY! PRAISE THE LORD! As a writer, I just cannot write or say one word when I think about what Jesus has done for me. Me! And you too! I am just a regular guy who writes and photographs about dogs, cats, gardens, and railroads. I am not a celebrity or popular political candidate or one of the wealthiest guys in the country. Just a regular joe!

When I stop to think that Jesus gave His Life for me so that I would go to heaven when I die, if I accept Him as my Savior, amazes me. Why? Why would anyone do something that great for me? I don’t understand but I know He did. The reason He did, is because He loves us much more than you and I understand or, as a writer, I can’t begin to explain.

Easter Sunday brings quite a few memories to mind. From all the music preparation I did as a church organist to the sermon, celebrations, and family dinners- all done in celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the grave! As a church organist, I loved the Easter season because it was full of special music to learn and play during the Worship Service. After church, my mother always fixed a delicious ham for Sunday dinner. It was a special time because it wasn't something we could have that often. It was a day to celebrate!

One of the reasons I have such a hard time understanding God’s Love for me that He would give His only Son Jesus to die on a cross for me, my sins, is that I have a hard enough time getting people, who I can see, to do things for me like a few repairs. Or, most people I know do not have the time to get together to do something besides a quick dinner or a “hello.” Maybe since I can see them, but I can’t see God, is why it’s hard to comprehend how God loves me so much!

This season, my heart is full of feeling God’s Love during the Easter season. It seems to be overflowing within me and I want to jump for joy and in excitement.

Do you have peace, contentment and know God’s Love? If you would like to learn more about God’s Plan for man, God’s Plan of Salvation, please visit Peace With God.


(C) J. Vernon McGee, Thru The Bible
Creative: Allen Pearson

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter-

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"For as yet
they did not
understand
the Scripture,
that He must
rise from the
dead."

- John 20:9

Friday, April 19, 2019

In Remembrance of Good Friday......

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"When Jesus had
received the sour
wine, He said,
'It is finished,'
and he bowed his
head and gave up 
his spirit."

- John 19:30

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Railroad Photography, Noah's Railroad History! CSX Locomotive No. 5119 in Shenandoah Junction, WV


"CSX Locomotive No. 5119 in Shenandoah Junction, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
A favorite scene for me while railfanning in Shenandoah Junction, WV, is the locomotives coming around the "S" curve heading west! To me, and maybe I just need to get out more, it's an awesome experience to watch those huge machines roaring through town pulling their heavy loads to destinations unknown to me.

My interest in railroading is in railroad history and photography. When I was a young boy, I had an HO Scale model train layout. I didn't design it after any particular city, town, or landscape,  I just designed all the town as I wanted and had a few trains.

Today, I am starting a new series of railroad photography posts which will feature railroad history too. My dog Noah is my railfanning buddy most of the time when I go out, I am naming the posts "Noah's Railroad History!" The photography will feature my own work with a note about something that happened in the railroad world. The posts will not always be about what happened "that day in history" but about an event.

Noah's Railroad History: On January 1, 1800, the first successful non-condensing high-pressure stationary steam-engine was built by Oliver Evans. The engine was later used in the building of the first steam-powered boat.

Please visit my Railroad Photography Gallery at Allen Pearson Photography, Railroad Photography Gallery If you are interested in purchasing products, please email me at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

Railroad Photography! Snow Flurries in the Shenandoah Junction, WV

"Snow Flurries in the Shenandoah Junction, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
I was in Shenandoah Junction, WV with my dog Noah this past January. We'd been there for a few hours watching trains go by. It's gotten to be a great experience especially when Noah goes along.

On this day, we were headed into Shepherdstown, WV too when it started to flurry. When we returned we were greeted with some more snow flurries creating a beautiful scene.

Please visit my Railroad Photography Gallery at Allen Pearson Photography, Railroad Photography Gallery If you are interested in purchasing products, please email me at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


"Spring Time"
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Assurance for Eternity 
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment."
--Hebrews 9:27

The saying is true…the only two things that are certain in life are death and taxes! Every human is destined to die, and that includes you and me.

We are reminded of the frailty of life almost every day. Death can find us no matter where we are.

We all skip appointments, whether it’s an appointment with the doctor, or dentist we don’t want to keep…or a boring meeting that we don’t want to be stuck in for hours. But the truth of the matter is that there is one appointment we simply can’t skip, and that is our appointment with death.

