Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Make sure that nobody
pays back wrong for
wrong, but always strive
to do what is good for
each other and for
everyone else."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:15, NIV

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Sun
"Sun Rising in the Clouds"
(C) Allen Pearson
What is important in this life? It was a question I often asked when I was starting my career and getting married. When I was first starting out in my career with a school system, my intent was to work there until I found a full-time job in my field-of-study which was Mass Communications. I had a part-time job at a Christian radio station and was hoping that one day, it would be full-time. The day never came for me to work full-time in radio but I had an awesome 10 years working with awesome people and its where I met my wife.

As life went on, I learned to live by my means and not more. I had expenses which were to be met and the everyday life stuff too. I was having a good time and loving the life that God had provided for me. 

As I worked my career with the school system, I promoted within to better-paying jobs with more responsibility. The work was good and taught me quite a few life lessons too. Also, I had the opportunity to meet many awesome people.

Some of the people I met had everything I could imagine and were acquiring more all the time. A fancy car, the best in clothing, always brought the best foods or snacks to office luncheons and the best whatever else there was to have. I found them to be interesting people and it gave me thought, is this what's important in life?  Do I always work to always acquire more? It was an awesome idea in my young mind.

My parents were probably best described at the time as middle to lower middle class where my father worked but my mother worked at home until I was old enough to go off to high school. We had what we needed but not much more. My parents took good care of me and always provided.

We went to church too. Every time the doors were open, we were there. My parents were active in the church throughout the years.  They instilled the importance of Christian values and being a Christian.

As I worked and thought about what's important in life, the return of Christian values often returned to my mind.  When I got married, I realized that, even more, there are more important things in life than expensive clothing, fancy cars, and homes. Besides my wife, first and foremost, was God. It is important to keep God in the forefront of all I do. Worshipping Him is the true foundation to life and happiness.

What is important in this life? The lesson was easy to learn as I saw other people becoming wealthy and the like. Keeping God first, others second-my wife, and I last brought God's blessings throughout life.

To learn more about Jesus, God and His Plan of Salvation for man, please visit Peace With God

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Garden Perspectives! Black and White Dahlia Bloom

"Black and White Dahlia Bloom"
(C) Allen Pearson
I have become fascinated with Black and White Photography. Though being one who loves the color and bringing out all the color I can in a photograph, I have become a bit intrigued by the black and white too.

For this photograph, I took an image I created and worked on it in Lightroom to get a depth of intrigue that I like.

If you would like to purchase a print, "Black and White Dahlia Bloom" is available on traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

I am interested in reading your professional opinion on this image. Please share in the comments below.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"How great you are,
Sovereign Lord!
There is no one like you,
and there is no God but you,
as we have heard
with our own ears."

- 2 Samuel 7:22, NIV

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


Clouds
"Clouds in the Heavens"
(C) Allen Pearson

Over the past few years, I've gotten back into watching some of the old black and white television shows of the 1950's and 60's. I love watching episodes of "I Love Lucy," "Dennis the Menace," "Father Knows Best," "Hazel," "Andy Griffith," "Donna Reed" and "Leave it to Beaver." The old shows remind me of my childhood when we were allowed to watch only a few shows a day. What? My parents didn't allow my brother and I to watch much television as they wanted us to spend time outside playing and learning to entertain ourselves. Back then, I didn't understand that, but now as I look back, I can see their point. I don't need to rely on television or video games to keep me entertained These days, I prefer to be outside more than sitting inside watching TV.

As I watch these old shows, in many of the episodes, I can see some great moral and values lessons. Do not steal, or lie, always be a friend, and always go to church on Sunday. Nothing should keep you from church on Sunday.

One of my favorite episodes of "Leave it to Beaver" is where Beaver gets into some trouble. He is trying to trick someone which just leads him into more trouble. As the episode plays through you see his escapades and adventures to stay out of trouble himself while he was getting into it and he learns that it doesn't work. In the end, June, his mother shares, that "although other people may not know what you've done, God does." Beaver is surprised and listens intently. June continues, "God knows all and sees all and still loves you." I was surprised to see the true lesson that June was teaching Beaver on television. All truth.

My parents grew up in homes with a Christian influence. My father was a Pastor's Kid, known in Christian circles as a "PK" and my mother's mother was a Christian raised her in the church and Christian life. I was blessed with being raised in a Christian home being taught family and Christian values.

