Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"A Charlie Brown Christmas!"
(C) The News and Observer

For some reason, there seems to be something different about this Christmas season. Not sure what it is or why it is or what. Maybe, I am getting old and immune to all the craziness of the commercialized Christmas which seems to be so inundating and overwhelming each year it's ridiculous.

For me, it seems like I’m missing my parents more this year than last. As they say, you don’t really “get over” the loss of a family member, you just adjust and learn to move on. Fortunately for me, memories of my parents bring back a lot of good memories and fun traditions.

This past week, I decided to re-live one of my favorite traditions from childhood with my wife and two furry boys! A “Charlie Brown Christmas” was scheduled to come on TV Thursday evening. The cartoon is one of the few Christmas programs which I will plan to sit and watch it. Every single second of it. Not miss one moment. There is something awesome about this show that has kept my attention for nearly 50 years.

The plan for Thursday evening was to get our favorite snacks ready for us and a few for the boys and sit in front of the TV. This, of course, brought back the memories of snacks and family time years ago. However, instead of popcorn, soda, candy bars, cheese and the like, I had milk and popcorn which was supposed to be healthier than other treats. My wife had treats which were healthy too. And, I never give my boys any treats or food which aren’t good for a dog or cat to have.

We all gathered around the TV, turned out all the lights, turned the volume up on TV and began watching a cartoon from the 1960s! I enjoyed this, it was my family and I was enjoying the start of the Christmas season. For me, it’s not Christmas until I see the show.

After the show was over, I couldn’t help by why I enjoy the show so much. Why is it so special to me to watch it? Why did I remember it was coming on that night after learning it was coming on a week ago. I seem to forget things pretty easily these days so to remember that was unusual.

I think it’s because “A Charlie Brown Christmas” takes me back to a simpler time. When Christmas was a celebration celebrated by everyone with simple decorations and presents and a sacred time of Christ’s Birth. When a gift from family, a co-worker or friends meant something special.

One of my favorite scenes is where Charlie Brown asks, “Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus replies,

Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about! And there were in
the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: 
and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto 
you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day
 in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" Luke 2:8-14 KJV

A moment often missed in Linus’s telling Charlie Brown about the real meaning of Christmas is very subtly done. Linus drops his blanket and leaves it until he’s finished and returns to stand by Charlie Brown. 

I hadn’t noticed this intentional dropping of the blanket until another a Christian writer shared it on a post last month. Before reading his post, I thought the significance of the moment is to share how our “security” is in Jesus Christ’s Birth and His saving us from our fears. The words “Fear not” mean just that- do not fear.
After Linus says part, the rest of the cast seems to realize there is more to Christmas than the trees, decorations, and gifts. They decorate the tree which Charlie Brown had purchased and shout “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!”

The Birth of Jesus Christ brought salvation to man. Christ would live a life of ministry in helping others, loving others and sharing how we are to live. He dies for our sins so we can have eternal life in heaven with Him.

If you would like to learn more about Christian life and becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Christmas
(C) Allen Pearson

"She will bear a son,
and you shall call his name
Jesus, for he will save his 
people from their sins."

- Matthew 1:21

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


Christmas
"The Nativity"
Photo by Gareth Harper on Unsplash

Merry Christmas! It seems like I may have already wished you Merry Christmas. I know that's not possible because I rarely start wishing people Merry Christmas until Thanksgiving. The retailers started decorating their stores before the children went back to school and it seems like I've been bombarded with Christmas advertising since almost that far back. And, the Hallmark channel seems to have been counting down their Christmas movie marathon since the last one ended. I'm sure you've heard this before, Christmas has become way too commercialized. Its taken the true meaning of the season away.

Around this time of year, I begin thinking about whether I have bought the gifts I need to buy or do I need to buy someone something? I don't want to forget my wife and there are a few friends I don't want to forget either. Also, I start thinking about what decorations I will use this year and when to put them up. So, I keep the season simple enough to enjoy while making sure not to forget those so very important to me.

Thus, begins another Christmas season. Before long, the night sky will be lit by all the lights and decorations making such a beautiful celebration. Driving through the neighborhood and even some cities are sights to behold.

