A Big Week for Special Moments (Photo-Friday)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.James 1:17 - Beks turns nine! Getting under way with Beks' ninth birthday last Saturday, this has been a pretty interesting week. Add in Father's Day, a big birthday for our son Andrew, Beks' first …

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Every picture tells a story (11 Photo-Friday images)

The Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east and put there the human he had formed. In the fertile land, the Lord God grew every beautiful tree with edible fruit, and also he grew the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.Genesis 2:8-9 - …

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Nine images, nine prayers of gratitude – #PhotoFriday

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.James 1:12 This week may have been dominated by my parents' 70th wedding anniversary; but - as per usual - there was so much more …

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Early Light, and frustrated but thankful hearts

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!    His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness;    his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;    therefore, I will hope in him!”Lamentations 3:22-24 - morning coffee on the deck Rebekah and I are more than a little bummed this morning not to be over in Wilson. We are thankful …

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Struggle, craziness, serendipity, goodness, and light – Photo Friday offers a glimpse

Here - in the middle of all the craziness and struggle of the past few days - is a quick "Photo Friday" collection. Always, regardless of what is going on, there is so much serendipity and beauty and goodness and light. I am always grateful, then, that God has granted me the ability (most of …

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North Carolina at its beautiful best

- Raleigh from the golf course Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, …

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Five Photo Friday: grateful for serendipity

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ …

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a splash of North Carolina springtime

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.Song of Solomon 2:11-12 This is the start of our 9th April here in North Carolina, but I am still just …

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Passing it on: celebrating four generations of faithful love

There can be a lot that gets passed along, generation to generation. Family stories, history, genes, opportunities, gifts, giftedness, a love for certain things. But probably the most important inheritance turns out to be faithfulness, commitment, and love. We are a family that not only believes we are God's dearly beloved children, but puts that …

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This is the day the Lord has made. (My VW TDi and living a trajectory of gratitude)

This was the Lord’s doing;It is marvelous in our eyes.This is the day the Lord has made;We will rejoice and be glad in it.Psalm 118:23-24 This morning our son, Andrew, dropped the following message in my inbox: "Happy birthday Golf." "Has it been 10 years?" I replied. Turns out, yes. - "Golf" March 3, 2012, Tuscany Italy While the birthday of a …

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