Saturday, October 31, 2020

Daylight Saving Time Ends, Sunday, November 1!

(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


It happens every year, yet at 57-years-old, I still have not enjoyed the time change each fall. Not only that, it's my least favorite time of year. Why? I love all of the daylight I can get. I love the long days of summer. Though I have to admit, a friend taught me how to find beauty in the fall season colors found in nature.

This is your yearly reminder to set your clocks one hour BACK before you go to bed on Saturday night so you will be on time for your Sunday!

Friday, October 30, 2020

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Locomotive 9770 - Helpers

 

(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography
"Norfolk Southern Locomotive 9770 - Helpers"
(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography

Every weekday it seems, there are Norfolk Southern Locomotives in the Culpeper to Manassas area which work as helpers. I see them quite often in different locations from Calverton to Nokesville which is where this I'm not sure what these two locomotives exactly do since there are not many hills, or mountains, in our immediate area though there are some in surrounding areas which is what I tend to consider helpers to do. There is a rock train that goes from Manassas around town to locations through Northern Virginia. These locomotives might help with that train too.  

Either way, regardless of the work they are doing, I enjoy seeing the locomotives go through town. 


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

 

(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography

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

- Philippians 2:3




Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Andreas Haslinger on Unsplash
"A Rose Lying on Wood"
Photo by Andreas Haslinger on Unsplash


Today, I celebrate my 24th wedding anniversary. Yes, to the same woman. I will say it has been a great 24 years because the woman I married is a wonderful godly woman. God truly blessed me. I will not say that it has been a perfect 24 years because we are both humans. Any time humans get into something, it isn't going to be perfect because humans aren't and can't be. 

Over the years of our marriage, we have been through many of life's events together. We have had siblings and family members pass away and go on to heaven, challenges with health, challenges with careers, we celebrated weddings, accomplishments of friends and family, and have been through many things which life throws at people. 

We have had quite a bit of fun together too. We have traveled, gone to watch trains, adopted dogs and cats as our furry children, done things with friends, and enjoyed many fun and adventurous things that life offered along the way. 

My wife and I grew up in the church. We became Christians at different times in our lives and in different Christian denominations. I grew up in the Nazarene church and she grew up in Southern Baptist church. The denominational difference doesn't matter because we both believe in Jesus Christ, God, the Bible - what is considered the foundational beliefs of the church. When we got married, it was very important for us to have a Christian wedding ceremony focusing on the traditional vows and specifically invited God to be in the marriage. Not to give us everything we wanted but to direct our marriage be the Leader in the marriage... a very important part. 

However, I have noticed God has been with us throughout our marriage. He has been faithful to be there whenever we needed and always when we needed. Sometimes God would take care of us without us even praying to Him for help. He has given my wife the grace and understanding she has needed to put up with me. 

When you give your life to Christ and focus on Him, He will take care of you. You may still go through life's trials and problems, but you will have peace and contentment beyond any explanation that I could ever write. 

To learn about God's Plan of Salvation for man, please visit Peace With God.

Happy Anniversary to my sweetheart!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson Photography
(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"The Lord will
fight for you,
and you have 
only
to be silent."

- Exodus 14:14


Monday, October 19, 2020

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Locomotive 3606 Leads a Freight through Nokesville, VA

 

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Locomotive 3606 Leads a Freight through Nokesville, VA (C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography
"Norfolk Southern Locomotive 3606 Leads a Freight through Nokesville, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

For me, this summer season was hard to get out and watch trains. Not necessarily because of COVID, I do not hang out with others so there wasn't a concern there at all. However, life events come up and can keep me from going out railfanning. 

When I did finally get out, I was so excited to be surprised by the first train being a freight - my favorite! I thanked God for providing the experience as I missed watching the freight trains the most and the timing to see one could not have been more perfect. 