But here’s the good news. We don’t have to fear this appointment because Christ didn’t miss His appointment with death. He was appointed to die on the cross, and He did not break it. And because He met that appointment…and also met His appointment with the resurrection, we can now face our final appointment with death with great confidence and joy.

Christ’s complete victory over death is our hope and assurance for eternity!

I can’t tell you all of the times that I have stood at a graveside and tried to comfort the family of the deceased. But I can tell you this…it makes all the difference if that family has the eternal hope of Christ in their hearts!

Thinking about death can cause us to reevaluate our lives – which is not a bad thing. So as you think about your life…and the fact that someday you will indeed die…let me ask you, are you living with the hope and certainty of heaven? I pray that you are. And I pray that you help others find this peace and security in Jesus Christ today.

BECAUSE CHRIST KEPT HIS APPOINTMENT WITH DEATH…AND THE RESURRECTION, YOU CAN LIVE WITH THE CERTAINTY AND HOPE!

To learn more about God's Plan for your life, please visit PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham, New Life in Christ.

Devotion used by written permission of PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"Every way of a man 
is right in his own 
eyes, but the Lord
weighs the heart."

- Proverbs 21:2

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


Road
"Country Road"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
WOW! What a week! Not only have I been busy with my writing and yard work, there was a house fire and two friends passing away.

The house fire began around noon. I was sitting in my studio writing trying to pull together the final thoughts for my local article for the newspaper. When I am working, I often have classical music playing in the background. Sometimes, maybe even most times, I have my TV and laptop tuned to Virtual Railfan and Railstream so I can watch trains roaring through other areas of the country while I am working. I keep the volume low so it doesn't disturb me while I am writing but high enough that I can hear a train coming and get to watch it.

Sometimes a fire engine or ambulance will go through the town near the cameras which pick up the sirens. Most times, its pretty quick but this time the sirens kept going. It was starting to get a bit annoying so I turned the volume off the TV and laptop. However, the sirens didn't stop. I looked to the left out the windows and there was a fire engine racing up the hill. Then, I saw the smoke. So I quickly went outside to look. A neighbors house, or from where I was standing, appeared to be on fire. As I walked to see what was wrong, more and more fire trucks, rescue squads and the fire chief arrived. Fortunately, it was the garage, not the house, and nobody was hurt. It all happened so fast.

A day or two later, I learned that a friend of mine passed away. I knew my friend had some health struggles but nothing that should have caused him his death. I remember him as being the first and foremost fan of my photography but most importantly, he was a Christian man who was actively involved in his church. He was always there. He had a strong faith in God. This made him quite an exemplary man.

Not more than a day later, I learned about a friend's grandfather's passing. The friend described his grandfather as a great Christian man, a man of God, and was always helping others. I didn't know the man very well but I found it interesting to hear his grandson and several others, even those not related, speak so highly of this man and his Christian faith.

There are a few things each of these events have in common. They happened fast. They happened without any notice or warning. They were unexpected, sudden, and definitely not planned. Whether we like it or not, that's what happens in life- unexpected and unplanned events. It's a part of life. We can plan for these as best we can with life insurance to help pay for those final experiences or fire insurance which protects our property in the event it's damaged by a fire.

However, as simple as it is, there are many people who do not make any plans or preparations for where their soul will go when they die. I have a friend who prepares for everything that could happen including a terrorist attack and he's quite prepared. He's done everything he knows to do. While another friend prepared his will or living trust to take care of his family when he dies. But, again, what about preparing your soul- you for eternal life?

God wants everyone on planet earth to go to heaven when they die. It's the reason He gave His only Son Jesus to die on a cross for our sins.

“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)


He didn't have to do it, we were the ones who disobeyed Him. But, He did. All we have to do is:

Admit
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
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
Confess 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

Pray
"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 

I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me 
a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 

Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
 for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."

Amen


Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family.  So, what's next-


  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible
  • Find a Mentor
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.
To learn more, please visit Peace With God

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Railroad Photography! Railroad Art: The Railroad Signal

Railroad
"Railroad Art: The Railroad Signal"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
One evening as I was winding up a few hours of railfanning in Bristow, VA, I noted The beauty of the Railroad Signal in the setting sun. Seeing the signal was "red" I headed home to return another day.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Orange
"Unique!"
Photo by Cody Davis on Unsplash

I have always been one for doing my own thing. Not to the detriment or harm of others but to do things or participate in things or wear clothes or use certain devices to my own interests not what everyone else was or had. It may have started at a young age when my parents couldn't afford to give me designer label clothes but took the time to love me or maybe it's because I was taught to be myself and to seek answers or ask questions about whatever before participating.

