Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
'It is well, it is well with my soul.'
It is well with my soul;
it is well, it is well with my soul."

- Horatio Gates Spafford (1873)

Monday, August 2, 2021

Railroad Photography! "Coal Cars Rolling Through Harpers Ferry, WV," Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series

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"Coal Cars Rolling Through Harpers Ferry, WV"
"Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

A visit to Harpers Ferry, WV provided me with some great opportunities to photograph several trains rolling through town. It's a beautiful town where you can walk around looking at shops, eating in a passenger train car, hiking in nature, or finding yourself a place to sit and read. 

Coal cars are one of my favorite railroad cars to watch roll by and photograph. I'm guessing it's because when I watched trains as a young kid, it was in West Virginia with a lot of coal, empties and full, were usually the trains rolling through town.  

"Coal Cars Rolling Through Harpers Ferry, WV," is my latest entry to my ongoing series "Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series." 

Please visit my photography website at Allen Pearson Photography. My work is available in various print and products, please inquire at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"Behold,
God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be
afraid; for the Lord is my
strength and my song, and he
has become my salvation."

- Isaiah 12:2

It seems every time my wife turns on the TV news, there is more bad news, sometimes even horrible news, which makes me concerned or even afraid of what's going on in this world. The violence, the hate, and the frightening video footage are enough to make someone run and hid in fear. 

However, I remind myself... sometimes repeatedly, as a Christian, I do not need to be afraid. I do not need to have a spirit of fear. I do not need to run and hide. Why? God tells us in the Scripture graphic above and others like these, to mention a few,  

"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 

"For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you,
 “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”  - Isaiah 41:13

 "Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
- Matthew 10:31

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
- Proverbs 3:5-6

that He will take care of us. Scriptures instructing us to "Fear not" are mentioned 365 times in the Bible, one verse for each day you could say, so I think the point is well taken. The world can go the way that it does and is currently going but we do not need to worry or be in fear. As someone I know says more often than I can count, "God is in Control!" 

You can have the peace and comfort God provides to His Children, Christians, by visiting Peace With God

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

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

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him,
he it is that bears much fruit,
for apart from me you can do nothing."

- John 15:5

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Elena G on Unsplash
'Trio"
Photo by Elena G on Unsplash

Should You Clean Up before Coming to Jesus?
By Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; 
behold, all things have become new.” 
 - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Some people want to get everything in their life straightened out before they come to Christ. But you'll wake up in hell and still not have it straightened out.

It’s like trees that don’t lose their leaves in the fall. The leaves wither and turn brown but hold on until the spring. But when the new leaf comes, it pushes the old leaf off.

That's exactly what happens to your old habits, your old life, when you find the Lord Jesus. The new life pushes your old life off. It’s not a matter of plucking off this leaf and knocking off that one. You'll never do it that way. Let the new life within you do its work.

Have you come to grips yet with the fact that your “old nature” is dead and you are a new creature in Christ? You can’t “kill” your old nature on your own. You have to consider him as dead and allow the “new nature”—the new creature you are in Christ—to come alive and be fed and nurtured by the Holy Spirit.

You’ve heard the saying, “If you want something to grow, feed it.” As you commit time each day to reading the Word of God and to having a meaningful quiet time, you are cooperating with the Holy Spirit in feeding and nurturing your new nature.

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.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Garden Photography! Garden Perspectives! "Perspectives of a White Cosmos!

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"Perspectives of a White Cosmos!"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

The annual flower, "Cosmos" has gotten my attention over the past few gardening seasons. There is something about its simplicity and beauty that catches my eye. As I focused my camera, using the macro lens, the beauty of the flower popped out in its beautiful splendor.  

My gallery sharing unique images of nature found in the garden I created using my is titled "Garden Perspectives!" Please visit it. Any images you like can be produced and several products. If you see something you like, please inquire at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"Seek the Lord
while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord,
that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God,
for he will abundantly pardon."