These values, have followed me through life. After I became a Christian, God has always been a part of my life directing it in the way He knows is best.  If you would like to learn more about Jesus, God, and becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Tank Cars Rolling"

"Tank Cars Rolling"
(C) Allen Pearson
Spending some time with a friend going railfanning through the western areas of Virginia has proven to be an awesome experience. Not only do I get to watch trains go by, and make a new friend, I was often reminded of many awesome memories of trains go by my grandmother's house in West Virginia or through the town of Manassas.

There is an art to railroad photography which means, to me, finding the beauty in locations where you can watch trains or finding something unique to share. For me, this has been an interesting experience to look for the unique art of the railroad. To view my work, please visit the Railroad Gallery at Allen Pearson's Photos.

"Tank Cars Rolling" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture Graphic
(C) Allen Pearson

"But he said to me,
'My grace is sufficient 
for you, for my power is
made perfect in weakness.'
Therefore I will boast
all the more gladly
of my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ
may rest upon me."

- 2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Garden Perspectives: Blue Stem Sea Holly Blooming

"Bluestem Sea Holly Blooming"
(C) Allen Pearson
When I was traveling in California around 10 years ago, I came across a beautiful flower at one of the gardens I visited, the Bluestem Sea Holly. I waited for the onslaught of honey bees to clear away so I could capture a photo or two of the awesome flower.

The "Blue Stem Sea Holly Blooming" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery.

I enjoy sharing my work on various products.  When I find a new product, typically, I will test my images on it and determine whether it is something I like and think clients will enjoy. Should you find something you think others might enjoy, you are welcome to contact me from my website to share details.

I offer a variety of products like coffee mugs, journals, notepads, and the like at my store, Allen Pearson's Photos at Cafe-Press.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Virginia Bluebells"
(C) Allen Pearson
He Took It
by Max Lucado

Denalyn and I had enjoyed a nice dinner at a local restaurant. As we received our bill, a church member spotted us and came over. After we chatted a few moments, he took our bill. “I’ll take this,” he said. Guess what? I let him do what he wanted to do. I let him take it away.

Someday we will stand before God. All of us will be present.  All of us will have to give an account for our lives…every thought, every deed, every action. Were it not for the grace of Christ, I would find this to be a very terrifying thought. Yet, according to Scripture, Jesus came to “take away the sins of the world” (John 1:29 Phillips).

On that day, I will point to Christ. When my list of sins is produced, I will gesture toward him and say, “He took it.” Let him take yours.

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

Interested in learning more about God's Gift of Salvation for man? Please visit Peace With God.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Garden Perspectives: Red Dahlia Blast


Red Dahlia Blast
"Red Dahlia Blast"
(C) Allen Pearson
Dahlia's are becoming one of my favorite flowers to photograph. The variety of colors bring such beauty to a landscape and for others to enjoy. I have planted the annual variety over the years, but haven't pursued the perennial mostly because the flower isn't native to where I live and I use mostly natives.  In my front yard, I use a variety of annuals to provide color and garden "work" for me to do. To me, its not really work but a passion, so I use a variety of plants including Petunias and Vincas.

The "Red Dahlia Blast" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your might."

- Deuteronomy 6:5, ESV

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Garden Perspectives! Tiger Lily

"Tiger Lily"
(C) Allen Pearson
Several years ago, I had an awesome container garden in my backyard. The previous owner had built a swingset for his children and removed it before we moved in. However, he didn't build-up the soil where the children had played for several years.The area would make a great container garden so I had a friend frame out the 10' X 10' area with 2 X 4's and build the soil up and level it out. In the middle, a huge 4 X 4 was posted so I could post bird houses and feeders.

I used the container garden to put unique annuals and perennials that I liked and didn't fit in the native plant theme of my wildlife garden. Also, I used it to experiment with my "plant hospital" skills.

The "Tiger Lily" was one of my first attempts at having a "plant hospital" in my backyard. I bought the plant for $1 at Lowes and read the little tag to what the plant was and the care it needed.  Before long, it had grown out to a beautiful flower.  The following summer, it grew tremendously. Just shows what some T-L-C will do for a plant.

The "Tiger Lily" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website. Please visit my CafePress store/Allen Pearson's Photos.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Easter
(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission

It is NO APRIL FOOL's!

