December 12, 2013

Accepted



Have you ever felt unacceptable because of education, finances, age, or culture? God’s acceptance of you does not depend on any of these things. Whatever your status in life, God loves you, cares for you, and has great plans for you. God created you and accepts you just as you are.
I will never turn away anyone who comes to Me. He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
John 6:37; Ephesians 1:6
(Excerpt from Who Are You? by Merle M. Mills) 

November 19, 2013

The Ultimate Calling Plan


                                                                                      
Before ‘you’ call I’ll answer. Before ‘you’ finish speaking, I’ll have heard.1
Night and day, darkness and light, they are all the same to you.2
With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day.3
I will never, no never, reject 'anyone' who comes to me.4
Would you consider switching to this plan today?
    1. Isaiah 65:24a; 2. Psalm 139:12b; 3. 11 Peter 3:8 - MSG 4. John 6:37b - AMP
Originally posted September 2009

November 5, 2013

More Sunset Beauty



The extreme beauty of sunsets never cease to amaze and

remind me of the power of the Great Creator and Heavenly Designer.



These photos were taken yesterday between 4:55pm and 5:05pm from Virginia Beach Boulevard. 
I pray you enjoy them as much as I  enjoyed capturing them.    
Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure His greatness.       
The LORD made the earth by His power,  and He preserves it by His wisdom. With His own understanding He stretched out the heavens.    
Psalm 145:3; Jeremiah 51`:15

October 18, 2013

Another Creation Wonder



In his book The Wonders of Creation, Alfred Rehwinkel writes;
“Only once every month, and then only for a very short time, the entire half of the moon’s surface is exposed to the direct rays of the sun. This phase is called the full moon”. Tonight’s moon seemed the perfect example of this great creation wonder.
I trust you enjoy the photo as much as I enjoyed capturing it. 
God made two great lights--the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars~ Genesis 1:16 
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October 9, 2013

More Sunset Beauty



Today, even though it’s dark and rainy outside, this is how



the sunset looked on Saturday past, and yesterday. Whether we see
it or not, the sun is always there and will shine again.


So it is in our lives. Today, it may seem dark and rainy, but be patient, as promised by our Heavenly Father, the sun will shine again.  
Then God said, "Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years”. ~ Genesis 1:14
Photos: Wedgewood Plaza Shopping Center, Norfolk, Va.

October 3, 2013

Day & Night Vision



“Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photo-receptors in their eyes that improve their night vision”.1 
Our Heavenly Father too has eyes that capture every adverse situation or circumstance that we experience. Nothing escapes His keen day or "night" watchful “vision' while we wait expectantly for victory!    
The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you”. ~ Psalm 32:8
Photo taken at: Norfolk Botanical Garden

September 20, 2013

Beauty And The Bee



Bees depend on the beauty of flowers, and on their supply of pollen
and nectar. Without it, they would hardly survive.  
During today, stop. Take a deep breath. Observe the details of a flower, a smile, or a bee. Whisper a prayer. That moment has the ability to transform fearful or apprehensive thoughts into surviving moments of peace, strength, wisdom, hope, and beauty.   
For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 
Special Thanks to: Pamela Fisher, Past President of the Beekeepers Guild of Southeast Virginia 

September 11, 2013

September 11 Tribute



To those 
who  lost their
lives
we remember you
to those
who shared their
lives
we thank you
to those who
still mourn
we mourn with you!
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.~ Galatians 6:2
Photo: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly 
Taken at: Norfolk Botanical Garden 
Special thanks to: Karon P. Hardy for Butterfly Identification


August 30, 2013

Forgiveness



 All our successes, achievements or accomplishments will never exceed the feeling of knowing the freedom and forgiveness promised by the Great Forgiver—Jesus Christ. Remember what you have done. Ask God for forgiveness. Next, move into your future knowing and believing that you are forgiven and that He has promised to exchange scarlet sins and make them white as snow, crimson sins and make them white as wool. 
“Come now, let's settle this," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”  ~ (Isaiah 1:18)

August 16, 2013

Persistence



After a year which included a Hummingbird Workshop with Eli at Norfolk Botanical Garden, purchasing a three color combination Petunia hanging basket, preparing hummingbird nectar, feeder cleaning and changing nectar every three to five days, prayer, it all paid off … a visit from this Ruby Throated Hummingbird. 


Ever feel like you are doing all you can yet seeing no favorable results? Don’t be discouraged, persistence is always rewarded.
So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.~ Galatians 6:9
 Special thanks to:  
Eli: Norfolk Botanical Garden

August 8, 2013

Indian Runner Domestic Ducks

  On one of my recent walks through the park, I spotted these ducks. Since they were life birds for me, I needed help to identify them. I am grateful to J. McGowan, Ph.D, an ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, who graciously identified them as “domestic Mallard ducks, of the Indian Runner variety.”  I trust that you will enjoy them as much I enjoyed capturing them on film.

Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to Him than they are? ~ Matthew 6:26

July 25, 2013

The Greatest Commitment



For years, journaling has helped me capture many special life moments. Today I am sharing with you an entry dated July 21, 1985:
I had no idea how these words would transform my life –
    from pain to peace …  depression to joy …                weakness to strength.   
Never for one moment have I regretted one word of this commitment. 
You will be my people, and I will be your God … And be sure of this: I am with you always, even  of the end of the age."   
1. Jeremiah 30:22; 2. Matthew 28:20


July 12, 2013

Sleep



Sleep can be defined as a state of quietness occurring periodically in man and animals …



In fact, both animals and man can survive longer without food than without sleep … Sleep is a miracle and a mystery … Sleep is a wonderful gift and a profound blessing of the Creator to man.1  
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.2  He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep.3
1. The Wonders of Creation   
2. Psalm 4:8; 3. Psalm 121:3

 

June 28, 2013

Another Amazing Creation Wonder


In his book The Wonders of Creation, Alfred Rehwinkel wrote, “the forces involved in the production of a single cloud or a spring shower of  rain are so enormous and so cosmic in their scope that even the common occurrence is a miracle beyond all comprehension”.
David the psalmist used the wonder of clouds to describe the faithfulness and love of the Great Creator:
I trust you enjoy this gigantic cloud formation captured during a recent visit to Fort Monroe National Monument. as much as I enjoyed capturing it. 
Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the  heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.1  
1. Psalms 36:5

June 21, 2013

Thank You




Yesterday, June 20th, was my fourth anniversary as a blogger. Many thanks to all who have read, followed, sent me messages, or commented on my posts.
May much more of God’s grace, peace, and favor be multiplied to you always.

Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my  God. ~ Philippians 1:3
Photo: Norfolk Botanical Garden

June 7, 2013

Creations Amazing Osprey




Special thanks to my nephew Chris who is aware of my bird watching addiction, and whose keen eyes spotted this Osprey nest, and then alerted me.
In my research I found: 
Osprey nests are built of sticks and lined with bark, sod, grasses, vines, algae, or flotsam and jetsam.
Ospreys can end up with nests 10–13 feet deep and 3–6 feet in diameter—easily big enough for a human to sit in.
This bird choose to build its nest atop a power pole, which would by normal standards be a danger point, and unsafe.
In life, we too are often atop danger points, and unsafe. Opportunities to fear are all around us. Like the osprey securing a safe place for its   young, in the midst of it all, we have a safe place for our young,  promising freedom from fear atop it all.
Listen to Words from the Holy Scriptures through the voice of David the Psalmist: 
“For He will conceal me there when troubles come; He will hide me in His sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock”.
“I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me”?3  
I say that’s good news. What do you say?    
2. Psalm 27:5 3. Psalms 56:11

June 3, 2013

Food Search



One definition given by Webster’s Dictionary for the word food is: ‘something that sustains or nourishes’.          Recently, I captured these Sanderling on Ocean View Beach shoreline, and Canada Geese off Military Highway, as they searched for ‘nourishment’ to sustain them.   
Birds are another amazing wonder from the great Creator that adds ‘nourishment’ to my soul.  
“You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise
you with songs of joy.” ~ Psalms 63:5

 



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May 28, 2013

Refreshed

   As I watched these Mallard & Domestic ducks on my recent walk at Mount Trashmore Park, I too was refreshed, and reminded of this poem by Elizabeth Cheney: 

Overheard in the Orchard

Said the robin to the sparrow,
"I would really like to know
Why those anxious human beings
rush around and worry so."

Said the sparrow to the robin,
"Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father
such as cares for you and me."

May 11, 2013

Unexpected



This red fox was not only an unexpected, but a first time sighting on my recent 6:00am field trip with the     
Virginia Beach Audubon Society.  All birds stayed too distant to capture.
Not this fox. It remained close and posed graciously for all.
I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine. ~ Psalm 50:12

April 29, 2013

Another Bird Treat



Walking is one of my favorite pastimes, especially when I am accompanied by my nine year old great nephew Cairon. Not only does he exude endless energy as a
budding footballer, but has the keenest eyes for spotting birding treats. We both enjoyed this Kildeer Plover


as it posed for for us first with a  Canada Goose, then with a Double-crested Cormorant, and hope that you will also. 
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams~ Psalms 23:2   
Photos taken at: Mt. Trashmore Park    
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April 18, 2013

Canada Geese Family



I am not sure how long the nest was there, but within a few days of my observing, a family was formed. It seemed only one gosling survived. I hope you enjoy the progression as much as I did.
“For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine”. ~ Psalm 50:10-11.

April 5, 2013

Anti-Worry Words



Two definitions of the word worry given by Webster’s Dictionary are: to feel or experience concern or anxiety or to be concerned or troubled. 
No physician in this world can prescribe, or recommend anti-worry medication as a cure for concern or trouble. As one prone to worry, I have discovered that the most effective way to deal with the habit is to refer often to Words of comfort such as these found in the pages of the Holy Scriptures spoken by Jesus, and recorded in the book of Luke 12:27-28:
"Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”   
Are you a worrier? Do you find these Words comforting also?  
Photo: Prelude – Camellia Japonica   
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March 26, 2013

Not Sure?




On one of our recent walks, this bird was spotted by the keen eyes of my nine year old great nephew Cairon.

Never having seen one quite like it before, I again sought identification help among my bird watching experts: “Morph of an intermediate adult snow goose (from Crosley Guide),”  “looks like a hybrid goose,” “looks like a cross between a Canadian Goose and a White-fronted Goose or Snow Goose,”  and “no telling for sure,” were my responses.



As a bird watcher, I may never be able to identify many of the birds I see,

however, I have the ability through the expertise of Scripture to be sure in the identification of my Heavenly Father: 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!" ~ John 8:58
But you are always the same; you will live forever. ~ Psalm 102:27
"I am the LORD, and I do not change.” ~ Malachi 3:6a
What do you say?