- Isaiah 55:6-7

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"The Yellows Cheer"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

No One is too far gone!
Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

--John 4:14

Is there a limit to God’s mercy? Can you deny Him one too many times?

It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or where you’ve been, no one is too far gone for Jesus. No one! And there’s no better evidence of this than the woman that Jesus met at the well in John 4.

She had been used and abused. She had been divorced five times and was living with her boyfriend. She was a mess! But Christ reached out to her with the living water of eternal life. And her life was instantly transformed.

This woman who was ravaged by regrets, failures, and brokenness was made brand new because of the power of Jesus Christ. She wasn’t too far gone for the Lord Jesus!

The same is true for you and me. No one – no matter how wasted, burned out, or strung out they may seem – is too far gone for Jesus Christ.

In our Scripture today, Jesus says whoever drinks of the water that He gives will have eternal life! That means you.

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU’VE DONE, YOU’RE NEVER TOO FAR GONE FOR GOD.

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.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"Be very careful,
then,
how you live - not as unwise
but as wise,"

- Ephesians 5:15

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

 

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"A Red Gerber Daisy Pointing to the Heavens!"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


My heart aches this week for a lady and their daughters whom I really only know through my friendship with their husband and father, Bryan. Bryan passed away from a motorcycle accident last weekend. I was stunned, shocked, to say the least, at this sudden loss. I can't even begin to imagine what his family is going through.

Through my friendship with Bryan, I was often reminded of quite a few very important life lessons whether through one-to-one conversations or his frequent Facebook posts. He always shared about his love for God, Jesus, and was always about doing things for the church, such as his passion, audio. He made the new audio guys, like me for one, feel instantly welcome when we joined the audio team at church. He often posted on Facebook about his love for God and Jesus.

A lesson Bryan shared quite often was how much he loved his wife and family. He was always verbalizing it and posting comments about his wife, how beautiful she is or how amazing, smart, incredible, almost every positive trait you would ever think of someone you love. He made his wife "twirl" in her awesome unique qualities in front of the world and beyond it seems. He called her "beautiful" so often that I almost called her that myself! He never ever spoke a mean word about her to others. God intended men to love their wives with all their hearts as Bryan so often shared.

Bryan's accident reminds me that "life is short, always praise and serve God, and always love your family and friends." For life will end when it does, we have no control of that, and we have no idea when it will end. When my parents passed away several years ago, I remember being thankful I spent time enjoying their company. Yes, I grieved their passing but there was comfort in knowing they went to heaven.

One consolation for me is Bryan was a Christian. He is now in Heaven with God whom he has served and loved for as long as I have known him. I know God will give his family comfort and peace during this time of loss.

Be ready my friend as you know not the hour or day when it will be your time to meet God.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

"A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal."

- Martin Luther (c. 1529)

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Anthony Roberts on Unsplash
"Fireworks!"

Today we celebrate the birth of our country, the grand ol' United States of America! There will be many celebrations throughout the day probably in every town, city, county, and state in the Union. Barbeques, and yes I will be grilling, fireworks, watermelons, hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, and plenty of apple pie among much other fun stuff!

A word often associated with the 4th of July or Independence Day is "Freedom." The founding fathers and many others went to great lengths to create and build a country with more "freedoms" than others in the world. Various documents, the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, were all created and signed to protect the "freedoms" of future generations.

Our "freedoms" that we celebrate today include so many things including the right to worship, expressing our opinions, finding jobs that suit our needs or goals in life, finding a spouse or not, expressing ourselves through speech and other forms, buying the right house, buying the right car or truck, and the list could go on. There are so many "freedoms" we have of which we take advantage. 

However, despite all of the "freedoms" afforded us through this great country, we are not free indeed. Of course, there are a plethora of laws that prevent us from being truly "free." However, most importantly, as humans, we have a sinful nature we were born with which causes us to do wrong in this life causing us not to be truly "free." This causes us to be weighed down with burdens, heartaches, stresses, tremendous care, and the like. A real lack of freedom within our hearts. Often, we aren't aware of the lack of "freedom" within us until we learn what Jesus Christ has done for us. 

