Sunday, November 28, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash
"Sunrise"


A few weeks ago, I had one of the challenging weeks where you don't quite understand everything that happened while having peace in your heart about it. Yeah, a bit confusing in some ways. I'll explain.

On Monday, during the day I had gone outside to gather my water jugs, fill them, place them in the utility cart, water my newly planted trees and finish up some of the landscaping projects that were started on Friday and Saturday. As I was filling the jugs, taking them to the cart, I was thinking about how to move some of the garden art and rocks to areas of the garden making it more pleasing to look at. I would set a jug in the cart, look at the garden, grab a few rocks or garden art and move them to a new spot. Gradually, it seemed to be coming together nicely. However, when I went to the other end of the garden project, I got distracted by something. I began feeling a bit uneasy wondering if something was about to happen. The feeling grew stronger but I had no idea what it was. So I stopped and prayed. I knew God knew what this was all about. After praying for a few minutes, I went back to my yard work thinking about what just happened. And, yet, I didn't know what was happening.

Later in the day, I received a text from a friend about one of his friends who was facing some struggles. As he texted, I began to realize that might be what got my attention earlier in the day. The prayer for something going on but unknown.

As the days progressed of the week, I learned that my friend's friend had passed away. My friend had been going through several frustratingly challenging issues to help his friend but to no avail. However, there is a difference here than in many situations which could be deemed sad or depressing. My friend, though frustrated with it all, repeated to him repeatedly that "God is in control." Indeed He is. Knowing that, helped him through this problem.

The friend who passed away was a Christian. A very strong devout Christian who shared God's Love with everyone he met. He was instrumental in reaching many people, especially men, for Christ whose lives had been changed by knowing him. Though we would have liked the situation to be different, for our own selfish reasons, it is comforting to know he is in heaven pain-free and healed from the health challenges he faced every day. While we will miss him, it is comforting to know his influence on so many people, my friend has many great memories with him, and he is done running the race finally reaching the goal of heaven.

Another important point in this situation is that we all need to be ready to die and meet God or not. We don't receive any warnings when our time will be coming so we must always be ready at any moment. If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ and followed Him, you will go to heaven. If not, you will not. At this point in life, it will be too late to make any decisions or change your eternal destination.

This story is based on true events. However, no names are mentioned to protect privacy.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

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

"Let us come into his
presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise
to him with songs of praise!"

 - Psalm 95:2

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash
"Plenty of Pumpkins!"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Be thankful. The world seems to be going crazier and crazier these days with people being unhappy about just about everything. No one seems to be thankful anymore. Since we live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, we have a lot for which to be thankful. 

Yesterday morning I walked into my studio to find it all brightly lit up by the morning sunlight. Also, it was warm and comfy for a cold November day. God had prepared the morning for me. With the Thanksgiving deadline looming quickly, I got busy starting my day. However, I realized this was God's sharing with me a blessing in my new studio. I stopped and prayed a thankful prayer to God for this blessing. I had a sunroom studio before we moved to the country which I have missed. I loved the sunlight which came into the room with a view overlooking the backyard with the field behind it. God was reminding me that He was taking care of me for which I am thankful. 

Blessings to be thankful can be found everywhere in life. I'm not talking about having fancy cars or homes, having careers making great salaries, or anything like that. The blessings I am talking about are much simpler such as a call from a friend, having food to eat, having a job, a ray of sunshine, knowing God is always with you, seeing a beautiful flower, a walk through the woods on a crisp cool fall day and the list could go on. 

When we take time to be thankful for the simple things in our lives, we become more content and happier than if we are always constantly trying to get ahead or always complaining about everything. 

For me, I am thankful for quite a bit in my life. I have to say that I am most thankful to God for taking care of me throughout my life. His Love for me always comes through when I seem to be having the most challenges with my health. I never cease to be amazed at that. He always seems to know when I need His Arms of Comfort wrapped around me too. I am very thankful for His Love and all He has done for me especially things I don't even know about! 

Are you wondering or searching to learn more about God? A great place to start is Peace With God

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

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

"O worship the King all-glorious above,
O gratefully sing his power and his love:
our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,
pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise."

- Robert Grant (1833)

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Railroad Photography! Norfolk Southern Locomotive 8168, Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"Norfolk Southern Locomotive 8168, Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, PA"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
 
This image was created in Spring 2017, my first trip to Horseshoe Curve Historic Landmark, Altoona, PA. 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash
"The Potter"
Photo by Robert Linder on Unsplash

Who Needs a Do-Over?
By Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding

"Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter;
so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make."
- Jeremiah 18:3-4

The making of pottery is one the oldest arts known to men. A potter takes clay and molds it and squeezes it until it is soft and pliable. It is a beautiful thing to watch: a vessel of beauty or a vessel of service, or both, emerge from that ugly clay.

God is the potter. We are His workmanship. God is the Master Workman, working on us. Think of yourself as the clay and see what God can do with you, for He is at work in your life.

