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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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