The Scripture 3:16 says, 

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

If we accept that Christ died for our sins, confess them to God in prayer, He will forgive us and we will have true "freedom" in our hearts. Is it really that simple? Yes, it is. To learn more about God's Love for us and His Plan of Salvation, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


It can not be emphasized too strongly 
or too often
that this great nation was founded,
not by religionists,
but by Christians, not on religions, 
but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!

- Unknown

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo Credit: Youth For Christ USA
"Tug of War on Lake Michigan"
Photo Credit: Youth For Christ USA

Have you ever played the game tug-of-war? One or more people get on each end of a rope that has knots in it so they can grab onto the rope and pull? It can be played one person against another too. Either way, the object of the game is to get the opponent to fall down especially over a specific line. Crossing the line and falling down, or one of the other causes you to lose the game. I hated playing the game with other guys because I wasn't that strong. I didn't mind the team but by myself always meant I would lose. I didn't mind losing so much, as the falling down and embarrassment. I have played tug-of-war with my dog quite often. He usually wins!

I always feel like life is a serious game of tug-of-war. However, instead of pulling on a rope and trying to pull my opponent to the line, or to fall down, it feels like forces of good and evil pulling at the opposite ends of my rope. Actually, that is life for all of us, Christian or not.

As we go through life, good forces and evil forces are vying for our attention. We don't necessarily realize that this is happening since it often comes in subtle ways, at first. These forces come in the form of choices, decisions, desires, public opinion designed to persuade your opinion, and the like. Every day these pull us one way or the other. As we make choices, the rope is pulled further in the direction of the good or evil forces. 

One thing I have noticed in life since I became a Christian some 40 years ago is it seems like I am on a constant game of tug-of-war. The evil forces are vying harder and harder than ever before to persuade me to follow its choices. As a human, I have to say that it's far from easy to make the right decision. On the other end of the rope, the good forces are pulling just as hard to keep my attention where it should be. Interestingly, I have found that if I follow the good forces, I am much happier than if I follow the evil forces. In the long run, as I make the choice to follow the good forces, it seems they became part of me and make it less challenging to follow them in the future. 

The good forces in my post are God and His Angels trying to lead you to a happy fulfilled, and content life through Jesus Christ. The evil is satan and his helpers trying to persuade you to the opposite by making certain things seem better than what God has to offer- which is furthest from the Truth. 

It is your decision, completely yours, as God does not force anyone to follow Him. To learn more, please visit Peace With God

Friday, June 25, 2021

Nature Photography! "The Unfinished Railroad"

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"The Unfinished Railroad"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 
After I retired, my dog Noah and I decided to start exploring the Manassas National Battlefield. One of the first trips we took was to discover the area of "The Unfinished Railroad." The railroad was never finished because the Manassas Gap Railroad ran out of funds to complete the project, an Alexandria to Gainesville line.

If you go hiking "The Unfinished Railroad" you will notice where the railroad tracks were supposed to go along with ditches were dug to prevent flooding the tracks. The elevated platform created an artificial hill where the Confederate army could hide. Not only that, the Union soldiers would have to scale the hill before charging down the other side. It was nearly impossible to bring artillery or heavy equipment with them.

Noah and I hiked the trail which goes from the Groveton Road area to the Sudley United Methodist Church on Sudley Rd. near Manassas. We didn't make the entire trail due to time restraints and getting a bit tired. It is a beautiful hike I recommend trying sometime.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"The Call"

"Lord, if You call me to it, 
You will walk me through it
Lord, if You call me to it, 
You will refine me through it
Lord, if You call me to it, 
You will bless me through it
Lord, if You call me to it, 
You will equip me with everything 
I need to go through it."

- 2021, Kim Kirby

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

(C) 2021, Storyblocks
(C) 2021, Storyblocks, Used by Permission

Today being Father's Day brings back many memories of my father. He went to be with Jesus in 2014 after suffering a brain injury due to an accident. It was sudden and a challenge to take care of him. However, I did the best I could do as I kept reminding myself, "they brought me into this world, taught me how to be a productive member of society, and all of the other chores which come along with being a parent caring for their children.

