Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash
"A Colorful Nativity"


I have been reading in various news sources across the country interesting articles about canceling Christmas. My first response is "WHAT?" because you can't cancel Christmas. The articles went on to say that due to the "spikes" in the COVID-19 virus, several California cities and towns would be canceling their Christmas parades and celebrations. I read this back in September or October, and again this past week, so it made me wonder what all of the nonsense was really about. Is it an intent to cancel Christmas because someone in leadership doesn't like it and wants to push the envelope even further to do away with any acknowledgments of the Birth of Jesus Christ? Or, even get rid of Christianity entirely?

Whatever is going on, you cannot cancel Christmas. The "cancel culture" might think so but you cannot. No one can. While you might not be able to go shopping at the malls or department stores to buy gifts for your family and friends or have office parties, or parties in your home, or family dinners, but that's not what Christmas is all about anyway. Maybe it's time we quit focusing on all of that and discover the true meaning of Christmas. 

The true meaning of Christmas? Christmas is a day of celebration in the Christian life of the Birth of Jesus Christ. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life on earth, was crucified, and died on a cross to give us eternal life in heaven with Him. We do have to accept His forgiveness, despite what some may say, it's not an instant or automatic thing that we go directly to heaven at death, there are two options. You do or you don't. Pretty simple. To make a decision to ask Jesus into your heart and forgive you of your sins. To learn more, I recommend visiting Peace With God

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving!

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


With all the craziness in the world these days, remember to focus on the positive in your life, love your friends and family, and enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Colossians 3:15


"And let the peace of
Christ rule in your
hearts, to which indeed you
were called in one body.
And be thankful."

- Colossians 3:15

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Sunday's Thought!


Photo by Ann on Unsplash
"Grateful, Thankful, Blessed!"
Photo by Ann on Unsplash

WOW! Once again another year has gone by really fast. Someone said, "As you get older the time flies by faster and faster!" I didn't believe it then but I sure do now. 

With all the chaos, COVID-19, and political nonsense going on in the world today, it is easy to forget to be thankful. Yes, thankful. There is quite a bit in this life for which to be thankful. I admit the blaring noise of the media will take the thought of being thankful away from you helping you to forget. 

For me, Thanksgiving isn't about the food. Though I have to admit, my mother and my wife have made delicious meals in celebration of the day. Don't misunderstand I love food too. I was taught to focus on why I am thankful. Turn off the TV, radio, devices, and take the time to be thankful. 

For me, I am very thankful for God, His Son Jesus, and God's Word, the Bible. I am very thankful Jesus died for me so that I can have eternal life in heaven after I die and leave this earth and how He has taken care of me throughout the years. I am very thankful for my wife who has put up with me for over 24 years and during COVID lockdowns has had the patience of an angel. I am thankful for my dog and cat who are great companions and have reminded me how to enjoy the simplest things in life, including the wonderment of falling leaves and raindrops. I am very thankful for my parents who not only gave me life, but taught me about God, Jesus, and the Bible and how to be a respectable member of society. I am thankful for my church family who are the kindest loving people. 

Sometimes it can be very difficult to find something for which to be thankful. However, if you look around and think about it, or pay attention to your life, you will probably come up with something. An example for me would be the year my mother had a stroke and ended up in the hospital. She was admitted to a nursing home during the Thanksgiving season. It was upsetting and disappointing. However, challenging as it may have been, I was thankful my mother was able to receive the care she needed. Also, I was thankful that my wife was there and able to assist her when she needed it as it would have been a whole lot worse without her love. I was thankful for the love and comfort God provided during the time too. 

As a Christian, I can say it isn't the easiest life to live. However, I find God's Love provides what I need to get through this life and He provides peace and contentment when there could, or should, be chaos and confusion. To learn more about the Christian life, please visit Peace With God!

Saturday, November 21, 2020

A Photography Website with SmugMug!

(C) 2020, Smugmug, Inc.
(C) 2020, Smugmug, Inc.

 

A disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Smugmug, Inc. Therefore, I might earn a small payment if you purchase their products from links in this post. 

A few years ago now, I decided I wanted a new photography website. I wanted a brand new site with a brand new modern-looking design. Before deciding on a product, I compared many products. Being a small local photographer, I needed to pay close attention to expenses too. A product that would allow me to begin with a basic website and grow to offer e-commerce if I want to in the future would be great. 

I have to admit, I didn't immediately switch to Smugmug. I did an internet search and reviewed many products in-depth. After reviewing and testing products, I determined the Smugmug is a great product and my choice. Three considerations that weighed heavily in my decision were the ease of creating and personalizing a website, updating it, and uploading images. Smugmug won out.

Why do I like Smugmug? I decided to select the Power product. The Power product offers customization of the template so I can create a website that reflects me and my work. All for $85/yearly. If I decide that I want to add e-commerce, I can do it by easily upgrading. I find the customizing, including a custom URL and email address, to be very easy to do. 

Every once in a while, I want to refresh the website which is easy to do. A favorite feature is if I goof up, I can go back and start over. If I really screw it up? Smugmug has a great support team willing to help! The great part of this for me is I am using a template that Smugmug designs and did all of the techy work required for a website to work. I just customize!

Another feature I enjoy with Smugmug is the ease of uploading my images to selected galleries and creating descriptions with keywords that make it easier for people to find my work. Once I finish working with an image, the last thing I want to fool with is uploading it to my website. Smugmug seems to understand that. 