Please visit my Railroad Photography work at www.allenpearsonphotography.com.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Little One (C) 2020, Kim Kirby Photography
"Little One"
(C) 2020, Kim Kirby Photography


Look Up Child
by Kim Kirby

When you feel your world is spinning out of control
Look up child

When you don’t understand what is going on around you
Look up child

When you are hurting and you don’t see an end to it
Look up child

When you believe there is no hope
Look up child

When you wonder why things always seem to go wrong
Look up child

When you need an answer for why me
Look up child

When you crave the peace that passes understanding
Look up child

When you know you can’t
Look up child, because God can

To learn about God's Plan of Salvation for man, please visit www.peacewithgod.net

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

 

(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission
"The Heavens"
(C) Storyblocks, Used by Permission

What If Jesus Returned Today?
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

"And every man who has this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure.
1 John 3:3

Two little girls were talking in school one day, and one said to the other, “I hear the school board is making an inspection of our school this week.”

The other girl’s desk was messy, so she said, “I’ll clean it up tomorrow.”

The first one asked, “But what if they come today?”

Her friend said, “You know, I think I’ll clean it up right now—and keep it clean.”

Since we are people who look for Jesus Christ to come at any moment, we ought to be living clean lives. For example, if you knew for certain that Jesus Christ were coming this afternoon, are there some things you'd get right in your life? Would there be someone you might call this afternoon and want to make up with before Jesus came? Would there be some literature in your home you'd like to get rid of? Are there some things that would change if you absolutely knew that this afternoon you were going to meet Jesus Christ?

You see, that's what John meant when he said that those who have this hope (that is, the expectation of the coming of Jesus) purify themselves.

What a motivation to commit ourselves to living a holy life, once we fully realize that at any moment we might meet Jesus face to face.

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, October 7, 2020

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

(C) Allen Pearson Photography


"But thanks be to God,
who gives us the
victory through our
Lord Jesus Christ."

- 1 Corinthians 15:57


Here lately, I have been feeling a bit discouraged. It seems that everything in my world is very challenging. I have some health concerns and the means which I use to take care of them aren't available because of COVID, so I haven't been feeling as good lately. My wife has some serious health issues and has needed more rest than usual especially after treatments. My bestest buddy passed away a few weeks ago which has left me feeling quite lonely. He and I would go everywhere together and do just about everything especially when my wife was working and couldn't go. Everywhere I turn, it seems violence, hatred, and the like is coming out of the "woodwork" as we used to say in the old days. So I don't feel safe going places or doing some traveling like I once did. So I meander around my house, doing odds and ends, reading, watching some old TV shows, going for a bike ride or two, and hoping that one day, things will get better. Or, that the Lord God would return and take us all to heaven. 

Enough of my discouragement as there are quite a few others who have challenges too. It's not good to focus on your problems or challenges because they can be discouraging or even depressing. Find some good things in life to focus on.

As life has gotten challenging, I keep reminding myself, and sometimes friends will remind me, that "God is in Control." He knows what's coming in the future, He knows what's ahead, He knows all of it. I should not fret and get discouraged but continue to trust in Him and believe "God is in Control." One day, these challenges will be a mere spot in life that passed faster than we knew it would or even could. "God is in Control." 

As a Christian man, the phrase "God is in Control" is more comforting than many realize. It's not just four words that I can say to myself or others repeatedly. It's truth. It's comforting.

If you would like to learn about peace in God, the truth of "God is in Control," please visit Peace With God

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Railroad Photography! Union Pacific Locomotive 5924 in Nokesville, VA

Railroad Photography! Union Pacific Locomotive 5924 in Nokesville, VA
"Railroad Photography! Union Pacific Locomotive 5924 in Nokesville, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography

A favorite location for many railfans in Northern Virginia is behind Hector's Restuarant in Nokesville, VA. From what one railfan said, "he can come by to watch trains and get a good Mexican meal too." He drove about two hours to get to this location. 

I like the location because of its easy access. It's a great place because you can sit in your car off the main road away from the stares of people driving by. However, one thing I do not like is when the trains come from the south, there are a few man-made objects which block your view. 

I created this image of Union Pacific Locomotive 5924 in Nokesville, VA while sitting behind Hector's on a warm afternoon. Storms were the theme of the day, as you can see another one was coming towards me so I grabbed a few shots and was on my way. 

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