For instance, in my opinion, and mine only and nothing meant toward any products, but why would I want an iPhone or an iPad or expensive Polo shirts, especially since I have had large dogs who love to greet me when I come home, if everyone else has it or is using it. I had to earn the money to pay for computers or cell phones. So if another product did the same quality job or another brand of shirt did the same quality job but wasn't like everyone else's, I tended to choose those.

Unfortunately, I didn't become aware of the blessings of being me and not another clone of everyone else's interests until I was much older. I'm not sure why it took so long to gain confidence. There is a happiness in being yourself especially when you realize that God made me the way I am. Every bit of me. He loves me the way I am. My unique qualities, personalities and interests, all of me.

God loves you. He cares about you. He created you in His Image. I cannot think of anything more magnificent in my entire life. At 56, I can look back through life and see how God has taken care of my needs and worked in life situations for my own good.

God would like to meet you and take care of you too. If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Sunrise Photography! An Orange Morning!

"An Orange Morning!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
My studio faces the morning sun so I am often blessed with a beautiful sunrise. It is so awesome to see the sun coming up with its bright rays of light hitting the clouds and creating such a beautiful sunrise. To me, it looks like God took His Paintbrush and splashed across the sky some reds, oranges, and blues to create an awesome sight for us to enjoy.


"And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. 
And God saw that the light was good. 
And God separated the light from the darkness. 
God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. 
And there was evening and there was morning, the first day." - Genesis 1:3-5

By the way, my photography work can be viewed at www.allenpearsonphotography.com. While I do not have an e-commerce website these days, purchases can be made by contacting me by email at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com. My work is available in traditional matte archival paper, metal, canvas, posters, and notecards. If you see an image you love and would like it on a coffee mug or other type of products, please inquire.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Blessed are those
who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for
they shall be satisfied."

- Matthew 5:6

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Flowers
"Purple Crocuses in Grass!"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

As Spring approaches the area where I live, I begin to see the buds on the trees come forth awaiting their time to bloom and grow. I always get excited about it because it means that Spring and its warmer weather is on its way. This past week, I noticed some of the wildflowers beginning to grow too. I can't help but to get excited for the seasons coming.  I began doing some yard chores to begin cleaning up winters mess. It's finally been a wintry winter with cold temperatures, ice, snow, and more than a few days of being stranded in my home because of the weather.

As the weather warms and buds bloom, I will grab my camera once more and head out to wherever I can to photograph the universe God created. The beauty of sunrises and sunsets especially before and after any thunderstorms, the beautiful landscapes found throughout the area, the beautiful trees, the gorgeous flowers, and even my railroad photography begins to have an extra flair to it with colors of spring. All of nature begins to sing it's beauty for all man to enjoy.

The beauty of Spring is captivating to a nature photographer, no doubt. What captivates me, even more, is that I know the Creator of all the beauty of all the seasons! God! He created it all and us too. I met God as a young child and became a Christian but it didn't really dawn on me about the beauty of creation and its magnificence until I became a nature photographer and began seeing the intrinsic beauty in the details of our planet earth. I was basically in "awe" and "amazement" that I know the God who created this awesome universe.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Garden Perspectives! Brilliant Phlox and Happy Spring!

Flower
"Brilliant Phlox"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Happy Spring!

Every year, I look forward to this day! Actually, I start back when the weather turns cold and we have our first frost. Then, again each time it snows or an ice storm! A few friends like to give me a hard time with that and say "don't wish your life away!" I am not wishing my life away so much as looking forward to a warmer climate! I have never been much of a fan of winter weather with its snow, ice, and freezing rain.

To celebrate Spring's arrival, I want to share this image I call, "Brilliant Phlox!' The Phlox blooms in the early Spring and in a variety of colors.

My photography work is available on traditional paper, metal, canvas, and notecards. To learn more, contact me on my website, www.allenpearsonphotography.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"But the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, 
peace, patience,
kindness, goodness,
faithfulness,
gentleness,
self-control;
against such things
there is no law."

- Galatians 5:22-23

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

"Great Smoky Mountains"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
Just Give Me Jesus
by Adrian Rogers

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name; 
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 29:2

There was a man who had lived a long life with Jesus, and now he was dying. His loved ones came to him and asked him to sign his name to a legal document. They said, “Daddy, if you would sign this, it would help us with a lot of legal difficulties. We hate to mention it, but it needs to be done.”