Curious? Visit Smugmug's 14-Day Free Trial and see for yourself. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Garden Photography! Garden Perspectives: Honey Bee on a Daisy Flower

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"Honey Bee on a Daisy Flower"
(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography


My interest in photographing bees on flowers continued this summer. Fortunately, I had a Shasta Daisy growing near my house and was able to capture a few images. 

Please visit my photography work at Allen Pearson Photography.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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

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


"Is prayer your steering wheel
or your spare tire?"

- Corrie Ten Boom

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
"Studying the Bible"

Do you know Jesus—or are you just gathering facts??
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, 
though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor,
that you through His poverty might be rich."
 2 Corinthians 8:9

Years ago my wife gave me a little card to carry in my billfold. On it she had written her dress size, shoe size, glove size and more. That was nice to have so I could know all about her when I went to do some shopping. But it didn’t provide much companionship or encouragement when I was away from her.

It’s one thing to have the facts about Jesus, it’s another thing to have a relationship with Jesus.

Do you know Jesus...really know Him? Or are you just gathering facts about Him?

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, November 14, 2020

Tree Photography! Branches to the Skies! The Art of Trees

(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography
"Branches to the Skies! The Art of the Tree!"
(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography

The beauty of trees has been a fascination for me most of my life. There is something magnificently beautiful about a tree, even in the winter months when all the leaves are gone.

One of my favorite photography pastimes is to take my camera with me on a hike through the woods where there are quite a few trees. I let my imagination go wild with what I would see in the trees. It's a fun way to escape the silliness of the city and be creative. 

Please visit my Art of the Tree gallery at Allen Pearson Photography

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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

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

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; 
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, 
for the Lord your God is with you
 wherever you go.

 - Joshua 1:9

Today, Veteran's Day, I salute the Veterans of the US Military! 

Thank you for everything you do, or have done, to protect our freedoms. I salute your families too, who sacrificed over your time of service! I cannot thank you enough! 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

(C) 2020, Allen Pearson Photography
"Splashes of Fall's Colors"
(C) Allen Pearson Photography
 

What a week! We should have known officially by now who won the Presidential election held on Tuesday. The results are typically decided and announced the next day. However, it seems that some fraud happening in various counties and states throughout the country may have put a stop to the finalizing of the election and resulting in some lawsuits.

It seems that Satan is on a full attack of the United States these days by interfering in many of the country's affairs including the election. These attacks are causing many people to become anxious, concerned, and even afraid of where our country is headed and who our President will be. Satan will use everything in his power to cause people to place their trust and attention in the wrong place. 

For me, I've noticed a remarkably calm peace within me about the election. I know things may be different if the wrong people are selected. However, I have no control over that. I have voted and done my part. That's not the only thing though nor is it most important. It is because I know within my heart and mind that God is in control. Regardless of the outcome, God is in control, He has always been in control, and will always be in control! Also, thankfully, as if I were to forget, a friend is always reminding me of that fact. What I do with that, is what really matters.

However, it is not just the knowledge of God being in control or my friend's constant reminder, it is my faith and trust in God which makes it true. It is time spent reading my Bible, praying, going to church to worship, and serving God how I can. Foremost, and most important, it is becoming a Christian and following what God Will is for me. 

To learn more about the Christian life, Jesus, the Bible, and eternal life, please visit Peace With God

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

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

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

"Therefore don't worry about
tomorrow, because tomorrow will
worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble
of its own."

- Matthew 6:34

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Sunday's Thought!

 

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash
"Voting!"


This election season has been the worst I have ever seen. While I typically, and will continue, stay away from sharing political thoughts, opinions, or who I will vote for, or who I think you should vote for, I feel like I have to share a few thoughts about this season. I believe everyone who is a citizen of the United States and voting age should and must take the time to vote. It is important for your voice to be heard through your vote.   

However, what I am seeing in TV and radio commercials and other forms of political ads are causing people to turn against each, dislike or hate one another or become violent because someone else has an opposite opinion than theirs. It's been strange to see one political party's ad change to an opposite opinion quicker than I change my socks. 

This election season has been a bit concerning to see these political ads tearing the United States apart and citizens against citizens. Not only that, I have to wonder how many people are living in fear. Fear that the other side will win the election, fear that things are going to get worse, fear that their going to lose their livelihood, or maybe even their lives if the wrong people are elected. 

For me, there have been more than a few times when I found myself afraid of the future. What's going to happen if the wrong people get in office? What I mean by wrong people are those who DO NOT have the American citizen's best interests at heart. I have even found myself a bit afraid of what's going to happen on Election Day. Will there be violence? Will there be chaos? 

Then it dawns on me! Almost like a lightning bolt or flash from heaven. God is in control. He knows what the outcome of the election will be. He knows the future. As God has always said, 

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.
 Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." – John 14:27, ESV

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, 
I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10, ESV

So why do I worry? Why do I allow myself to get scared or afraid? Especially of something like an election. However, remember, God taking care of me isn't just because He wants to. Although He does. BUT, I have to accept Him as Lord and Savior of my life, become a Christian. He wants nothing more than to have YOU accept Him and become a Christian. He doesn't want to see you living in fear or worry. 

How do you become a Christian? Visit Peace With God to learn how to make this important decision.