The first of April is traditionally celebrated as April Fool’s day. I can remember many of my friends over the years playing practical jokes on me and having a good laugh. It was always a fun day, but one of caution and wondering who would do what to me next! And, yes, of course, I liked to play jokes on my friends too.

Today, being Easter and April Fool’s Day, I couldn’t help but think about the one important aspect of my life which isn’t a joke, not at all. Nor, is it to be taken lightly.  Becoming a Christian and serving God.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that God gave His only Son for the sins of man so we can have eternal life.
Easter
(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that Jesus died on a rugged cross for the sins of man

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that man can be forgiven for his sins by declaring Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised from the dead, you will be saved.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that God’s Gift of Salvation is free and a gift to man. Man does not work for it. It is given for the asking.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that a man who gives his life to Christ is a forgiven Christian and given eternal life spending eternity in Heaven with Jesus.

It is NO APRIL FOOL’s that a once Christian, God will walk with man throughout his life to lead him in His Perfect Will.

If you would like to accept Christ's awesome gift to us, the Gift of Salvation- eternal life, please read and pray through the following-

Admit
Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we  confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 
(24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
- Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him 
should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16, ESV 

Confess
Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
 - Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  
 - Romans 10:13, ESV

Pray
"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to 
prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
 for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."

Amen

Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family.  So, what's next-

  • Get baptized.
  • Buy a Bible.
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible.
  • Find a Mentor.
  • Learn how to Pray.
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.
If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Dog Photography

"A Weimaraner "
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved 
A Weimaraner is one absolutely beautiful dog. Of course, if you know me, I love dogs period. Doesn't really matter to me the breed... I love dogs, I know from a lifetime of experience the enjoyment and happiness, and in my case better health too, that my dog has brought to my wife and me.

I love creating artwork of clients' best friends! The Weimaraner was created at a park that was a client's favorite place to go with their dog. The photography work was done for a surprise Christmas present which was, even more, fun for me.

My goal in my photography work is to produce top quality images on the best products at a reasonable price for the client. I schedule appointments Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7 a.m. or 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.and 4 p.m. As the days get longer, the evening times will move to later time to allow better use of the sunlight as it is setting.

A favorite place to photograph dogs is in historical locations such as Old Town Manassas, Manassas National Battlefield, Brentsville Historic District and the like. Parks are awesome too!

Please visit my dog photography work at Allen Pearson's Photos, The Dog Gallery.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible Graphic
(C) Allen Pearson

"He was despised and rejected
by men, a man of sorrows
and acquainted with grief;
and as one from who men hide
their faces he was despised,
and we esteemed him not."

- Isaiah 53:3, ESV

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Potomac River in Great Falls"
(C) Allen Pearson

What If You’re Wrong?
by Dr. Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

Some of you are wondering whether or not you ought to give your heart to Jesus Christ. You may ask, “What if Adrian Rogers is not right? What if the Gospel is not true?” Let's suppose that what I believe is wrong--that the Bible is a bundle of blunders. Let's suppose there is no God and that Christ never died for our sins. Well, you're going to die anyway. So you're no worse off. But suppose I'm right and you're wrong. By coming to Jesus, you've got everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Now, it takes more than that kind of rationality to come to the Lord, but you need to do a little spiritual calculation. The Holy Spirit will prove to you that what I say is true.

For more from Love Worth Finding and Pastor Adrian Rogers and to learn about salvation, please visit Love Worth Finding, Assurance of Salvation

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"Have you not known?
Have you not heard? The Lord is the
everlasting God, the Creator of the
ends of the earth. He does not faint or
grow weary;  His understanding is
unsearchable."

- Isaiah 40:28, ESV 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Garden Perspectives: "Miss Dahlia's Pink and White" Happy Spring!

"Miss Dahlia's Pink and White"
(C) Allen Pearson
Happy Spring! 

I always look forward to the "First Day of Spring" every year. For the most part, it means the snowstorms and seriously cold weather are over for another year. As I write this, the weather forecast is predicting a snowstorm for today which may bring a few inches. Most likely, as the storms did all winter, this storm will go up the coast and pass us! Even if it does snow more than a few inches, it will melt off fairly quickly. Though I can remember a few snowstorms in my years of living in the Northern Virginia area which brought quite a bit of snow. We'll see!