My father gave me much in this life. He always did his best to provide so mom could stay home to raise my brother and I. Two aspects in life which he introduced me to are Christianity and music.

When I was a child, I was taken to church every single Sunday and Wednesday night of my entire childhood and youth years! When the church held revival services, we were every single meeting! Well, maybe not quite that bad but at that time it sure seemed liked that. And, though I don't remember for certain, I'm guessing I didn't enjoy attending church all the time as most young children say they would have loved to miss a few times.

Now, and in my earlier adult years too, I have come to very much appreciate my father's insistence in attending church. As somewhere along the way, I became a Christian as it was something I wanted to do and was told, "You cannot be a 'Christian' and get to Heaven on your parent's shirttails. You have to accept Christ on your own." For that, I have been extremely thankful to my father. I would not want to live this life without being a Christian. God has blessed me, and my wife, beyond words that I could ever write in a post.

Another part of life my father introduced me to is music. Classical, hymns, Gospel and church music were his favorites which were played or sung around our home all the time, literally all the time. Though as a child, I found it annoying sometimes to hear Dad constantly singing or playing music around the house. Since he was a songwriter and a Minister of Music, I never disrespected him by saying that. I just listened.

However, I will admit, I had no idea what a blessing his influence with music would be on my life. I have loved the music of the church and classical music most of my life. It is something which helps me to relax, to de-stress, to enjoy my day. When I am writing, often I will have music playing in my studio. I have said over the years, "You can take my TV, turn off cable, remove them is fine with me- but, don't touch my stereo, my compact discs, any of my music." Music has been a source of happiness many times throughout my life. Thank you Dad for introducing me to it!

If your father is still living, be sure to celebrate the day with him. Thank him for his part in bringing you into this world. If you cannot be with him, give him a call. I would love to still have the opportunity to do that with my father. Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

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

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"And after you have suffered
a little while,
the God of all grace,
who has called you to his
eternal glory in Christ,
will himself restore, confirm,
strengthen, and establish you."

- 1 Peter 5:10

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

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"Great Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

Faith in God Can Move a Mighty Mountain

Chorus:
Faith in God can move a mighty mountain,
Faith can calm the troubled sea;
Faith can make a desert like a fountain,
Faith can bring the victory.

Music and words of Verses: Grace Marilyn Watkins
Music and words of Chorus: John W. Peterson and Alfred B. Smith

When I was just a young kid, maybe as early as 10-years-old, the church used to sing this chorus all the time. Several years later, as a young church organist, I was able to play it by memory, or by ear though I never really used my ears to play, since I'd heard it so often.  

When you are young, you sometimes think things about what you hear or what people say in the most imaginative or wildest ways. A few of mine were related to this song. I wondered how does God move a mighty mountain? After all, mountains do not move. And, when does how does He do it? Though I believe God could do it so I just waited to see the mountains move as my faith grew. Maybe it would happen when I was at my grandmother's house in West Virginia which was surrounded by mountains! Another thought was how does God calm the sea? I'd never been to the sea as a child so I wouldn't know if God ever calmed it and why or how He would do it. This would apply to the desert too. I had never been there but certainly didn't understand how in the world the desert could turn into a fountain. 

Of course, young minds wander, and as they do they come up with so many different interpretations of just about everything. Metaphorically speaking wasn't something I was familiar with at that young age. As I think on those thoughts of my youth, I quickly realized that God does move mountains, He does calm the seas and He does make the desert like a fountain. How? Mountains, seas, or deserts refer to troubles and problems we have in our life.