Do you feel like a marred vessel today? Though you may not understand it now, every turn of the potter’s wheel has been a part of God’s plan. If God does not rule, He overrules. He’s going to turn every Calvary to an Easter, every midnight to a sunrise. He is going to turn every tear to a pearl and make a diadem for you. The last turn of the wheel hasn’t happened yet. Cease looking around. Instead, look up. Look to Him. Look to Jesus Christ. In faith, call out to 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 13, 2021

Nature Photography! An Eastern Bluebird

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"An Eastern Bluebird"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography


Sometimes photography images deserve a second look by the photographer who created them. Which is exactly what happened with this image, "An Eastern Bluebird." 

A client from several years ago, one of my first, contacted me asking whether I had any Eastern Bluebird images for a greeting card. I looked through my images finding a few which she was very pleased with. I have to admit, I'd overlooked them. 

Thankfully, my client's inquiry drew my attention to creating notes cards from this image. They turned out really great! 

For information on products, please visit the "Products, Prices, and Services" page. Also, this image is featured in my gallery at Fine Art America

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Photo by Sharefaith from Pexels
Photo by Sharefaith from Pexels
Creative: (C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

"Put on the whole armor of God, 
that you may be able to stand 
against the schemes of the devil."

- Ephesians 6:11
 
Today's "Wednesday's Words!" is dedicated in honor of the Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The simple words, "Thank You" for your service don't seem to be nearly adequate to express my gratitude for all you have done. 

So, knowing that, I express my sincerest:

THANK YOU!!
FOR ALL YOU'VE 
DONE! 

Monday, November 8, 2021

Railroad Photography! Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark Visitor Center, Altoona, PA

(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography
"Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark Visitor Center, Altoona, PA"
(C) 2021, Allen Pearson Photography

A photo of my favorite place to watch trains. Unfortunately, due to COVID lockdown and the renovation of the funicular, their railway system used to transport people to the trackside park, I haven't been able to visit in two years.

I discovered Horseshoe Curve National Historic Landmark in Altoona, PA, in Spring 2017. Over the next several months, I will be sharing some of my photography work from the area over the next few months. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Sunday's Thought!

Photo by Federico Respini on Unsplash
"Sunrise"
Photo by Federico Respini on Unsplash


When I went to college, I became somewhat dismayed with the Christian faith and belief in God. I had gone to a Christian college, one where my father, mother, and grandparents had attended.  I was brought up in a Christian home with my father being an ordained Minister of Music and my paternal grandfather was a retired Pastor and my maternal grandmother an ordained minister. So, I was surrounded by the Christian faith and good Christian people who taught me quite a bit about God and the Bible in my early years. 

However, college was different. It seemed there were many students who were "holier than thou" which basically gets on my last nerve then and now. It means a Christian who thinks or pretends to be "holier" than any other Christian, i.e. had done no sin, is not sinning, and will not sin. I had a very challengingly hard time dealing with people who had that attitude. I knew without a doubt, I could never be that holy. After all, I know what I've done in this life. 

These people had cliches which were repeated frequently and often, "God is in Control" or "Trust God" or "Have in Faith in God!" While these are all true and great to know, repeating it too frequently just added to the "holier than thou" spirit. It was often a bit confusing which was frustrating since I was brought up in a Christian family. 

I had a great roommate and a friend or two who were ordinary regular guys. I enjoyed hanging out with them because they showed me that an ordinary guy like me could be a Christian. God loves us all. Looking back, I think it was their lives and attitudes which kept me from running the other direction from God and Christianity. 

I have always had a hard time understanding why someone would not want to become a Christian. While there are probably several reasons, I'm wondering if they have met a few "holier-than-thous" rather than a few of the guys like my roommate and friends. Or, maybe a few "mean" people who called themselves Christians and may have even quoted Scripture at them. 

Thankfully, despite the many weird situations, unkind people calling themselves Christians, and the "holier than thou's," I decided I wanted to become a Christian. Why? I knew that loving and serving God would be a great blessing throughout my life. And, it sure has. 

God doesn't require us to be perfect or sinless when we come to Him to become a Christian. We will never be sinless because we are human. However, some sins we do will stop once we turn them over to God. When He takes control He begins processes to make you the person you should be. It's not frightening, it's not horrible. but you have to give your life to Him to live a happy, content, and fulfilled life. 

Don't let the media, other people, or anything else keep you away from giving your life to Christ and beginning an awesome journey. To learn more about God, Jesus, Heaven, the Bible, and the Christian life, please visit Peace With God.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Eastern Daylight Time Begins Tomorrow, Sunday, November 7, 2021

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash
"Clocks, Clocks, and More Clocks"
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash


Once again, it is time to turn the clocks back one hour to return to Eastern Daylight Time. Definitely not my favorite time of year I have to say. I love when the days are longer and being outside in the warm weather.  Well, we need the cold weather so I will do my best to enjoy it. 

Either don't forget to set your clocks one hour back before bedtime tonight. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

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

"The fear of the Lord is
the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom
and instruction."

- Proverbs 1:7