However, the season is more about the Birth of Jesus, loving your fellow man, sharing gifts with those you love than giving the most expensive gift you can find or decorating to the hilt!

Years ago, I used to get stressed out about the Christmas season because I wasn't comfortable with giving presents to everyone in the office or participating in some of their holiday games or parties. It was because the season is a special time of celebration for me, one I celebrate with family and close friends. Once I came to the realization that Christmas is what it is for me, a celebration of Christ's Birth, I began enjoying it much more.

Unfortunately, Christmas can be a time of loneliness and maybe even despair. Sometimes, people who cannot afford to buy everyone they know or work with a gift, they become depressed or sad because they need the money for something more important like food, living expenses and the like. I know for me, sometimes I feel lonely because my parents are deceased and gone to Heaven.

Christmas is about the Birth of Jesus Christ and celebrating it. We give gifts to those we love because we want to do so. For me, I love receiving a small handmade gift from a friend. I have a small nativity a friend made about 30 years ago. I keep it because it was made from the heart. Though my parents are gone, I may get together with some friends to celebrate. I don't make myself do this, since I'm really more of an introvert, but it's a happy way to celebrate Christ's Birth.

If you are stressing about another Christmas season being here and having to go into debt to buy all those Christmas presents or are feeling really lonely, take the time to meet Jesus during this season. Learning more about Jesus and becoming a Christian isn't the "cure all" for everything that ails you but He will bless you and make your life awesome. A journey of life which words, written or spoken, cannot even be to explain.

It all begins with accepting Christ as your personal Savior. If you would like to learn more about Jesus and the Christian life, please visit Peace With God.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Old House by Railroad Crossing"

"Old House by Railroad Crossing"
(C) Allen Pearson
As I travel throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania railfanning, I have found it fascinating to not only looking for trains but artwork around or near the railroad crossing.

At this particular location in Delaplane, VA, history of many years gone past surrounds the area so there plenty of opportunities to be creative with what I call "Railroad Art" since much of the existing area was built around the train coming through.

The "Old House by Railroad Crossing" 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.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"In those days a decree went out
from Ceasar Augustus that all the world
should be registered. And Joseph also went
up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to
Judea, to the city of David, which is called
Bethlehem, because was of the house
and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary,
his betrothed, who was with child,"

- Luke 2:1, 4-5

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunday'sThought!

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson
"And there is salvation 
in no one else,
for there is no other name
under heaven given among
men by which we
must be saved."

- Acts 4:12

These days, it seems we are told there are many ways to heaven. The true way to heaven is through Jesus Christ and God's Plan of Salvation for man.

To learn more about Jesus and God's Plan of Salvation, please visit Billy Graham's Peace With God.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson


"Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
gives thanks in all
circumstances;
for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you."

- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



May you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Corn Harvest"
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Ahhh! Thanksgiving. A time for family, friends, and more food than you can eat in one day. And, for the sports-minded, which isn't me, it's a day of football games.

When I was growing up, I looked forward to Thanksgiving because my mother would make my favorite meal! She would make a baked ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, corn, and tea. A simple meal, yet so delicious. We couldn't afford to have the Baked Ham very often so it was an awesome treat to have it on Thanksgiving and again at Christmas.

The Thanksgiving season is a great reminder for me to reflect on what I am thankful for in this life. The first blessing that comes to mind is Jesus. I am very thankful that Jesus has forgiven me for my sins, the wrong I have done in this life so that I can have eternal life with Him in heaven.

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

I'm really thankful that once I've prayed for forgiveness, He doesn't bring back those sins to my mind years later. Once it's forgiven, it's forgiven.

I am thankful for my parents who brought me into this world and taught me morals, values, and all the important aspects of being a decent human in this world. It would take a blog post of billions of words to describe how thankful I am for all they did for me.

