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!"

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"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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