Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day 2019!

Memorial Day
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


Today I pause from my writing and sharing photography to say THANK YOU and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in serving our country. Words don't seem to express how thankful I am to those who have served and our serving in the US Armed Forces.

Thank you for all you have done and for all you are doing!



Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Great Smoky Mountains
"Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

This week, I found myself wondering about God and being a Christian. I wondered about whether God and Jesus really exist and if God really cares about me. I found my wanderings to be interesting and curious, to say the least. It seems there were no circumstances or problems which led to me thinking about this. Nor could I really find any reason to contemplate God's existence.

As I thought this week, I think my wanderings are based on being a Christian all of my life. I wondered if being a Christian all of my life was the way to go. I found myself thinking "what fun have I missed because I started following Jesus at an early age?"

After all, the news and the media makes all these things look like fun. The movies, the TV shows, the commercials -all come together to make things look fun while criticizing the Christian faith and anything or anyone related to it. Are they right? Am I missing something or have I missed something throughout my life?

I spent more time thinking about it than I have time to share in this post. I contemplated MY life and how I have spent it, where I have been, and what I have done. I have to admit, except for a few years of rebellion, I have been a pretty good guy most of my life.

If being happy, content, loved, and loved by someone bigger than the entire universe is wasting a life, then maybe I have. But, somehow, I do not think so. In my heart, throughout my life, I have always felt loved and happy. As I look back, even at life events which were very difficult, I can see God's Love and Presence and remembering feeling God's love for me.

Have I missed any worldly things? No, God has taken care of all my needs. He has blessed me along life's way. No, not necessarily with material or financially but what I need. The things of this world and stuff I could have done aren't anything and are worthless compared to knowing Jesus and God and living the Christian life. I would not change it for anything in the entire universe.

No, even in wanderings, I would not have changed a thing. I am very thankful for finding Jesus, God, and living the Christian life. There is nothing in this world that I could do, gain, or want, which would replace the love of God!

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

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