I am thankful for my wife, dog, and cat. That's my family. They mean more to me in this life than anything else. My wife and I have been married for twenty-two years and have been through life events, good and bad, together. I think those brought us closer and made us love each other more.  My dog has been a buddy, companion, for many years. His constant need for attention and exercise has made me stronger and healthier than ever before. The cat is the newest addition to the family. He's been with us for 5 months. He loves his mom and is slowly becoming friends with me. He's very skittish so it will take him awhile.

This Thanksgiving season, take time to be with family and friends and remember the aspects of life which you are thankful. Maybe share those with others too. It's a great way to focus on blessings and remember them.

The Christian Life is yours for the asking. There aren't any difficult requirements, just ask Jesus to forgive you. If you would like to learn more, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Norfolk Southern Coming Through Belvoir, VA"

 "Norfolk Southern Coming Through Belvoir, VA"
(C) Allen Pearson
"Norfolk Southern Coming Through Belvoir, VA" was created at an intersection in a very small town named Belvoir. When my friend took me there to watch trains, the surprised me since there is a Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia.

I love watching the trains come roaring through Belvoir as it rounds the curve just before the crossing and the small town. If you're lucky since this location has a siding not too far east, within sighting distance, where a train is sometimes waiting for another to come through.

The "Norfolk Southern Coming Through Belvoir, VA" 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.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word



"My flesh and my heart
may fail,
but God is the strength
of my heart and my 
portion forever."

- Psalms 73:26

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


(C) Rhetorical Jesus, Used by Permission

"And behold, a man came up to him, saying,
“Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"

- Matthew 19:16

It Isn’t What You Do 
When a rich young man came up to Jesus to ask Him what good deed he must do to inherit eternal life, he asked the wrong question. It is never what we can do, but what Jesus has done. Could any of us ever do enough good deeds to save ourselves since even our best works are like filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6)? If it were up to us, then all of us would be hopelessly lost. Jesus mildly rebuked the man by telling him that none are good but God (Matt 19:17). One man a friend and I witnessed to considered himself not just a good person but, in his words, “a great person.” I told him that this is contrary to what the Bible teaches, that none of us are good (Rom 3:10), that every one of us fall exceedingly short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23), and that all we have coming to us is what we’ve earned: death (Rom 6:23). He still didn’t humble himself and thought that he was good enough to go to heaven. When I told him that Jesus said that none are good but God, he refused to even listen. Self-Righteous Justification 
Jesus told the rich young man what he must do, since he was focused on doing good deeds to receive eternal life. Jesus told him about the commandments, and then, bragging to Jesus, the young man said, “All of these I have kept” (Matt 19:2). But could he or any of us really keep the commandments? I would ask this young man, “Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever looked at a woman with lust? Because Jesus equated this with adultery of the heart (Matt 5:28). Have you ever stolen anything? Have you ever hated anyone? Because hating someone is equated with murdering someone in your heart (Matt 5:22).” Then I would remind him that all liars, all the sexually immoral, and all murderers will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). Would he still consider himself a good person? Would he still think that he kept all the commandments? Breaking even one of them is like breaking them all (James 2:10). So much for being a good person or justifying one’s self by doing good deeds.

Idolatry of the Heart 
Jesus, seeing that He was getting nowhere with this self-righteous man, told him that “if you want to be perfect, go and sell all of your possessions and give them to the poor and then follow Me” (Matt 19:21), to which the young man went away sorrowful since his money was his god. Apparently, he didn’t feel so good about himself anymore. Jesus used the law to humble the man and break his pride of self-righteousness. Doing good is not ever going to be enough for anyone to inherit eternal life. Here is the only work that a person can do to save themselves: to believe in the One Who the Father has sent (John 6:29). There is no other way to eternal life except to believe in the Son of God (John 3:16). A Closing Prayer
Oh Holy Father, none of us will ever do enough good or be good enough to inherit eternal life. It isn’t ever what we do, but about what Jesus has done, and what He has done on the cross is the only way that we can be saved. Help me to remember that we can never save ourselves, but only by believing in Jesus Christ by repenting and trusting in Him. In Jesus’ name, I pray to remember this.
Amen

Reprinted by permission of Rhetorical Jesus.

