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.

Have you met God? Have you had the opportunity to learn about His Plan for our lives? It is one of the most awesome experiences you will ever have. Please visit Peace With God.

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.

Find freedom in Christ today. Start here.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Daylight Saving Time Begins!

Clock




Once again, it's time to spring the clocks forward and begin Daylight Saving Time. I love this time of year when there is more daylight at the end of the day and I can get more done outside like yard work or gardening. From here, the days only get longer and longer until June when we reach the longest day of the year.

Tonight, before bedtime, remember to set the clocks one hour ahead so you will make it to church on time!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Garden Perspectives! Two Hearts

"Two Hearts!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Since Spring is only a few weeks away, I thought I'd start sharing some of my Garden Perspectives images.

Last spring, I planted a Red Gerber Daisy which is my usual tradition every spring- after the frost date in early May. Around mid-July, I noticed to stems growing which I knew would bloom soon. However, I was really surprised when the two stems came together to form this heart bloom.

My work is available on traditional paper with a matte finish, metal, canvas, and note cards. My preference would be the metal prints with a set of note cards. The metal prints give an incredibly beautiful brilliance to color. Also, they come ready to hang. To learn more about my work, please visit Allen Pearson Photography or email at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com






Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson


"nor height nor depth,
nor anything else in all
creation, will be able to
separate us from the
love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord."

- Romans 8:39

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Church
"Church Among the Trees"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Finally, my work is in order and I am finding time to relax and enjoy life a little more. I embarked on a project to change my photography website and blog to new websites and URLs. Though at the onset, I was thinking that I had it all organized and would follow through fairly easily, it didn't go as well as I would have liked.

By mid-February, I had contacted everyone I knew to contact and was pretty frustrated. After all, it was nearly two months of trying something and wait at least 48 hours. If that didn't work, try something else. Wait again and repeat.

While I was waiting, I did some "fine-tuning" to my other websites. I needed to update a few affiliate advertisements, my reading list, and various other tasks. Once I finished "fine-tuning" an area of a website, I would quickly find another which needed to be done. Those repeated "48 hours" of waiting turned into some productive time getting things done which needed to be finished.

During all of this, I got to thinking. This is how God takes care of a Christian. When we become a Christian, we are starting a brand new life! The old things go away and in comes the new. We may not completely understand everything that goes along with this so we start wondering and seeking answers. Sometimes, we don't find those answers from obvious places where we think we should so we keep looking and searching. Reading the Bible, praying and talking to church leaders are excellent ways to learn.

When I became a Christian, I remember thinking about how I could ever live like God wanted. After all, I was young and there is a whole universe to explore. Thankfully, it wasn't left up to me to "fine-tune" myself to become the Christian man that God wanted me to be.

God began "fine-tuning" me by working on areas of my life in a way like I did my websites. He will work on them and prune and work some more. Some times there are life events which God used to teach me how to be the man He wants me to be.

For some, the "fine-tuning" God does, doesn't take long. For whatever reason there might be, they are able to make the changes and get to the place they need to be faster than others. And, that's fine. For me, it takes longer, and I'm still trying to get there. It's not that I am such a horrible person that even God has a challenge with me, it just that way it is. I am a human. I could be a bit more stubborn than others too- don't ask my wife about that....

Along the way, I have been blessed to see how God has "fine-tuned" me over the years. As He continues to do so, I am looking forward to seeing what He will do.

The Christian life is the best life you will ever experience. No, it's not problem-free. Nor, is it perfect, but it is awesome to know God is there for me all along life's way. He's "fine-tuning," teaching, and leading me in the way I should go.

If you would like to learn more about the Christian life and becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Photographing the Seasons! "Snow on the Branches"

"Snow on the Branches"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
Once again this week, we had a winter storm. A welcome one for the neighborhood children since it gave them a few days off from school. I had hoped it would be a bit more of a snowstorm where the snow would fall on the landscape creating a beautiful winter wonderland. However, once it snowed awhile, it changed to sleet and freezing rain.

What I love about this photo, "Snow on the Branches," is it shows the beauty of snowflakes falling on the branches of a tree. It turned an ordinarily bare tree of winter into a beautiful work of art.