Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


2 Peter 1:3
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"His divine power has granted
to us all things that pertain
to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of
him who called us to his
own glory and excellence."

- 2 Peter 1:3

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Introducing Garden Perspectives! A Garden Photography Project



When I began photographing around 2006-07, I quickly learned how much I enjoy using my macro lens. I decided to combine my interest in gardening with the enjoyment of the macro lens. When I did, I discovered the beautiful and interesting images I could create. Soon after, my "Garden Perspectives" series of nature images found in a garden began.

Please enjoy my video, "Garden Perspectives" which shares the images created in gardens over the years. In the video, I included the titles of the images which would allow you to request products of your favorite images. Please visit my gallery at Allen Pearson Photography - Garden Perspectives.

I have opened a Cafepress store at www.cafepress.com/AllenPearsonPhotography. At this point, only a few images have been uploaded to Cafepress to share a few products which you can purchase. Any image on this slideshow can be used to create a product. Please contact me at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com with your interest. Should you have a product in mind that is not shared on the website, please inquire as I may be able to create that for you.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash
"COVID-19"
Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash

Fear. Anxiety. I wish I could reach into my pocket, backpack, or even my being and give you something from me which would help you with your fear or fears and anxiety. It would be so cool to have that ability. However, as much as I would love to be able to do that, it's not built into our beings to have something like that. It's something that you would have to do for yourself or even I would have to do for myself.

I was blessed to have had great parents when I was growing up. While I did not have everything I wanted, such as a sports car or fancy car or designer clothes, and the list can go on, they did provide me with everything I needed in this life. However, regardless of how much they loved me, they could only tell, share, or instruct me on how to deal with fear, anxiety, and what it's all about. Wouldn't I just love to have had my parents provide me with something to deal with fears or to handle them for me? Of course, in some ways, that would be nice but in reality, it would not have been good for me.

I don't remember too many times in life where I experienced fear. I know there were the fearful experiences of first dates with girls I wanted to impress, having enough money to make ends meet each month, the unknowns of a new job, and sometimes just the future, like when you get married. A fear I will never forget was 9/11 or September 11th. At the time, my wife and I worked jobs in and near Washington D.C. Her office wasn't too far from the White House. The chaos after the attack on the Pentagon caused me to fear I would never see her again.

However, I noticed during the time of 9/11, and most other times in my life, God was there to comfort me and keep me from being afraid or scared. He gave me a peace and calmness in my heart and mind which goes beyond understanding. He calmed my fears.

Yes, I would love to reach into my being and give you something to calm your fears and anxieties. While I can't, I can tell you about Jesus and what He can do for you. When you give your life to Jesus, He will live in your heart and life and take care of you in ways you cannot imagine nor understand without experiencing it. While this is not a guarantee that you will have a sweet prosperous life without any challenges or tragic life events, as you will experience whatever life brings you. Jesus calms your fears and anxieties. You do not have to fear anything. He will help you through everything. You do not have to fear what the Coronavirus could do to you or your family. You will not live a life of fear. A few verses which comfort me are:

"So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
- Isaiah 41:10

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
-Psalm 94:19

"for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” - Psalm 23:4

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

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

(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"For God has not given
us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love
and of a sound mind."

- 2 Timothy 1:7

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

"Man Riding a Bike!"
Photo by Tower Electric Bikes on Unsplash

Another week with a quarantine lockdown. I keep thinking about this crazy virus. I am not one to just buy into something so I question everything. Then, I have to analyze it before I make decisions. With that comes a lot of questions. I won't get into too much of that here because it's not really a huge concern to feature in a post.

Since I am not able to get to the pool to do my Deep Water Aerobics, I am finding some other ways to exercise. It's been challenging because the Deep Water Aerobics really helped me with my health issues more than what I realized. So, I am glad I took advantage of the classes.

Since I am already walking my dog Noah, I increased my time with him pushing it to the limits. It seems he must know that I need to do it because he is walking really fast there days. Which is great. He isn't pulling me and I keep it at a comfortable, well reasonable, pace so I don't get hurt.

Thanks to a buddy of mine, I am riding my bike too. For me, this has turned out to be quite the adventure. My first trip was for 3-miles in 30 minutes. While that sounds great, I have to say I learned quite a few things on this adventure. First, the hills in my neighborhood are HUGE! I knew they were challenging while walking, never paid attention to them in my car, but on a bike?? Oh my goodness. And, I learned to prepare for those hills by shifting gears to one which is easier. Near the end of the ride, I finally got off my bike and walked as the hill before my house seemed to have gotten twice as high or challenging as it was this morning when walking Noah.

While doing my exercises these past few weeks, I've begun noticing a common look among the others who are doing the same. They have looks of confusion and fear. Some of them will go out about 6 or more feet away from me before they pass. Those people really have had fear written all over their faces.

Seeing these people, and of course, I cannot talk to them because I do not know them and their fears are controlling them, makes me wonder about myself. Why am I not afraid? Why am I not gripped by fear? It's not like I am immune to the virus. I've had my share of frustration and aggravation with this especially since I cannot do my Deep Water Aerobics. 