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word




"Count it all joy, my brothers,
when you meet trials of various
kinds, for you know that the testing
of your faith produces
steadfastness."

- James 1:2-3





Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

Leaves
"Sunlight through Fall Leaves"
(C) Allen Pearson

Will You Risk It?
By Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Aucas in Ecuador, wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” He's talking about giving his life for Christ and the gospel.

I’ll tell you, in these days the most dangerous thing you can do is to play it safe. You are safer out on the waves with Jesus Christ than you are in the boat without Him. These are desperate days, and we need to live like it.

Don't just sit there and let life pass you by! You're going to die anyway. You can't save your life. You're not going to get out of it alive. And so you might as well invest it in something important.

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.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Timeless Thursday: Garden Perspectives! "Bumble Bee and Purple Cone Flower"

"Bumble Bee and Purple Cone Flower"
(C) Allen Pearson
One of my favorite adventures in photography is capturing images of bees while they are gathering nectar. Obviously, I have to be careful not to get stung. With the black bumble bees, if I keep out of their way by paying attention to where they are, don't harass or get too close, they generally do not bother me. However, the honey bees are a different story. With honeybees, you have to be extremely careful.

I used a macro lens on my Pentax camera to catch this close-up image of this bee. I get as close as I am comfortable and not interfering with the bee and its activities. I will stay back enough to allow it to take flight to its next nectar source!

The "Bumble Bee and Purple Cone Flower" 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.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


"Pumpkins"
Photo by Corey Blaz on Unsplash

An Encounter With God
by Os Hillman, Marketplace Leaders

"So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision, I had no strength left, 
my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless." - Daniel 10:8

Daniel received a vision that troubled him greatly. He wanted understanding of this vision. He set himself out to understand the vision by fasting for three weeks. Three days after his three weeks of fasting, a messenger of God appeared to Daniel. The messenger explained that Heaven had heard his prayer from the first day, but the angel was temporarily prevented from coming by the prince of Persia, a demon angel, who sought to thwart God's messenger from coming to Daniel.

There are times in our lives when we must set ourselves to seeking God with all our hearts. It is in these times that we hear from Heaven in ways we may never have experienced before. Daniel's perseverance in prayer was rewarded with a personal encounter with Heaven. However, in order to receive from God, Daniel had to be left alone, have his strength removed, and be placed in a helpless condition. When we have no ability in our own strength to move Heaven or the events around us, we are in position to hear from Heaven. It is the acknowledgment of our humanity and our frailness that places us in a position to have a personal encounter with the living God.

Do you need a personal encounter with God today? Do you need God to intervene on your behalf? Seek Him with all your heart. Demonstrate to Him you are serious. Get alone and acknowledge your helpless condition before Him. He will reward you with His presence.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Marketplace Leaders with Os Hillman.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


(C) Allen Pearson
"For the sake of Christ, then, 
I am content with
weaknesses, insults, 
hardships, persecutions, and 
calamities. For when I am 
weak, then I am strong."

2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Autumn Leaf Blanket"
Photo by vision webagency on Unsplash

Making the Personal Decision to Follow Christ
by Jack Graham, PowerPoint Ministries


"And Peter said to them, 'Repent and be baptized every one of you in the 
name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and 
you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'

Acts 2:38

Billy Graham, in my estimation, was one of the greatest preachers in the history of the Christian faith. I once heard him talk about his son, Franklin, who grew up with a very godly mother and father. But when Franklin was about 25 years old, he realized that he didn’t know Christ.

Here he had grown up in the home of Billy Graham, but didn’t know the Lord! So Franklin personally received Christ. And now as you know he leads his late father’s ministry and he works in some of the most troubled spots in the world for the advancement of the Gospel. But first, he had to realize that being a member of Billy Graham’s family didn’t get him into heaven. Only a personal faith could.

It doesn’t matter if you grew up in Billy Graham’s family or Osama bin Laden’s, you must personally receive Christ as your Lord and Savior to be saved. Salvation is a personal decision and each and every person is held to account for it!