With the old man facing eternity, he lifted his quivering hand and signed the paper. Before long, he went to be with the Lord. When the family picked up the document, to their amazement he had signed, “Jesus.” More than likely, it was the only name that meant anything to him in those moments.

What name means the most to you right now? There will come a time when the only name that will mean anything to you is—Jesus.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit Love Worth Finding, Assurance of Salvation

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Locomotives 9716 and 3604 in Gainesville

 "Norfolk Southern Locomotives 9716 and 3604 in Gainesville"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A few years ago, I began my journey back into watching trains or railfanning as it is known. At the time, I was only aware of a few places where I could watch and photograph the trains going by. In some cases, I was having more interference with man-made items in the shots than I wanted.

"Man-made?" I started out in photography as a nature photographer. I was a purist, and still, am in many respects. Being a purist, I didn't want any items created by man in my photos and I didn't use Lightroom or PhotoShop to edit either. I loved portraying nature as God intended its beauty to be. While I am still a nature photographer as you will see on my website and posts, I have branched out into Railroad Photography too.

Back then, I was sitting by the railroads watching the trains without any scanner radio or other techy gear which would give me detail about the trains coming through. This was the way I grew up. So for some of my photography, I do not have the train numbers, I know the date, September 13, 2016, and that's about it. Now that I have a scanner radio, I am learning to gather the detail which would make my photography a little more interesting.

By the way, my photography work can be viewed at www.allenpearsonphotography.com. While I do not have an e-commerce website these days, purchases can be made by contacting me by email at allenpearsonsphotos@gmail.com.  My work is available in traditional matte archival paper, metal, canvas, posters, and notecards. If you see an image you love and would like it on a coffee mug or other type of products, please inquire.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Do nothing from
selfish ambition
or conceit, but in 
humility count
others more
significant than
yourselves."

- Philippians 2:3

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Used by Permission

Freedom Through Truth
by Billy Graham

Men and women today are seeking various kinds of freedom. In many places of the world, people are gathering in crowds and shouting, “Freedom!”

Some time ago I was at a World Fair and saw the tremendous prospects of science presented in the exhibitions. I thought of what Einstein said shortly before he died. “I feel,” he declared, “like a man chained. I get a glimpse of reality and then it flees. If only I could be free from the shackles of my intellectual smallness, then I could understand the universe in which I live.”

(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association / Allen Pearson
Not only do we want political and intellectual freedom today, we also want moral freedom. We have sexual expression on a scale unknown in modern times. We thought it would make us happy, but we are miserable with it. We have found it destroying not only our morals, but our souls.

We say we want freedom from prejudice, freedom from ignorance and freedom from poverty. We even say we’re searching for religious freedom. There are groups in North America that want to throw out all Christian emphasis, all religious symbols. They wish to be free from such “bondage.” They say, “Do away with the recognition of God in national life.”

Our forefathers did not feel that way. They desired that we should have freedom of religion, but not freedom from religion. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). If we push God aside, may God have mercy upon our nation!

The Scripture teaches that the only truly free people in the world are those who have made Christ their Savior, Master and Lord. Jesus Christ said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

What, then, is truth? People seek for that, too, as they seek for freedom. The scientist seeks truth about the physical universe. The philosopher tries to discover truth about human existence. The psychologist looks for truth about the action and reaction of the human mind. At the end of his life, Gautama Buddha said, “I am still searching for truth.”
But here is a man, a giant among men, who appears on the horizon. He stands before His neighbors and friends and declares, “I am the truth!” (Cf. John 14:6). What an astounding claim. “I am the secret of all truth—all psychological truth, all sociological truth, all scientific truth, all philosophical truth, all religious truth.”

The Secret of the Universe

The Scripture says that “by him all things were created” (Colossians 1:16) and “in him all things consist” (Colossians 1:17). There is something that holds matter together, and the scientist cannot tell you what it is. I believe that someday we are going to learn that the secret of it all is Christ: that if He took His hand off us for five seconds, we would blow apart. He is truth! Ultimate truth!

Now, you can reject this truth and think that you are free. You can say, “I have rejected Jesus Christ, I have rejected God, and now I am going to live it up.” But you will find yourself in a bondage far greater than any you knew before. You end up with inner conflicts, guilt complexes, inferiority feelings, fears and neuroses, and your so-called freedom is a new enshacklement.