Why? As a Christian, I know, and believe, that God has my life in His Hands. He's in Control. What happens is what God knows is going to happen. Sometimes, we go through hardships or rough times. Sometimes, we go through illnesses and deaths of loved ones. Sometimes, life's events are tragic and heartbreaking. Through these events, God teaches us things in life we need to know or to grow in Him and His Word. For example, when I went through the period of caring for and ultimately losing my parents, I was worn out for stress and exhaustion. I wondered "why" quite often. During the time, I learned quite a few skills which may help others.

Fear. Fear of the unknown. Constant barrages of news, media, and social media sharing as if the world is coming to an end and you need to run for your life. Fear. The people I see walking or riding their bikes or even driving their cars are afraid... fear.

Well, you do not have to live that way. We cannot live in a constant state of fear. God didn't intend us to live that way. He gave us His Son Jesus so if we confess our sins, believe in Him, and accept Him, we will have eternal life in Heaven with Him. Until that glorious day, God will be with you throughout your life. When events happen, you will have peace in your heart which takes away the fear the world has. You'll be able to say "God's got this!" 

If you would like to turn your fears over and accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-

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.
  • Buy a Bible
  • 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.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Garden Perspectives! Arizona Blanket Flower!

Arizona Blanket Flower
"Arizona Blanket Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Another perennial favorite is the Arizona Blanket Flower. Its a favorite because of the brilliant yellow and red/orange colors in the bloom, it's easy to grow and it attracts quite a few bees.

"Garden Perspectives" is my series of macro photography work focusing, pun intended, on close-up images of nature's beauty found in the garden. To view other images, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

1 John 4:4
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"You are from God,
little children,
and have overcome them;
because greater is
He who is in you than he
who is in the world."

-John 4:4

Monday, April 13, 2020

Garden Perspectives! Grape Hyacinth

"Grape Hyacinth"  (C) Allen Pearson Photography
"Grape Hyacinth"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

In the early days of my photography, I considered myself an "Artist Photographer." What that meant to me was that I photographed my subjects, mostly nature, as I saw them. I didn't know a lot of the skills which many photographers had. Also, some of my compositions were different than others might do!

At the time, I participated in many art exhibits, shows, and outdoor festivals. I was participating in several local art groups too. In one of the societies, I was selected to head the annual Photography Show which was usually held in July. I arranged the photographer who would judge the event and a few other odds and ends.

For that show, I entered my macro image titled "Grape Hyacinth!" Wouldn't you know, I got an "Honorable Mention!" The photographer who judged the show told me later that I would have gotten a better award if I weren't the one who arranged the show. I appreciated knowing that.

When I decided to begin sharing some of my older images in my early collection of Garden Perspectives, this one is one of my favorites.

To see my work including the Garden Perspectives Gallery, please visit Allen Pearson Photography.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash
"He is Risen!"
Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash
Christ the Lord is Risen Today!
by Charles Wesley 

Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia! 
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia! 
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia! 

Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia! 
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia! 
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! 
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia! 

A few verses of one of my favorite Easter hymns. I look forward to singing it each year in celebration. 

Easter is so different this year. The COVID-19 is keeping us all at home. I was looking forward to spending Easter Sunday at my new church doing my responsibilities and enjoying the church family. It's very disheartening to have to stay home instead of being there. However, like the Pastor says, it isn't the church building that makes the church as it is only the place where we meet. The people make up the church and make it a family.

Over the many years of my life, I remember Easter Sunday as always being very special. Also, I do not remember ever not being in church on Easter. As a church organist, I would practice special arrangements of songs for the service several months ahead of Easter. Often, this required many hours of practice but not quite as much as the Christmas season. However, it was always a blessing to practice the piece and play it on the special day.

Some families had big family gatherings for Easter dinner after going to church that morning. Others celebrated the day with the Easter Bunny, Easter candy, and Easter egg hunts or rolls. My parents always prepared an Easter basket full of candy which they gave to us before we went to church. However, they didn't put any emphasis on the Easter Bunny. They always reminded us that Easter is a celebration of Jesus's Resurrection from the tomb in which He had been buried on Good Friday. It a day of joy and celebration for Christians as it celebrates the eternal life He provides to those who accept and believe.

Yes, this year Easter will be different. COVID-19 has closed the doors of churches. In many ways, it seems like the virus is causing fear which is much like back in Jesus's day leading up to Good Friday. One moment, things are great and going fine. The next, things changed very quickly and got dark and frightening. Jesus knew what was happening. Others didn't and were frightened. He was crucified on an old rugged cross on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from the grave defying death and the grave. Amazing. For those who accept and believe in Him, they will spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

If you would like to become a Christian, follow Jesus, please pray through the following:

AdmitAdmit 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
  • Buy a Bible
  • 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.
Today my wife and I will celebrate by streaming the Worship Service from our church and having dinner at home rather than a favorite restaurant.  The day will go down in my memory to be told to someone somewhere along the way. I pray that your Easter will be a blessing and a great memory to share with someone along life's way. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Religious Bible Sayings
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

"Jesus didn't say
'I am finished.'
He said 
'It is Finished.'
He was just getting started."