The "Miss Dahlia's Pink and White" was created at a neighbor's garden. The man who grew the flower loves Dahlia's as his yard is covered with a variety of colors ranging from white to red to purple. Of course, it's a temptation for me to grow some in my own yard.

"Miss Dahlia's Pink and White" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery- Miss Dalia's Pink and White.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

Do you have a favorite season? How about a favorite season to photograph? Please share in the comments below.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Leaf
"Leaf on Pond"
(C) Allen Pearson

Have You Accepted His Gift?
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life
 in Christ Jesus our Lord."

- Romans 6:23

If you’re a professional baseball player these days, you can get into the Hall of Fame by hitting about three out of ten balls successfully. And sadly, this is how a lot of people think about their sin. They think everything’s fine as long as they’re hitting a good batting average with God.

But God doesn’t look at our sin through human eyes. Otherwise, there would be no need for Good Friday or Easter.

Sin is a big deal to God because it violates his holiness. It requires a righteous judgment. It demands a payment because as today’s verse says, “the wages of sin is death.”

When you look at the cross, you see what God thinks about sin. And God said that sin is so tragic, so terrible, and so wrong that it demands a payment. It’s a payment he sent in the form of his Son, Jesus Christ, who was put to death on the cross for your sin and mine.

But here’s the good news of the cross, and the good news of Easter: Jesus Christ died on the cross on Good Friday, but he rose again on Easter Sunday!

Jesus went to the cross to die, but now you and I go the cross to live. The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Have you accepted his gift?

To learn more about God's Plan for your life, please visit PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham, New Life in Christ.

Devotion used by written permission of PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Canadian Pacific Leads the Freight"

"Canadian Pacific Leads the Freight"
(C) Allen Pearson
One of my favorite aspects of railfanning is seeing what is sometimes referred to as "foreign power." When I first heard the term, I thought they meant a train from a European or Asian country or the locomotive was built there. Obviously, a train could not come to the USA from anywhere overseas. It could mean Canada or Mexico though.  Basically, it was neither.

"Foreign Power" means the locomotive is from another railroad like a Union Pacific locomotive powering a train on Norfolk Southern rails Or CSX doing the same. And vice versa. Though in this image, the train is being led by a locomotive from another country, Canada, it is being led by a foreign railroad too- Canadian Pacific. To see it, was exciting.

The "Canadian Pacific Leads the Freight" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Railroad Photography Gallery.

If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please email me from my website.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture Graphic
(C) Allen Pearson

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,
singing psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, 
with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

- Colossians 3:16, ESV

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday's Thought

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"In this the love of God was made
manifest among us, that God sent
his only Son into the world, so
that we might live through him."

- 1 John 4:9, ESV

In the challenges of life, I find it comforting to know Jesus loves me, cares about me and is always with me come what may. While it may seem trivial, trite or repeative, its one of those things in life where you have to believe, have faith, hold onto the belief and learn about God as you go through this life.

Simple as that? Technically, yes, it is. However, I have to share that there will be challenges, some of them more challenging than you imagine, but God will be there with you. I can name several situations in life where I thought I was going to lose my mind. However, in the midst of those, I felt God' Presence and comfort to get me through them.

It all starts with belief and faith.

Interested in learning more about God and His Plan of Salvation for man? Visit Peace With God.





Saturday, March 10, 2018

Daylight Savings Time: Spring Clocks Forward

(C) StoryBlocks, Used by Permission

Tomorrow, Sunday, March 11, begins Daylight Savings Time. I love this time of year of moving the clocks forward which causes there to be more hours of daylight at the end of the day.

I love because it makes scheduling dog photography clients easier since their humans often work and aren't available early day. Over the winter months, since the sunset is usually earlier, like 5 p.m., I have to schedule clients on Saturdays which can limit the time I get to spend with the dog.

For me, I love the sunlight so daylight savings time means the days are getting longer and longer and, well, longer which equates to more time outside. Longer days mean warmer days are on the way too. Which means more time outside too. My winter hibernation days will soon be over.

So, I don't get busy and forget tonight to change the clocks and sleep through church tomorrow, I start setting the clocks in the house which we don't use during the day, one-hour ahead especially the bedroom alarm clock. Also, an easy way to remember which direction to set your clock, I remember this simple poem, "Spring Forward, Fall Back!"

