August 2022 in 31 Spectacular Photos!

But this is precisely what is written: God has prepared things for those who love him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being 1 Corinthians 2:9 - Photographer Derek Maul August 2022 turned out to be an amazing month for many reasons. We were …

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Everyone seems to be missing the point: another “facepalm Jesus” column

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were troubled and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36 So I failed - at least three times - trying to navigate one of those "follow these easy steps to make a meme" website. But I do at least have the …

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Stunning photographs of the grandchildren at Dry Falls (first of the Nikon DSLR images)

- Upper Cullasaja Falls Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Psalm 96:11-12 - at Dry Falls Home again, working at my desktop iMac computer, I can finally begin …

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A spectacular day exploring Clingmans Dome and Dry Falls

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.Psalm 121:1-2 - on top of Clingman's Dome The only possible word to summarize Wednesday's mountain experiences with the grandchildren is "spectacular." It helps, of course, that this is all …

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if it was a choice between my words making sense and my life telling the story…

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone …

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What are you reading this summer? I have a recommendation…

I often talk (write) about books that I'm in the process of reading. Currently I have four on the go: What's So Amazing About Grace by Philip Yancey, The Prisoner of Azkaban (book three of the Harry Potter series), a primer/sampler of writings by classic Christian thinkers (this week features Søren Kierkegaard), and (afternoons with …

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“Not even Solomon in all his glory” – Photo Friday

This morning's "Photo Friday" collection comprises two categories: Family, and Flowers. Both add such light and beauty to my life and today I'm just spreading it around. I love the juxtaposition in this first pairing. Geoffrey, absolutely loaded with energy; grabbing every moment with the bright-eyed enthusiasm of discovery; propelled by possibility, promise, curiosity, and …

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“Please keep shedding/sharing the light!”

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8 Woe to those who call evil good    and good evil,who put darkness for light    and light for darkness,who put bitter for sweet    and sweet for bitter.Isaiah 5:20 - …

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“Red Flowers are Red Young Man” – Van Gogh begs to differ

From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.Philippians 4:8 - at the Van Gogh Immersive …

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“Above all else, guard your heart” (the problem with my progressive lenses)

Above all else, guard your heart,    for everything you do flows from it.Proverbs 4:23 - Derek Maul Sometimes, watching this world through the windows of various media, news outlets, magazine pages etcetera, digital, video, audio, print and more, I try to remind myself that I am not so much an observer of actual life as a consumer …

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