Let the Wild Rumpus start! (and let our spirits dance…)

“And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”Maurice Sendak Yes, you will go out with celebration,    and you will be brought back in peace.Even the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you;    all the trees of the field will clap their hands.Isaiah 55:12 So it may have been ultra cold Saturday, and we …

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My best bird photos from a snowy Saturday in Wake Forest

Birds are, in a sense, a guided interactional devotional experience. It is as if I have been personally invited into a festival of beauty and praise by The Creator. Maybe I have? The following is always a great combination - for photography, for serendipity, and also for smiles: January, North Carolina, snow, cold, woods, and …

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Fun with snow photos: snow = art

- Early morning light in Tyler Run Park, Wake Forest NC Lord, our Lord, how majestic    is your name throughout the earth!    You made your glory higher than heaven! From the mouths of children and infants    you have laid a strong foundation    because of your foes,    in order to stop vengeful enemies. When I look up at your skies,    at what your fingers …

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Antidote to “The Loss of Wonder” – Photo Friday

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I …

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New glasses, and seeing clearly what we don’t need

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."Matthew 6:19-21 - new glasses! …

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From Smart Phones to Carrier Pigeons (when more tech is the last thing you need!)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 - at the Verizon store Today has been another one of those busy busy busy days - all details and logistics, stuff to iron out, problems to solve, no time for any writing. …

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When the words won’t come – and a prayer for America

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. - 1 Timothy 6:17 - stock image Too often, wanting to post a few thoughts for the day …

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Life: “The Lord has done it this very day!”

 How very good and pleasant it is    when God's people live together in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head,    running down upon the beard,on the beard of Aaron,    running down over the collar of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon,    which falls on the mountains of Zion.For there the Lord ordained his blessing,    life forevermore.Psalm 133 Sunday, …

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A “first” for me: choosing and then joining a church

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one anotherHebrews 10:22-25 - Derek at church Today, Sunday January 16, it had been …

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Everyone Counts! Why we need even the weakest among us!

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.1 Corinthians 12:4-6 These past few weeks have involved a lot of visits to eye doctors for my …

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