Photo Friday: May your day be filled with images that inspire you!

- Morgan, Rebekah, Elaine, Savanah Photo Friday this week begins in Durham, where Rebekah and I met cousins for dinner and conversation around higher education. Shafe and Elaine Alexander's girls (Morgan and Savanah) are looking at North Carolina State and Duke. So we met at their hotel before heading into downtown Durham to "It's a …

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For the Beauty of the Earth

It's another beautiful Saturday here in Wake Forest. I've had this song floating around in my head - my spirit really - most of the morning. John Rutter's "For the Beauty of the Earth." For the beauty of the earth For the beauty of the skies For the love which from our birth Over and …

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shifting my point of view – Tampa (cruise III)

 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 It’s interesting how you can live somewhere 17 years, move away, and then see the old place in a way you never have before, all because of a visit of just a few hours. Tampa has always been an …

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It’s a Wonderful World – “four-photo-Thursday”

 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light...  God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, …

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the art of family, and the joy of celebrating life

Don't misunderstand me when I say that I really enjoyed Saturday morning's memorial service for Myrt Hubbard Alexander. The occasion was sad, poignant, and memorable, yes - but it was also a celebration full with joy. First Presbyterian Church of Apopka was packed to overflowing with people, and the participants all shared wonderful stories that told …

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four photographs: a day is like a thousand years

" But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day." - 2 Peter 3:8 It's interesting how photographs can distill our experiences. I'm not sure that "a picture paints a thousand words" so much as that a picture …

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my cup of blessing…

Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance! I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will …

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stunning sunset photos and road-trip images

One of the absolute best things I get to do as an author is to talk about faith at conferences and retreats. Here's some relevant pre-retreat dialogue: Unsuspecting pastor or men's leader: "Wow, this Derek Maul guy's a pretty good writer; let's ask him to come talk for four hours over a weekend." Me: "OK. …

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a day in the life of a (blessed) grandaddy…

No time for writing today, so I'm simply going to load up this series of pictures. Yes, being with my grandkids speaks more clearly than words sometimes. And, on this midterm election day, I believe ( I hope) that these photographs will do a great job of reminding all of us of what it is …

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