Maybe you’ve grown up in a Christian home. Or, maybe you’ve been raised in a very un-Christian home. Either way, you have the choice today to personally follow Christ or not to do so. So no matter your background, step out in faith and receive forgiveness through Christ today!

WHATEVER YOUR FAMILY BACKGROUND, YOU HAVE A PERSONAL DECISION TO MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO JESUS CHRIST. SO TRUST IN HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION FOR FORGIVENESS TODAY!

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.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Rounding the Harper's Ferry Curve, WV"

"'Rounding the Harper's Ferry Curve, WV"
(C) Allen Pearson
Harper's Ferry, WV is an awesome place to sit and watch trains. That is if you have the patience to sit and wait since CSX uses radio transmissions to dispatch trains and to communicate between the trains and dispatchers. In the mountains, sometimes it's difficult to receive these transmissions. The last time I went to Harper's Ferry, I sat in the car and read a book while waiting for a train. Also, there is a park with a walking path which allows you to get great views of the train going over the bridge and coming through the park.

My dog Noah and I were walking one of the paths when a rock train came through. We were able to watch it from the path. Next time, we are going to take the bridge across the river and see what's on the other side of the mountain.

If you are interested in prints of any images shared on this blog, please feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson

"For I know the plans
I have for you,
declares the Lord,
plans for welfare
and not for evil,
to give you a future
and a hope."

- Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday's Thought!



The Only Thing You Have that God Wants
by Adrian Rogers, Love Worth Finding Ministries

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life
 for My sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39

We have nothing that God needs. Think about that. If I were to give God my riches, I couldn’t make Him richer. He owns everything. If I were to give God my wisdom, I wouldn’t make Him wiser. He is the all-wise God. If I were to give God my power, I couldn’t make God more powerful. He is omnipotent.

God wants only one thing from His children—our hearts. If we pray to God without giving Him our heart, we are mocking Him. If we preach without giving God our hearts, we are preaching in ignorance.

God is saying to you today, “Give Me your heart.” How will you respond?

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

Devotion used by written permission of Love Worth Finding.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word



"Love is patient and kind; love does not 
envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not 
irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice 
at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 
Love bears all things, believes all things, 
hopes all things, endures all things."

- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday's Thought!


(C) Allen Pearson

Over the past several weeks, I have been listening to or watching bits of the news and sometimes even discussing it with friends. I usually avoid the news because it sometimes stresses me. Also, it seems, the news is full of violence which isn't very beneficial to me.

The political news over the confirmation these past few weeks has repeatedly brought a thought to my mind. Not political thoughts, but another thought of more importance. The thought which came to mind repeatedly is, "How thankful I am that Jesus Christ has forgiven me of my sins, my wrongs, and the like. In God's eyes, I am forgiven."

Jesus forgiving me of my sins doesn't mean that there is no consequence, nor can I go out and do it again and it's not a get out of jail free pass either. It means that He has forgiven me and given me the gift of eternal life in Heaven with Him.  Though sometimes it's hard to do, I am supposed to forgive myself and move on. If I need to make amends to someone, that should be done too.

The amazing part of this is Jesus doesn't come back to me, after I've asked forgiveness, and say "Hey- remember when you ......" or "Are you going to do that again?" or "I know what you did, and you cannot escape it, I will tell everyone." He forgives and forgets. Many times, I find that hard to believe, Seems like God should be pointing His Fingers at me. But, it's true and He doesn't.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Christian, please visit Peace With God.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Bible
(C) Allen Pearson

"Anxiety in a man's heart
weighs him down,
but a good word makes 
him glad."

- Proverbs 12:25

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"An Elderly Woman"
Photo by Todd Cravens on Unsplash

Here lately, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about aging. Not sure why since I am not one for dreading a certain age, like 55 or 60, or often wishing I was something I am not yet or have already passed. I am 55 and am proud to be 55. To me, every day that I wake up, get out of bed and start another day is an awesome experience for which I am thankful. Many people do not make it to this age while others pass it and keep on going. Some people truly groan about the age they have reached and complain about their aches and pains. Not sure why, since they are alive and can enjoy life’s blessings.