Daylight Savings Time Begins!
Spring Forward! 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Garden Perspectives: The Blue Pansy

"The Blue Pansy"
(C) Allen Pearson
A few years ago, I began planting Pansies in a variety of colors along the front walk, in hanging flower baskets and pots on the front porch. The intent was to give me an outside project to do in the fall when I would normally put away my gardening supplies and begin my winter hibernation.

I was surprised and happy to see the Pansies grow and create a gorgeous landscape of color! I received quite a few compliments on them. What surprised me was the flower seemed to die over the harsh parts of winter and quickly returned to life in late winter to usher in beautiful color cheering up the otherwise drab landscape.

The color and intrinsic simplistic detail of the Pansy gets my attention to the flower. If you look around at Garden Centers, the variety of colors can create a color palette to cheer up a landscape.

"The Blue Pansy" is available on printed products including traditional quality archival papers you can frame, metal, canvas, standouts, posters, and notecards. To learn more, please visit my Garden Perspectives Gallery.




Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"And without faith it is 
impossible too please Him,
for whoever would draw near to
God must believe that he
exists and that he rewards
those who seek him"

- Hebrews 11:6, ESV

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Sunrise"
(C) Allen Pearson
Satan's a Liar!
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries

"Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
 He said to the woman, “Did God actually say…?”"

-- Genesis 3:1

One of Satan’s favorite strategies is to try to make you and me doubt God’s word. And this is exactly the tack he took with Eve in the Garden of Eden. Remember the story?

Satan told Eve, "God knows if you take of this fruit and you eat, you will be as God. God's holding out on you, Eve. He says He loves you, but he’s really jealous. Take and eat, enjoy, fulfill yourself and you'll be happy!"

Can you see how Satan distorted and twisted what God told Eve and caused her to doubt the love of God. And that’s what he does with us today. He comes to us with half-truths and innuendoes and tries to plant questions in our mind concerning God.

He especially likes to do this when we’re facing trials and struggles. He comes when you’re weak and says, "Does God really care about you?" That’s because if he can get you to doubt God’s word and love, then it’s a slippery slope into the sin of unbelief. This is exactly how sin entered the human race through Adam and Eve.

Don’t be deceived by the enemy. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

DON’T BE DECEIVED BY THE ENEMY!

To learn more about God's Plan for your life, please visit PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham, New Life in Christ.

Devotion used by written permission of PowerPoint Ministries with Jack Graham.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Rescue[d] Dog Photography

"Looking for a Human to Love!"
(C) Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved

One of the most awesome pleasures I have in my photography work is photographing dogs and cats for local rescues.  I love the idea that photographs I've taken can and often do help the dog or cat to find humans to love and their "Forever Homes!"

The images in this post were created at an Adoption Event for Operation Paws for Homes! I love the initial meeting of the new dogs- the dog hasn't met me yet so they can be cautious and curious. Sometimes, I can see the

When I am photographing a dog to be adopted, I like to try to get the dog smiling or like he's posing for a human trying to get their attention. Avoid any cuts or scares which aren't an issue for an adopter such as a shaving by the Veterinarian for tests or treatments. The rescue volunteer will inform you of these matters.

(C) Rescue[d] Dog Photography,
Allen Pearson, All Rights Reserved
Some rescues want just a portrait of the dog or cat while some want to a full body, so I learn what they want and work with that.  Either way, I will work to bring out the best in the animal.

For certain breeds, like the Pit Bull, Doberman Pinscher, and others which seem to be considered vicious, since I do not support those beliefs, I work to get an excellent shot of the dog to show it's beauty.

I do not spend time photographing dogs and cats for adoption for attention but as it is my way to help them increase their chances of being adopted and ending up in a great "Forever Home" with humans to love on them forever. Yes, I'm doing it for the dogs and cats!

Another side is the helping the community be a better place and donating to worthy causes. When I first started out showing my photography at art festivals and exhibits, I received quite a few requests for art donations to support various worthy causes. My work in photographing rescued dogs allows me to support my community through a cause which I believe in.

Another exciting tidbit about photographing these dogs and cats is the rescues have mentioned their adoption rates have increased with the better photos! Makes my day!



Friday, March 2, 2018

Garden Perspectives: Caladium

"Caladium"
(C) Allen Pearson
With Spring seeming to be right around the corner, though Vern's official arrival isn't until March 21, I had to share an image of one of my photos warm weather plants, the Caladium.