- Religious Bible Sayings

Monday, April 6, 2020

Nature Photography! A Mountains Splendor!

A Mountain's Splendor
"A Mountain's Splendor!"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

Another image today dedicated to a friend of mine who absolutely loves the mountains. I will be surprised if she doesn't move to the mountains to live out her retirement years and we never see her again except maybe for special events.

I can't say that I blame her. I have found the mountains to be a beautiful place to go to relax, go hiking, and, yes, even to live.

For me, the mountains provide a quiet natural get-away from the craziness of this world especially the busyness of the hurried landscaped surroundings in the city or modern suburbia.  Their natural beauty provides a hushed setting helping to calm me down.

My photography work can be found at Allen Pearson Photography. I am currently working on my Cafepress store at www.cafepress.com/allenpearsonsphotos. Most of my images are available on products. Please inquire at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Sunday's Thought!


Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash
"Morning Bible Study"
Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

This past week has been, for many, another challenging week because of the craziness of COVID-19. For me, I have some physical challenges which are remedied with a water therapy workout so I am anxious to get back into that.  Other than that, I have had a pretty good week.

It seems though, fear is gripping many people. Of course, it is understandable as we are living in an unprecedented and unusual time. As I read through social media I find so many seem afraid of what could be next. As a Christian, I do not fear the future and definitely not COVID-19. Although I will obey the guidelines we are asked to follow.

This past week, I found that a friend had written a post that sums up what I've been thinking along with several of my friends. I am sharing her writing here-
"As a Christian, I feel like the book of Revelations is unfolding before us. It shouldn’t be shocking, either, given the state of immorality in our world. Every day, the boundaries of sin seem to be pushed further and further. The line between right and wrong has slowly been erased by society, television, pop culture. Power, fame, and money seems to be the only concern for some. We have name-calling and finger-pointing throughout our world with a lot of issues. The people that are making national and world decisions can’t get along and sometimes aren’t even trying. The media is out of control. Where is the love? Where is our humanity? What are we becoming?
Witchcraft, spiritualism, “New Age” belief systems are being celebrated and exalted. Abortions, literal baby murders, are called a “right,” and are supported by so many. We have been removed further from the world God created and intended.
We better work on getting it right with God. Getting it right with one another. We need to take this time to re-evaluate ourselves. We need to prepare and repent. Jesus will return like a thief in the night. People are dying left and right. Will I be one of them? Will you? Are we ready? This is a fantastic wake-up call, and I am taking it so seriously. I want to go Home to my Father when my time is up.
Until The Lord calls me away from this world to the next, I want to make it clear that I believe in Jesus Christ as the true Lord and Savior. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, was sacrificed on the cross, died for our sins, and rose again. He loves us all dearly (far more than we deserve) and forgives our sins if we are in repentance. His Word says 'whosoever believeth in Me, should not perish but have everlasting life.'"
She wrote quite a bit of truth in a few short paragraphs. 

What is your relationship with God? Have you given much thought to where your soul will go when you pass away? These are questions you really should give some thought. The Christian Life isn't a game or some weird practice that some people and the media like to make it out to be. It is serious and deserves your attention. Who knows when our last breath will be? Like the COVID-19, it happened all of a sudden and our world was turned upside down fast! 

To learn more about the Christian Life, Jesus, God, and God's Plan for Man, please visit Peace With God!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Garden Perspectives! A Unique Artistic Perspective from the Garden


Flames! Allen Pearson Photography
"Flames!"
(C) 2009, Allen Pearson Photography

Every artist tries to find their perspective on something to use their talents and skills to create something beautiful to share with the world. Sometimes this perspective has a limited audience of only those close to the artist while others can have a worldwide appeal.

Around 11 years ago now, I began a series of photography which I called "Garden Perspectives!" I created a series of images based on my love for wildlife gardening and the beauty I found in the garden's natural area. Sometimes the garden is a formal one or a botanical garden, but, most often it is one you'd see in your backyard. However, life events of taking care of ill parents and in-laws I got away from photography especially using the macro lens which was a favorite. Also, it is a bit harder lens to use and often requires more concentration and time than other lenses.

A few weeks ago, I got to thinking about my macro photography work and how much I enjoyed it. This spring, I am bringing back some of the original images in the series and planning to add a few more along the way.

I will be sharing them in my Photography Journal, at Facebook, Allen Pearson Photography, and my website "Allen Pearson Photography!" Follow my blog posts by signing up in the widget on the right side of this page or through social media.

The first image in this series is "Flames!" It is a close-up of a Red Gerber Daisy with wild petals in the blooms.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"He is no fool who
gives what he 
cannot keep, 
to gain what he
cannot lose."

- Jim Elliot