This weekend, I caught up with my favorite cousin-in-law. She’s my wife cousin or something along the lines of the family. At 89, she has slowed down a bit but she keeps going at what she can. In the course of conversation, she mentions that she does her best to keep a positive attitude, so her mind stays good. She has some assistance daily, for about 4 hours, but doesn’t want more assistance than she really needs.

I met this awesome lady when she was 67-years-old. At that point, her husband had recently passed away a few years prior. Back then, she was full of energy and running a bed and breakfast type of place to keep herself busy. I noticed that she knew what times of the day made her miss her husband more than other times. Or, when times of the day would make her sad. So, she developed a routine which kept made her focus on other things since she loved her husband so much. I can’t say I blame her as it’s something I would have to do if my wife goes to heaven before me.

I can’t remember any moments of the lady’s complaining. Seems she never did. She focused on the positive and the good things in her life. Often, that was what the family was doing and how good life is. At nearly 90, she is still doing it. Whether now or when she was younger, she always smiled and had a cheerful tone in her voice.

So, I am not worried about aging. I am not afraid of the future or what may come my way. While, in my human existence, my body might get ill or whatever, myself- my soul or being, is afraid. God is in control of the future and me.

Another blessing of being a Christian is looking back and seeing how God has been taking care of me throughout my life. He has never failed to guide my steps in the right direction for what His Will was for me.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus Christ and God’s Plan of Salvation for you, please visit Peace With God.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Railroad Photography! "As the Freight Rolls Through!" #RailSafetyWeek

"As The Freight Rolls Through!"Art of the Freight Car Series, 2
(C) Allen Pearson

Capturing freight cars rolling through town has gotten to be one of my favorite aspects of photography. I enjoy watching the trains and finding the art in the scene as it happens.

Whenever I am photographing, I remind myself of the rules of the railroad. It doesn't matter if I am photographing Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, the rules are the same. Stay off the railroad tracks! Stay off railroad property! Not only is it dangerous to trespass, it is against Federal law.

Remember your actions as a photographer are seen by others whether through images, online, or printed copies. If you photograph in illegal locations, you will be giving other photographers, young and old, ideas which could lead to trouble for them.

The "As The Freight Rolls Through" 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.

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

#railsafetyweek

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Rail Safety Week! September 23-29, 2018, Attention Photographers!

Railroad
(C) Operation Lifesaver, www.oli.org

Whether taking selfie-photos, photographing children, animals, graduation, prom night, family portraits, and even railroads, or trains themselves, it is illegal and very dangerous to use the railroad tracks as a background for your photography.

Stay off the tracks! Keep you and your clients off the tracks. For more information on Operation Lifesaver, please visit, www.oli.org.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word


Deer
(C) Allen Pearson

"But I will sing of your strength,
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love
in the morning. For you have been to me
a fortress and a refuge
in the day of my distress."

- Psalms 59:16

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"The Passing Light"
Photo by John Westrock on Unsplash

He Will Make All Things New
by Max Lucado

Make 2 Peter 3:13 one of the building blocks in your foundation. It reads, “In keeping with God’s promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” God has promised to reclaim his creation. He is a God of restoration, not destruction. He is a God of renewal, redemption, regeneration, and resurrection. God loves to redo and restore.

“I am making everything new!” he announced in Revelation 21:5. Everything new. The old will be gone. Gone with the hospital waiting rooms. Gone with cancer. God will lay hold of every atom, emotion, insect, animal, and galaxy. He will reclaim every diseased body and afflicted mind. I am making all things new! This is God’s promise. And because God’s promises are unbreakable our hope is unshakable!

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

Reprinted by permission of Max Lucado.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

(C) Allen Pearson


"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 evils
in the heavenly places."

- Ephesians 6:12, ESV

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunday's Thought!



"Storm Clouds and Lightning"
(C) Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash
Hurricane Florence
by Allen Pearson

My week began on a curious interesting note.  Maybe even a bit stressful. Maybe even frightening or scary. I heard the weather forecasters on the radio and TV and read on the internet and email blasts that doomsday was coming with this incoming Hurricane. All of this while the storm is still making waves in the Atlantic and hasn’t come ashore yet. Not to mention, there was quite a bit of uncertainty to where the storm would actually come ashore.