For most of my life, I remember seeing these beautiful plants in garden centers, my mother's garden and home as well as throughout museums and businesses.

I never paid much attention to the plant for my own since it requires a shady area rather than direct sunlight until I moved to a house with a front porch. Though porch does receive a bit of afternoon sun in the warmer seasons, it's not enough to harm the plant especially the ones which allow part sun.

What kept my attention on the plant over the years? The intricate design and colors have been the draw for me.

Printed copies of this image are available on various printed products such as traditional archival quality paper, metal, canvas, standouts and note cards. To view products for "Caladium," please visit "Allen Pearson's Photos - Garden Perspectives - Caladium."

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"I am the Alpha and 
the Omega,"says the 
Lord God," who is and
who was and who is 
to come, the
Almighty."

- Revelation 1:8, ESV

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Billy Graham Evangelist Association
"Between Sept. 25 and Nov. 20 of 1949, some 350,000 people gather under a huge tent—often called a "canvas cathedral"—in Los Angeles to hear Billy Graham preach." - Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Used by Permission

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord … 
that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

—Revelation 14:13, NKJV

For as long as I can remember, Billy Graham was an indirect part of my life. I wasn't saved nor did I find God through his ministries, as I became a Christian through my local church, but I knew of him and his powerful sermons. Many of his Evangelistic Crusades were broadcast on television where I was able to watch a few. My aunt and grandfather gave me several of his books over the years too. I remember these being easier to read and understand than many of the other Christian books I had obtained.
Billy Graham Evangelist Association
"On June 1, 1957, ABC broadcasts the first of 14 live, primetime, hour-long Billy Graham telecasts from Madison Square Garden. The network estimated the weekly viewership at 7 million people." - Billy Graham Evangelist Association, Used by Permission

I knew Billy Graham has one purpose in life which was to share the Gospel with the entire world. Though doing it was God working in his life. He always presented the Gospel in the simplest form possible so everyone could hear it, not just those who could understand what he was saying. His heart was in reaching others and loving them for Jesus. 

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to go to the Billy Graham Library during the Christmas season. For me, this was an eye-opening experience. The tour took you on a journey from the first revival meeting and crusade through many of his experiences around the world. It was an amazing experience. What I loved best about the visit is it wasn't really about him, it was about Jesus Christ and sharing the Good News of the Bible. At the end of the tour, before you exit, you are given the opportunity to hear the Gospel and talk with someone. I was impressed at how this was done as it wasn't shoved in my face and I wasn't yell at to "REPENT NOW!" 

After a visit to the Library, I visited his home. Here was a man who had traveled the world and done so many awesome things and yet, he lived so simple. His home was much like what my parents had when I was growing up. There wasn't anything luxurious. He lived a life where everything was to be used for reaching others for Christ.

What I took away from this visit was how one man can make a difference in this world for the cause of Christ. Billy Graham became a Christian at 16 and followed God's Will for his life. Simple as that. He had the purpose of sharing the Good News of the Gospel and never wavered from that.  He didn't get into the doctrines and theologies or the awesome depths of the Bible when he was sharing, he simply shared.  It was an inspiration to me to share the Gospel in its simplest form with others too.

When I needed to find a few photos for this post, I went to the BillyGraham website and to the Press links. As soon as I clicked on "Press Releases," the next page opens with a quick statement about meeting Jesus and the Gospel. Awesome Billy Graham.

Have you been hearing news stories and media coverage about Billy Graham? Have you been wondering what the message of his life was all about? Please visit Peace With God to learn about God's Plan of Salvation.

Billy Graham Evangelist Association
"Many times I have been driven to prayer," Billy Graham once said. "When I was in Bible school I didn't know what to do with my life. I used to walk the streets…and pray, sometimes for hours at a time. In His timing, God answered those prayers, and since then prayer has been an essential part of my life." (photo: Pittsburg, 1968) - Billy Graham Evangelist Association, Used by Permission

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word




"For we do not wrestle against
flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the authorities,
against the cosmic powers
over this present darkness
against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly places."

- Ephesians 6:12, ESV

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Bible Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"For God so loved
the world,
that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish 
but have eternal life."

- John 3:16, ESV

The school shooting this week in Florida was nothing less than tragic. It's frightening to learn its the worst school shooting in American history. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims and the community.

