Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Washed Car
"Washed Car"
Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon cleaning my wife's car. We took it to the beach and a few other places since it's last washing so it was time. Did you know sand in a car stays forever! And, it is everywhere? Not to mention, all the dog hair everywhere too. Of course, it didn't help any to have 3 adults and my dog getting in and out of the car with sand on our feet and paws. Oh well, it was fun and I'd do it again.

Not only that, somewhere along the way, we added hundreds of bugs to the front grill, hood, and windshield. My first thought was it's going to take all day to get the car washed and cleaned the way that I want it. And, I noticed the car was returning to its original color with each swipe of the sponge. Light beige to white is awesome!

As I spent the afternoon washing the car, I got to thinking about God and how He refines those who accept them into their lives. Often, people think that they are too bad or have committed to many wrong acts for God to love them. I know I have had many thoughts over the years as to how a Perfect God could love someone as imperfect as me. We wonder how God could make us into the humans He wants us to be thinking it is impossible. With God, nothing is impossible.

As I washed the car, it dawned on me about how God changes us into the people He wants us to be. Like I was doing with the car, I would repeatedly scrub the stubborn bug spots and vacuum the sand until the area was clean. God works on us a bit at a time. He will start scrubbing in an area and gently works on it until we are where He wants us to be. The work God does within us makes us better people who are what He wants us to be.

As a Christian, I have lived a happy and content life. However, I know it's not anything I could have done. Whenever I searched for something to make me happy, I found I could never find it. However, with God, and becoming a Christian, it did place a peace, happy, and contentment within my heart and life. This isn't saying that I have not had my sadness, heartaches, or problems in life. I have had my fair share. However, each time God was there for me.

As I finished up washing the car, I realized that when God worked on "washing" or "cleaning" me up, He used His gentle Kindness and Love to improve me.... much like I use gentle sponges or soft long brushes to clean up the car.

Interested in learning more about the Christian life, Jesus, and God, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Garden Perspectives! A Bumble Bee Enjoys Pollen!

A Bumble Bee Enjoys Pollen
"A Bumble Bee Enjoys Pollen"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
Over the years that I have been photographing, one of my favorite scenes in nature to photograph is the Bumble Bee.

Last season, I planted a Poppy flower in my container garden which grew lots of blooms. I enjoyed watching the Bumblebees gathering the nectar most of the season.

My garden photography work is shared in the Garden Perspectives Gallery. Please visit and view my other work. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

John 3:16
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"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

When I was growing up, it seemed like I was always learning the Scripture "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" It seemed like every grade in Sunday School, some classes in youth group and even some classes in young adult/college/career, I was learning this Scripture. Some of this is a little exaggeration but not by much.

I understood as a young child that this verse is one of the most important ones in the Bible. Why? It is the verse which expresses how much God really loves us. For God to give His only Son Jesus for me so that my sins are forgiven is truly amazing yet difficult to understand.

Why would God do that? I cannot provide an answer to this except that He loves each and every one of us. He forgives us for what we have done. He wants each of us to accept His forgiveness and be in heaven when we leave this earth. His Love is infinite and forever!

If you would like to learn more about God's Love and His Plan of Salvation for mankind, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

James 1:17
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above,
coming own from the
Father of lights,
with whom there is no 
variation or shadow
due to change."

- James 1:17

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday's Thought!

Black-Eyed Susan
"Black-Eyed Susans in Summer Garden"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Are You Ready at Any Given Moment?
By Dr. Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; 
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,
 that ye may be able to bear it." - 1 Corinthians 10:13

Winston Churchill was speaking to the House of Commons one day when he gave this advice, “We must always be ready to meet at our average moment, the thing that any possible enemy could hurl against us at his selected moment.”

Satan could hurl a deadly temptation at you at any given moment. The phone could ring with terrible news about a friend. A police officer could knock on your door to inform you of a tragedy in your family.

Trials can come with such a force that they blow you off course. Temptation can strike at your backside and almost give you whiplash!

It is not God’s will that you have fewer temptations or trials, but that you have victory in temptation and trials.

Are you ready at this moment to meet either what the devil may throw at you or what God may allow to come your way? If you’re not sure, you can get ready by spending time in His precious Word today.

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.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

2 Thessalonians 3:3
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"But the Lord is
faithful. He will 
establish you and
guard you against
the evil one."

- 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


Billy Graham
"Billy Graham"
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Used by Permission

Freedom Through Truth
By Billy Graham


We are all interested in truth, and Christ is 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.

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

When you come to Christ, He gives you a freedom that is real. First, He frees you from the penalty of sin; and second, He frees you from the power of sin. How wonderful!

Our heavenly Father has seen everything that you have ever 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.”

Today’s Prayer

Heavenly Father,
thank You for the freedom we have in Christ. 
Thank You that when we come to Christ, 
Satan no longer has the power over our lives that he once had. 
Sin is no longer in command; You are. 
Thank You for giving Your Son to die for our sins. 
In Jesus’ Name. 
Amen.

To learn more about Truth, God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Garden Perspectives: Gardens of Black-Eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans
"Gardens of Black-Eyed Susans"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A favorite perennial of mine is the Black-Eyed Susans. This photo was taken at a garden in a Vienna, VA park. The rabbits seem to love my yard and gardens so I haven't been able to get many to grow in my yard in recent years.

Please visit my Garden Perpectives at Allen Pearson Photography - Garden Perspectives.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Philippians 4:7
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"And the peace of God
which surpasses all
understanding, will guard
your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus."

- Philippians 4:7

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday's Thought!


Sunlight in the Fall Leaves
"Sunlight in the Fall Leaves"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Taking a Step of Faith
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

He [Jesus] said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

--Matthew 14:29

There’s nothing quite as scary as taking that first step of faith. Yet at the same time, there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as actually taking that first step of faith!

So often in life, we’re averse to any kind of risk… anything that might take us out of our comfort zone. But that’s the great part about the Christian life. It’s risky sometimes!

Yet we know that with any step of faith, our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, who as the Scripture says, will not let your foot slip.

Remember Moses? There he was, minding his business as a shepherd when God spoke to him from the burning bush, and called him to deliver the children of Israel. What was Moses’ response?  “I can’t do it, Lord. I don’t speak very well, and no one will believe me.”

Then God asked Moses, “What’s in your hand?” Moses looked down at his shepherd’s rod and said, “A stick.”

God eventually used that stick… that ordinary shepherd’s crook… to bring water from a rock, to split the Red Sea, and to deliver an entire nation from the hands of Pharaoh!

God used what Moses was already doing… something he was already good at… to do what only God could do.

So what about you? What’s in your hand today? Could it be that, like Moses, God could use something you’re already doing, something you’re already good at, to accomplish his purpose?

If you sense that God is urging you to take that first step of faith today, I urge you… once and for all… just do it! It may feel risky, but through Christ Jesus, your future is secure. Your course is set. God may be just waiting on you so you can start the rest of your life!

So look at what’s in your hand, trust in God’s care and provision for you, and take that first step of faith. Will it be scary? Yeah, maybe. Will it be exhilarating? Absolutely!

Jesus said all it takes is the faith of a mustard seed to move a mountain. It’s my prayer that God will give you the courage to take that first step to see the mountains move in your life today.

WITH ANY STEP OF FAITH, YOUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO WILL NOT LET YOUR FOOT SLIP.

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.