As I got older, I went through many challenging life events such as the loss of my parents and brother, the loss of my mother-in-law, the illness of my father-in-law, my continual fighting of a progressive disease, and more recently, my wife's battle with cancer. There were many times when I felt like the challenges were too much raising my stress levels to the highest they could be or the going would get very rough and I didn't know what to do next! These were my mountains and seas. I have to admit that there were times when I wondered where God was. Why He wasn't here taking care of my problem or why I hadn't heard from Him. Those were my deserts. However, realizing at the time or not, I see now that my faith in God was bringing me victory like a fountain. He had never ever left my side and always intervened in my situations as He saw best. Over the years my faith in God has proved victory! 

This is the life of a Christian. Just like everyone else in this universe, we go through life's events, heartbreak, and challenging situations. Our faith and trust in God being there for us as He promised, gets us through it all!

Learn more about faith in God, Salvation, God's Plan of Salvation for Man by visiting Peace With God.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Cat Photography! "Those Cat Eyes!"

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"Those Cat Eyes!"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


Cats are a challenge to photograph! They will only come to you when they think that they should. They like to hide and stay away unless they happen to like you or realize that you are alright! Capturing an image of someone's cat can be quite a challenge but it's worth it! The images can bring quite a bit of happiness to the cat's human. My love of animals often helps me to get the images the cat's human loves.

"Those Cat Eyes!" was created at a humane society that was trying to get a cat adopted. The cat was super sweet and really didn't mind me being in the room with him when he was living temporarily.

If you would like more information about my cat photography sessions, or a print of "Those Cat Eyes!," please contact me at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

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

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
'Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.'

- Proverbs 31:25-30

Today would have been my mother's birthday. She passed away ten years ago due to a stroke and a few other complications. I miss her quite a bit. I am thankful for God Blessing me with the mother that He did. She is in heaven now, so I wouldn't want her back in this life for anything.

Since Mom's birthday is on a Wednesday this year, I decided to dedicate "Wednesday's Words!" in her memory!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"Christ not only
died for all
he died for each."

- Billy Graham

When I read that quote by Billy Graham, simple as it may be, it got my attention and made me think. Christ died not only for me, but you, and everyone else. He didn't die for one particular race, or skin color, or anything else an earthly human would prefer for someone to be like! Christ loves each and every one of us! To me, that is so unfathomable, almost beyond belief. But, it is believable!

It seems today everything in life is complicated, complex, requires this and that or that and a bit of this. The Gospel isn't that at all. It's very simple. God loves YOU. YOU, ME, and EVERYONE. 

A great website to learn more about the Gospel is at Peace With God!

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Garden Photography: Garden Perspectives! "Raindrops on the Hosta!"

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"Raindrops on the Hosta!"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

A favorite macro photography adventure of mine is photographing after rain when drops on still on flowers, hostas, and other plants.

The most difficult part of photographing raindrops on plants is trying to keep yourself out of the image. I started photographing these raindrops when I noticed my image in a few raindrops. I started all over to the first perspective to be sure I captured what I wanted. Macro photography takes time, energy, and a love for the art!

"Garden Perspectives" is my photography series sharing the unique beauty of nature usually through my macro lens. Please visit it at Allen Pearson Photography - Garden Perspectives! If you see an image at my website and would like a product created, please contact me at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"And let us not grow weary
of doing good,
for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up."

- Galatians 6:9
 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

A New Email Service for You!

Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash
"Loading Gmail!"
Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash

A few weeks ago, I learned that Google and Blogger will be discontinuing the use of the Feedburner product I have used for email subscribers. By subscribing, you receive my posts in your email inbox whenever one is published.

With Feedburner ending, I am using Mailchimp and combining a few lists into one. Some of you might be surprised to receive an email from me since it's been a while. At some point in an art gallery exhibit, an Open House, or an art festival, you signed up for my email blasts. Please feel free to contact me from the posts you receive or by email at this website. If you do not wish to receive my posts by email, you are welcome to unsubscribe.  

Also, just to let you know, I do not share your email and personal information. It is not for sale. Should you purchase products from one of my affiliates in which I participate, I might receive a small payment.

If you continue subscribing to my email list, you will receive weekly inspirational graphics, my  photography work and the stories behind them, and a weekly devotion titled "Sunday's Thought!" 