When Christ told His disciples, “I am the truth” (Cf. John 14:6), He was either right and was telling the truth, or He was a blasphemous deceiver who knew that He was not the truth and was lying. Or He thought that He was God, and He did not know the difference. That would have made Him a maniac—a person who thought He was God when He really wasn’t! Which was it? That is a decision you will have to make. You will have to decide who Jesus Christ is—a liar, an egomaniac, or what He claimed to be: God in the flesh, the ultimate reality and truth in the universe. If He is God and the truth, and He tells me to follow Him, I would be a fool not to do so.

God Demands a Commitment

We are all interested in truth, and Christ is the truth. When you give yourself to Him, He opens the doors of your mind in the most glorious way. You see a new dimension of life that you have been previously blind to. When you open yourself to Christ—to truth—your life lights up. Your whole inner life glows, and there comes a peace and joy and security that only He can give.

So God demands a decision, a commitment, a surrender, a conversion. Jesus said, “You must be born again.” It wasn’t optional. He said, “You must be born again” (John 3:7) before you can get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

When you come to Christ, He gives you a freedom that is real: “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).

What is this freedom? First, He frees you from the penalty of sin. I could preach from morning until night, describing what sin is. But I do not need to. You know that you have sinned against God.

We break the laws of God. We fail God. We fall short of His requirements. We are sinners. And this sin has done something—it has alienated us from God. Our sin comes between us and God, so that He has to hide His face from us and will not hear us. You may laugh at this. But remember: The Bible says that “fools mock at sin” (Proverbs 14:9). You can say that your offenses are small and don’t amount to anything. But God is a pure and righteous and holy God, and in His sight, you have caused offenses; you have caused a cloud to come between you and God. You are separated from God so that your prayers cannot be answered, and all of our religious actions mean nothing in His sight. You can try to cover up your sins, but God says that you cannot get away with it.

But here comes the glorious part: Christ took the penalty of our sin. That is what the cross is all about. He died on that cross for people like you and me, sinners who had failed Him and had broken His laws. On that cross, God took all of our sins and laid them on Christ, so that He became sin for us. He took the judgment of our sin; He took the hell of our sin. And the moral accountability that you would ordinarily expect to face at the judgment, you will not have to face if you claim Him as your Savior.

I will not be at that judgment. Oh, yes, I have sinned; I have broken God’s laws a thousand times, but I will not have to face the judgment. I will not have to give an account. Why? Because on the cross the Lord Jesus Christ took the accountability for me. He took the sin and judgment for me. That is the glorious grace and mercy of God that none of us can fully understand.

Oh, the depth of God’s grace! Oh, the height of God’s mercy, the breadth of God’s love, that He is willing to say to you and to me, “I forgive you. You will never have to face the judgment!” When that gets through to you, you can go to bed and sleep a new kind of sleep.

The full penalty has been paid. The Judge will never say, “I pronounce sentence on you,” because Christ has accepted that sentence for you. In Christ you are free. Accept it by faith, and go your way rejoicing.

Freed from Sin’s Power
Second, we are freed from the power of sin. Jesus said, “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). Are you a slave of sin? In bondage to jealousy, to pride, to selfishness, to immorality, to gambling, to some drug, to sinful pleasure, so that sin has become your slave driver?

It may be that sin stands over you with a whip and lashes you across the back. You protest, “But I don’t want to commit this sin. I don’t want to tell this lie. I don’t want to get drunk. I don’t want to get involved with that person.” But you yield to the domination of sin—you are a slave to sin. The very thing you say you will not do again, you do. It becomes worse and worse as you grow older. Your heart gets harder and harder, until finally there is death and judgment and hell.

But when you know the truth, the truth shall make you free. How wonderful! Sin is no longer in the throne room of my life. Christ sits there, and as I daily, moment by moment, yield my members to Him, He puts my life in order. Satan no longer has the power over my life that he once had. Sin is no longer in command. Oh, to be sure, I slip and fall, but Christ is there to pick me up and to put His arm around me and to love me.
Our Heavenly Father has seen everything that you have done. He is just waiting now for you to come and confess it, to acknowledge it and say, “Lord, here I am. I want a fresh start. I want a new day in my life. I want a new beginning. I want a new birth. I want to be yours from this moment.”

 ©1963 BGEA  Adapted from an article published in Decision in July 1963. Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version.

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