As I watched or listened to the news, I kept hearing the statement about needing "more gun control, more gun control" and seeing faces and faces of hurt and pain. It breaks my heart to see this. 

However, it's not gun control or more mental health care which our society needs. It's God. We need to return to asking God to be in our society and our lives. When we start ignoring God or leaving God out of our lives and society, we allow the evil forces of the world ro run rampant.

While I know becoming a Christian isn't going to stop or prevent the tragedies of this life from happening as they are a bit of life, God will give you peace, comfort, and love to get you through these times. Not only that, when you go thtough the loss of loved ones or friends, God will be there for you.

However, God isn't one of those who will "but" into your life without you asking Him. He wants you to ask Him, to invite Him, with the sincerity of your entire heart to come into your life.

How do you do that? By reading and praying through the following:

Admit
Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 
(24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, 
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
- Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life
 in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, 
that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."
 - John 3:16, ESV 

Confess
Confess your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth 
that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart 
that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
- Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” - Romans 10:13, ESV

Pray
"Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. I place my trust in You alone
for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."

Amen

Now, you're a Christian - Welcome to the family. So, what's next-

  • Find a 100% Bible-believing, teaching, preaching church. Here are a few resources:
  • Find believers (Christians) to fellowship with.
  • Get baptized.
  • Read the Book of John.
  • Get in a Bible Study.
  • Daily: Pray and read the Bible
  • Find a Mentor
  • Learn how to Pray
  • If you find yourself asking "Why am I not perfect" or "Why am I still doing wrong things?" Be sure to talk with your Pastor, a Christian friend or a mentor.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sunrise Photography: "Orange and Purple Morning"

"Orange and Purple Morning"
(C) Allen Pearson
I love the mornings- especially the warm mornings of Spring, Summer and early Fall. I love having the windows open and allowing the breeze to flow through my studio.  To me, this is the closest I can get to heaven on earth.

Most mornings I see the sunrise over the community. I have an excellent view since my house is located on a hill and the back faces the east.

The morning I took this image wasn't after a thunderstorm or anything - just a cloudy morning. The sun coming up gave quite a light display with oranges, reds, purples, and yellows across the sky.

Obviously, I couldn't sit in my studio very long without grabbing my camera and going outside to photograph this beautiful sunrise. Out the door I went.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"(7) Dear Friends,
Let us love one another,
for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves
has been born of God
and knows God.
(8) Whoever does not love
does not know God,
because God is love."

- John 4:7-8

Have a blessed Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Billy Graham Preaches at 1978 Crusade in Kansas City, MO"
(C) Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Used by Permission

What if Your Time Is Running Out?
by Billy Graham 

There are many people who are nominal Christians. You joined a church, you have been baptized. Maybe in your church you were confirmed, but you really don’t know Christ. You’ve never had a real experience with Him so that He dominates and controls your life. You have not surrendered to the lordship of Christ.

If you are looking for purpose and meaning in life, give your life to Christ. Get into the cause of Jesus Christ and march in His army under His banner. We could use millions of people marching for Christ all over the world right now, taking love instead of hate to the world, telling people how to be saved, telling them how to find forgiveness and newness of life.

Jesus said, “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4). God has given you something to do, too. Are you working on it? Have you finished it? You don’t have much time. Your life is a vapor, it’s a handbreadth, it’s grass that grows and withers. It may soon be over; it may be over at any time.

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of time, and please forgive me for so often not stewarding it well. Please help me to use the time You’ve given me for Your glory, growing in You, introducing You to others, and obediently answering Your call on my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


If you would like to learn more about God's Plan of Salvation for man, please visit Billy's Graham's Peace With God.

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Railroad Photography: Norfolk Southern at Dusk in Bristow

Norfolk Southern Locomotive
"Norfolk Southern at Dusk in Bristow"
(C) Allen Pearson
Several years ago when I first to Bristow, I didn't know where the best places to watch trains were located. I knew where they were when I lived in the area around 20 years ago but those were now mostly Virginia Railway Express trains not the freights that I love to watch.

One evening I was driving through Bristow and noticed a train waiting near a crossing. It wasn't far from where I thought a crew station might be located. So, obviously, I had to pull over, park the car and wait for the train to come through.

The crew change happened and they were on their way. I was so excited to find a place where I could watch the trains! 

As the train came by where I was sitting, I was able to capture this image of a Norfolk Southern.

Where is your favorite place to photograph trains?