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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“Sexual Ornaments” – Most decorations have a backstory, think about writing yours down

When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:1-12 I have always thought that a Christmas Tree - or at least a real …

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the solution to darkness is not artificial light

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”John 8:12 - Derek Maul writes about hope and light Have you ever woken up in a dark bedroom, maybe …

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Jesus throwing down another challenge

The wolf will live with the lamb,    and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;    the calf and the young lion will feed together,    and a little child will lead them. The cow and the bear will graze.    Their young will lie down together,    and a lion will eat straw like an ox.Isaiah 11:6-7 I am one of those soft-hearted …

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Hope Turns on the Light

 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.Hebrews 10:23 - tree, in process Wednesday, December 1, 2021. We are well into the first week of Advent, still thinking about the key words of "Hope" and "Light." Also, and very much apropos to the theme, Rebekah and I are in the …

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The architecture of my life (be a Japanese Maple)

- outside the dining room window He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. Ecclesiastes 3:11-12 This …

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Just 4 for Photo Friday – “The Beauty and the Art of Grace.”

- Maul Hall from the back.... This morning I have just a handful of pictures for "Photo Friday." It has been a spectacularly beautiful week here in Wake Forest, but various commitments have taken all of my time so there's been little in the way of photography. Most of these images show the untidy, unmanageable, …

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The danger of forgetting the beauty and the light

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s …

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Photo Friday: “Every Good & Perfect Gift…”

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 Fencing off the neighbors! - my current favorite of us.... Photo Friday this week takes a look at some of the work going on around my parents' home next door. It's a beautiful …

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