With the threats of a “monster” storm and “will be devasting” and my own assessments of the weather maps, it’s possible the storm would come to Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area though not real likely. However, since I have an awesome wife, a dog, and a cat, I needed to prepare or at least make plans to prepare later in the week.

As the week the progressed, it seemed the storm was getting scarier and more frightening by the minute or by the forecast. I made plans to pick up a few items at the store, made sure we had plenty of food and treats for the dog and cat, double-checked my supplies of AA batteries for my weather scanner and a few other necessities.

I didn’t pay strict attention to the weather mid-week. It looked like, to me, that the storm probably would not come ashore in Virginia though we might get some of the remnants which isn’t that unusual since we are experiencing rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane, maybe Tropical Storm, Gordon.

While working this week and partially paying attention to the storms, I got to thinking. With all the frightening terminology, like “frightening,” “horrific,” “devastating,” or “monster,” repeated on every weather forecast, why am I not panicking, running to Costco and buying everything I could possibly ever need and then some and then running for cover?

For me, it’s because God is in Control. If I needed to prepare for the absolute worst of storms, God would have impressed on my heart what needed to be done. He would provide the wisdom to do what needed to be done in the storm too. Also, my faith in God provides confidence, comfort, and peace, because I know without a doubt He is in control and is His Will. Just as He is in all parts of my life.

If you are frightened or scared or needing a friend to love you, please visit Peace With God to learn more about God’s Plan of Salvation for man.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Railroad Photography! "Colorful Frieght" - Art of the Freight Car Series, 2

"Colorful Freight"
Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series, 2

(C) Allen Pearson
"Art of the Freight Car, Rail Art Series" is about the beauty of art found on the trains roaring by or the landscape by the railroad tracks, and items found around the railroad tracks.

I hope you will follow my work at Allen Pearson's Photo's - Railroad Gallery and by subscribing by email to receive blog posts by email.

The "Colorful 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 Gallery.

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

I have opened a store on CafePress: Allen Pearson's Photos making it possible for you to have my images on other products. If you are interested in other products, like coffee mugs and journals, please visit the site or email me from my website.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Seek the Lord
and his strength;
seek his presence
continually!"

- 1 Chronicles 16:11

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering September 11

Flag
"USA Flag"
Photo by David Beale on Unsplash

Today, I take a step back away from my photography to fly a flag in honor of the victims and their families killed in terrorist attacks on September 11. Also, I am saluting all the First Responders who immediately went into dangerous situations unlike any other where they could have been seriously hurt maybe killed to rescue those in danger.

For me, the day will always be remembered as I wondered whether I would see my wife again. She had to travel by metro subway from Washington D.C. to Springfield, VA near my office. Cell phone services were jammed so I prayed we would connect. We did. The "Kiss and Ride" lane at the metro never looked so good!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday's Thought!

"Billy Graham"
(C) Allen Pearson

Have You Responded to Christ?
by Billy Graham

Jesus loves you so much that if you had been the only person in the world, He would have died for you. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).

Jesus laid down His life for you. And then something else happened. On the third day, He rose again. He is alive! And someday, the Bible says, He is coming back.

Let Him come and change your life. He will give you a new love for everyone. You will be concerned about your neighbor. It will make you a new father, a new mother, a new boy or a new girl. I am going to ask you today to receive Christ. Say today, “I am willing to turn from my sins; I want Jesus in my heart.”
Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, 
Thank You for valuing a relationship
 with us so much that You gave Your life
 to save us from sin. 
Please deepen my understanding
 and appreciation of this great gift, 
and take my life and use it for Your glory. 

In Your Name. 
Amen.

To learn more about God's Plan of Salvation and repentance, please visit Peace With God!

Devotion used by written permission of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wednesday's Words! Encouragement from God's Word!

Scripture
(C) Allen Pearson

"Rejoice in hope,
be patient in tribulation,
be constant in prayer."

- Romans 12:12, ESV