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Monday, May 31, 2021

Remembering Those Who Serve Us Protecting Our Freedom

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 

We set aside today as Memorial Day to remember and honor those who serve in our US Military Armed Forces.

Due to ongoing health issues, I was not able to serve. However, I am very grateful for many friends and others who served in the military. I cannot thank them enough. 

Take time today, and every day, to thank our Military Service men and women!

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Aperture Vintage on Unsplash
"Milky Way"
Photo by Aperture Vintage on Unsplash

The Heavens Declare His Glory
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 
Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. 
Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world."

--Psalm 19:1-4

God speaks to us today in the skies…through His creation. We can know God…we can see the presence of God…by simply looking up at the sky.

The Greek word for “man” in the ancient world and in your New Testament is “Anthropos,” which means “the upper-looking one.” Animals look down, but God created man to look up into the heavens to see His glory and to experience His power in creation.

And when we do, God speaks to us in the starry skies!

Indeed, the heavens declare the glory of God. As the psalmist says, “Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” Creation is constantly, continually, and eternally speaking. And when we look into the creation, we know that because there is a creation, there must be a creator!

Now, you may not be a morning person, but I’d encourage you…if you want to catch a glorious glimpse of your Creator…get up early one morning this week to watch the sunrise. I can assure you, seeing His handiwork in creation will speak words of encouragement to your soul!

GOD IS CONSTANTLY, CONTINUALLY, AND ETERNALLY SPEAKING TO US THROUGH HIS CREATION.


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.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

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

 

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


"If my people,
which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven,
and forgive their sin,
and will heal their land."

2 Chronicles 7:14

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

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"Lavender Daisies"
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You’ve Got Everything to Gain, Nothing to Lose
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

"And Elijah came to all the people, and said,
'How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; 
but if Baal, follow him.'"  - 1 Kings 18:21

Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Auca Indians, wrote: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” He's talking about giving his life for Christ and the Gospel. The most dangerous choice you could make is to play it safe. You’re safer out on the waves with Jesus than in the boat without Him.

You may wonder whether give your heart to Jesus Christ. When you hear the Gospel, you go through a mental war: “Should I or shouldn't I? What if Adrian Rogers is wrong? What if the Gospel isn’t true?”

Let’s suppose what I believe is wrong, the Bible is fiction, there’s no God, and Christ never died for our sins. You come and put your faith in a fictitious Christ. You and I are going to die anyway, so we’re no worse off.

But suppose I'm right: there is a God, the Bible is His Word, and Jesus is His Son. By coming to Jesus, you've got everything to gain and nothing to lose. If I’m right but you reject Him, you’ve lost everything.

Now, it takes more than just my reasoning with you to come to the Lord Jesus, because the Holy Spirit must open your eyes to know the Gospel is true. Anything I can talk you into, somebody else could talk you out of.

Dear friend, God the Holy Spirit is telling you about your eternal destination. I want you to be convinced. He will convict and convince you, but the devil will do all he can do to keep you from it. Don’t yield to him. Instead, ask God to reveal Himself to you. He will.

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.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Rock Cars!

 

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"Norfolk Southern Rock Cars!"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

Several days a week, Norfolk Southern takes rock cars to a quarry near Manassas. The trainloads are full of rock and head to locations for distribution throughout Northern Virginia. These trains are an excellent resource in many ways. The one which comes to mind is how many dump trucks these trains keep off of the roads throughout the area. 

Please visit my Railroad Photography work at Allen Pearson Photography - Railroad Gallery. To purchase products created from my images, please contact me at allenpearsonphotography@gmail.com. Also, my work is available on products at Fine Art America - Allen Pearson. Not all of my images are uploaded to Fine Art America yet. Should you want a product created from an image not shown at Fine Art America, please inquire as I will be happy to assist you.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

 

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"Seek God,
not happiness - this is 
the fundamental rule
of all meditation.
If you see God alone,
you will gain happiness:
that is its promise."

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer